85km (53 miles) S of Devonport; 175km (109 miles) NW of Hobart
The national park and World Heritage area that encompasses both Cradle Mountain and Lake St. Clair is one of the most spectacular regions in Australia and, after Hobart and Port Arthur, the most visited place in Tasmania. The 1,545m (5,068-ft.) mountain dominates the north part of the island, and the long, deep lake is to its south. Between them lie steep slopes, button grass plains, majestic alpine forests, dozens of lakes filled with trout, and several rivers. Mount Ossa, in the center of the park, is Tasmania's highest point at 1,617m (5,304 ft.). The Overland Track, links Cradle Mountain with Lake St. Clair and is the best known of Australia's walking trails.