This is a designated Fuel Stove Only area and campfires are not permitted. To find out what fuel stoves are permitted see the Fuel Stove Only area webpage.
For all snow and road closure or condition advisories, contact the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre on 03 6492 1110.
It is strongly advised that all visitors park at the visitor centre, validate their parks pass and take the shuttle bus service into the park.
Vehicle access into the park is only permitted outside of shuttle bus operating hours.
Limited parking is available at Waldheim & Ronny Creek.
Visitor Centre and facilities
The visitor centre is open daily from 8.30am to 4.30pm (hours are extended during peak periods) and provides information on walks and other activities in the area, as well as sales of parks passes and a range of souvenirs. The Overland Track check-in counter is located inside the visitor centre.
The Cradle Mountain Interpretation Centre and Rangers Station is located just inside the national park entrance and features informative displays and an art gallery. The centre is open daily from 9.00 am to 4.00 pm (hours are extended during peak periods).
Picnic shelters with electric barbecues are adjacent the interpretation centre and rangers station. There are also picnic tables at Waldheim, Ronny Creek and Dove Lake. Food service is available at Cradle Mountain Café and Hotel, Cradle Mountain Lodge and Wilderness Village. Basic grocery items are available at the Discovery Holiday Parks reception.
A 24 hour self-service fuel bowser is available for use by visitors, accepted payment methods are credit/debit cards only. Please note that fuel may not be available at all times. For further information regarding fuel, please enquire at the Cradle Mountain Café located opposite the Visitor Centre within the courtyard.
Recreational use of drones is not permitted in national parks and other reserves managed by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service.
Please note on the Waldheim Cabins that the eight cabins provide simple and affordable lodgings where a number of great walking tracks radiate from your front door. Each cabin is equipped with electric heating, single bunk beds, basic cooking utensils, a small refrigerator, crockery, cutlery and a standard electric stove. Tap water at the cabins is not potable. RVs caravans and trailers are not permitted on Dove Lake Road. Caravans and trailers may be un-hitched and parked in the main carpark at the Cradle Mountain visitor centre. There is an afterhours key collection service available.
Access to Waldheim Cabins is strongly encouraged outside of shuttle bus operating hours to ensure public safety; however, access will be permitted through the boom gate via authorised “swipe cards” which are programmed for set time periods if access is required during shuttle operating hours. If entering during operating hours, guests must only enter and exit the park with shuttle bus escort. Please speak to Visitor Centre staff on your arrival if entering during shuttle operating hours to receive instruction on how to follow entry and exit procedures.
For accommodation options in the Cradle Mountain area, see the Discover Tasmania website.
Cabin keys can be collected from the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre daily between 2pm and 4.00pm. If you arrive outside of office hours, details of your cabin and keys will be left in the after-hours Waldheim key safe, which is located at the front entrance of the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Details for access are provided with booking confirmation.
Find out other essential information for visiting Tasmania's parks and reserves on our Know before you go section.