Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is one of Tasmania's most spectacular landscapes, so it's little wonder travellers flock from near and far to walk through its canopied rainforests and climb its rugged peaks.
Tasmania is located 240 kilometres off the south coast of mainland Australia. The easiest way to get there is via Hobart, the Tassie capital. You can fly direct to Hobart from most major cities in Australia including Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. You could also fly to Launceston which is closer to the national park, but you may find there are fewer flight options than Hobart.
From Hobart, you can either hire a car and drive to Cradle Mountain or jump on a local bus.
It takes about 4.5 hours (in normal traffic) from Hobart to Cradle Mountain via the Midland and Bass highways. The route is fairly easy to navigate thanks, but some areas are quite windy so be mindful when you're driving. Take extra care when driving between dusk and dawn as this is when wildlife is most active.
Driving is a great way to see Tasmania's beautiful natural scenery. You can also take your time and stop at any interesting landmarks or towns along the way.
There is no direct bus from Hobart to Cradle Mountain. However, you can take a local bus from the Hobart Transit Centre to Cornwall Square Transit Centre in Launceston which takes about 3 hours. From Launceston, there are a few private bus companies that offer daily services up to Cradle Mountain. The total travel time is about 6 hours.