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Cradle Mountain TasmaniaCentral Highlands, Tasmania

Cradle Mountain Small Group Walking Tour

$1,999

This exciting walking holiday takes you on an escorted adventure through iconic Cradle Mountain National Park. The small group tour ticks all the boxes for comfort and convenience, combined with spectacular wilderness experiences. It’s a fully-guided, pack-free tour with approximately 35-40 kms walking!

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Description

Cradle Mountain Tassie Guided Hiking Tour – 4 days

This exciting walking holiday takes you on an escorted adventure through magnificent Cradle Mountain National Park. It’s a fully-guided, pack-free tour with approximately 35-40 kms walking.

Enjoy four days of guided hiking through one of Tasmania’s most desirable walking destinations. Experience the stunning wilderness region and walk segments of the famous Overland Track. Spot wombats grazing on the grassy plains and hike over mountainous terrain for breathtaking views. This tour will help you discover glacially carved lakes, ancient rainforests and many of the hidden highlights in one of Australia’s most iconic natural areas and a truly inspiring location to visit!

This walking trip ticks all the boxes for comfort and convenience, combined with active outdoor experiences. The ease of carrying just your day pack, hearty meals, pleasant accommodation and professional guides to lead this small group of 10 travellers or less!

Why you’ll love this trip:

  • Experience a diverse range of landscapes in Tasmania’s north-west region.
  • Enjoy close encounters with native wildlife.
  • Be invigorated and inspired by breathtaking views and fresh mountain air.
  • Enjoy a hassle-free holiday on a professionally guided small group tour!

Your Holiday Includes:

  • Guided tour – Small group tour maximum 10 travellers
    • Walks each day with experienced guides
  • Accommodation – 3 nights Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Park
    • Cabin-style in two bedroom cottages, shared bathroom facilities
  • Meals – 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Sightseeing – Amazing walks including parts of the Overland Track, Dove Lake,
    • Hanson’s Peak & Twisted Lakes
    • Includes all national park entry fees
  • Services – Return group transfer from Launceston to Cradle Mountain

Departs from Launceston, Tasmania:

2021 – 02 November, 09 December

2022 – 04 January, 11 May

Note: Departures are subject to confirmation at time of booking and price may vary depending on your travel date.

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Want to Stay Longer or Upgrade?

You can add extra nights in Tasmania to extend your stay. We can also provide a quote for car hire or flights from Australian capital cities.

Ask us today about including other accommodation or adding more services. We are happy to design a holiday that will suit you best.

Travelling Solo?

We can look after you. Please contact us for single traveller rates.

Booking Conditions:

This special deal is valid for a limited time. Please contact us for current rates.

All prices are per person, based on twin share, and listed in Australian dollars (AUD). The package is subject to confirmation at the time of booking and prices may change without notice. Booking conditions and cancellation fees apply.

Please read Australia & New Zealand Travel Company’s Terms & Booking Conditions prior to making a reservation. By booking any travel service with us, you have agreed to be bound by these terms and conditions.

How to Book

To make a booking please call Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email reservations@anztravelco.com.

You can also select a trip and request it via this website – please make sure you enter the quantity for the number of people travelling. In the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page, add your preferred departure date plus any other information that will help us process your booking, such as departure city and travel preferences.

No payment is required to submit an online booking request, but your booking is pending and no place is being held. Your booking status will be advised when you hear from our travel consultants. Bookings are normally actioned within 24 hours – Monday to Friday.

Itinerary & Booking Info

Travel Style

Escorted walking tour

Itinerary

ITINERARY:

DAY 1 – 9km, 4 hrs approx. easy grade
The trip departs out of Launceston at 8am from the Hotel Grand Chancellor. Our initial drive takes us into the Mersey River valley, and along the base of the Great Western Tiers – before we stop after an hour or so for a morning tea break. From here it’s only another 1.5 hours before we arrive at Cradle Mountain village.
We will stop at the main visitor centre to pick up our passes, then have lunch on the edge of the park before heading out on our main walk for the day – the Cradle Valley Boardwalk. This easy walk takes us along the course of the Dove River and features a vast assortment of native flora. In early summer the endemic Tasmanian Waratah flowers are particularly magnificent.
Once at Ronny Creek, we go searching for wombats across the buttongrass plains before looping around to the historic Waldheim Chalet – originally built by the parks founding pioneer Gustav Weindorfer, and the site of Cradle Mountains first tourism venture. Here we enjoy a short walk through an ancient forest of myrtle beech and king billy pine, before meeting back up with the bus for afternoon tea. Here your guides will be able to point out some of the parks notable landmarks, and discuss our route options for the next few days.
In the afternoon, if energy and time permits – we will head back to near the entrance of the park and take part in a series of short walks that showcase old-growth rainforest, waterfalls, and more mature stands of king billy pine.
Then it’s off to our accommodation to get ourselves checked in and comfortable before pre-dinner antipasto.
Tonight’s dinner is a lovely 2 course meal prepared by your guides.
Meals: Lunch and dinner

