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Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk

Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem walk

A guided 4-day Pack Free walk

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.  The stunning walks explore 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 3 days Pack Free walk in beautiful Cradle Mountain National Park, marvelling at 360-degree panoramic views of Tasmania’s highest mountains and on day four a challenging day walking into the Walls of Jerusalem rated as hard.

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Pack Free Walk

Walk with as little as your camera, water and lunch

Our speciality is providing a pack free experience, ensuring you are not burdened with carrying a heavy pack. This allows you the comfort of enjoying your walking with just a day pack so that you can concentrate on the walking and avoid struggling with carrying 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!

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Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

2 nights stay

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 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.

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Flexible Stay

Downgrade your hotel and save $

For those who aren’t concerned about staying in luxury accommodation and would rather save money, we offer the choice to downgrade to a standard cottage at Cradle Mountain Discovery Park.

The cottage is based on 2 people sharing a cottage (or solo travellers can pay a single supplement). The cottage has two bedrooms each with a double bed and one bathroom. You will still enjoy all meals with the rest of the guests at Cradle Mountain Lodge for breakfasts and dinners but travel with the guides each day to your alternative accommodation.

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Our CEO Guides

Passionate Chief Experience Officers

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 guides wonderful sense of humour and vast knowledge of the Tasmanian wilderness, provide the perfect combination to make your experience all that more enjoyable.

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Fabulous restaurant meals

Featuring local produce and Tasmanian wine

Our meals will be a special time to gather together as a group and chat and laugh about the day’s adventures. Evenings will be spent in the Highlands Restaurant with forest views where you can dine on modern Tasmania food served with wonderful Tasmanian wine. Dinner will be two courses with entree and main night one and main and dessert night two.

Please see below for a typical menu.

MAINS:

  • Line-caught white fish, ginseng rub, softened greens, lemon butter (GF)
  • Macquarie harbour Atlantic salmon, roasted asparagus, poached pink eye potato (GF)
  • Roasted heirloom vegetable salad, grilled oyster mushroom, bush dust (V, V2, DF, GF, CN)
  • Roasted eggplant, Roma tomato, goat cheese, fresh basil, preserved lemon, truffle (V)
  • Wallaby Porterhouse scaloppini, tomato, oyster mushroom, brandy cream (GF)
  • Nichols Chicken ballotine, poached fig, caper and herb pesto (GF, CN)
  • Pressed Scottsdale pork belly, cauliflower purée, chilli caramel (GF)
  • Cape Grim Hanger steak, wild mushroom jus, corn salsa, lime (GF)
  • Meander Valley Lamb, skordalia, glazed beetroot, charred fennel (GF, DF)
  • Venison Striploin, wattleseed essence, wild berry jus, sweet potato (GF)

DESSERTS:

  • Burnt orange, blood orange sorbet, toasted orange poppy seed cake (V, GF, DF, CN)
  • Chocolate four play, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate, chocolate (V, CN)
  • Wattleseed doughnuts, vanilla cream, berry compote (V)
  • Saffron and vanilla crema Catalana, almond biscotti (GF, CN)

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Personalised Tours

Maximum of 12 people on tour

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

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Flexible Walking

Choose your level of walks

Our tours are flexible to offer to cater for different levels of fitness and abilities. With two guides on all our tours above 8 people we can cater for different needs and offer easier or more challenging walking options each day such as the summit walk to the top of Cradle Mountain. Alternatively our guests  have the option to sit out any day’s walk to relax and enjoy the facilities at Cradle Mountain Lodge.

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21 Tourism Awards of Excellence

inclusing Australia's Best Adventure Tourism Company

Life’s an Adventure have won 21 Tourism Awards of Excellence including the Qantas Australian Tourism Award for Australia’s Best Adventure Company. Awards are great, but our biggest accolade which we value even more, is that our clients come back and travel with us time and time again.

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Genuinely all-inclusive

You wont even pay for credit card fees when booking

We pride ourselves on providing an all-inclusive experience so you won’t be putting your hand in your pocket for extras along the way. From beautiful a la carte dinners accompanied with Tasmania wine at night, to a helicopter flight to see Cradle Mountain and the surrounds from the air… it is all included. And if for any reason you don’t like helicopter flights we will discount your ticket when you book your tour to remove this item. Add to this daily trail mix, fruit, breakfasts, transfers, guides and walkers lunches and you’ll find you are buying a genuinely all-inclusive experience. Even when you book there are no credit card fees to pay.

