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One hundred minutes from The Winged House is one of the last temperate rain forests in the world.  The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area incorporates the Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair, Walls of Jerusalem and Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Parks.

We recommend the Dove Lake circuit,  a one day outing from The Winged House,  as a first taste of  Tasmanian wilderness.  More experienced walkers could also try the Marion Lookout walk for sublime  and bracing views.  Medium effort and rougher tracks to the lookout are clearly marked.   Take lunch, some fruit, water, sun block and a hat.   Follow the signs to the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre (03 6492 1133).   From The Winged House the quickest route is via the B26 from the Wynyard round-about on the Bass Highway through Yolla to the A10 and C132.  Signs to Cradle Mountain are clearly marked.

National park group and family permits can be purchased at the visitors’ centre.  If you choose to leave your vehicle in the centre car park free shuttle buses connect all popular locations and walks and run every 15 minutes.   This is an easy and spectacular introduction to Cradle Mountain after which you can plan more extensive exploration of the entire world heritage area through the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service  www.parks.tas.gov.au.