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Cradle Mountain | Tasmania, Australia

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Australia
41° 41' 4.2036" S, 145° 57' 4.7124" E
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Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain - Photo: Diedre Johnson

Cradle Mountain is a mountain in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania, Australia. Rising to 5068 ft (1545 m) above sea level, it is one of the principal tourist sites in Tasmania, owing to its natural beauty. The Cradle Mountain is composed of dolerite columns, similar to many of the other mountains in the area.

The area around the mountain has a large number of day walks, as well as being one terminus of the Overland Track. The Overland Track winds through a variety of landscapes to its opposite end – 50.2 mi (80.8 km) to the south – at Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest lake.

The mountain is climbed by tourists virtually year round. It is a strenuous return hike from the Dove Lake car park with a recommended allotted time of 6.5 hours. The climb up the rocky part of the mountain involves scrambling over large boulders for several hundred metres. The entire climb is exposed to any bad weather that may arrive quickly and at any time. The mountain itself is named after its resemblance to a gold mining cradle.

More infos: Wikipedia

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain - Photo: John Slaney

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain - Photo: mollerenshaw

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain - Photo: -jell-

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain - Photo: Henning Grap

SUBMITTED ON 11.14.2013.