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Tour Itinerary

Tour Inclusions
Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk

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

  • 3 nights at Cradle Mountain Lodge
  • 3 x a la carte dinners in the Highland Restaurant featuring beautiful Tasmanian produce
  • 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 hot breakfasts
  • 4 x walkers 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 our trails
  • Transfers to and from Launceston.
Day One
Cradle Mountain & Walls of Jerusalem Walk

Launceston - Waldheim to Dove Lake - Hanson's Peak optional

SUGGESTED PRE NIGHT ACCOMMODATION: Grand Chancellor Launceston.

DEPARTURE TIME: 7.30am

TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 2 hour transfer from Launceston to trail. Afternoon: 15 minute transfer from end of walk to accommodation.

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

TERRAIN: Formed trails with occasional rocky sections and boardwalk. Some short inclines. Those choosing the Hansons Peak option, there is a steep ascent and descent over rough, rocky terrain.

WALK ITINERARY: Meet your friendly Tasmanian guides at 7.30am at the Grand Chancellor, Launceston. From here we drive through rich fertile farmlands and quaint villages to Cradle Mountain where our adventure begins. Today we will start walking through button grass plains and follow Ronny Creek before taking a detour to see what the original accommodation was like at Waldheim Chalet, including a short walk through beautiful Alpine pine trees and myrtles. The track takes us to gorgeous Dove Lake and our first clear view of Cradle Mountain at its iconic wooden Boatshed. We then have the option of circumnavigating Dove Lake or walking to Hansons Peak. During our walk our guides bring the place to life, pointing out the unique local flora and fauna which help make this place so special. For those who want more of a challenge, Hanson’s Peak provides some fantastic views of Cradle Mountain and the surrounding valleys. Afterwards, we make our way to our accommodation at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge where we enjoy fine dining perfectly matched with Tasmanian wines in the Highland restaurant tonight.

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Day Two
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Cradle Mountains Circuit - Option to summit Cradle Mountain.

TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 15 minute transfer from accommodation to trail. Afternoon: 15 minute transfer from the end of the walk to accommodation.

FLEXIBLE WALKING: Option to add an extra 2kms to the walk to Cradle Mountain summit. MAIN WALK GRADE: Walk 10.2kms. Walk with inclines total climbing 760m. 6-7 hours walking with breaks. Medium Grade. Good level of fitness required. OPTIONAL CRADLE MTN SUMMIT: Total kilometres for the day for those choosing this option is 12.2km. Hard Grade. Excellent level of fitne%.ss and agility required as involves rock climbing, boulder hopping and rock scrambling 50%.

TERRAIN: Today’s main walk follows formed trails with rocky sections, some boardwalk and stairs with a steep, rocky climb to Marion’s Peak. For those choosing the side trip to Cradle Mountain summit expect steep climbing, boulder hopping and rock scrambling with some exposure.

WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy breakfast at Cradle Mountain Lodge before setting out on the day’s adventure. We follow the traditional start to the overland track, incorporating Crater Lake and Crater falls, then up Marion’s Peak where on a clear day you can see the Walls of Jerusalem plateau. A billy break at Kitchener’s Hut gives a chance to rest and appreciate Cradle Mountain from its base. The mountain is a remarkable sight being made up of high narrow ridge with dolerite cliffs on both sides.

CRADLE MOUNTAIN SUMMIT OPTION (weather permitting): 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 across the Tasmanian Highlands  (a 3 hour return climb). For those who attempt this please note this additional walk to the summit involves rock climbing, boulder hopping and rock scrambling 50% of the time up to the mountain and requires good agility and fitness. Lunch is at the top to ensure best appreciation of one of the best views in Tasmania. 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 our accommodation we pass the equally impressive but lesser mountains of Weindorfers Tower and Little Horn finally passing the Twisted Lakes and Lake Hanson. One of the best walks in Tasmania.

Tonight enjoy a superb dinner featuring local produce and Tasmanian wine in the delightful restaurant at Cradle Mountain Hotel.

