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Cradle Mountain: Day Trip from Launceston with Lunch

1. Cradle Mountain: Day Trip from Launceston with Lunch

Benefit from pickup at your hotel in Launceston, and travel in comfort to Cradle Mountain National Park. Take a 15-minute scenic tour through Sheffield to see some of the highlights of the Town of Murals along the way. Journey along the Great Western Tiers of the Central Highlands to arrive at Cradle Mountain Visitor Center. Get a short break before entering the national park to drive to Dove Lake. Embark on a guided nature walk through the rainforest and pass quartzite beaches. Discover the remnants of the last Ice Age at Glacier Rock. Then depart for Waldheim Chalet to enjoy a delicious lunch of fresh rolls, wraps, salad fillings, cheeses, and local meats. Get shown around the first accommodation to open in the national park before a short forest walk, time permitting. Make your way back to Launceston, stopping at the Ashgrove Cheese Farm to taste an amazing array of cheeses and other local produce along the way.

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Cradle Mountain: National Park Explorer Group Tour

2. Cradle Mountain: National Park Explorer Group Tour

Embark on a multi-stop trip through the best of Cradle Mountain National Park with guided tours and optional pickup and drop-off. Take in spectacular views, join a guided walk through the Weindorfers Forest, and spot local wildlife. After meeting your guide and getting on board, drive into the national park while listening to commentary about the park and tour. Journey to Dove Lake to capture great views of the lake and across to Cradle Mountain. Next, take a short drive to Waldheim Chalet, then get led through the ancient King Billy Pine Weindorfers Forest on a short 15-minute walk. Learn about the different tree and plant species and keep an eye out for some of the local animals. On return to the bus, feel some samples of the different unique timbers that are used by specialist timber workers. At the conclusion of the tour, get taken back to your hotel or other designated drop-off point.

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Tasmania in 6 Days: the Major Highlights and Attractions

3. Tasmania in 6 Days: the Major Highlights and Attractions

Day one: Port Arthur Historic Site Begin your trip with a pick up around 7:00 AM. After a quick look at Australia’s best preserved colonial village, Richmond, head south to explore Tasmania’s ruthless convict past at the World Heritage listed Port Arthur Historic Site. A guided walk and harbor cruise are included. Rich in visual history, learn of the chilling life of a convict in the restored sandstone prison buildings and preserved ruins. Day two: Hobart to Strahan Drive through the Derwent Valley. Travel east to west across the island. See the beautiful Russell Falls, walk among the Mt Field National Park tall trees, and visit Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, Lake St Clair. Explore the pristine Franklin-Gordon Wild River National Park and end the day in Strahan, where you will stay overnight. Day three: Wild West Coast  In the untouched wilderness of Tasmania’s West Coast, explore the shifting sands of Henty Dunes. Then continue into the Tarkine Rainforest and walk to Tasmania’s highest waterfall, Montezuma Falls. Stay overnight again in Strahan.  Day four: Cradle Mountain to Launceston  Around 950 meters above sea level is the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park. Here, choose a walk to take. With an extensive range of tracks, you can stroll around Dove Lake or challenge yourself with a hike to Marion’s Lookout. After, take a short drive through Sheffield, the town of murals, to Launceston for your overnight stay.  Day five: Launceston to Bicheno Start the day with a journey to the East Coast and the beautiful Bay of Fires, where the beaches are gleaming and the is water inviting. If the conditions are right, this is the perfect place for a swim. Tasmania’s most scenic coastal drive takes you from St Helens to Bicheno. Explore a wildlife sanctuary to meet the iconic Tasmanian devil and other iconic Tasmania wildlife. You will stay overnight at accommodation in Bicheno. Day six: Freycinet National Park to Hobart After breakfast, get ready for an early start to be the first to the Wineglass Bay lookout at the Freycinet National Park. Beat the crowds and the heat for that picture postcard photograph. Relax on a secluded beach or choose the more challenging Mount Amos or Hazards Beach walk. Continue further along the scenic east coast via the seaside towns of Swansea and Orford. Return to Hobart for 5:30 PM. 

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Cradle Mountain: Lost World Canyoning Tour with Photos

4. Cradle Mountain: Lost World Canyoning Tour with Photos

Get up close and personal with a unique part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and gain an introduction to the world of canyoning on this guided tour in Cradle Mountain. Enjoy a photo package to remember your experience. After a walk to the river, put on your wetsuit and listen as your guides give you a safety talk. Get all the canyoning gear you need for a safe adventure. Enter the Dove River and float your way through this pristine wilderness. If you want to add some more excitement to your experience, take part in optional jumps and other challenges along the tour. 

