“Are you crazy?” asked our bus driver. She was dropping us to the starting point of our hike – Ronny’s Creek at 2 PM. Before asking this question, she had informed us that the hike was a full day hike of 14 kilometers and it was a hot day, so starting the hike at 8 AM is ideal during hot days. We were adamant and we had to hike. The purpose of our Tasmanian trip was to hike the Cradle mountain.
Cradle mountain is the starting point of the world famous Overland hike (which is the 6 days hike). And Cradle mountain, with a height of 1545 metres, is in the Cradle Mt – Lake St Clair National Park. There are plenty of hikes in the national park. The national park is abundant in wildlife and offers spectacular views. It is amazing and one of my favorites.
My friends (Vijay, Som and Priya) and I did only the Cradle mountain summit hike, which is known as Ronny Creek to Cradle Mountain Summit.
Logistics of the hike:
- Starting and ending points: Ronny’s Creek.
- Total distance: 14.9 kilometres (circuit).
- Total time: 6 to 7 hours.
- Grade: Moderate except the last part which is very hard.
- Cost: A valid permit is required by visitors and this can be bought at the visitor centre. The exact and up to date price can be found on the Tasmania Parks website.
The other way to summit the Cradle mountain is through the steep track to Marions Lookout from Dove lake. The track is very steep and hard.
Getting to Cradle Mt – Lake St Clair National Park:
- The national park is about 2.5 hours drive from Launceston and 1.5 hours drive from Devenport.
- There is a bus from Launceston, which runs twice a week.
- The other option is to take a bus from Launceston to Mole Creek and then to hire a taxi. This is the most expensive option.