DAY 2 – 10km, 6-7hrs approx. hard grade
Today’s walk takes in some of the most breathtaking alpine scenery in all of Australia. It involves a circuit hike to the base of Cradle Mountain – taking in Marions Lookout, Kitchen Hut and returning via the Horse Track.
After breakfast and lunch making, we jump aboard the bus and venture back to Waldheim. From here we follow the world-famous Overland Track across buttongrass plains and forest, steadily climbing to the glacially formed Crater Lake. This lake features an old boat shed, and during autumn is one of the best locations in the state to see the changing foliage colour of the deciduous beech (or fagus) – Australia’s only seasonally deciduous native.
Our ascent becomes steeper, and the views become grander – as Dove Lake comes into view far below. Along the way there is a short section of track where a chain is used to assist walkers progress. In fine weather, the views from Marions Lookout are magnificent and far reaching – with Cradle Mountain itself dominating the panorama.
The tracks gradient eases as we continue across the alpine landscape to Kitchen Hut – our intended lunch and turn around point. This hut provides a welcome relief for walkers caught out in adverse weather – which in Tassie seems to be possible at any given time! Good quality warm, wet weather gear for the alpine zone is a must.
After lunch – we wave goodbye to the towering dolerite cliff lines of Cradle Mountain, and return via the Horse Track. This unique aspect affords us views deep into some of the even more remote areas of the park, and is often less frequented than other tracks. There is an excellent rocky outcrop which gives an elevated view straight down to Crater Lake far below. From here we descend back to Ronny Creek.
This is a long and challenging day – with world class natural scenery, however easier options are available. Please feel free to discuss these options with your guides.

Once back at the bus – it’s back to our accommodation for pre-dinner antipasto.
Tonight’s dinner is a fabulous 2 course meal prepared by your guides.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 3 – 10km, 5-6 hrs approx. hard grade
After breakfast and lunch making, we depart for another scenic walk – this time taking in the parks eastern highlights.
Starting from Dove Lake we will take the Lake Rodway track up and over Hansons Peak – which provides us with a completely different view of Cradle Mountain and the surrounding lakes. The climb to the top of the peak is at times steep and uneven underfoot, and a chain is provided on nearing the summit to assist walkers.
Once over the other side, we pick up our return route via the Twisted Lakes and Lake Hanson – remnants of glacial scouring from previous ice ages. These pools are very tranquil and are encompassed by endemic pencil pines and fagus. This section is normally very peaceful, a bit of a hidden gem, and we will find ourselves a nice rocky outcrop for lunch whilst we soak up the views.
If energy and time permits – an hour and a half extension can be made to visit the eastern face of Cradle Mountain, and the reflective waters of Artists Pool.
We loop back to the Lake Rodway Track completing the circuit, and reverse our inward journey – returning to Dove Lake to meet the bus.
Again, this is a challenging day with lots of variation in elevation, and at times can be quite rough and wet underfoot. Easier options are available – so please feel free to discuss these options with your guides.
Tonight, we enjoy a delicious dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner

DAY 4 – 6 km, 2.5 hrs approx. easy grade
This morning is our last at Cradle Mountain. After breakfast and lunch making, we pack-up the trailer head out for our final walk – the Dove Lake Circuit. This is one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks and a must-do for anyone visiting the park.

This 6km loop is a lovely way to wind down from your adventure – as it is mostly flat and even underfoot with only a couple of short hills. It allows you to fully focus on the looming backdrop of Cradle Mountain high above and the numerous waterfalls which cascade down towards the lake from the surrounding slopes.
We visit the much-photographed boat shed on the shores of the lake, and encounter more local species of rainforest plant that only grow in the wettest of conditions – including native plum, sassafras and the aptly named “horizontal.” One section through the “Ballroom Forest” is particularly magical. Part way around, the Honeymoon Islands provide a focal point for visiting kayakers – and for those of us game, a couple of white sandy beaches make top spots for an icy alpine swim! For the saner amongst us, they also provide a nice place for a snack and a rest.
We finish our loop atop the impressive formation of Glacier Rock, which provides us with a final vista across the landscapes we have explored for the past four days.
After lunch, we jump back on the bus and start our return journey back to Launceston. En-route we will stop by in the lovely little town of Sheffield – where we should have ample time for a break and a wander around the muralled streets.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch

Please note: The day by day descriptions published are intended as an indicative guide only. Travel by nature is unpredictable. Weather patterns, road and water conditions, public holidays, travel restrictions and a multitude of other factors may necessitate itinerary changes that ultimately are for the client’s benefit. It is essential that clients are flexible and open minded in this regard.

What to expect & fitness levels

If you are joining a Park Trek tour there are a few things to note:
• Most healthy adult can participate in a Park Trek walking holiday. If you can walk upwards of 15 kilometres or more in a day, carrying a lightweight day pack, you will find our tours totally achievable.
• While we typically walk on well forged walking tracks, the quality and degree of difficulty can vary greatly. You may find some tracks rocky and lumpy underfoot, soft and sandy, or muddy and slippery.
• Sometimes there is the need to negotiate obstacles such as fallen trees, sections of scree or steep steps.
• Ensure you come along with, not only the right footwear, rain gear and clothing, but also the right frame of mind!

How to Book

Bookings can be made by calling Australia & New Zealand Travel Company on 1300 168 910 or email to reservations@anztravelco.com.

Online booking requests may also be submitted via this website by selecting a trip. Please make sure you include your preferred departure date in the ‘Additional Information’ field on the Checkout page.

Bookings are pending and not confirmed until you receive a status update from an Australia & New Zealand Travel Company consultant.

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