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Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park


The first overnight stop on the Overland Track is at Waterfall Valley.  There is a well equipped new hut about a hundred metres from the original hut.  The latter is in an idyllic setting amongst pencil pines and scoparia with a blanket of deep green moss covering the ground.


The descent into Waterfall Valley hut

The walk in is about 3 1/2 hours on a dry well constructed track.  The walk can be taken in a day but as with all walks beyond Dove Lake, precautions are required. The only difficult section is the climb up to Marion's Lookout.  The section is not that long - about 15 minutes of a very steep section.  An alternative is to take the Horse Track past Crater Peak - no hard steep sections.  Superb views on either track.  An hour or more is needed to explore Waterfall Valley.


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Two small creeks run through Waterfall Valley to the east of the track.  A labyrinth of tracks lead down to numerous very picturesque waterfalls and cascades.


Looking back towards Cradle Mountain from near the Barn Bluff track junction.  1/2 hour walk from the Valley.

BARN BLUFF dominates the skyline to the west on the first day of the Overland Track.  Scoparia bush starting to flower in the foreground.