Park Trek » Tarkine & Cradle Mountain 5-day walking tour
Park Trek walking holidays, Australia
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Duration: 5 days
Location: Ex Launceston
Price: $2050 including GST
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Cradle Mountain across Dove Lake

This tour includes combines the magnificent Tarkine Wilderness and the world-renowned Cradle Mountain. Spend three days exploring the rainforest and coastal region of the Tarkine with the cruise on the MV Arcadia, a hike up Mount Donaldson and a visit to beautiful Philosophers Falls.

We spend two days wandering the trails of Cradle Mountain and embark on some fantastic hikes visiting Dove Lake and Marion’s Lookout. The beauty of this trip is that it combines two great destinations in the one tour.

You’ll travel with our local, passionate Tasmanian guiding team and enjoy healthy, wholesome and hearty meals. As with all Park Trek tours, the focus is on hiking and exploring the natural surrounds, connecting with the natural world.

The hiking on this tour is moderate with one harder day while in Cradle Mountain. You’ll enjoy waterfalls, coast, rainforest and mountains along with plenty of wildlife and comfortable accommodation.

 

2019 dates

  • Saturday 26 to Wednesday 30 October
  • Tuesday 19 to Saturday 23 November
  • Sunday 8 to Thursday 12 December

 

2020 dates

  • Thursday 13 to Monday 17 February
  • Tuesday 21 to Saturday 25 April

 

Inclusions

  • Two nights’ accommodation at the Corinna Wilderness Experience and two nights at Cradle Mountain Discovery Village
  • All transport and guiding with return transfers from Launceston
  • 4 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 4 dinners
  • Plenty of fresh fruit, trail mix, tea/coffee/hot chocolate and snacks
  • River cruise on MV Arcadia
  • Amazing walks including Mt Donaldson, Tarkine north coast, Philosophers Falls, Montezuma Falls, Dove Lake and Ronnie Creek
  • Small group of 10 or less
  • All National Park entry fees

Itinerary

Day 1 – Tarkine Wilderness

9km walking, (approx. 2.5 hours) easy grade

We depart Launceston at 8am.

Enroute we stop in the coastal village of Penguin to enjoy morning tea and a trip briefing with our guides. By 11am we’ll be on our way to Hellyer Gorge. This is a brilliant short one-hour return walk through the beautiful Tarkine rainforest.

We enjoy lunch here among some of Tasmania’s oldest forest environments. We will then head off and the afternoon walk is a two hour walk through towering myrtle and sassafras to the beautiful Philosophers Falls. We then head off to Corinna Wilderness Lodge – our place of stay for the next two nights.

We enjoy dinner at Corinna’s onsite Tannin Restaurant (drinks at own expense).

Meals: Lunch and dinner

Cabin style accommodation at Corinna Wilderness Lodge

Day 2 – Tarkine Wilderness

12km (approx. 3-4 hours walking ) easy grade

Today sees us departing our place of stay around sunrise as we are taking the boat MV Arcadia down to the mouth of the Pieman River and out onto the wild Tarkine Coast. It’s an absolutely stunning piece of coastline and a scenic paradise.

The historic Huon pine vessel the Arcadia takes approximately one and a half hours to travel the 22km down to the Pieman Heads where you will disembark with your Park Trek guides and explore the wild Pieman Heads.

Tarkine river smallThe track can be muddy and wet in places as it deviates in and out of the coast. There is the opportunity for a lunchtime swim if weather permits.

We spend the whole morning out on the trail. We come across many Aboriginal middens that line the coast and may be lucky enough to spot a Tasmanian Devil in the wild.

We make our way north before turning around to retrace our steps and hop back on board the MV Arcadia for lunch and an early afternoon cruise back to Corinna.

We are back mid-afternoon and there is also the option of a paddling a canoe on the Pieman or Whyte river where you have a good chance of seeing platypus in the wild. Or else you can always relax on the porch of your cabin.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Cabin style accommodation at Corinna Wilderness Lodge

Day 3 – Tarkine Wilderness

8km (approx. 3 hours walking ) moderate grade

After breakfast and lunch making we pack up and head off to Mount Donaldson. This is a three-hour circular hike to the summit of Mt Donaldson where we enjoy morning tea on top of Mt Donaldson with spectacular views into the heart of the Tarkine – one of the best panoramic vistas in the area.

We then head off to Cradle Mountain and check into our cabins at the Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Park.

Meals – breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight: Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Park

Day 4 – Cradle Mountain National Park

View of Cradle Mountain in the distance10km walking (approx. 6 hours) moderate to hard

We depart for the day after breakfast and making lunches. Today we partake in a very scenic 10 km walk.

Starting from Ronnie Creek we will take the Lake Lilla Track up to Lake Lilla and then head onto Wombat Pool and Crater Lake.

From here we make our way up to Marion’s Lookout, which includes a very steep climb and Kitchen Hut. We then head back via the Horse Track to meet the vehicle.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Overnight: Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Park

Day 5 –Cradle Mountain National Park

6kms walking (approx. 2 hours) easy grade

After breakfast and lunch making we head off on a stunning two-hour loop walk around Dove Lake.

We will wander through typical Tasmanian rainforest. The Lake is one of the best-known walks in Tasmania, the Dove Lake Circuit is one of the best short walks in the Cradle Mountain region.

At just 6 km, the flat, gravel and duckboard track is very easy going, leaving you to focus entirely on the jagged peak of Cradle Mountain, which looms above the track.

Along the way, there is a great mix of terrain including scrubby button grass, sandy beaches, cascading streams and at the mid-point of the walk, a very special rainforest known as the Ballroom Forest.

If time permits, we can enjoy one of the short walks near the entrance of Cradle Mountain National Park to showcase the rainforest, waterfalls and magnificent Kingbilly pines including the King Billy Walk and Enchanted Walk. Here we will see some different endemic flora of Tasmania.

We then make our way back to Launceston returning approx. 4-4.30pm.

About our accommodation

Corinna Wilderness Experience (2 nights)

Our eco wilderness retreat cottages have their own private facilities; all linen is included. Our accommodation includes two-bedroom cottages which have a twin room and double room, shared bathroom plus its own lounge and kitchen area.

Each cabin has its own bathroom, but none of the individual rooms within the cabin have their own en-suite. You can choose a single supplement if you would prefer not to share a room, this means you would have one room in the two-bedroom cabin and could be sharing the cabin (and bathroom) with one or two other guests.

Corinna runs on solar power so just be mindful of this, there is electricity for charging devices, but no television, mobile coverage or WIFI at Corinna. For heating purposes, there is a small gas-fired log fire in each cabin.

Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Park (2 nights)

We spend two nights at Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Park in comfortable two bedroom cottage accommodation. These have shared bathroom facilities between the two rooms and a separate toilet.

The cottages have a small lounge and kitchenette area and each bedroom has a queen bed or two single beds.

A rustic outdoor dining area is where we serve breakfast and dinner and it is where we make our lunches. If you have booked a single room you will have your own room in a two bedroom cabin. You may be sharing the cabin (and bathroom) with one or two other guests.

Single supplement

If you would like to book a single supplement room for this tour, the cost is $300 per person.

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