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Dove Canyon - Full-Day Canyoning Tour at Cradle Mountain

5. Dove Canyon - Full-Day Canyoning Tour at Cradle Mountain

An action packed day in an amazing place. After abseiling into the canyon, you'll soon come to Freestyle Falls and jump the seven meters into the deep pool below. You'll continue through the canyon, encountering five more waterfalls. A highlight is the Laundry Shoot – a massive natural water-slide in the heart of the canyon. Finding yourself in a large cave-like area, you bob towards the light at the end of the tunnel that seems to be sucking you toward it with more force the closer you get. Guides won’t spoil the surprise of what happens next...but it’s damn cool. After sliding off the last waterfall, you'll climb up out of the canyon, back to where our dry clothes are. You'll get changed here and walk back to the bus. The climb up out of the canyon is definitely the hardest part of the day physically. It takes about 20 minutes and is all up hill. This amazing part of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area can be seen by no way other than canyoning. There’s plenty of time to soak in the grandeur of the place in between the heart-pumping waterfalls. Dove Canyon is our most action packed adventure, but participants do not need previous experience – just a sense of adventure and ability to swim.

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From Launceston: Cradle Mountain Day Tour

6. From Launceston: Cradle Mountain Day Tour

After departing Launceston, enjoy a short stop in Sheffield – 'The Town of Murals' and explore this 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. Continue into the mountains and arrive at Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake with around 5 hours of possible walking time before you. Choose from the gentle and iconic Dove Lake Circuit or climb to loftier peaks to view the vastness of the surrounding World Heritage Area from Marion’s Lookout. Enjoy lunch by a quiet stream and watch the famous and friendly Cradle wombats in their natural habitat. Your guides will carefully assist to ensure everyone has an opportunity to enjoy walks that best suit them and the day ahead. On your return to Launceston, stop and sample some local tasty products at the award winning Ashgrove Cheese Factory.

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Cradle Mountain Wildlife Spotting after Dark

7. Cradle Mountain Wildlife Spotting after Dark

Your guide will collect you from your hotel at dusk, taking you on a 4 wheeled adventure! The pick-up is timed one hour before sunset. Heading for Ronny creek in the National Park, as the destination for exploration. Taking from the bus hand held torches and spot lights, you will walk quietly and slowly through the Mount Kate hut area. The aim is spot any native animals that have popped out early for a feed. The walk will then take to the local boardwalks of cradle valley. This location presents another great chance of catching wombats undergoing their daily grind.  Next stop, is a small drive away to Waldheim Chalet, where there is a short walk of about 20 minutes through the Weindorfers forest. On this walk you will have to look in the trees as well as along the floor to spot wildlife. Once the walk is complete the minibus will drive slowly, giving you more time to spot wildlife from the roadside on the way home.

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Tasmania in 3.5 Days: Strahan, Cradle Mountain, and Mt Field

8. Tasmania in 3.5 Days: Strahan, Cradle Mountain, and Mt Field

Day one: Hobart to Strahan Begin your trip with a pick up around 7:00 AM and drive through the Derwent Valley. Travel east to west across the island. See the beautiful Russell Falls, walk among the Mt Field National Park tall trees, and visit Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, Lake St Clair. Explore the pristine Franklin-Gordon Wild River National Park and end the day in Strahan, where you will stay overnight.  Day two: Wild West Coast In the untouched wilderness of Tasmania’s West Coast, explore the shifting sands of Henty Dunes. Then continue into the Tarkine Rainforest and walk to Tasmania’s highest waterfall, Montezuma Falls. Or you can choose to join the world-famous Gordon River Cruise at your own expense. Stay overnight again in Strahan.  Day three: Cradle Mountain to Launceston Around 950 meters above sea level is the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park. Here, choose a walk to take. With an extensive range of tracks, you can stroll around Dove Lake or challenge yourself with a hike to Marion’s Lookout. After, take a short drive through Sheffield, the town of murals, to Launceston for your overnight stay.  Day four: Launceston to Hobart This morning, take your transfer through the historic Tasmanian Midlands back to Hobart for 12:30 PM.

