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Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk

Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk

A guided 4 day Pack Free walk

The stunning walks explores Cradle Mountain and Walls of Jerusalem National Parks. See magnificent Mountain Peaks, spectacular glacial lakes wilderness region of Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania’s most desirable and iconic walking destinations and a treasure in its own right. With rugged mountain peaks, glacial lakes, ancient rainforests and abundant wildlife, this truly is a special place. Enjoy this 3 day Pack Free walk in beautiful Cradle Mountain National Park, marvelling at 360 degree panoramic views of Tasmania’s highest mountains.

Alternatively you can add an extra day and join our 4 day walk with a challenging day walking in to the Walls of Jerusalem.

Explore Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem, Tasmania

This fantastic 4 day walking holiday is for our guests who want to experience hiking in Cradle Mountain National Park without having to undertake an arduous walking experience with packs. You’ll explore magnificent Crater Lake, Lake Lila, Dove Lake and for those who are up to the challenge..  a walk to the summit of Cradle Mountain. On day 4 our guests will enjoy a walk to the remote Walls of Jerusalem – rated as hard.

A Pack Free Walk
This walk has been designed to be Pack Free so that you can concentrate on the walking and avoid struggling with carryng your clothes and a heavy pack. Each day you will just need to carry your water and lunch leaving you free to enjoy your walk not endure it!

The extra ‘Wow Factor’ – Helicopter Flight
There’s nothing like experiencing the grandeur of Cradle Mountain from the air. On day three after your walk you will join an amazing helicopter flight and experience spectacular views as we fly ove Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain like no one else will see it. Take in views of other Central Highlands peaks and on a clear day Bass Strait.

Superb Mountain Lodge Accommodation
On this tour you will stay in the finest Mountain Lodges of this region. Enjoy two nights at the superb Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. on the edge of Cradle Mountains-Lake St Clair National Park. Stay in delightful Pencil Pine Cabins and mingle with your group in the main lodge taking in a drink around the warm cosy fireplaces. Our last evening is spent at the beautiful Lemonthyme Wilderenss Retreat, this superb forest retreati is ideally located within a pictureque rainforest offering serenity and tranquility.Guests will stay in the beautifull appointed Wilderness Spa Cabins.

Personalised Tours
We keep our group sizes small and personalised with a maximum of 10 guests per trip, we find this delivers a more personalised service, a great social environment and has less impact on the environment.”

Our Guides
Our guides are proudly 100% Tasmanian. We call them our CEOs – Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your tour exceeds your expectations. Our chief guide in this region Barrie is Tasmanian born and bred. His wonderful sense of humour and his vast knowledge of the Tasmanian wilderness, provide the perfect combination to make your experience all that more enjoyable.

Fabulous restaurant meals featuring local produce and Tasmanian wine
We pride ourselves on offering our guests superb a la carte dining accompanied with fine Tasmanian wines. At Cradle Mountain Lodge you will enjoy superb local produce in the Highlands Restaurant, whilst at Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat delight in dinner in the Whispering Woods Restaurant.

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Why should you choose us?

Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk Inclusions

This is an all-inclusive tour with no hidden extras:

  • 2 nights in Pencil Pine Cabins at Cradle Mountain Lodge
  • 1 night in Wilderness Spa Cabins at Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat
  • Helicopter Flight over Cradle Mountain
  • 2 x a la carte dinners in the Highland Restaurant featuring beautiful Tasmanian produce
  • 1 x a la carte diiner at the Whispering Woods Restaurant
  • Tasmanian wine and non-alcoholic drinks served with dinner.
    Please note: we advise drinking in moderation as walking can be strenuous. Wine is served to enjoy with your dinner only, if you would like to enjoy alcohol pre or post dinner this will be at your own expense.
  • 3 x breakfasts
  • 4 x lunches
  • Professionally guided – Our CEO’s – Chief Experience Officers are locals who are passionate, well trained and enthusiastic with the ability to bring to life a depth of information
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk
  • Transfers to and from Launceston
  • Transfers to our trails

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Tour Itinerary

Day One
Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk

Launceston - Crater Lake Circuit Walk

MAIN WALK GRADE: Walk 9.4km circuit. 5 hours walking with breaks. Walk with inclines total climbing 450m. Good level of fitness required. Medium Grade.

