An external photograph of the new visitor centre at Cradle Mountain.
Cradle Mountain Gateway (photograph: Cam Blake)

Cradle Mountain Gateway offically open

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A contemporary, world-class visitor centre and supporting infrastructure befitting Cradle Mountain’s reputation as a global destination for nature based tourism is now offically open.

The Cradle Mountain Gateway, a major entry point to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, boasts a sensitively designed visitor centre and services providing an intuitive and informative and modern entry experience.

Part of the Tasmanian Government’s $26.8 million investment in Cradle Mountain, the gateway is a key pillar in delivering a long term sustainable future for Cradle Mountain.

The Cradle Mountain arrival visitor centre and services, designed by Cumulus Architects and built by Fairbrother, both Tasmanian firms, features modern amenities. This includes a gift shop, café, tour operator interface, three undercover shelters, two amenity blocks, first aid room and space dedicated to those beginning their Overland Track adventure to prepare them for the days ahead and hear important briefings from Tasmania Parks and Wildlife  Service (PWS) staff.

The development also includes interpretive installations, a redesigned car park offering space for more than 236 vehicles, a shuttle turning circle, electric car charging stations and 24 hour self service fuel bowsers. This is capped off with thematic landscaping aligned to an alpine environment and supporting sewerage, water and power infrastructure.

The Cradle Mountain arrival, visitor centre and services is equipped with physical distancing floor decals and perspex screens to ensure COVID-19 safety is upheld. Visitors are reminded that they should maintain 1.5 metres between their group, and maintain hand sanitisation hygiene.