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7 Day Lake St Clair & Cradle Mountain Walk

Lake St Clair & Cradle Mountain Walk

A 7 day Pack-Free Guided Walk in Tasmania

Lake St Clair and Cradle Mountain are a hiker’s Paradise. Inside a Wilderness World Heritage Area you will find one of Australia’s most unique and breathtaking National Parks. This ancient glaciated landscape is filled with wildlife and contains specialized plant communities found only in Tasmania. The Park contains a world-class system of walking tracks through a variety of environments. At Life’s An Adventure we have chosen the best trails and combined them with luxury accommodation, local food and wine and friendly knowledgeable guides to create an unforgettable experience.



Pack Free Guided Walk

Walk with Less

Walking with a heavy pack can be uncomfortable and unnecessary. At Life’s An Adventure we take care of all overnight bag transfers so you can enjoy walking in comfort, carry only a daypack with your water, camera and lunch each day.


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.


Cradle Mountain Helicopter Flight

The wow factor!

Enjoy a scenic helicopter flight taking in the breathtaking sights of Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain and the Bass Strait.


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.


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.


Lake St Clair Lodge

Stay on the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage area

Enjoy three nights at the award winning Lake St Clair Lodge in private state of the art eco-friendly cabins featuring a gas fireplace, en-suite and the option of double or twin beddingThe resort sits on the shore of Australia’s deepest freshwater lake; the cosy cabins are a home away from home and such a nice spot to relax after a days hiking.  


Gourmet meals included

Indulge in some of Tassie’s finest

Enjoy chef cooked a  Carte dinners served with local wines, buffet breakfasts and yummy packed lunches with fresh fruit and trail mix throughout the tour. You won’t go hungry; we’ll make sure of it! 

Special dietary requirements will be catered for.  


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.


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.


Genuinely all-inclusive

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.

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Tour Itinerary

Walk Inclusions
7 Day Lake St Clair & Cradle Mountain Walk

  • 1 night at Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston
  • 3-nights in a cabin or suite at Lake St Clair Lodge
  • 2-nights in Pencil Pine cabins at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge  
  • 2 x two-course a  Carte dinners at the Highland Restaurant including local wines at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge 
  • 3 x two-course a  Carte dinners served with local wines at Organic Restaurant, Lake St Clair Lodge 
  • 6 x buffet breakfasts  
  • 6 x Walkers lunches with fresh fruit and trail mix  
  • Tea and coffee served on the trail each day 
  • Helicopter flight over Cradle Mountain
  • Ferry from Cynthia Bay to beginning of your walk on day four. 
  • Transfers to and from Launceston 
  • Transfers to the trails 
  • 2 x friendly and experienced guides. 
  • Option for an Airport drop off 
  • National Park Pass which includes shuttle bus transport for the Cradle Mountain hikes 
Day 1: Arrival Day Launceston
7 Day Lake St Clair & Cradle Mountain Walk

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  $75). 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 - Lake St Clair - Cultural Walk, Watersmeet track & Platypus loop
7 Day Lake St Clair & Cradle Mountain Walk


TRANSFERS: Morning: 2.5-hour transfer from Launceston to Lake St Clair.

WALK GRADE5.4kms / EASY GRADE / 1.5hrs of walking 

ITINERARY: At 7:30am you’ll meet your guides and the rest of the group in the hotel lobby at the Grand Chancellor Launceston for a beautiful scenic drive west to your accommodation for the next three nights at Lake St Clair Lodge. On arriving at Lake St Clair we’ll enjoy a peaceful walk along the Aboriginal Cultural track where you will learn about the indigenous that once occupied the area. The track then merges onto the Watersmeet track and then onto the Platypus loop where hopefully you’ll spot some active Platypus swimming in the rivers and lake. A lovely figure eight loop walk. Once back at the Lodge after checking in we’ll meet for dinner in the restaurant for a two course a  carte meal served with local Tasmanian wines. 

Map Cradle Mountain Watersmeet Track and Platypus Loop

Day 3: Mount Rufus via Shadow Lake
7 Day Lake St Clair & Cradle Mountain Walk

WALK GRADEFull walk: 21kms / HARD GRADE / 7-8 hours walking with breaks A good level of fitness is required. Shadow Lake circuit: 13kms / MEDIUM GRADE / 4-5 hours walking with breaks.

ITINERARY: Buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant before beginning today’s adventure. The two options begin from the accommodation and follow a Myrtle Beach forest up to sub-alpine environment. At around the 6-kilometre mark the Shadow Lake circuit track heads south-east sidling the slopes of Mt Rufus. Initially it crosses some open valley then passes through forest, rising steadily to meet the Mt Rufus Track. If you are continuing on to the summit, the track begins to climb steadily up to the saddle, once on the saddle we’ll follow the exposed ridgeline to the summit where on a clear day we’ll enjoy views of the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park as well as the ranges on the west coast and much of south-west Tasmania. A good spot for lunch if weather is in a our favour before descending down the other side of the mountain we’ll pass through groves of a Pandani and tall Eucalyptus before arriving in an open valley where the Shadow Lake Circuit track connects. From Shadow Lake we’ll follow the track towards the watersmeet of Hugal and Cuvier River before finishing back at the Lodge for a well-deserved rest before dinner. Another delightful two-course meal will be enjoyed in the restaurant before turning in for the night.