EASIER WALK GRADE: Wombat Pools and Lake Hike. 5.4kms. There is a moderate amount of steps

Meet your friendly Tasmanian guides at 7.30am at the Grand Chancellor, Launceston. From here we drive two hours through the rich fertile farmlands and quaint villages to Cradle Mountain where your adventure begins. Today we will explore the 9.4km trail with circumnavigates Crater Lakes, which offers stunning views of the lake from both Crater Peak and at water level from the shores of the lake. With the iconic Cradle Mountain in the background during this walk, you can see how in the past extensive glaciation has shaped the environment. One of the best examples of the power of a glacier is the deep bowl of Crater Lake.

Easier walk option available to Wombat Pools and Lake. This walk has great views of Lake Lilla and Wombat Pool.

Day Two
Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk

Cradle Mountains Circuit - Option to summit Cradle Mountain.

Enjoy breakfast at Cradle Mountain Lodge before setting out on the day’s adventure. Our circuit walk today explores magnificent Cradle Mountain and its stunning reflections in the waters of Dove Lake. A trip to its summit is an obvious choice when visiting the most photographed peak in Tasmania. On our way we pass Lake Lilla, where we may happen to spot a wombat at Wombat Pool. Once on the plateau at Kitchener’s Hut we are finally at the base of Cradle Mountain. The mountain is a remarkable sight being made up of high narrow ridge with dolerite cliffs on both sides.

SUMMIT OPTION: For the more active members of our group can choose an additional optional walk to the summit of Cradle Mountain to take in magnificent views. For those who attempt this please note this additional walk  to the summit involves rock climbing, boulder hopping and rock crambling 50% of the time up the mountain and requires good agility and fitness. Please note this option is only available when the weather is suitable – the guide will make the call on the day whether this walk proceeds based on safety.

On our way back to Cradle Mountain Lodge we pass the impressive Lesser Mountains of Weindorfers Tower and little horn finally passing the twisted lakes and Lake Hanson. One of the best and iconic walks in Tasmania.

Day Three: Dove Canyon walk - Helicopter Flight
Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk

Walk 5.6km circuit. Total Climbing 160m

This morning after a delicious breakfast, we head out or the last of our walks to stunning Dove Canyon.  This appealing walk  meanders through a wide variety of vegetation, including button grass plains, open forest, myrtle rainforest and the deep valley of the canyon. During this walk you will visit the rugged gorges and lovely waterfalls that have been eroded by Pencil Pine Creek and Dove River.

Afterwards we join a sensational helicopter flight over Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain for a stunning view of this alpine region. This will give you a view like no other and allow you to get appreciate the grandeur of Cradle Mountain and the Central Highlands, with up close views of the dramatic peaks. Afterwards we head to our accommodation for the night, the charming Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat. Tonight we will enjoy an a la carte dinner in the Whispering Woods Restaurant.

Day Four; Walls of Jerusalem Walk
Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk

Walk: 13.2km walk

Following breakfast we depart retreat and head east. Today will be a challenging but rewarding experience as we spend the spend exploring the magnificent Walls of Jerusalem National Park which is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. This National Park is so remote it is only accessible by foot. With incredible mountain scenery and pristine wilderness the Central Plateau of Tasmania contains more than a thousand lakes, as well as valleys of pockets of pencil pines surrounded by walls of cliffs and peaks towering above. On today’s walk we hike towards Herod’s Gate on Lake Salome passing a 1900 Possum Trappers Hut. We’ll discover a landscape of snow gums, pencil pines, alpine ferns and a stunning mountain tarn known such as the Solomons Jewels. From here we walk to Herrods Gate overlooking Lake Salome to see dramatic views of King David’s Peak before returning. Afterwards our walk, relax and enjoy the return journey back to Launceston arriving back at 6.30pm. The end of a wonderful journey.

