Cradle Mountain Daytrip

Visit the central Tasmanian plateau to see Cradle Mountain


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.



Booking Conditions

Age Restriction: 8

Fitness Requirement: Normal fitness

What's included

  • National Parks Entrance Fees
  • Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area (4-5 hours)
  • Dove Lake
  • A variety of short introductory walks
  • Rainforest city & Pencil Pine Falls Walk
  • Dove Lake Walk (easy grade) or Marion’s Lookout (medium grade)
  • Weindorfers Chalet
  • Weindorfers Forest Walk
  • Guided walks & interpretation
  • Sheffield – historic ‘Town of Murals’
  • Free tastings at Ashgrove Cheese
  • CBD Hotel/Hostel pick up and drop off

What To Bring

  • Sensible shoes for walking
  • A variety of warm clothing, beanie, hat and gloves
  • Weatherproof jacket
  • Hat/Sunscreen
  • Water Bottle, Snacks, Lunch (or buy it on the day)
  • Camera
  • Sense of adventure



Day 1 : Cradle Mountain
After departing Launceston we enjoy a short stop in Sheffield – The Town of Murals. Sheffield is a small and quirky village where the history of the Cradle Mountain region is depicted in artworks across the buildings throughout the town. We continue our journey into the mountains and arrive at Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake with around 5 hours of possible walking time before us. Our guides will carefully assist to ensure everyone has an opportunity to enjoy short, easy or longer walks that best suit them and the day ahead. Choose from the gentle and iconic Dove Lake Circuit or climb to loftier peaks to view the vastness of the surrounding World Heritage Area from Marion’s Lookout. Enjoy lunch by a quiet stream, watch the famous and friendly Cradle wombats in their natural habitat, or enjoy the many photographic opportunities that abound. As we return to Launceston, we stop and sample some local boutique cheese at Ashgrove Cheese or try one of their delicious ice-creams! We return to Launceston around 7.00pm after an unforgettable day at Cradle Mountain.
Meals :None


Departure Time:

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)

Departure points:

We pick up and drop off at all Launceston CBD Hotels and backpackers.Please note we do not offer pickups from Air BnB's

Optional Excursions

Optional Activities (Available to sign up on tour with your guide)

  • Adventure
  • Nature

Available Extras

There are no additional charges.

Please note meals/snacks are not included but we do offer a stop along the way to purchase a bakery style take away lunch. 


No Credit Card or Booking Fees!!

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On this Day tour from Launceston, you will visit the beautiful Cradle Mountain. This World Heritage-listed place is definitely a must-visit. It provides unique sceneries and a stunning variety of hikes throughout the landscapes. This also the perfect place to encounter the local wildlife.

Recent Independent Reviews

  • On Trip Advisor

    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.