Stormy Wilderness

Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park Tasmania, Australia

Cradle Mountain forms the northern end of the wild Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park, itself a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The jagged contours of Cradle Mountain epitomise the feel of a wild landscape, while ancient rainforest and alpine heathlands, buttongrass and stands of colourful deciduous beech provide a range of environments to explore. Icy streams cascading out of rugged mountains, stands of ancient pines mirrored in the still waters of glacial lakes and a wealth of wildlife ensure there is always something to captivate you. The area is one of the most popular natural areas in Tasmania. On this afternoon, after a day spent walking to the summit of Cradle Mountain, the clear skies were rapidly replaced by storm clouds before the rain came pelting down as I made my way back. Such weather is typical of my Cradle Mountain experiences, where the rain and and cloud have been persistent features of this wilderness area.