Tour Accommodation

Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk
Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk
Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk
Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk
Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk

Cradle Mountain Lodge

2 nights accommodation

For two nights stay at the iconic Cradle Mountain set on the edge of the wilderness with stunning alpine views. Our guests will stay in warm and comfortable Pencil Pine Cabins featuring gas fires, queen sized bed and a single bed and contemporary decor and furnishings.

Room Configuration: Please note each cabin contains a queen bed and a single bed. If you are travelling solo and wishing to share, one person will be allocated to the Queen Bed (the first to book) and the other person occupying the single bed (see photo above) will receive a $100 discount. Singles can pay a single supplement of $320 to have their own room for 2 nights.

Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk
Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk
Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk
Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk

Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat

1 night acommodation

Our stay on night three at the Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat is all about getting away from the world and getting back to nature. Set remotely in the rainforest of the Tasmanian Highlands the Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat is tucked away in a tranquil and idyllic setting with no wifi or distractions from the outside world. This rustic wilderness Retreat features rich natural timbers and heavenly forest views. Guests will stay in the Luxury Spa Suites with King Size bed (can be split into twin singles), cozy fireplace and spacious bathroom  Soak your feet after a day’s walk in the large spa bath overlooking the wilderness with often birds frolicking outside the bay window.

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Tour Availability

We run a tour every month from October to the end of April every year. To check real time availability on all our Tasmanian walking tours please see information below. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

Spot Special Dates – book & pay in full on any of these departures & save $150 per person.
2019: Feb 1; Mar 8, 29; Apr 26; Apr 26.

Private Groups:
A date of your choice is available for groups of 10-12 people. Subject to availability.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

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Tour Prices

Spot Specials Savings of $150 per person available on specific departures

Spot Special Savings of $150 per person are available on specific departures when you book and pay in full at time of booking. See availability tab for specific dates.

PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 10-12 can save an additional $100 per person (on above savings) when they book a departure. Choose a date of your choice - subject to availability. Book and pay in full at time of booking to receive these special offers.


Spot Special Price SHOULDER
$ 2049 /p

20 Sept to 24 Dec 2018. And 1 to 30 April 2019

Pack Free Walk
Helicopter Flight Cradle Mountain
2 x nights accommodation Cradle Mountain Lodge
1 x night accommodation Lemon Thyme Wilderness Retreat
Fine Tasmanian Wine served with dinner
2 x a la carte restaurant dinners
2 x breakfasts
3 x lunches
National Parks Fees
Return transfers to Launceston
No credit card fees

Spot Special Price $2049
Available on specific dates only when you book and pay in full at time of booking.

Normal Price $2199
Deposit of $250 per person. Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure.

PRIVATE GROUPS
(10 -12 participants):
Special Private Group Price $1999

Book & Pay in full at time of booking. Departure of your choice subject to availability.

Private Group Normal Price $2149
Deposit of $250 per person. Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure.

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Spot Special Price PEAK
$ 2149 /p

20 Dec 2018 to 31 Mar 2019

Pack Free Walk
Helicopter Flight Cradle Mountain
2 x nights accommodation Cradle Mountain Lodge
1 x night accommodation Lemon Thyme Wilderness Retreat
Fine Tasmanian Wine served with dinner
2 x a la carte restaurant dinners
2 x breakfasts
3 x lunches
National Parks Fees
Return transfers to Launceston
No credit card fees

Spot Special Price $2149
Available on specific dates only when you book and pay in full at time of booking.

Normal Price $2299
Deposit of $250 per person. Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure.

PRIVATE GROUPS
(10 -12 participants):
Special Private Group Price $2099

Book & Pay in full at time of booking. Departure of your choice subject to availability.

Private Group Normal Price $2249
Deposit of $250 per person. Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure.

