See wombats in Tasmania at Ronny Creek, Cradle Mountain

Ronny Creek, Cradle Mountain National Park, Tasmania

Open 8 a.m. and 7 p.m. during summer (October through March) and 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m in winter.

1 - 3 hours

Cradle Mountain Parks Pass required

Family friendly



Is seeing wombats in Australia on your Australia Bucket List? Have you ever wondered where to see wombats in Tasmania?

If you answered yes to either of the above questions then keep on reading!

The best place to see wombats is Ronny Creek Tasmania. Ronny Creek Tasmania can be found in Cradle Mountain National Park.

Ronny Creek, Cradle Mountain is the perfect location for spotting wombats in the wild as the large grassy moorland area, with its tufts of button grass, makes Ronny Creek prime grazing land for wombats

The best time for spotting Cradle Mountain wombats is either early morning or late afternoon.

When searching for wombats at Cradle Mountain, you should start at the Ronny Creek carpark and make your way along the timber boardwalks.

The wombats at Cradle Mountain have learnt that hikers will travel along the boardwalks and not venture onto the grass. The more skittish wombats will keep well away from the boardwalks whereas the more confident animals will ignore hikers completely and either walk beside the boardwalks or sometimes even take advantage of them and turn them into their personal wombat highways.

If you are lucky, you will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with a wombat as they ignore you completely and munch their way in a never-ending search for green grass.

For more information about Cradle Mountain wombats you can visit the cradle mountain visitor centre.

Not sure if there are wombats in the area, just keep your eyes open for cube shaped wombat poop!

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See wombats in Tasmania at Ronny Creek, Cradle Mountain
Best time to see wombats in Tasmania

Best time to see wombats in Tasmania at Ronny Creek, Cradle Mountain is early in the morning or late in the afternoon.

How to get to Cradle Mountain

Hobart to Cradle Mountain – 4 hr 21 min (318.1 km) via National Highway 1

Deloraine to Cradle Mountain – 1 hr 36 min (99.7 km) via C136 and Cradle Mountain Rd

Launceston to Cradle Mountain – 2 hr 7 min (148.8 km) via National Highway 1

Devonport to Cradle Mountain – 2 hr 10 min (107.2 km) via Olivers Rd/C138

Parking facilities

Free parking is available at the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. You are required to display a valid Cradle Mountain Pass on your car window.

Cradle Mountain Entry Fee

You will need to purchase a Cradle Mountain Park Pass to enter Cradle Mountain National Park. You can find more about the Cradle Mountain Entry Fee here.

Cradle Mountain Shuttle Bus

To reduce traffic in the park, the Cradle Mountain shuttle bus was introduced in October 2018.

The Cradle Mountain shuttle bus is free but requires a valid National Parks Pass to obtain a ticket.

The shuttle bus departs every 15mins from the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre between the hours of 9am – 5pm (1 April to 30 September) and 8am – 6pm (1 October to 31 March).

The Cradle Mountain shuttle service operates seven days a week, free of charge.

Vehicle access into the park is only permitted outside of shuttle bus operating hours.

Limited parking is available at Waldheim & Ronny Creek.

What you should bring/wear

Weather conditions in Tasmania can change quickly and frequently, especially​ in mountain areas. Snow, rain, wind and sun are all possible at any time of the year. 

Wheelchair friendly?

There are several steps on the boardwalk at Ronny Creek but you would be able to travel part of the way with a wheelchair.

Where to stay nearby

Budget accommodation at Cradle Mountain, Tasmania:

Mid-range – luxury accommodation at Cradle Mountain, Tasmania:



Cradle Mountain – what to do nearby :

Popular Cradle Mountain Hiking Trails:

– Enchanted Walk Cradle Mountain

– Dove Lake Cradle Mountain

– Marions Lookout Cradle Mountain

– Cradle Mountain Summit Walk

Where to eat nearby :

Altitude restaurant Cradle Mountain

Peppers Cradle Mountain restaurant

Tavern bar and bistro Cradle Mountain

Hellyers restaurant Cradle Mountain

Popular tours nearby

Cradle Mountain World Heritage Day Tour from Launceston

Tasmania Flexi Attractions Pass

The Big 3 Tour Starting from Launceston

  • DAY 1: Cradle Mountain
  • DAY 2: Wineglass Bay & Freycinet
  • DAY 3: Port Arthur & Tassie Devils

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