- Get up to $90 cash back per person when you book with us
- A 4-day Tasmanian walking adventure within Cradle Mountain National Park
- 3 nights twin-share comfortable hotel accommodation
- 3 breakfasts & 2 lunches
- Stop at the Sheffield murals
- Night Wildlife Spotting Tour at Cradle Mountain
- The iconic Dove Lake Walk
- Lake Lilla Track or Twisted Lakes and Lake Rodway walk
- Devils @ Cradle Sunset Tour
- Montezuma Falls Walk, in Rosebery
- Stops at various venues included in the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail
- Transport in a private vehicle for the ultimate comfort & flexibility
- Departs from the meeting point at Mercure Hotel Launceston, 3 Brisbane St, Launceston (meeting location may change, please check your final documents for the confirmed location)
- Some meals
- Optional activities
WHAT TO EXPECT
Tasmania certainly makes a dramatic first impression, especially the dizzying diversity of landscapes within Cradle Mountain National Park. Hike through an ancient world of jagged peaks, picturesque lakes and thick forests on a 4-day walking adventure. The unusual wildlife here is just as fascinating – let your local leader introduce you to unique plants, discover nocturnal animals during a nighttime tour. Come face to face with the iconic Tasmanian devil at a conservation facility, then round off your journey with a trip down the Cradle to Coast tasting trail. This isolated island is bound to enchant you.
Explore the unbelievable landscapes of Cradle Mountain National Park on a series of hikes, uncovering a land of stunning lakes, dazzling peaks and fascinating forests filled with unique plant life. You'll also discover Tasmania's nocturnal creatures during a nighttime wildlife spotting tour. Wombats, pademelons, wallabies, quolls and Tasmanian devils can all be found after dark.
Day 1 – Launceston to Cradle Mountain
Your adventure kicks off in Launceston, where you'll meet your local leader, and fellow travellers at 9:00 am, then it's time to hit the road for a scenic drive to Sheffield. This quirky little town is known for its painted murals which you'll have some time to admire as you stop in and pick up some lunch.
Carry on to the spectacular Cradle Mountain National Park. Settle into your accommodation, then head out to discover the beauty of the park on foot. Starting from the beautiful Dove Lake at the foot of Cradle Mountain, follow a 6km circuit along the base of the mountain and through the rainforest, passing by the King Billy Pine Forest, the Pencil falls, and plenty of Tasmania's unique plant life.
After your walk, perhaps get to know your group over dinner at your accommodation. Then, once the sun has gone down, head out into the night for a guided wildlife spotting tour. Your expert local guide will help find fascinating nocturnal creatures like wombats, pademelons, wallabies, quolls and, of course, Tasmanian devils.
Day 2 – Cradle Mountain
Lace-up your boots for another day of hiking through the awe-inspiring landscapes of Cradle Mountain National Park. Depending on the conditions, there are two hikes available to you today. The Lake Lilla track begins at Ronny Creek, a popular spot for wombats to hang out, and detours to the picturesque Wombat Pool and the dramatic Crater Lake. If you're feeling really active, you'll also have the chance to climb up to Marion's Lookout for one of the best views in the park.
Your second option is a fantastic trek to the Twisted Lakes and Lake Rodway, passing through ever-changing scenery – you're going to want to have your camera out for this one! Whichever hike you take, you'll stop for a picnic lunch in a scenic spot and enjoy some time to take in your wild surroundings.
After your trek, return to your accommodation via shuttle bus and rest up for an exciting day tomorrow.
Day 3 – Cradle Mountain
This morning you may like to head to the delightful little town of Rosebery and set out on a walk to the incredible Montezuma Falls, taking around three hours. Follow the path of a former tramway through the lush rainforest before arriving at the base of the falls and a suspension bridge strung across the forest below. Named after an Aztec emperor, you'll soon see that this impressive waterfall lives up to its moniker.
For lunch today, perhaps stop in at a local cafe or pub to recharge your batteries.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure, then as the sun begins to set, head out to meet Tasmania's most emblematic animal, the Tasmanian devil. Pay a visit to a wildlife conservation facility aimed at protecting these endangered creatures. Watch how they feed, learn their story, visit the nursery and meet some of the facility's youngest residents.
Finish with drinks around a campfire as the sun sets over Cradle Mountain and listen out for the unmistakable sound of the devils.
Day 4 –Cradle Mountain to Launceston
After breakfast, stretch your legs with a final walk in the area, then say goodbye to Cradle Mountain and pull onto one of the world's most delicious roads – the famous Cradle to Coast tasting trail. This celebrated stretch of road is home to artisanal producers of Tasmania's tastiest treats. Make several stops along the way – offering up everything from honey to wine; this journey is sure to be a trip for your tastebuds. Finally, arrive back to Launceston in the mid-afternoon, at which point your adventure will come to an end.