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Single Supplements

  • Singles wanting to share  please see notes on accommodation page about bed configurations in the cabins.
  • Singles wanting their own room. Add $438. Subject to availability at time of booking.

Travel Insurance

We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have organised through QBE Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click here for details.

Booking Conditions

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $250 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 8 weeks of your departure date – we will require full payment at time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made on-line via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • NO Credit Card fee applies.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.
  • EARLYBIRD CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour.
  • Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at time of initial booking.
  • Where a tour is altered due to unsuitable weather conditions, our guides will provide the best alternative itinerary possible, no refunds are provided for cancelled activities on tour.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How fit do I need to be to do this walk?

This walk is suitable for those who are looking for a walking / hiking holiday experience. An excellent level of fitness is needed to complete the Walls of Jerusalem walk. You must be capable of walking between 5 – 6 hours a day there is lots of steps and an undulating trail –  see total ascents on itinerary page. We’ll take the pace at a level that suits everyone, with plenty of rest stops and opportunities to take photos during each day. For those wanting to take the option to walk to the Summit of Cradle Mountain an excellent level of fitness is required.

Please note if you have any medical conditions which may affect your walking we suggest you seek medical advice before booking this tour.

So what will I need to carry?

All our guests will just need to carry a small day pack with water, camera and any small personal items you want access to during the day. Your overnight bags will remain at your accommodation each day.

Do you cater for different dietary requirements?

Yes we can organise meals to cater for any special dietary requirements. Please indicate this on your booking.

When is the best time of the year to do this walk?

We believe the premier time to do this walk is between October and April when the weather is best for hiking. We therefore only run this guided walk during this period.

How do I check availability?

Click on the availability tab above. Our booking shows real time availability.Select your dates required and available dates will be highlighted in green. To request a new date please email: enquiries@lifesanadventure.com.au

How do I book?

A $250 deposit is required at time of booking to secure your place with final payments due 8 weeks prior to departure. Bookings can be made online by simply clicking on the Book Now button or by calling us. Note if you are taking advantage of earlybird or Red Hot Savings savings you will need to book and pay in full at the initial booking stage.

Can you recommend any pre or post accommodation?

As our 8.00am pickup is at Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston, for convenience we recommend this hotel of choice for your pre -tour accommodation.  A special room rate has been organised for our guests. Call the hotel directly and mention Life’s An Adventure to get your special rate.

Am I able to organise an exclusive group departure?

Exclusive departures may be able to be organised on other dates for groups of 10 people. Please note as accommodation books out early, groups are advised to book their tours at least 6 months in advance to secure the accommodation. Please email us with your requirements.

If I am travelling on my own do I need to pay extra?

Please note if you are travelling solo you will be required to pay a single supplement at time of booking. If you are prepared to share with another single traveller of the same gender, we will refund this cost once we find you a match.

What time does this adventure start and finish?

We meet in Launceston at 8.00am at the Grand Chancellor Hotel on day 1. On the final day you will return to the Grand Chancellor Launceston at approximately 6.30pm.

How many people are in each walking group?

We run our tours with a maximum of 10 walkers.

Is my tour guaranteed to go ahead?

All tours are subject to minimum numbers. Before you book, you are welcome to ring our office to check which tour dates are guaranteed to run. If minimum numbers are not met for your booked date we will call you to reschedule to another date. It is advised if you are not booked on a guaranteed departure, that when booking flights you choose tickets which allow you to amend your dates if required.

Do I need travel insurance?

We often get people who injure themselves before their tour or something unexpected happens and they are unable to make it to Tasmania. Travel insurance will cover all your tour, flights and pre-accommodation costs and is therefore extremely valuable, if the unforeseen happens. We strongly advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc. We have organised through QBE Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click on the link of QBE Insurance (Australia) Limited: www.qbe.com

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  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: 4/23 Narabang Way,
    Belrose NSW 2085. (Regional office: 6955 Arthur Hwy, Port Arthur Tasmania. All enquiries to be directed to Head Office).
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
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