Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park celebrates centenary

Minister for Parks

Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park celebrates centenary

17 May 2022

This week marks the 100th anniversary of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park being proclaimed as a protected area in Tasmania, providing the opportunity to reflect on the significance and importance of this site to Tasmania.

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is one of Tasmania’s iconic visitor destinations and is a major visitor drawcard to the state.

Well before Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair was proclaimed as a protected area in Tasmania, it was the country of the Big River Tribe and the site holds immense cultural significance.

It is a place of deep spiritual connection to creation stories, especially as Tasmanian Aboriginal people first lived and cared for and protected this beautiful country for at least 40,000 years.

A couple who understood the need to continue this legacy, and to ensure that this area continues to be cared and protected for was Gustav and Kate Weindorfer who built their rustic alpine chalet ‘Waldheim’ in 1912.

It is not too hard to imagine how Gustav fell in love with the Park, famously declaring in 1910 from the summit of Cradle Mountain: “This must be a National Park for the people for all time.  It is magnificent and people must know about it and enjoy it”.

It was this call for action that began the reservation of land in 1922, with 158,000 acres between Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair proclaimed as a Scenic Reserve and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Then in 1927, 63 990 hectares, including Cradle Mountain, were set aside as a reserve. In 1971 ‘The Reserve’ became what we now know as the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Importantly, the visitor growth for the national park over the years has been significant which is why continuing to invest in improvements is a priority for the Tasmanian Liberal Government.

A range of projects to limit and manage visitor impacts to the Park and the Overland Track have been invested in to protect the natural and cultural values of the Park while also ensuring a world class visitor experience.

This includes the new Cradle Mountain visitor centre and amenities, walker huts and shelters, improved road access and parking facilities, an extensive walking track network, the introduction of the shuttle bus system, and the new Dove Lake viewing shelter, which will open in Spring this year.

We have truly come a long way in 100 years, and I would like to congratulate all the staff from the Parks and Wildlife Service for the work undertaken to preserve this special place.

As this week is also National Volunteer Week, I would also like to thank the powerhouse of our committed Parks and Wildlife volunteers, including Wildcare Friends of Cradle Mountain, and all our other individual volunteers as well as other volunteer groups right across our beautiful state.

For more information about Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park please visit the PWS website

Tasman National Park upgrades improve visitor experience

Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Parks

Tasman National Park upgrades improve visitor experience 

5 July 2021

The visitor experience at Tasman National Park has been enhanced with several projects and upgrades now complete, providing a world-class experience at one of the state’s most picturesque tourist destinations. 
 
In response to growing numbers of Tasmanians holidaying at home along with interstate tourists, upgrades to car parking, boat launching facilities, and the viewing platform at Maingon Bay were undertaken.
 
The facilities have been designed to provide visitors with the opportunity to explore the peninsula, while ensuring the natural environment of the National Park is protected for generations to come.
 
Just a short distance from Hobart, we know the Tasman National Park is a popular destination for those wishing to see the spectacular rock formations, to take on the multi-day Three Capes Track or shorter walks to Cape Hauy, Crescent Bay, Mt Brown, Cape Raoul and Shipstern Bluff.
 
The area is also a popular location for boating enthusiasts, which is why we recently upgraded boat and trailer parking at Pirates Bay, along with widening the access road to the boat ramp.
 
Other recent works on the Tasman Peninsula include:

  • Improvements to the staircase to the viewing platform at Remarkable Cave;
  • New walking tracks to Crescent Bay and Mount Brown including a new coastal viewing area at Maingon Blowhole and longer walks to Crescent Bay, Crescent Bay lookout and Mount Brown;
  • The re-development of the Stormlea Road carpark which included 50 additional vehicle spaces, a new toilet block, track head infrastructure and track improvements to both the Shipstern Bluff and Cape Raoul walking tracks; and
  • A new larger capacity carpark at Tasman Arch and Devils Kitchen, with a new toilet facility to be completed later this year.

The Tasmanian Liberal Government will also invest in coming years a further $1.5 million into the Tasman National Park to deliver new viewing platforms and lookouts showcasing the Tasman Arch geological features and improved visitor information and accessibility.