Note: When there are 8 or more passengers on tour, we have two guides offering a choice of two walking options – our main walk and the Cradle Mountain Summit option. Tours with 7 or fewer people will only have 1 guide and therefore the whole group will need to select the same option. Please feel free to check with our office when booking.

Day Three: Dove Canyon walk
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TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 15 minute transfer from our accommodation to the start of the trail. Afternoon: 2 hour transfer from Cradle Mountain Lodge to the Grand Chancellor Launceston.

WALK GRADE: Walk 5.6km circuit. 2.5 hours walking with breaks. Medium Grade. Moderate to Good level of fitness required.

TERRAIN: Natural track, which is uneven with some easy rock scrambling, and sections of good boardwalk. Walk includes short steep inclines; total climbing 160m.

WALK ITINERARY: This morning after a delicious breakfast, we head out on 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 Dove Canyon. During this walk, you will visit the rugged gorges and lovely waterfalls that have been eroded by Pencil Pine Creek and Dove River.

The remainder of the afternoon is yours at leisure, to rest up for a big walk tomorrow. (Optional helicopter flight available this afternoon at an additional cost – this is weather dependent so if you would like this – please ask your guide to book this in on the day 1). Tonight enjoy dinner with the group in the restaurant savouring wonderful Tassie fare with wines.

Day Four: Walls of Jerusalem Walk
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TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 1.5 hour transfer from our accommodation to the start of the trail. Afternoon: 1 hour and 45 minute transfer from end of trail to the Grand Chancellor Launceston.

WALK GRADE: 14kms. Medium to Hard Grade. Excellent level of fitness required. 6-8 hours of walking.

TERRAIN: This walk begins with a long, steep climb on a natural track which is uneven and rocky. Further on there are sections of boardwalk but the track can also be muddy and rocky at times. This is an out and back walk on the same track. Total climb; 600m in elevation.

WALK ITINERARY: This morning we enjoy an early breakfast before we depart the lodge and head east. Today will be a challenging but rewarding experience as we spend the day 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 Herod’s Gate overlooking Lake Salome to see dramatic views of King David’s Peak before returning. Afterwards, relax and enjoy the return journey to Launceston. The end of a wonderful journey.

ARRIVAL TIME: We arrive in to Launceston at approximately 7.30pm depending on the pace of the group. We suggest overnighting in Launceston.

Tour Availability

We run regularly scheduled tours from October to April every year. Dates are listed below however availability changes by the hour – to see real-time availability click on the monthly calendar at the bottom of the page and select the month you require. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

SPECIALS
Check below to see if your preferred departure has a special savings. Conditions apply see pricing page.

DateAvailabilitySpecial Offer
THIS SEASON:
18 Jan 2021AvailableSpot Special saving
25 Mar 2021AvailableSpot Special saving. Staying in Spa Cabins at Cradle Mountain Lodge which are a higher price. Additional $120 more per person for 3 nights.
29 Mar 2021AvailableSpot Special saving
2 Apr 2021AvailableEaster Public holiday no spot specials apply. Note this departures stays in Contemporary Spa Cabins at Cradle Mountain Lodge. Additional ($120 more per person for 3 nights)
NEXT SEASONAvailableSuper Earlybird Special save $300 off normal prices
28 Oct 2021AvailableSuper Earlybird Special save $300 off normal prices
26 Nov 2021AvailableSuper Earlybird Special save $300 off normal prices
17 Dec 2021AvailableSuper Earlybird Special save $300 off normal prices
20 Jan 2022AvailableSuper Earlybird Special save $300 off normal prices
17 Feb 2022AvailableSuper Earlybird Special save $300 off normal prices
18 Mar 2022AvailableSuper Earlybird Special save $300 off normal prices
8 April 2022AvailableSuper Earlybird Special save $300 off normal prices

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PRIVATE GROUPS:
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 special prices save $150 per person

Spot special prices save $150 per person when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Plus check out our COVID Booking Guarantee.
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PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 10 -12 people can choose the date of their choice subject to availability.


