Cradle Mountain - Wildlife
Cradle Mountain National Park is a heaven for wildlife which is plentiful throughout the park. Have a look at the different species to get detailed information when and where you can spot them. Most of them are used to humans and let you watch them as long as you don't get to close.
They are crepuscular and nocturnal. The best chance for a sighting is at dusk and dawn. They also venture out for feeding on cool and overcast days. The famous Cradle Mountain is crowded with day visitors but in the late afternoon it becomes quiet and peaceful, and you may spot several wombats near the Interpretation Center, Waldheim Lodge, and Cabins.
- Wallabies and pademelons
Can be spotted late afternoon and evening especially near Waldheim Lodge and Cabins. Pademelons are also often seen around the self-catering cabins.
Active until the end of summer (March/April) before they hibernate again until late October to mid-November.
- Tasmanian Devils
Possible to spot but rare. Unfortunately, cases of devil facial tumor disease are reported recently. Trowunna close to Cradle Mountain is an excellent Wildlife Park to see them relatively close.
- Possums are seen during the night frequently close to garbage bins and around the cottages.
- Platypus is extremely difficult to spot, coming out when it's almost dark. We haven't seen any yet.
Snow in winter usually from July to September with an average day temp of 6°C / 43°F. It can get pretty cold during the night (below 0°C). Snow can occur even in November with a temp of 0°C / 32°F at daytime. More stable weather from December to April with warmer temps. The warmest months are January and February. The coldest months are July and August. Anyhow, the weather is unpredictable in Tassie. Be prepared for 4 seasons in one day even in summer. Autumn from late April to May is an exceptional time with colors ranging from gold to deep red.
We spotted wombats and wallabies near the Interpretation Center each evening; marked at Google maps. Some lazy wombats use the boardwalks to move forward. Wombats, pademelons, and wallabies are abundant in this park. Three different species of wombats exist. They are about one meter in length and digging huge burrow systems with claws and front teeth. Attacks on people with teeth and claws can happen.
Different species of wallabies can be found everywhere in Tassie and so at Cradle Mountain. They are a member of the kangaroo family and often named after their habitat, like the brush wallaby, the shrub wallaby, and the rock wallaby.
Bring clothes that you can layer on and a rainproof jacket. If you don’t book your accommodation, self-catering cottage in advance; expect a much higher rate at the day of arrival.