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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).

Explore Cradle Mountain , Tasmania

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.

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 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!

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 over Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain like no one other walker will see it. Take in views of Central Highlands peaks and on a clear day the Bass Strait.

2 nights at Cradle Mountain Lodge
We know our guests would rather avoid overcrowded walking huts, so we always ensure your accommodation provides all the creature comforts you deserve. We have chosen the best accommodation in the region, with our guests enjoying two wonderful evenings at the iconic Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. Set on the edge of Cradle Mountains-Lake St Clair National Park, this mountain lodge enjoys breathtaking scenery, beautiful wilderness surrounds and stylish rooms with cosy fireplaces.

Personalised Tours
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.

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 unforgettable.

Fabulous restaurant meals featuring local produce and Tasmanian wines
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 Highland Restaurant at Cradle Mountain Lodge where you can dine on modern Tasmania food served with wonderful Tasmanian wine.

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Why should you choose us?

Cradle Mountain Walk Inclusions

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

  • 2 nights in Pencil Pine Cabins at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
  • Helicopter Flight over Cradle Mountain
  • 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 breakfasts
  • 3 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

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.

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Tour Itinerary

Day One
Cradle Mountain 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

WALK ITINERARY: 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 which circumnavigates Crater Lakes and 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. After our walk, we head to our accommodation at the iconic Cradle Mountain Lodge, located on the edge of Cradle Mountain National Park. Tonight enjoy a superb dinner in the Highland Restaurant featuring local produce served with fine Tasmanian wines.

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

Day Two
Cradle Mountain Walk

Cradle Mountains Circuit - Option to summit Cradle Mountain.

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: Optional. 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. 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.

CRADLE MOUNTAIN 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 across the Tasmanian Highlands. 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. 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.

Tonight enjoy a superb dinner featuring local produce and Tasmanian wine in the delightful Highlands Restaurant at Cradle Mountains Lodge.

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 - Helicopter Flight
Cradle Mountain Walk

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.

Afterwards, we finish our journey with 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. A sensational way to end of walking experience. Afterwards, we return to Launceston arriving at approximately 5.00pm via a transfer service.

 

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

Tour Accommodation

Cradle Mountain Walk
Cradle Mountain Walk
Cradle Mountain Walk
Cradle Mountain 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 comfortable Pencil Pine Cabins featuring gas fires, queen sized bed and a single bed and contemporary decor and furnishings.

Cradle Mountain Walk

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.

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Tour Availability

ALL DEPARTURE DATES:
We run regularly scheduled tours from October to the end of April every year.
To see all available departure dates click on the monthly calendar below and select the month you require to see the starting date of each tour. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

SPOT SPECIALS DATES:
Spot Specials Save $150 per person when you book and pay in full on specific departures.
Life’s An Adventure Past Passenger save $250 per person. Specific spot special departures are applicable only on these dates:

2019
17th – 19th Dec
2020
07th - 09th Feb
15th – 17th Feb
11th – 13th Apr
26th- 28th Apr

(See calendar below for other seasonal dates – that discount does not apply to).

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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

Spot Specials save $150 per person. (Past Passengers save $250 per person)

Book now and save $150 per person off when you book and pay in full on specific departures (see availability page for applicable dates). Life's An Adventure Past Passenger save $250 per person. (see conditions below).
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PRIVATE GROUPS
Private groups of 10 -12 people can save $50 per person off Normal Prices when they book a departure. Choose the date of your choice subject to availability. Or enjoy a $200 savings if you book and pay in full at time of booking. Free Group T'shirts also available enquire for details.


Spot Special Price Shoulder Season 1 to 30 Oct '19 and 1st April to 30 April 2020
$ 1749 /p

Past Passengers only $1649

Pack Free Walk
Helicopter Flight over Cradle Mountain
2 x nights accommodation Cradle Mountain Lodge
Fine Tasmanian Wine served with dinner
2 x a la carte delicious dinners
2 x hot breakfasts
3 x lunches
National Parks Fees
Return transfers to Launceston
No credit card fees

SPOT SPECIAL PRICES
on specific departures
SAVE $150 per person
Book and pay in full at the time of booking.
Spot Special Price
………….$1749

Past Passenger Price ……$1649
SAVE $250 per person
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NORMAL PRICES
Deposit of $250 per person.
Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure.

Normal Price
……………$1899
Past Passenger Price ..$1799
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PRIVATE GROUPS
10-12 participants
Departure of your choice subject to availability.
Private Group Special Price…. $1699
Book & Pay in full at time of booking.

Group Normal Price…. $1849
Deposit of $250 per person. Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure.
$100 extra Past Passenger discount available for those in the group that have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously

Book Now

Spot Special Price Peak Season 1 November to 31 March 2020
$ 1849 /p

Past Passengers only $1749

Pack Free Walk
Helicopter Flight over Cradle Mountain
2 x nights accommodation Cradle Mountain Lodge
Fine Tasmanian Wine served with dinner
2 x a la carte delicious dinners
2 x hot breakfasts
3 x lunches
National Parks Fees
Return transfers to Launceston
No credit card fees

SPOT SPECIAL PRICES
on specific departures
SAVE $150 per person

Book and pay in full at the time of booking.
Spot Special Price 
$1849

Past Passengers Price $1749
SAVE $250 per person

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NORMAL PRICES
Deposit of $250 per person. Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure.

Normal Price $1999
Past Passenger Price $1899
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PRIVATE GROUPS
10-12 participants
Departure of your choice subject to availability.
Private Group Special Price $1799
Book & Pay in full at time of booking.

Group Normal Price $1949
Deposit of $250 per person. Final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure.
$100 extra Past Passenger discount available for those in the group that have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously.

Book Now

Single Supplements

  • Singles wanting to share, please see notes on accommodation page about bed configurations in the cabins.
  • Singles wanting their own room. Add $320. Subject to availability at time of booking.

Discount Information:

PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: In order to receive the $100 Past Passenger Discount, you must state on your booking each tour you have been on with Life’s An Adventure and what year, so we can cross check these details for each client. Please note our Reservation staff will apply this discount manually, so select “Deposit Only”  at the booking checkout stage (even if choosing a Super Earlybird price) and we will send you a payment link for the remaining payment once the discount is applied.

EARLYBIRD & SPOT SPECIAL CANCELLATIONS: 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.

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 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.

Cancellation Policy and Conditions of Travel

  • Where helicopter flight 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. However, a $100 credit note will be given for your next tour.
  • Click here to view Cancellation Policy and Conditions of Travel.

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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. A good level of fitness is needed to complete this walk. You must be capable of walking between 5 – 6 hours a day there is lots of steps and an undulating path 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: walks@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 Early Bird or Spot Special 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 the 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 NIB Insurance for you to purchase travel insurance directly with them – please click here for details.

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