Map Cradle Mountain Mount Rufus via Shadow Lake

Day 4: Ferry on Lake St Clair to Narcissus Hut or Echo Point Hut
7 Day Lake St Clair & Cradle Mountain Walk

TRANSFERS: 15-25 minute ferry ride depending on your choice of walk 

WALK GRADENarcissus Hut – Cynthia Bay / 17kms / MEDIUM-HARD GRADE / 6-7hours walkingwith breaks. Good level of fitness required.Echo Point Hut – Cynthia Bay / 11kms / MEDIUM GRADE / 3-4 hours walkingwith breaks. Medium to good level of fitness required  

ITINERARY:Enjoy buffet breakfast at the Restaurant before meeting at the jetty for our morning transfer across the Lake. The scenic ferry ride gives great views of tall dolerite cliffs and the five surrounding Mountains that look down onto the deep blue lakeYou have the option today to walk either route, both enjoying the dense forest that skirts the edge of Lake St Clair. This section of trail is the final stage of the Overland Track and passes through lush lichen and moss covered forest of Sassafras and Beech Myrtle. If you’ve started your walk from Narcissus Hut, we’ll enjoy lunch at the Echo Point Hut where views out over the lake and Mt Ida can be enjoyed. If you choose the shorter option from Echo Point, your guide will find a lovely opening with tree seating to enjoy your picnic lunch before crossing over the Watersmeet Bridge and back to the Lodge. An afternoon of rest can be enjoyed before meeting for our final dinner in the restaurantAnother delightful meal served with local Tasmanian wines. 

Map Cradle Mountain Ferry on Lake St Clair to Narcissus Hut

Day 5: Lake St Clair to Cradle Mountain - Waldheim to Dove Lake Circuit via Lake Lilla Track
7 Day Lake St Clair & Cradle Mountain Walk

TRANSFERS:Morning: 3-hour transfer from Lake St Clair to Cradle Mountain. Afternoon: 15-minute transfer from end of walk to accommodation.

WALK GRADE9.4kms / MEDIUM GRADE / 5-hours walking with breaks. Good level of fitness required 

ITINERARY: After an early breakfast we’ll take a scenic 3 hour drive through rich farmlands and mountainous countryside to arrive at our accommodation at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge. After a quick break we’ll continue to the start of the walk at Ronnie Creek. We’ll enjoy some gentle elevated boardwalk to begin with while winding through button grass plains and crossing over the gorgeous Ronnie Creek. After a short detour to the Waldheim Chalet we’ll take the Lake Lilla track up to the stunning Lake Lilla where we’ll enjoy a lovely picnic lunch. Continuing on we’ll reach the famous Dove Lake Circuit track where we’ll pass the iconic boat shed, an abundance of giant ancient King Billy Pines and fantastic views of the towering Cradle Mountain above. Our informative guides will keep you up to speed with the local flora, fauna and stories of this incredible land, stopping off to show you all the unique and wonderful intricacies of the track.

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.

A short 15-minute transfer to the accommodation will give you plenty of time to refresh before meeting for dinner at the Highland Restaurant. You’ll enjoy a two course a  carte meal served with local Tasmanian wines.  

Cradle Mountain Pack-Free Walk - Day 1

Day 6: Cradle Mountain Circuit via Marions Lookout & Kitchen Hut
7 Day Lake St Clair & Cradle Mountain Walk

TRANSFERS:Morning: 15minute transfer from accommodation to trail headAfternoon: 15-minute transfer from end of walk to accommodation. 

FLEXABLE WALKING:Main walk: 10.2km / MEDIUM-HARD GRADE / 6-7 hours walkingwith breaks. A good level of fitness required, some scrambling involved madeeasy with the assistance of chains. Optional Cradle Summit: Total kilometres including summit 12.2km / HARDGRADE / excellent level of fitness required. The summit involves rockclimbing, boulder hopping and scrambling. 

