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Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park


Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park is Tasmania’s best-known wilderness region, its northern Cradle Mountain end easily accessible from Devonport, Deloraine or Launceston – and with the crowds that go with that in peak season – and its southern Lake St Clair end from Derwent Bridge on the Lyell Highway between Queenstown and Hobart. One of the most glaciated areas in Australia, the park covers some of Tasmania’s highest land, with jagged mountain peaks such as Mount Ossa (1617m), the state’s highest point. At its northern end above Dove Lake rises the iconic outline of Cradle Mountain – a breathtaking sight despite its popularity – while Lake St Clair at the park’s southern end is the deepest freshwater lake in Australia at over 200m, occupying a basin gouged out by glaciers.

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