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Tasmania's astonishing Cradle Mountain Huts Walk

17:30 AEST Sat Apr 13 2013

For many Australians, Tasmania's Cradle Mountain is high on their "things to do" list. The 1545 metre mountain is in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Its stunning natural beauty has made it one of the state's main tourist sites.

The mountain is composed of dolerite columns and has four named summits — Cradle Mountain, Smithies Peak, Weindorfers Tower and Little Horn. The area has a great history of mining and railways, pristine waterfalls, grass plains, rainforests and the freshest air imaginable.

Thanks to botanist Gustav Weindorfer who fell in love with the area in 1909 and declaring "this must be a National Park for the people for all time", it eventually became a World Heritage area. He spent 20 years tirelessly lobbying the government and built the first chalet in the area to attract visitors.

Jason made his way to the area with Tasmanian Expeditions' guide Holger Strie who told him there is a walk for anyone of any age and fitness. There are short walks right through to the 80km Overland Track which leads up hill and down dale through a variety of breathtaking landscapes. It ends at Lake St Clair, Australia's deepest freshwater lake.

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