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Cradle Mountain Highlights Walk - 4 Days

Immerse yourself in the iconic wilderness of Cradle Mountain – 4-days, guided walk

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“Our guides were fantastic – experienced, approachable and did a great job in some difficult snowy conditions. It was a very scenic walk with some more challenging parts. There was always plenty of food including great dinners. The cabins in the park were excellent, cosy, warm and clean!” – Wahs, December 2023

Embark on a transformative 4-day Cradle Mountain guided walk with Park Trek, delving into the stunning landscapes of Tasmania. Traverse segments of the renowned Overland Track, witness wombats grazing on grassy plains, and conquer mountainous terrains for breathtaking views. Covering 35-40km, this journey takes you through glacial lakes, ancient rainforests, and hidden park highlights, all with just your day pack.

Immerse yourself in the pristine wilderness of Cradle Mountain, a highly sought-after walking destination. Let Park Trek’s expert guides enhance your experience, unveiling the secrets of one of Australia’s most iconic natural areas. This guided tour offers not only awe-inspiring scenery but also unparalleled health and wellbeing benefits. Join us on this wilderness immersive experience and discover the transformative power of nature in this stunning wilderness.

Walk with us and rejuvenate amidst the natural wonders of Tasmania.

2550
4 days
35 – 40km
10
Launceston
Launceston
Grade 2 – 4
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  • Small group (10 or less), day-pack only walking tour with magnificent walks and sightseeing.
  • Daily guided walks curated to immerse you in the region’s unique landscape, flora and fauna, including parts of the Overland Track, Dove Lake, Hansons Peak and Twisted Lakes.
  • Two Park Trek guides who are experienced, accredited and safety gear equipped. Our guides play a versatile role ensuring a seamless and enriching tour experience, they are our story tellers, our chefs, and our legends in the field!
  • Return transport ex-Launceston, and all tour transfers in our comfortable 12-seater mini-coach with luggage trailer.
  • 3 nights comfortable twin-share accommodation (limited single supplements at additional cost), with ensuites if available and sustainably provided.
  • 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 3 two-course dinners, plus trail mix, nibbles, fresh fruit, snacks, tea and coffee, biscuits / cake and non-alcoholic drinks throughout.
  • All National Park entry fees.
  • Carbon offset program per our sustainability principles.

DAY 1 – Cradle Valley Boardwalk, Weindorfers Forest and Waldheim 

Distance: 9kms, 4 hrs walking approx.
Grade: 2, easy

The trip departs out of Launceston at 7:45am 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 in a lovely location 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 we enjoy a delicious dinner out at a local restaurant.

Meals: Lunch and dinner

DAY 2 – Hansons Peak and Twisted Lakes

Distance: 10kms, 6-7hrs walking approx.

Grade: 3 – 4, hard 

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.

Tonight, there is opportunity for you to visit the Devils at Cradle, a world class wildlife conservation facility. Here you can encounter Tasmanian Devils in a sanctuary up close and personal. This is an optional extra at guests own expense.

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. Your guides may also choose to alter this walk depending on the weather on the day.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

DAY 3 – Lake Lilla, Wombat Pool, Marion’s Lookout and Crater Falls

Distance: 7.5kms, 4hrs walking approx.
Grade: 3 – 4, moderate to hard

Today’s walk takes in some of the most breathtaking alpine scenery in all of Australia. Starting at Dove Lake, we walk past Lake Lilla and Wombat Pools on our way to Marion’s Lookout. The ascent to Marion’s is an exciting steep and rocky section of track where we use chains to assist our climb to the viewing area. In fine weather, the views from Marion’s are magnificent and far reaching – with Cradle Mountain itself dominating the panorama.

From here we descend back towards Wombat Peak and turn onto the world-famous Overland Track towards 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 Myrtle Beech (or fagus) – Australia’s only seasonally deciduous native.

As we near the end of our days journey, we pass the magnificent Crater Falls, a series of 5-10 meter waterfall drops cascading their way through the beautiful rainforest for approximately 100m of our return to Ronny Creek.
In the afternoon, we return to our accommodation for some time to relax and pre-dinner nibbles.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.

Good quality warm, layered clothing and wet weather gear for today’s walk in the alpine zone is a must.

Side trip option: If time and safety permit, we may walk further on from Marion’s Lookout along the button grass plains to Kitchen Hut at the base of Cradle Mountain. This will add approx.1.5hrs of walking to your day.

DAY 4 – Dove Lake Circuit

Distance: 6kms, 2.5hrs walking approx.
Grade: 2, easy

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 boatshed 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 – some walks are highly weather dependent due to the region’s exposed alpine environment, and your guides may choose to alter the itinerary accordingly where necessary. They will always strive to provide the most scenic walks possible based around the local conditions.

*Walking times and distances may be adapted to the weather and groups needs based on guides discretion.

Each day we also provide fruit, snacks, tea and coffee and a nibbles platter.

Each evening after our days walking, we return back to our accommodation for some time to refresh and enjoy the spectacular scenery of the Cradle Valley. Your guides will curate a beautiful nibbles platter for you, providing the perfect setting for a relaxing evening. During this time, they will also conduct a briefing, offering insights into the days experiences and outlining your upcoming adventures. Using a map of the area, your guides will illustrate the various regions and walks we are set to explore in the days ahead.

We spend three nights at Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Park in comfortable two-bedroom cabin style accommodation – surrounded by native bush. The cabins contain shared bathroom facilities. There is a small lounge area with kitchenette, cosy gas log heating and an outdoor sitting area. The accommodation we provide offers a double bed for couples or two single beds to cover twin share.

Your guides will stay nearby – and their cabin will be used for breakfasts, lunch making and dinners.

You will be sharing the cabin (and bathroom) with other guests. Limited single supplement capacity is available on this tour.

For guests flying out of Launceston on the last night of tour, please don’t book flights before 7pm.

Single Supplement: We have limited availability for Single Supplement on this tour. Please enquire about availability and additional cost for SS with our reservations team at time of booking. Please note; by booking a SS you will have your own room in a one or two bedroom cabin with shared bathroom and living areas. Not all our accommodations have a private ensuite option.

When making your accommodation arrangements, please note Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston offer Park Trek guests a discounted rate.  Simply quote ‘Park Trek’ upon booking to receive this offer. 

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