ITINERARY:Enjoy a buffet breakfast at your accommodation before setting out on today’s hike. Starting off on the famous Overland Track we’ll climb up through pockets of thick, damp myrtle forest past the attractive Crater Falls to Crater Lake. The track skirts the edge of the picturesque lake before opening out onto a ridge crest giving you commanding views of Crater Lake surrounded by steep forbidding cliffs. From here some fixed chains will assist you to climb up the rocky outcrop to Marions Lookout. The lookout provides impressive views of Cradle Mountain and the many peaks beyond. Past Marions Lookout we’ll walk the steady mix of boardwalk and rocky alpine trail towards Kitchen Hut along the exposed Cradle Plateau, a rocky region sparsely covered with stunted vegetation. Reaching Kitchen Hut we’ll enjoy lunch sitting at the base of the iconic Cradle Mountain and from here guests will have the option to summit Cradle while the rest of the group will make their way down the Horse track. This hidden gem, traverse’s alpine moors and follows a pristine shallow rocky creek then climbs gently to enjoy uninterrupted views from Crater Peak before descending back to Ronnie Creek. A short 15-minute transfer will take us back to our accommodation. Dinner again will be enjoyed at The Highland Restaurant for another two-course a  carte meal served with Tassie wines. 

CRADLE MOUNTAIN SUMMIT OPTION: Weather permitting, if you are up for the challenge, one of our guides will lead the hike to the summit. Adding an extra 2-3hours onto today’s walk, the summit track involves scrambling, rock hopping and climbing. We’ll take it easy and spend some time at the top enjoying the magnificent views of the Cradle Mountain National Park and beyond. On a clear day you can even see the ocean! Following the summit you will enjoy the Horse Track taking us back down to Ronnie Creek for a transfer back to the accommodation.  

Cradle Mountain Circuit via Marions Lookout & Kitchen Hut


Day 7: Hansons Peak and Twisted Lakes to Launceston
7 Day Lake St Clair & Cradle Mountain Walk

TRANSFER TIMES:Morning: 15-minute transfer from accommodation to the beginning of the walk. Afternoon: 3-hour transfer from Cradle Mountain to Launceston.

WALK GRADEMain walk: 8kms / MEDIUM GRADE / 4 hours walking with breaks. Medium to goofitness level required, involves some rock scrambling assisted by chains. 

Easier walking option: Cradle Valley Boardwalk; 5.5km / EASY GRADE / 3 hours walking with breaks and a visit to the interpretation centre.  

ITINERARY:A buffet breakfast will be enjoyed at the accommodation before setting off on our final day walk in Cradle Mountain National Park. Starting from the Dove Lake car park we’ll begin our walk traversing across the face of Mount Campbell through a Snow gum forest before reaching the saddle that separates Mt Campbell and Hansons Peak. With a helping hand from your friendly guide and the assistance of some fixed chains you’ll navigate the trickiest section of trail to the top of Hansons Peak. From the top we’ll enjoy views looking down onto Dove Lake with craggy Little Horn and Cradle Mountain standing tall above. Trailing down the other side of Hansons Peak we’ll turn onto the Twisted lakes loop track passing many small lakes and tarns lined with Pencil and King Billy Pines to end an incredible six-day journey. After enjoying some lunch we’ll make our way back to Launceston.

Alternatively your guides will give an easier option for today’s walk, the Cradle Valley Boardwalk starts from the Ronnie Creek and winds it’s way down to the Cradle Valley. The boardwalk follows the gorgeous Dove Lake River, passing’s giant Pencil Pines reaching out over the track, through button grass plains and finishing in another spectacular rainforest with the stunning Pencil Pine Falls lookout.

Hansons Peak and Twisted Lakes

Tour Availability

See real-time availability click on the monthly calendar below. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

Date of your choice is available for groups of 10 -12 people. Subject to availability.
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Tour Prices

Spot Special savings of $150 per person on specific departures

Spot Special savings of $150 per person are available on specific departures when you book and pay in full for next season's departures.

Private groups of 10 -11 people can choose the date of your choice subject to availability.

$ 4449 /p

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Oct 2022 to Apr 2023

Spot Special Price*………..$4449
Normal Price………………. $4599

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

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Travelled with Life's An Adventure previously

Oct 2022 to Apr 2023

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Normal Price………………. $4499

Spot Special Price*………..$4449
Normal Price………………. $4599

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

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Departure of your choice of groups of 11 or more


11-12 participants
Departure of your choice subject to availability.

Oct 2022 to Apr 2023

Spot Special Price*………..$4349
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Spot Special Price*………..$4449
Normal Price………………. $4599

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

Special prices are available on specific departures when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Normal Price requires deposit then final payment due 8 weeks prior to departure. 

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The following extras can be purchased with your walk:

Cancel for Any Reason:

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: $469 per person.



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 of $795 extra.


For those wanting to guarantee their own room, a single supplement cost of $795 extra will be charged at the time of booking


FlexiWalk Option – Cancel for any Reason

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Discount Information:

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. Flexiwalk Add-On option not available on these tickets.

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise our clients travelling within Australia to take out Travel Insurance. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE .

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.
  • 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.

Credit for cancelled activities

If a tour activity has been cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances a credit for this missed activity can be applied to any future bookings. Click here.

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  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: Shop 7, 1306 Pittwater Road
    Narrabeen NSW 2101.

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