Cradle Mountain small group walking tour, 3 days

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From: AUD1195

3 day expedition
(NZD1490 - USD960 - CAD1250 - EUR860 - GBP730)


  • Experience a diverse range of walks with your family
  • Enjoy close encounters with native wildlife
  • Embrace the opportunity to summit Cradle Mountain
  • Be invigorated and inspired by breathtaking views and fresh mountain air
  • Relax each evening in unique accommodation surrounded by wilderness
  • Enjoy the hassle-free family time a professionaly operated tour offers


Grading:Introductory to Moderate

2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners, snacks and hot drinksProfessional guide/s1 night accommodation at Waldheim Cabins
1 night accommodation at Lemonthyme LodgeEntrance to Mole Creek CavesTransport by private minibus
National Park feesSleeping bag and inner sheetEmergency communications & group first aid kit

Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
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The iconic Cradle Mountain National Park is yours to share with your family on this short and exciting walking holiday.
Carrying just a day pack, we explore the base of the Great Western Tiers on foot before a visit to the fascinating limestone caves of the Mole Creek Karst National Park. It's then on to the Cradle Mountain National Park high country where you'll have a number of impressive walks to choose from, you can even tackle the summit of Cradle Mountain (weather permitting). Sharing the views from Cradle Mountain's peak with your children will inspire them to want to explore even more; the 360-degree panoramic outlook onto Tasmania's highest mountains and surrounding wilderness area is simply unbeatable. After a night in award winning accommodation we travel to the Forth Valley. Here you can all climb to the summit of Mt Roland from where you'll be rewarded with expansive views of Bass Strait, Cradle Mountain and the prominent Barn Bluff.
With healthy meals, comfortable accommodation, 24 hour emergency backup, and professional guides provided, you will be able to focus on enjoying quality family time. This is a fantastic introduction to active travel for the whole family.



Itinerary


Day 1:Launceston to Cradle Mountain National Park via Mole Creek Caves
Your adventure begins when we pick you up from your accommodation in historic launceston at 8am. Leaving the beautiful city behind, we head west through lush farming country to the picturesque township of Deloraine, stopping for a coffee and a complete trip-briefing (please see notes below for full briefing details). We then transfer to Alum Cliffs for a short, gentle walk near the base of the magnificent Great Western Tiers, the mountain range which presides over the central north of Tasmania.
In the afternoon we visit the incredible caves of the Mole Creek Karst National Park. Your guides will provide a delicious picnic lunch in the National Park, a great chance for you to kick back and take in the scenery and fresh air. From here we drive up into the high country to Cradle Mountain National Park. If time permits we will have the opportunity to take in some of the shorter walks in the stunning World Heritage Area before retiring to our accommodation for the evening at Waldheim Cabins, nestled on the rainforests edge and surrounded by wombats and wallabies.
Walking time: up to 4 hours | Driving time: 2.5 hours

Day 2:Exploring Cradle Mountain National Park
Today we are spoilt for choice with a plethora of awe-inspiring walks that leave from the very doorstep of our accommodation. If weather permits the main objective for the day is to summit Tasmania’s most well known and loved landmark – Cradle Mountain. This iconic day walk takes you to the top of the island's third highest peak, providing magnificent views of glaciated landscape and the mass of surrounding mountains. The last section of climb to the peak is rock-scrambling over dolerite boulders, using hands and feet. Kids love this section of hands-on climbing and always manage to do it with more grace than the adults!
The whole family will be flooded with a feeling of elation upon reaching the summit of Cradle Mountain and looking out on one of the best views in Tasmania. Alternatively we can explore the ancient rainforests of Dove Lake, Marion’s Lookout, and Hanson’s Peak, amongst many others. After our day of exploring we wave a fond farewell to Cradle Mountain and head off to the forests of the Forth Valley where our accommodation for the evening is the award winning Lemonthyme Lodge.
Walking time: up to 7 hours | Driving time: 50 minutes

Day 3:Lemonthyme Lodge to Launceston via Mt Roland
Today we enjoy a sumptuous breakfast at the Lodge before setting off to conquer another of Tasmania’s prominent peaks – Mt Roland. Starting in the deeply scented Eucalypt forests at the mountain's base we climb steadily upwards, over clear streams, past waterfalls, and through ever changing vegetation. This huge rugged mountain is one of the state’s most rewarding walks and provides 360 degree views of the Bass Strait, Cradle Mountain, Barn Bluff and the Western Tiers.
The stunning scene from this peak played an integral role in inspiring the original vision of the Cradle Mountain area becoming a National Park. Your guides will provide another tasty picnic lunch on the summit, giving you time to relax and take in the views. If weather is inclement we can choose from a selection of wonderful rainforest and waterfall walks in the Lemonthyme Valley. Feeling invigorated and contentedly exhausted by our adventures, we return to Launceston. Your guides will drop you at your Launceston accommodation by approximately 5pm.
Walking time: up to 6 hours | Driving time: 2 hours