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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 we leave our walking itinerary flexible to suit our guests and the weather conditions on the day.
After departing Launceston we enjoy a short stop in Sheffield – The Town of Murals. Sheffield is a small and quirky village where the history of the Cradle Mountain region is depicted in artworks across the buildings throughout the town, this includes the opportunity to see the famous Eason’s Mural.
We continue our journey into the mountains and arrive at Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake with around 5 hours of possible walking time before us. We begin with a series of short walks to Rainforest City and Pencil Pine Falls. From here we can choose from the gentle and iconic Dove Lake Circuit an easy 2 hour walk with amazing mountain views. For the more active, we offer the chance to climb to the loftier heights of Marion’s Lookout. This walk is well rewarded with amazing 360 degree views of the surrounding World Heritage wilderness area.
Enjoy lunch by a quiet stream, watch the famous and friendly Cradle wombats in their natural habitat, or enjoy the many photographic opportunities that abound. Learn some of the local history as we visit Weindorfer’s Chalet and see the ancient King Billy Pines on Weindorfer’s Forest Walk.
Cradle Mountain is the backdrop for a truly memorable and not to be missed Tasmanian experience.
On our return to Launceston, we stop to refresh and refuel at the delicious Van Dieman's Land Ice Creamery and Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm. We return into Launceston around 6.00 – 6.30pm after a huge yet unforgettable Cradle Mountain day.
Highlights • Explore Cradle Mountain National Park & World Heritage Area (4-5 hours) • Stand on the shore of the spectacular setting of Dove Lake • Enjoy a guided introductory walk and interpretation to the area • Take on the Dove Lake Circuit walk (easy grade 6km’s 2-3 hours) • Or, take on the harder walk to the lofty views of Marion’s Lookout (medium grade 3 hours) • Explore the historic Weindorfers Chalet • Visit Sheffield the ‘Town of Murals’ an outdoor art gallery with murals painted across the town showing the history of the area. • Enjoy a delicious stop at Van Dieman’s Land Ice Creamery & Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm to refresh & refuel after a full day out in the mountains.
Inclusions • National Park entrance fee • Professional guides & interpretative walks • Small, friendly groups • Hotel pick up/drop off available from select locations only
What to bring/wear
•Sensible shoes for walking
• A variety of warm clothing, beanie/hat/gloves
• Weatherproof jacket if possible
• Water Bottle, Snacks, Lunch (or buy it on the day)
• Sense of adventure
Duration: 1 Day
Departs: Launceston 7.30am
Returns: Launceston 6.30 – 7.00 pm
Days: Wednesday, Friday & Sunday (01 May – 30 Nov)
Days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday (01 Dec – 30 April)
Our tours are active and visit National Parks and wild areas that involve some walking. We focus on the great short walks of Tasmania. Although most of the walks are classified as easy, a suitable level of general health & fitness and physical abilities is essential. All tour participants will be participating in outdoor, active activities and therefore subject to the outdoor weather conditions of the day.
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 how to view wildlife with patience and respect. Activities are always confined to tracks and boardwalks to minimise negative impacts.
- Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area
- Dove Lake
- Weindorfers Chalet
- Rainforest City short walk
- Pencil Pine Falls short walk
- Dove Lake Circuit Walk (easy grade 6km's) or
- Marion’s Lookout (medium grade )
- Guided walks & interpretation
- Sheffield – historic ‘Town of Murals’
- Van Dieman's Land Ice Creamery
- Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm