1 Day Cradle Mountain Tour

    This day tour starts and finishes in Launceston and takes you up to the central Tasmanian plateau to see Cradle Mountain. Located in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, it is classed as one of Australias best National Parks.

    Cradle Mountain National Park is an area of iconic scenery with a wide variety of walking trails to choose from in this stunning World Heritage-listed area. With around 5 hours to spend in the National Park on our Cradle Mountain tours, we leave our walking itinerary flexible to suit our guests and the weather conditions on the day.

    Take our Cradle mountain tour from Launceston to walk through the Enchanted Forest and around the spectacular scenery of Dove Lake. An impossibly beautiful area of Tasmania Lake St Clair National Park is well worth a visit.

    Experience ancient rainforests, alpine heaths, glacial lakes, rugged mountains and close encounters with our local wildlife on your Cradle Mountain tour.

    Per person

    $130

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      Itinerary

      Cradle mountain tour from Launceston

      After departing Launceston we enjoy a short stop in Sheffield – The Town of Murals. Sheffield is a small and quirky rural village, in the foothills of the mountains. Sheffield is Tasmania’s own outdoor art gallery, featuring over 100 paintings on the walls of buildings across the town. The artwork depicts the history of the Cradle Mountain region, and is a great taster of what is to come, before we continue onwards into the mountains.

      Arriving into the Cradle Mountain National Park, we prepare for the walking opportunities ahead of us. We aim for around 4 – 5 hours in the National Park, to really make the most of the trails. We begin with a series of short walks to Rainforest City and Pencil Pine Falls, 2 short and easy walks that introduce us to the area.

      Our main hike for today’s tour, begins from Dove Lake with 2 walking options available. Here you can choose your preferred main walk. There is the iconic Dove Lake Circuit which is a 6 kilometer track, classified as easy and usually takes 2-3 hours. This is one of the premier walks in Tasmania, the track undulates around Dove Lake and traverses beneath Cradle Mountain. All the magnificent flora can viewed on this walk, with buttongrass, myrtle, sassafras, fagus and King Billy Pine along the way, along with epic views of Cradle Mountain. For the more active and avid hiker, we offer the chance to climb to the loftier heights of Marion’s Lookout. This is around 4 kilometers but is classified as a medium-grade hike, with some steep sections. Marion’s Lookout sits at 1200m, and provides breathtaking 360-degree views of the surrounding World Heritage wilderness area.

      We stop along the way for a lunch break, enjoy a rest by a quiet stream, watch the famous and friendly Cradle wombats in their natural habitat, or take the time to photograph the landscapes. Learn some of the local history as we visit Weindorfer’s Chalet and see the ancient King Billy Pines on Weindorfer’s Forest Walk.

      On our return to Launceston, we stop and sample some local tasty products at the award-winning Ashgrove Cheese Factory.

      We return to Launceston around 6.00 – 6.30 pm after a huge yet unforgettable Cradle Mountain day. Cradle Mountain is the backdrop for a truly memorable and not to be missed Tasmanian experience.

      Highlights
      What To Bring
      Important Booking Info
      FAQs
      • Walking Trails of the World Heritage Listed Cradle Mountain
      • The quirky village of Sheffield
      • Dove Lake Flora & Fauna
      • Weindorfers Chalet
      • Delicious Ashgrove Cheese Factory

      Essential things to pack

      • Sensible shoes for walking
      • A variety of warm & weatherproof clothing
      • Hat & Sunscreen
      • Large water bottle, snacks, lunch (or buy it on the day)
      • Camera
      • Sense of adventure

      Important Booking Info

      • Suitable for children over 8 years old.
      • Our tours are designed as full active days of fast-paced travel, we are also at times exposed to the outdoor conditions of the day.
      • On all tours, we offer a central city hotel or backpacker hostel pick up.
      • We do not offer a pick up from residential addresses or from Air BnB accommodation.
      • We operate small group Active Day Tours using Toyota Commuter and Toyota Coaster vehicles.  These seat maximum passengers of 13 or 20 respectively.
      • We consider our tours to be active, visiting National Parks and wild areas focusing on the great short walks of Tasmania. Although most of the walks are classified as ‘easy’, a suitable level of general health and fitness and physical abilities is essential.
      • We educate all our guests on ‘Minimal Impact Bushwalking’ and the ‘Leave No Trace’ policy’s before entering our National Parks. We provide accurate interpretation and keep wildlife disturbance to a minimum by viewing from appropriate distances and informing our guests about how to treat wildlife with patience and respect.

      FAQs

      What time does the tour start?

      All our tours are scheduled to depart the city at 7.30am. Our first pick up is normally at 7.00am. Your pick up time will be confirmed at the time of booking depending on your hotel or hostel location.

      Are any meals included?

      We do not supply lunch, snacks or beverages on our tours, but we do stop along the way for you to purchase food to suit your budget and taste. This is usually a Bakery style stop in a regional town along the way to the main destination for the day. You will then be able to enjoy a lunch break during the tour day, usually somewhere scenic and suitable for a rest stop. However, if you prefer to bring your own snacks, please feel free to do so.

      How much luggage can I bring?

      As we operate small group Active Day Tours, our tour vehicles are not equipped to handle excess luggage.  On our Active Day Tours we expect that each traveller will have a day pack only to store your daily essentials such as drinks, jackets and sunscreen while on tour for the day.  No other luggage is able to be carried on our day tours.  If you are moving hotels or have onwards travels you will need to ensure this is stored for the day at your hotel/accommodation prior to boarding the tour bus.  If you attend a tour with luggage without consultation with our Reservations Team prior to travel, you may be refused entry to the tour vehicle.

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