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Cradle Mountain Walk

Cradle Mountain walk

4 days. Guided walk with Wow-Mazing Inclusions

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 4-day Pack-Free walk in beautiful Cradle Mountain National Park, marvelling at 360-degree panoramic views of Tasmania’s highest mountains.

Walking is only part of the Adventure
You may only come to Cradle Mountain once, make it an experience to remember forever! More than just a walking experience, the highlight of your journey will be a spectacular helicopter flight over Cradle Mountain National Park, you’ll stay superb accommodation at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge situated on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Savour superb restaurant meals featuring wonderful Tasmanian produce and fine Tasmanian wine with every dinner.

Tour includes pre-night. Alternatively, you can add an extra day and join our 5-day tour 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 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. 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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Wow-Mazing Inclusions

Cradle Mountain Helicopter Flight

This Wow-Mazing experience is included as part of your journey. Take to the air for a spectacular helicopter flight taking in the breathtaking views of Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain.

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The Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston

1 night stay

Enjoy your first night in Launceston at The Hotel Grand Chancellor overlooking the city. Centrally located near City Park – Launceston’s picturesque public gardens, the Tasmanian Design Centre, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Princess Theatre, Boag’s Brewery and UTAS Stadium, the hotel is the perfect choice for exploring the many splendours of Northern Tasmania.

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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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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

Small group size

We keep our group sizes small and personalised. 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

We refer to our guides as CEOs – Chief Experience Officers whose aim is to deliver you a world-class walk. We pride ourselves on employing a talented team of passionate CEOs who are committed to your safety and have a genuine desire to provide an enriching and memorable walking experience for you.

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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

NO Credit card fees apply.

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. Relax in the knowledge that everything is taken care of for you.

NO Credit card fees apply.

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Tour Itinerary

Tour Inclusions
Cradle Mountain Walk

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

WOW-MAZING INCLUSION:

  • Spectacular helicopter flight over Cradle Mountain National Park

PACK-FREE AND FLEXIBLE WALKING:

  • Pack-Free guided walk
  • Flexible walking options to suit you.

SUPERB ACCOMMODATION:

  • 1 night at Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston
  • 2 nights at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, situated on the edge of the National Park

TASMANIAN WINES & LOCAL PRODUCE

  • Tasmanian wine and non-alcoholic drinks served with dinner
  • 2 x delicious a la carte dinners in the Highland Restaurant featuring beautiful Tasmanian produce
  • 1 x breakfast at Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston
  • 2 x hot or cold breakfasts
  • 3 x walkers lunches
  • Fresh fruit and trail mix to enjoy during your walk
  • Hot tea, coffee or chocolate served on the trail.

GUIDED WALK & TRANSFERS:

  • Superb guided walks of Cradle Mountains best walks
  • 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
  • Transfers to and from Launceston
  • Transfers to the trails
Day 1: Arrival Day Launceston
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Today is an arrival day. Book your own flight to arrive any time into Launceston and make your own way to the Hotel Grand Chancellor in the heart of the city. Your accommodation has been booked in a deluxe twin or deluxe king room. Accommodation is based on twin share (note:  solo travellers will need to pay a single supplement cost of  $136). Tonight enjoy a free evening to explore one of the many restaurants in Launceston, alternatively dine in the hotel’s restaurant. (own expense)

Day 2: Launceston - Waldheim - Lake Lilla Track to Dove Lake.
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DEPARTURE TIME: 7.30am

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

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

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

WALK ITINERARY: Enjoy breakfast in the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston. After meeting your friendly guides in the foyer of the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston at 7.30am, we’ll begin the drive through rich fertile farmlands and quaint villages to arrive in Sheffield, the town famous for its Murals and the incredible backdrop of Mount Rolland. After our coffee stop, we’ll drive another hour to arrive at Cradle Mountain where the real adventure begins. Today we will start walking through button grass plains, following Ronny Creek to the historic Waldheim Chalet, the chalet holds great significance to the Cradle Mountain National Park and sits among ancient King Billy Pines and moss-covered Myrtles. After our visit, we’ll continue our walk past the stunning Lake Lilla, where views of Cradle Mountain start to come into sight. From here the trail joins the Dove Lake circuit track which bypasses the iconic wooden boat shed, The Ballroom Forest, secluded little bays and ancient endemic trees. During the walk our guides bring the place to life, pointing out the unique local flora and fauna which help make this place so special. Afterwards, we make our way to our accommodation at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge where we enjoy fine dining perfectly matched with Tasmanian wines in one of Tasmania’s most beautiful dining rooms – The Highland Restaurant.

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Day 3: Cradle Mountains Circuit - Option to summit Cradle Mountain.
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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 the lodge before setting out on the day’s adventure. We follow the traditional start to the famous 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 Kitchen 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): 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 from Kitchen Hut). 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 and requires good agility and fitness. Lunch is at the summit to ensure you have time to appreciate 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 walk back to our hotel we pass the impressive, but equally beautiful, lesser mountains of Weindorfers Tower and Little Horn finally passing the Twisted Lakes and Lake Hanson. This is one of the best 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 4: Dove Canyon walk - Helicopter Flight
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TRANSFER TIMES: Morning: 15 minute transfer from our accommodation to the start of the trail. Afternoon: 2 hour transfer from 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 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. We return to Launceston arriving at approximately 5.00pm via a transfer service.

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

FOR THOSE UP FOR A 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. (Click here to view this walk).

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I loved everything about this tour. The scenery was spectacular, the hiking was just the right level of intensity for me, the weather was perfect, the beds were comfy and the food and wine were delicious. It was our guides, Janaya and Glenn, that really made the experience exceptional - they were so friendly and engaging in all aspects of the trip - amazing hosts and guides.
Kirst Elmslie

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Janaya and Glen made the trip. Their caring, natural and inclusiveness bought our group together and made us almost immediately feel like a group of mates going on an adventure. They are a credit to LAA. The walks we did were spot on (including a few surprise extra options not included in the itinerary). The scenery and history were unbeatable. I would not hesitate to recommend our trip to others and already thinking about the next one. Thankyou!.
Peta Krahn

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Absolutely loved the experience . Guide Talia and Dani were just superb, friendly ,Informative , attentive. My first time to Tasmania and thoroughly enjoyed it. I’ll be back again for sure.
Joanne Studdon.

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Our guides Glen and Nay were fabulous caring and 100% professional. Loved every part of the experience and will travel with you again . Accommodation and food were beyond expectations. Thanks!!!​
Lisa Burgess

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DEPARTURE DATES:
We run regularly scheduled tours from October to April every year. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

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Date of your choice is available for groups of 10 -12 people. Subject to availability.
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Purchase a FlexiWalk Add-On for normal price tickets and cancel 96 hours prior to departure for any reason. See conditions below for full details.
Price: $249 per person.

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SOLO TRAVELLERS WILLING TO SHARE
If you are a solo traveller willing to share a room, we will attempt to match you with another solo traveller of the same gender. If we can’t find you a match of the same gender by around 8 weeks prior to the tour, you will be charged the single supplement cost. Subject to availability at time of booking.

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For those wanting to guarantee their own room, a single supplement cost will be charged at the time of booking.

SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: 1 night at Grand Chancellor in Launceston Single Supplement Price: $136 / 2 nights Cradle Mountain Lodge Single Supplement Price: $785

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PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. This discount will automatically be deducted from future bookings when you book online using the same email address used for past bookings.

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.

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  • 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.
  • NO Credit card fees apply.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • 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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    29/6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur.
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
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