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Cradle Mountain Walk

Cradle Mountain walk

A guided 3 day Pack Free walk

This walk has been designed for those looking for a Pack Free walking experience of the stunning wilderness region of Cradle Mountain. 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 into the Walls of Jerusalem. (Click here to view this walk).

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A Pack Free Walk

Why carry a heavy pack!

This fantastic 3-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. This walk has been designed to be Pack Free 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

Indulge in a 2 night 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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Local produce and Tasmanian wines

Fabulous meals in the Altitude Restaurant

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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Flexible walking options

Choose your level of walking

We understand that many people come on our walks with partners or friends who have 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. Our guests also have the option to sit out any day’s walk to relax and enjoy the facilities at Cradle Mountain Lodge.

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Personalised Tours

Maximum of 12 people

We keep our group sizes small and personalised with a maximum of 12 guests per trip, we find this delivers a more personal service, a great social environment and has less impact on the environment.

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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 have a wonderful sense of humour and vast knowledge of the Tasmanian wilderness, providing the perfect combination to make your experience unforgettable.

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21 Tourism Awards of Excellence

including 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. 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 won't even need to pay for credit card fees

There’s nothing worse than getting on a tour to find out out you have to keep paying more for extras that aren’t included. With Life’s An Adventure this will never happen our tours have everything included.

In the restaurant you won’t be given a set group menu you can choose from the restaurant’s a la carte menu each night which are accompanied by superb Tasmanian wines.

Your trail mix, fruit, breakfasts, walkers lunches are all included and there’s even no credit card fees to pay when you book. Relax in the knowledge that everything is taken care of for you.

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Tour Itinerary

Tour Inclusions
Cradle Mountain Walk

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

  • 2 nights at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
  • 2 x delicious a la carte dinners in the Highland Restaurant featuring beautiful Tasmanian produce
  • Tasmanian wine and non-alcoholic drinks served with dinner
  • 2 x hot or cold breakfasts
  • 3 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
  • Hot tea, coffee or chocolate served on the trail.
  • Transfers to and from Launceston
  • Transfers to the trails

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.

Day One
Cradle Mountain 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. Stop en route at Cradle Mountain Hotel.
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.

WALK ITINERARY: Meet your friendly Tasmanian guides at 7.30am at the Grand Chancellor, Launceston. From here we drive through the rich fertile farmlands and quaint villages to Cradle Mountain where we drop off our bags at the accommodation and then our adventure begins. Today we will start out through button grass plains and follow Ronny Creek then take a detour to see what the original accommodation was like at Waldheim Chalet, including a short walk through beautiful Alpine Pine trees and myrtles. Lake Lilla track takes us to Dove Lake and our first clear view of the mountain at the iconic Boatshed. We then have the option of circumnavigating Dove Lake or walking to Hansons Peak. During our Dove Lake walk our guides bring the place to life, pointing out the unique local flora and fauna which help make this place so special. You can’t come to Cradle mountain and not do Dove Lake. 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 enjoy fine dining with wine 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:
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 Mountain Summit Grade: Total kilometres for the day for those choosing this option is 12.2km. Hard Grade. Excellent level of fitness and agility required as involves rock climbing, boulder hopping and rock scrambling 50%.

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 hotel 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.

Tonight enjoy a superb dinner featuring local produce and Tasmanian wine in the delightful Highland Restaurant.

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.

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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.  Walk with inclines total climbing 160m. 2.5 hours walking with breaks. Medium Grade. Moderate to Good level of fitness required.

WALK ITINERARY: 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. (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).

DEPATURE TIME: We depart Cradle Mountain at 3.00pm arriving into Launceston at around 5 -5.30pm.

 

OPTIONAL 4 DAY WALK
For those up to the challenge, why not add an additional day’s walking experience to your Cradle Mountain walk as we take you into the remote Walls of Jerusalem. This is a challenging day’s walk rated as hard, only accessible by foot you’ll see stunning views of King David’s Peak, Solomon’s Jewels and Herod’s Gate

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Tour Availability

We run regularly scheduled tours from October to the end of 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 Spot Specials savings of $150 per person . Conditions apply see pricing page.

Departure DatesAvailabilitySpecial Offer
7 Dec 2020AvailableSuper Earlybirds Out Now.
8 Jan 2021AvailableSuper Earlybirds Out Now
25 Mar 2021AvailableSuper Earlybirds Out Now. Staying in Spa Chalet higher price.

