Devonport to Cradle Valley

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesEast Devonport
FinishCradle Valley
DifficultyDifficulty 1/5
Suitable for4WD AWD 2WD Caravan Camper Motorhome Bike 
Distance86.43 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed61.78 km/hr
Driving Time1 hr 23 mins
Page Updated: 13 Jun 2008


This trek note begins at the historic port town of Devonport which is the port where you would have docked from one of the vehicle carrying ferries aptly named ‘Spirit of Tasmania’. After passing quarantine, you head south towards the historic and artistic town of Sheffield. This old farming town which is concealed amongst the foothills of Mount Roland, features a beautiful display of murals that illustrate the history of the Kentish district. There are many galleries and you may even meet the local artists and watch them work.

So far you would have experienced a region filled with gorgeous rolling hills, fertile pastures and farming hamlets. Travelling from Sheffield, this environment eventually changes to deep wilderness as you head towards Middlesex Plains and then onto Cradle Valley. This valley lies within the Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park which features Dove Lake and the savage but spectacular Cradle Mountain.

The trek itself finishes not far from the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre which is located just inside the national park entrance. Please note that camping is not allowed in the day use area around Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain itself and you do need a park entry permit to enter. For more information on accommodation or permits, please contact the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre on: (03) 6492 1110.

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Travelling along Sheffield Road, you should experience rolling hills of lush green and fertile pastures passing many little towns including farming hamlets and enclaves. As you leave the town of Sheffield on Claude Road and pass Mount Roland, the farming pastures begin to diminish and make way for wilderness of valleys and thick dark forests. Middlesex Plains offer a reprieve from the undulating terrain and forests until you head towards Cradle Valley which offers spectacular scenery.


Make sure you are well stocked up with fuel and supplies such as food and water. During the winter months it can get very cold (near zero degrees) so if travelling during this time, it is essential to bring adequate clothing. If you are thinking of going hiking - bring suitable hiking equipment such as hiking boots, hat and sunscreen and consider taking a handheld UHF Radio and GPS Units. You could also consider carrying a Personal Locator Beacon (PLB).


Entry into Tasmania’s National Parks including Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park requires a Park Pass. Prices are as follows :-
  • Daily (24hrs) parks pass for one vehicle (up to 8 people) costs $22

  • Daily (24hrs) parks pass for a single hiker, bus occupant, bike rider costs $11

  • Holiday (up to 8 weeks) parks pass for one vehicle (up to 8 people) costs $56

  • Holiday (up to 8 weeks) parks pass for a single hiker, bus occupant, bike rider costs $28
More information can be found by clicking: Tasmanian National Parks Entry Fees

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol
4cyl 12 litres4cyl 14 litres4cyl 17 litres
6cyl 13 litres6cyl 16 litres6cyl 15 litres
8cyl 13 litres8cyl 14 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

Best Time To Visit

The warmer summer months are the best time to travel to Cradle Valley as it can get very cold during the winter months.

Closest Climatic Station

Sheffield School Farm
Distance from Trek Mid Point 13.96km E
Mean Max. °C21.921.619.816.513.611.610.811.713.
Mean Min. °C10.610.
Mean Rain mm48.845.561.366.587.1104.7114.4133.0125.478.493.568.1
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

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LocationsDistanceDirection Time
East Devonport to Quoiba5.99 kmSW213° 6 min
Quoiba to Spreyton1.63 kmS171° 1 min
Spreyton to Lower Barrington10.95 kmSW212° 12 min
Lower Barrington to Sheffield12.17 kmS162° 9 min
Sheffield to Claude Road11.12 kmSW215° 11 min
Claude Road to O'Neil's Creek Parking Bay & Camp6.55 kmSW232° 4 min
O'Neil's Creek Parking Bay & Camp to Gowrie Park0.3 kmSW232°
Gowrie Park to Cethana4.77 kmW259° 4 min
Cethana to Moina9.82 kmW272° 17 min
Moina to Daisy Dell10.09 kmS197° 9 min
Daisy Dell to C132 & Cradle Mountain Road10.66 kmW266° 8 min
C132 & Cradle Mountain Road to Cradle Valley2.37 kmSW204° 2 min
East Devonport to Cradle Valley86.43 km  1 hr 23 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.


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