Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair National Park
One of Australia’s finest national parks
170 km west of Launceston. One of Australia’s finest national parks, and part of the World Heritage Area formed by the central Tasmanian wilderness (see www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.aspx?base=3462). At either end of the park there are trails which lead past lakes and fine mountain scenery. But the main thing here is the exceptional variety of wildlife, which includes wallabies, wildcats, possums and even the rare and intriguing Tasmanian devil (who’s much better in real life than in the ferociously nutty cartoon version).
In the early 1980s, this area was the focus of a world campaign to save it from commercial ruination. This was supported by British TV personality David Bellamy who, along with more than a thousand others, was willing to go to jail to protect this wilderness. They won, but some locals still feel aggrieved, so go easy with your opinions.
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