My husband and I booked a day tour of Cradle Mountain, as we only had 1 week in Tasmania so didn’t have time to drive around the west side of Tasmania ourselves. I phoned the Launceston tourist information centre as I wanted a tour where we would be able to have a few hours in the park and enjoy a decent walk, and we certainly did! This tour gives you 4 hours at Cradle Mountain. The day started early and we were picked up on time by Graeme, who was wearing shorts even though it was 7 degrees! All of the way round Launceston, while picking people up, he was pointing out places of interest and facts about the history of Launceston. After everyone had been collected (only 12 in the group) he explained the day.
After about 1 hours drive, we stopped at Elizabeth Town bakery. This is where you can pick up food for lunch. It’s reasonably priced and yummy! We then carried on to Sheffield, the town of murals, where you have a short stop to look at the murals.
We then carried onto Cradle Mountain. You have some time to pick up any extra clothing at the visitor centre, although Tours Tasmania loan raincoats and beanies. we saw our first wombat at the visitor centre.
Graeme then led us on a short walk through some remnant rainforest, before driving to Dove Lake car park. Graeme explained the walk options, then we set off to Marion’s lookout. Graeme raced past us, then stood at a cross roads to check we took the correct path back down. We said that we wanted to do two walks, and he said we had time for this. It turned very cold and snowy up the top, so make sure you are dressed for the weather!
We went back down and did a circuit of the lake before we had to be back at the bus. We then went to a wilderness lodge to dry off and try honey. We took a scenic route back to Launceston, stopping at a cheese factory for tastings on the way. Tours Tasmania was a great way to see Cradle Mountain. Graeme was friendly and knowledgeable and pointed out every wombat he saw all day.
Cradle Mountain National Park is an area of world famous scenery with a huge variety of walking trails to choose from. With around 5 hours of time to spend in the National Park we leave our walking itinerary flexible to suit our guests and the weather conditions on the day.
Experience ancient rainforests, alpine heaths, glacial lakes, rugged mountains and some of Tasmania’s iconic wildlife. With around 5 hours of time to spend in the National Park we leave our walking itinerary flexible to suit our guests and the weather conditions on the day.
Age Restriction: 8
Fitness Requirement: Normal fitness
What To Bring
Pickups commence between 7.00am and 7.30am ready for our departure time from Launceston at 7.30am.Please ensure this is all arranged in advance so pick up times can be confirmed at the time of booking
(Sunday departure returns to Launceston in time for guests to catch the 7.30pm Redline Coach Service Launceston to Hobart)
We pick up and drop off at all Launceston CBD Hotels and backpackers.Please note we do not offer pickups from Air BnB's