FIRST TIME TRAVELLER SPOT SPECIAL From
$ 2349 /p

or staying at Discovery Park Cabin from $2149

DEPARTURES
2020 to 2021

TOUR STAYING AT CRADLE MOUNTAIN LODGE

SHOULDER:
1 to 30 October and 1 to 30 April.
Spot Special Price*……… $2349
Normal Price………………. $2499

PEAK SEASON:
1 Nov to 31 March.
Spot Special Price*……… $2449
Normal Price………………. $2599

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TOUR STAYING AT DISCOVERY PARK COTTAGE

SHOULDER:
1 to 30 October and 1 to 30 April.
Spot Special Price*……… $2149
Normal Price………………. $2299

PEAK SEASON:
1 Nov to 31 March.
Spot Special Price*……… $2249
Normal Price………………. $2399

Spot special savings available on specific departures only when you pay in full at time of booking. Normal Price requires deposit then final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure. 

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Past Passenger Spot Special Price From
$ 2249 /p

or staying at Discovery Park Cabin from $2049

DEPARTURES
2020 to 2021

TOUR STAYING AT CRADLE MOUNTAIN LODGE

SHOULDER:
1 to 30 October and 1 to 30 April.
Spot Special Price*……… $2249
Normal Price………………. $2399

PEAK SEASON:
1 Nov to 31 March.
Spot Special Price*……… $2349
Normal Price………………. $2499

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TOUR STAYING AT CRADLE DISCOVERY COTTAGE

SHOULDER:
1 to 30 October and 1 to 30 April.
Spot Special Price*……… $2049
Normal Price………………. $2199

PEAK SEASON:
1 Nov to 31 March.
Spot Special Price*……… $2149
Normal Price………………. $2299

Spot special savings available on specific departures only when you pay in full at time of booking. Normal Price requires deposit then final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure. 

Emails us for your special code.

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Private Groups SPOT SPECIAL From
$ 2249 /p

Departure of your choice

PRIVATE GROUPS
10-12 participants

DEPARTURES:
2020 to 2021

TOUR STAYING AT CRADLE MOUNTAIN LODGE

SHOULDER:
1 to 30 October and 1 to 30 April.
Spot Special Price*……… $2249
Normal Price………………. $2399

PEAK SEASON:
1 Nov to 31 March.
Spot Special Price*……… $2349
Normal Price………………. $2499

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TOUR STAYING AT DISCOVERY PARK COTTAGE

SHOULDER:

1 to 30 October and 1 to 30 April.
Spot Special Price*……… $2049
Normal Price………………. $2199

PEAK SEASON:
1 Nov to 31 March.
Spot Special Price*……… $2149
Normal Price………………. $2299

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Additional Past Passenger discount not available for groups.

Spot special savings available on specific departures only when you pay in full at time of booking. Normal Price requires deposit then final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure. 

Shoulder season: 1 to 30 October and 1 to 30 April.
Peak season: 1 Nov to 31 March.

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The following extras can be purchased with your tour:

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PRE-TOUR NIGHT PACKAGE for 2 persons
Our pre-tour night package can be purchased with your tour. This package includes one night’s accommodation at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston in a Deluxe Room with dinner for 2, breakfast for 2 and a drink each at the bar.
Add $225 per person.
Post tour package can also be booked on request.

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SOLO TRAVELLERS
Solo travellers willing to share with someone of the same gender will pay no extra. Those wanting their own room will need to pay a single supplement cost. Subject to availability at time of booking.

  • 3 day walk Single Supplement Price at Cradle Mountain Lodge: $595
  • 3 day walk Single Supplement Price in a cabin at Cradle Discovery Park: $303

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PRE-TOUR NIGHT PACKAGE for a solo traveller
Our pre-tour night package can be purchased with your tour. This package includes one night’s accommodation at the Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston in a Deluxe Room with dinner, breakfast and a drink at the bar.
Add $323 per person.
Post tour package can also be booked on request.

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COVID Booking Guarantee
For terms and conditions on our special COVID-19 Booking Guarantee click here.

Discount Information:

PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. In order to receive this discount please email us for your special “promo code” to use when booking. In your email, you should outline what Life’s An Adventure tour you have done with us in the past so we can cross-check.

EARLYBIRD & SPOT SPECIAL CANCELLATIONS: Refunds and 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 the time of initial 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.

Additional Information

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $300 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 90 days of your departure date – we will require full payment at the 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 online 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.

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