Cradle Mountain needs little introduction, it’s a Tassie icon & highlight on any Tasmanian touring holiday, the most visited natural attraction in the state. A network of walking tracks wind up from Dove Lake around the mountain or on to the high plateau. Views are spectacular. All the ranges in the north of the national park and along the Overland Track (including most of Tasmania’s highest peaks) can be seen from many high vantage points.

Our Guided Tours can take you beyond the mountain on an overnight circuit walk or alternatively on a series of day-walks from a base/cabin accommodation in Waldheim Cabins, over the two days. An optional climb to the Cradle Mt summit (which can be achieved as a side-walk on the circuit (or as a longer day-walk) is one of the highlights of this popular tour. This shorter introduction to Cradle Mt and perhaps an intro to overnight camping is one of Tasmania’s finest. It’s suitable for first time walkers, mostly on good tracks and without long walking distances necessary.

 

Cradle Mountain

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Cradle Mountain Guided Tours

 

Cradle Mountain Circuit :
  • Two days walking | One night camping.
  • Departures available on demand over summer.
  • Pickup Launceston 7.00am Saturday | Return Launceston/Devonport early evening Sunday.
  • Average pack weight carried 8-10kg! (this tour includes provision of all necessary hiking equipment).
  • Includes experienced local tour leader/s, all meals carried / catered from lunch day one to lunch on the second day.
  • Grade: Easy/Moderate$750 per person**
    **Three person minimum pricing (we can often add you to other groups if you don’t have three)

Discounts | Grade –  Easy/Moderate | Payments & Refunds

 

Cradle Mountain Explorer :
  • Two days walking | One night cabin accommodation.
  • Departures available on demand, throughout the year.
  • Pickup Launceston 7.00am Saturday | Return Launceston/Devonport early evening Sunday.
  • Average pack weight carried, Day Pack (3/4kg) (this tour includes provision of necessary hiking equipment).
  • Includes experienced local tour leader/s, all meals catered from lunch day one to lunch on the second day.
  • Grade: Easy/Moderate$875 per person**
    **Three person minimum pricing (we can often add you to other groups if you don’t have three)

Discounts | Grade –  Easy/Moderate | Payments & Refunds

 

Cradle Mountain Circuit/Explorer


Alternative Date: (Please suggest a range of choices if possible, especially for singles and smaller groups)

 

Itinerary – Cradle Mountain Circuit

Cradle Mountain daywalk Map & Notes  1:25000: Tasmap
Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair & Walls of Jerusalem National Parks – Chapman, Chapman & Siseman

 

Day One
Walking Distance: 8 km
Estimated Time: 3 1/2 – 4 hrs hours

We arrive at the Dove Lake trail-head late morning and find a spot early in the walk for lunch. We head along the eastern shore of Dove Lake up over Hanson’s Peak and past the Twisted Lakes. From a track junction near Little Horn Cradle Mountain’s ‘Little Horn’, we head south past Artists Pool, the track descending through Pine and Beech groves and over ice-carved rock outcrops, eventually on down to our camp near Lake Rodway.

Day Two
Walking Distance: 13km
Estimated Time: 4 – 5hrs hours (+ side walks)

On day two we set off on a steady climb to join ‘The Overland Track’ along the southern most scree ridges of Cradle Mountain near Mt Emmett. Turning north we sidle around the mountain’s craggy slopes and out on to open expanse of The Cradle Mt Plateau near Kitchen Hut  For those feeling fresh, there may be a chance here for an optional 2 1/2 – 3hr side-trip off to climb to Cradle Mt summit. It’s usually getting late in the day before your group arrives back at Dove Lake (and eventually completing a circuit of the mountain) in the early afternoon, where the bus awaits our return back to the coast. .

 

 

Cradle Mountain Explorer :

Itinerary – Cradle Mountain Explorer

 

Cradle Mountain daywalk Map & Notes  1:25000: Tasmap
Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair & Walls of Jerusalem National Parks – Chapman, Chapman & Siseman

Your guide/s will bring any necessary day-walking gear. This will include wet weather and warm clothing mid-layers and snow shoes/ice cleats as needed for the group, so we can choose from a number of walking options in any season. The itinerary will be decided as a group. Rainforest or wildlife walks, The Dove Lake Circuit or waterfall loop walks are possible as is the opportunity to climb Cradle Mt  on the Sunday, subject to reasonable weather.

We spend the night in cabins and nominally those at ‘Waldheim’, a series of park service bunk cabins in a unique forested setting close to Cradle Mt and Dove lake and well within the national park. These have heating, hot showers and  kitchens where the guides will prepare lunches Dinner and breakfast. Share cabins are included though private cabins or indeed other accommodations in the area are possible.