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PRIVATE GROUPS:
Date of your choice is available for groups of 10 -12 people. Subject to availability. Free Group T’shirts also available – see details.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au


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Tour Prices

$0 Deposit - Book now and pay later + COVID Booking Guarantee

Book your next Australian holiday without spending a cent!
Looking forward to your next walking holiday? Why just dream when you can start planning now. With some uncertainty when border restrictions and other social restrictions will be eased, our ‘book now, pay later’ offer is designed to ensure you can book your next holiday now without the financial risk + see our COVID Booking Guarantee below. With a $0 deposit there's never been a better time to book a holiday!

All you need to do is press the 'book now' button below and then select your preferred departure date. Fill in your details and then press submit. When everything opens up and restrictions are eased we will contact you to confirm your tour. For new bookings only. See full conditions on link below.
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PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 10 -12 people can choose the date of your choice subject to availability. Free Group T'shirts also available enquire for details.


FIRST TIME TRAVELLER SUPER EARLYBIRD From
$ 1699 /p

or $1499 staying at Discovery Park Cabin

DEPARTURES
Oct 2020 to Apr 2021

TOUR STAYING AT CRADLE MOUNTAIN LODGE

SHOULDER:
Super Earlybird Price*……… $1699
Normal Price………………. $1999

PEAK SEASON:
Super Earlybird Price*………. $1799
Normal Price………………. $2099

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TOUR STAYING AT DISCOVERY PARK COTTAGE

SHOULDER:
Super Earlybird Price*……… $1499
Normal Price………………. $1799

PEAK SEASON:
Super Earlybird Price*………. $1599
Normal Price………………. $1899

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

*See conditions on our special book now and pay later offer below.
Super Earlybird savings available on all departures only when you pay in full by 10 November 2020. Normal Price requires deposit then final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure. 

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PAST PASSENGER SUPER EARLYBIRD From
$ 1599 /p

or $1399 staying at Discovery Park Cabin

DEPARTURES
Oct 2020 to Apr 2021

TOUR STAYING AT CRADLE MOUNTAIN LODGE

SHOULDER:

Super Earlybird Price*……… $1599
Normal Price………………. $1899

PEAK SEASON:
Super Earlybird Price*………. $1699
Normal Price………………. $1999

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TOUR STAYING AT CRADLE DISCOVERY COTTAGE

SHOULDER:

Super Earlybird Price*……… $1399
Normal Price………………. $1699

PEAK SEASON:
Super Earlybird Price*………. $1499
Normal Price………………. $1799

These prices are for clients that have travelled with us before. To book these prices online please emails us for your special code.

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

*See conditions on our special book now and pay later offer below.
Super Earlybird savings available on all departures only when you pay in full by 10 November 2020. Normal Price requires deposit then final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure. 

Book Now

Private Groups Super Earlybirds From
$ 1599 /p

Departure of your choice

PRIVATE GROUPS
10-12 participants

DEPARTURES
Oct 2020 to Apr 2021

TOUR STAYING AT CRADLE MOUNTAIN LODGE

SHOULDER:

Super Earlybird Price*……… $1599
Normal Price………………. $1899

PEAK SEASON:
Super Earlybird Price*………. $1699
Normal Price………………. $1999
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TOUR STAYING AT DISCOVERY PARK COTTAGE

SHOULDER:
Super Earlybird Price*……… $1399
Normal Price………………. $1699

PEAK SEASON:
Super Earlybird Price*………. $1499
Normal Price………………. $1799.

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Additional Past Passenger discount not available for groups

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

*See conditions on our special book now and pay later offer below.
Super Earlybird savings available on all departures only when you pay in full by 10 November 2020. Normal Price requires deposit then final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure. 

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OPTIONAL
$ Xtras /p

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: $397
  • 3 day walk Single Supplement Price in a cabin at Cradle Discovery Park: $202

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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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Book Now Pay Later Offer + COVID Booking Guarantee

For terms and conditions on our special COVID-19 Book Now and Pay Later offer 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 or 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. We have organised through NIB Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click here for details.

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.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: 4/23 Narabang Way,
    Belrose NSW 2085.

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    Guests can meet this tour at our Life’s An Adventure Premises:
    29/6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur.
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
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  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
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