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Cradle Mountain: Day Trip from Launceston with Lunch

1. Cradle Mountain: Day Trip from Launceston with Lunch

Meet your coach at one of the Launceston pickup points, and travel in comfort to Cradle Mountain National Park. Take a 15-minute scenic tour through Sheffield to see some of the highlights of the Town of Murals along the way. Journey along the Great Western Tiers of the Central Highlands to arrive at Cradle Mountain Visitor Center. Get a short break before entering the national park to drive to Dove Lake. Embark on a guided nature walk through the rainforest and pass quartzite beaches. Discover the remnants of the last Ice Age at Glacier Rock. Then depart for Waldheim Chalet to enjoy a delicious lunch of fresh rolls, wraps, salad fillings, cheeses, and local meats. Get shown around the first accommodation to open in the national park before a short forest walk, time permitting. Make your way back to Launceston, stopping at the Ashgrove Cheese Farm to taste an amazing array of cheeses and other local produce along the way.

From Hobart: 5-Day Tasmania West & East Coast Tour

2. From Hobart: 5-Day Tasmania West & East Coast Tour

Departing from Hobart, escape into Tasmania's wilderness and travel coast to coast to explore and experience the best of the island on this 5-day tour. Journey to the wild and rugged West Coast for waterfalls, rainforest and wildlife. Then experience the startling change of scenery as the tour continues on through the alpine wilderness of Cradle Mountain to the white sands of the Bay of Fires. Full of famous attractions, fun and adventure, this tour will show you the best of Tasmania! Day 1: Hobart to Strahan Depart Hobart at 7:30 AM and drive through the Derwent Valley, traveling east to west across the island. You’ll see the beautiful Russell Falls, walk among the Mt Field National Park Tall Trees, and visit Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, Lake St Clair. Explore the pristine Franklin-Gordon Wild River National Park and end the day in Strahan where you will stay overnight. Day 2: Wild West Coast   In the untouched wilderness of Tasmania’s West Coast, explore the shifting sands of Henty Dunes. Then, continue into the Tarkine Rainforest and walk to Tasmania’s highest waterfall Montezuma Falls. Or choose to join the world famous Gordon River Cruise (optional, at your own expense). Stay overnight at Strahan. Day 3: Cradle Mountain Around 950m above sea level is the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Claire National Park, where you choose a walk to suit you. With an extensive range of tracks, stroll around Dove Lake or challenge yourself with a hike to Marion’s Lookout. A short drive takes you through Sheffield, the "town of murals", to Launceston. Stay overnight at Launceston. Day 4: Bay of Fires Head to the East Coast and the beautiful Bay of Fires. Enjoy the pristine white sands and orange lichen-clad boulders. Learn about the rich culture of the palawa (Tasmanian aboriginal people). Later, Tasmania’s most scenic coastal drive takes you from St Helens to the seaside town of Bicheno, home of the little penguin. Stay overnight in Bicheno. Day 5: Freycinet National Park to Hobart An early start means you are the first to the Wineglass Bay lookout. Relax on the secluded beach or choose the more challenging Mount Amos or Hazards Beach walk. Continue further along the scenic east coast via the seaside towns of Swansea and Orford on the way to Hobart.

From Hobart: Cradle Mountain Full Day Tour

3. From Hobart: Cradle Mountain Full Day Tour

Depart from Hobart to spend the whole day in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Hike in the wilderness and explore Marion's Lookout, Ronny Creak, and the Dove Lake Circuit. Gaze at Cradle mountain and enjoy a picnic in the great outdoors in this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Board your eleven-seater bus at the hotel early in the morning and relax aboard, with reclining seats, plenty of luggage space and phone chargers. Then, stop in the town of Deloraine and purchase breakfast at Mamma Buzz Café. Arrive at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and go hiking. Walk up to Marion's Lookout and out again via Ronny Creek, or go on the Dove Lake Circuit. Marvel at the beautiful Tasmanian wilderness, and dare yourself to drink water straight from the river in the Enchanted Forest. Bring your own food and stop for a picnic lunch. Finally, head back to Hobart at sunset, and stop to have dinner at the Empire Hotel to cap off a wonderful day.