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From Launceston: 3-Day Tasmanian Tour to Hobart

9. From Launceston: 3-Day Tasmanian Tour to Hobart

See the big 3 highlights of Tasmania in just 3 days!  During 3 action packed days, our big 3 Tasmania tour explores some of the Island’s most scenic and world-renowned locations. Start your journey with a day out at Cradle Mountain World Heritage area. Travel onward to Hobart via Wineglass Bay, looking out at some of the world’s best coastal scenery. Lastly, walk among the history at the world heritage Port Arthur Historic Site and enjoy the action of a Tasmanian devil feeding. Experience the big 3 Tasmania tour with amazing guides. It is recommended that you arrive the night before you wish to begin your tour as the tour departs Launceston at 7.30am. On day 2 you will move between Launceston and Hobart, so this is the day you need to bring your luggage with you. Meals are not provided, but there are plenty of opportunities to stop for lunch and snacks on each tour to suit your taste and budget. Accommodation is also not included, but different options are available. Launceston to Hobart Itinerary: Day 1: Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area Departs Launceston 07:30 AM, Returns Launceston 07:00 PM - Cradle Mountain National Park (5+ hours) - A variety of short walks – all fully guided - Dove Lake Walk or the longer Marion’s Lookout - Sheffield, township of 30+ murals - Ashgrove Cheese Day 2: Wineglass Bay & Freycinet National Park (bring your bags today) Departs Launceston 07:30AM and returns Hobart 07:00 PM Overnight: Hobart (accommodation by own arrangement) - Freycinet National Park (4+ hours) - Wineglass Bay lookout - Cape Tourville short walk and lookout - Honeymoon Bay and Sleepy Bay - Freycinet Marine Farm (fresh oysters/mussels) - Campbell Town and the Convict Brick Trail - Historic town - Kate’s Berry Farm Day 3: Port Arthur and Tasmanian Devils Departs Hobart at 07:30 AM, Returns Hobart 06:00 PM Overnight: Hobart (accommodation by own arrangement) - Waterfall Bay Cliff Top Walk - Pirate’s Bay Lookout, Tasman Arch, Devils Kitchen, Doo Town - Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park - Devil Feeding, walk with the wallabies, Birds of the Bush show - Port Arthur Historic Site (2hrs), Guided Walk, Harbour Cruise - Richmond Historic Village - Hobart City Lookout

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Cradle Mountain National Park by Coach from Launceston

10. Cradle Mountain National Park by Coach from Launceston

Go deep into the Tasmanian forest and experience the solitary wilderness of waterfalls, glacial lakes, rainforest, wildlife and unsurpassed beauty of Cradle Mountain, a World Heritage-listed National Park. Travel through green pastures on your way southwest from Launceston and take in mountain views of the Great Western Tiers as you approach Cradle Mountain National Park. Along the way, pass through the scenic town of Deloraine, the hub between Launceston and Devonport. Travel further inland to take a tour of Sheffield, the town of murals, before traversing through dense forest and mountainous terrain. From there, cross the beautiful Cethana Dam as you arrive in Cradle Mountain National Park, staying on the lookout for wombats, potaroos and wallabies. Then take a short stroll along the Enchanted Forest and enjoy majestic views of pencil pine, lush forests, and a spectacular waterfall. Gaze at the sight of Cradle Mountain hanging over the picturesque Dove Lake, before taking a short walk around the lake for even more views of Cradle Mountain (weather permitting). Afterwards, visit a local chalet and stop at Ashgrove Cheese Farm for a tasting of some famous Tasmanian cheeses, and to learn how they are made, before heading back to Launceston.

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What people are saying about Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 192 reviews

Loved our Cradle Mountain day out with guide Nathan. Nothing was a problem. We needed a different pickup location & this was organised quickly & with no fuss. Nathan had great knowledge & kept the conversation flowing. Great lunch. Loved seeing Dove Lake, Glacier Rock, some wil wombats & several echidnas. Highly recommend this tour. 5 stars

The guide was very informed and interestingly informative and had a pleasant disposition.I enjoyed the whole trip including walks,stopping at lookouts so we could capture scenic shots and the guided tour and free time at Port Arthur as well as the cruise on such a beautiful day.

They didn't cancel the trip even though I was the only one in it. So I get to have the entire bus for myself and no delays. And got to do side trips that made it more special

Cath took us in a terrific trip. She was sensational! Highly recommend as she knew everything about the place.

The tour guide was excellent and very knowledgeable. We were lucky with the weather as well.