Archaeological research has revealed many old aboriginal sites containing caves, rocks, shelters and stone tools indicating the aborigines traveled through Cradle Valley occasionally resting on the mountain itself. Aboriginal use of Cradle Mountain and surrounding areas date back to the last ice age. The use of the mountain was non-permanent, and used for seasonal hunting during summer.
About 20000 years ago a slow moving glacier covered the central plateau. The glacier developed hollows in the highland surface which created the beautiful lakes we now find in cradle valley. As the ice moved down through the valley it tore away rocks from the sides of mountain peaks like Cradle Mountain. Therefore Cradle mountain was carved by glacial ice.
It is rich in flora and fauna and its beauty attracts people from all over.
Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of Tasmania's World Heritage area. The park covers an area of 124 942 ha which is characterized by a rugged, glaciated landscape with over 25 major peaks and a wide range of glacial formations