Tasmania: 7-Day Tasmania Highlights Tour

4. Tasmania: 7-Day Tasmania Highlights Tour

Day 1: Hobart to Strahan Departing Hobart, your tour of Tasmania/lutruwita begins in Mount Field National Park. Walk among the world’s tallest eucalyptus trees and discover the cascading Russell Falls. The incredible scenery continues at Lake St Clair (Australia’s deepest freshwater lake), and the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. You’ll learn about Tasmania’s mining history in Queenstown before arriving in the village of Strahan where we’ll spend the next two nights. Day 2: Wild West Coast Discover the West Coast’s wild and rugged coastlines and rainforests. Walk to Tasmania’s highest waterfall, Montezuma Falls, within the ancient rainforests of the Tarkine/takayna. At the coast we’ll explore Henty Sand Dunes and Tasmania’s longest stretch of sand at Ocean Beach. Or today you can choose an outstanding nature cruise on the beautiful Gordon River (own cost). Day 3: Cradle Mountain to Launceston Discover Cradle’s alpine and glacial-carved wilderness as you look for wombats, echidna, and other Tasmanian wildlife. Choose from a variety of world-class walks, such as the track to the summit of Marion’s Lookout, or the Dove Lake circuit. Later today we'll drive to the city of Launceston via the colourful town of Sheffield, known as the Town of Murals. Day 4: Launceston to Bicheno Explore Launceston's lovely Cataract Gorge which is a great place for seeing wallaby. Travel to the Bay of Fires/larapuna and learn about the spiritual connection of the land to Tasmanian aboriginal people/palawa. Walk along pristine white sands with its turquoise waters with striking orange boulders. We will spend the night in Bicheno, home of the little penguin. Day 5: Freycinet National Park Walk to Wineglass Bay or climb to the summit of Mt Amos. We'll visit the Cape Tourville lighthouse before returning to Hobart/nipaluna. Day 6: Tasmanian Devils, Richmond and Wellington Park Today we'll meet Tasmanian devils at Bonorong wildlife sanctuary, before exploring the heritage village of Richmond. Back in Hobart we'll show you some of our favourite spots on Mount Wellington/kunanyi. Tonight, unwind in one of Hobart's historic pubs or restaurants. Day 7: Port Arthur and the Tasman Peninsula Discover the rugged coastal scenery and epic convict history of the Tasman Peninsula/turrakana. Visit Port Arthur, Australia’s best preserved convict settlement. Later today we'll walk to the stunning Crescent Bay, before returning to Hobart.

Cradle Mountain: After Dark Tasmanian Devil Feeding Tour

5. Cradle Mountain: After Dark Tasmanian Devil Feeding Tour

Embark on a unique evening experience to get up close to Tasmanian Devils and learn all about this fascinating little creature. Tour Devils@Cradle Wildlife Sanctuary at your own pace, then join an exclusive nighttime feeding tour with one of the sanctuary’s zookeepers. Arrive at Devils@Cradle Wildlife Sanctuary to enjoy a self-guided tour within the sanctuary until the start of the tour. Devils @ Cradle is a unique Tasmanian conservation sanctuary located at the entrance to the spectacular World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain National Park. Whilst concentrating primarily on the Tasmanian devil, the sanctuary is also home to the closely related Spotted-tail and Eastern quolls. Tasmania’s three largest carnivorous marsupials are all now threatened in one way or another in the wild. Your after-dark feeding tour begins with a brief introduction to the three species managed within the sanctuary on the main wildlife viewing deck. Followed by the larger part of the tour, where you will enjoy a guided walk outside, within the sanctuary itself. Your zookeeper guide will enter the enclosures and feed a number of these animals while explaining their behavior and discussing biology, threats, and conservation. If you have any questions about these extraordinary animals, they are happy to answer them for you. Devils are a nocturnal species that is more active at night, the sanctuary uses environmentally sensitive lighting and focuses on the social interactions and feeding habits of these unique carnivores, allowing visitors a rare up-close opportunity to see Tasmanian devils in a group feeding situation.