Where we Visit:
- Sheffield Murals
- Cradle Mountain
- Dove Lake
- Lake Lilla Track or Twisted Lakes and Lake Rodway
- Montezuma Falls
- Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail
Walk Cradle Mountain National Park – 4 Days, 3 Nights
|11:00AM - 12:00PM|
Monday, 29-04-2016 11:00 AM - 12:00PM
How many participants are there?
Minimum unit order: 1 persons.
What to bring?
Please keep your luggage size and weight to a minimum. One small soft-sided bag plus a day pack (no more than 15 kg in total per person) is essential due to limited space for luggage in our vehicles. We recommend against bringing hard/externally framed suitcases as they are difficult to store in the vehicle and can damage equipment and other travellers' belongings.
You will have to be prepared for all weather extremes. You will be walking at alpine altitudes. We suggest that you take all of the items on the below list.
- Lightweight Long Sleeved Shirt (for sun protection)
- Walking Shorts
- Lightweight walking trousers
- Long-Sleeved Thermal Tops – mid to heavyweight (Merino Wool)
- Down Jacket (long sleeve best option)
- Mid-weight to heavy Fleece Pullover
- Pairs of Socks
- Pairs of Underwear
- Waterproof Jacket, raincoat with hood. Your raincoat needs to be thoroughly waterproof and made of a gore-tex material or similar
- Walking Boots – Ankle High – not shoes (leather is more durable)
- Sunhat with brim & Beanie
- Drink Bottles and/or Camelback System (no less than 2 litres)
- Sunscreen, Lip Balm & Insect Repellent
- Trekking Poles
Tasmania will no doubt give us everything it has to offer. You need to be prepared for hot weather as well as cold/wet (maybe even on the same day). It is unpredictable, especially in the alpine regions.
Is this trip right for me?
- This trip involves plenty of walking over varied terrain and is best suited to travellers with a good level of mobility. Good footwear, clothing for all types of Tasmanian weather, plus perhaps walking poles are recommended. Details on physical activities can be found in the itinerary.
- This trip is new to The Operator's range this year. And while they have thoroughly researched every detail of the logistics, new destinations can sometimes throw some unexpected surprises. More often than not, it’ll be a great surprise. But every now and again there might be a hiccup. The Operator likes to think that’s what puts the ‘adventure’ in ‘adventure travel’.
- Please ensure you consult your local government’s advice regarding domestic travel prior to booking this trip.
Can you cater for specific dietary requirements?
On most days, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be included. Your leader will prepare most of the meals whilst on tour. The tours are activity and participation based. During your travels you will have the opportunity to assist with daily activities such as setting up camp, helping prepare meals and clearing dishes. None of this is difficult however many hands make light work and any assistance provided to the crew is always much appreciated. Most people agree that this type of activity helps you feel like less of a tourist and more of an explorer.
All food for this trip is purchased and packed prior to your group leaving on day one. After we’ve left town it can be very difficult to source special dietary requests.
Travellers with special dietary requirements or food allergies are required to advise us at the time of booking. You may be asked to pay for any additional food if you have not advised us of any special dietary requirements. Due to the often remote nature of our trips, food is basic but plentiful and delicious.
We can provide easily available substitutes, please bring your own staples (nuts, bars, snacks) if you require a diet differing from the following.
- Dairy-Free (soy available )
Religious dietary requirements and specifically prepared/sourced produce are generally unable to be catered for on these trips.
- All travellers (outside Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands) are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19. From 1 December 2021, all travellers, including in Australia, New Zealand and the Cook Islands, are required to produce proof of full vaccination against COVID-19
- Not all Intrepid tours are 'confirmed bookings'. When this is the case, our Backpacker Deals Agents will reach out to confirm with Intrepid and notify you within 48hrs that your booking is confirmed.
- A strict luggage limit of 15 kg applies. Please bring a soft-sided bag only
- All travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip
- Travel insurance is compulsory for all trips. The Operator requires that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. They strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects
If you cancel some or all portions of your booking the cancellation terms set out below will apply. A cancellation will only be effective when The Operator receives written confirmation that you have sent to your relevant sales representative of the cancellation. If you cancel a trip:
- 28 days or more prior to departure, The Operator will hold the deposit amount as a credit
- 27 days or fewer prior to departure, The Operator will hold 50% of the monies paid by you in connection with the booking as a credit and retain the remaining 50% of monies paid by you in connection with your booking.
Any credit resulting from cancellation by you does not have an expiry date and may be applied towards any other available trip offered by us. This credit is not transferrable or redeemable for cash. This credit excludes flights or insurance as they will have their own booking conditions.
You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking which may cover cancellation fees
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