Devils at Cradle: Day Keeper Tour and Entry to Wildlife Park

6. Devils at Cradle: Day Keeper Tour and Entry to Wildlife Park

Devils @ Cradle is a unique Tasmanian conservation sanctuary located at the entrance to the spectacular World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain National Park. Inside the wildlife park there are Tasmanian devils, as well as the closely related Spotted-tail and Eastern quolls. Tasmania’s three largest carnivorous marsupials are all now threatened in one way or another in the wild. Wander through the sanctuary at your leisure and see the animals' daytime habits; sleeping in their dens, sun baking, play fighting or fossicking for food. Explore our Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary with your experienced guide while you experience the screams of the amazing animals. Walking through the wilderness you will be led through the sanctuary providing you a greater understanding of this unique animal and the Devils@Cradle conservation programs, and allowing you the chance to view these extraordinary animals up close.

Tasmania in 6 Days: the Major Highlights and Attractions

7. Tasmania in 6 Days: the Major Highlights and Attractions

Day 1: Salamanca Markets, Tasmanian Devils and Port Arthur We begin by exploring the famous Salamanca Markets in Hobart/nipaluna. At this bustling outdoor market you can buy hand-made Tasmanian goods and sample a range of seasonal produce and gourmet foods. Then we’ll visit a wildlife sanctuary to meet native wildlife like Tasmanian devils. At Port Arthur Historic Site on the Tasman Peninsula/turrakana, imagine the harsh convict life of the early 1800’s at Australia’s best preserved convict settlement. Later, see the dramatic coastal scenery of Tasman National Park at the geological wonders of Tasman Arch and the Devil’s Kitchen. We return to Hobart for a night to explore the city at your leisure. Day 2: Freycinet National Park to Bicheno Today's highlight is exploring Freycinet National Park with its pristine beaches and pink granite mountains. Climb to the summit of Mt Amos or walk to Wineglass Bay. We'll visit Cape Tourville Lighthouse then continue to the coastal town of Bicheno, home of the little penguin. Day 3: Bicheno to Launceston via Bay of Fires The Bay of Fires/larapuna is a place with profound cultural significance to Tasmanian aboriginal people (palawa). You’ll love walking along the dazzling white sands with its clear waters and lichen clad boulders. We’ll travel to Launceston and walk within Cataract Gorge, looking for wallabies as we go, before spending the night in Australia's second oldest city. Day 4: Cradle Mountain to Strahan Leaving Launceston, a short drive takes us through Sheffield, the ‘Town of Murals’ and then onto Tasmania’s most famous alpine national park. Cradle is home to an abundance of wildlife such as wombats and echidnas. Choose from a variety of incredible walks such as the Dove Lake circuit or the challenging walk to the summit of Marion’s Lookout. Departing Cradle, we travel to the harbourside village of Strahan on the West Coast, our accommodation for the next two nights. Day 5: Wild West Coast Today’s playground is the untouched wilderness of Tasmania’s West Coast. Walk in the rainforests of the Tarkine/takayna to reach Tasmania’s highest waterfall, Montezuma Falls. You’ll also explore the enormous Henty Sand Dunes. Alternatively, today you have the option of cruising the wildly beautiful Gordon River (own cost). Later at Ocean Beach, you can breathe the world’s freshest air. Back in Strahan, our guide can help you look for platypus. Day 6: Strahan to Hobart Buttongrass plains, mountains, waterfalls, rainforest, and pioneer history are some of today’s highlights. Our first stop is Queenstown, a mining town with a fascinating history. We then travel through the Tasmanian World Heritage Area via the pristine Franklin-Gordon Wild River National Park and Lake St Clair. At Mt Field National Park we'll stroll beneath some of the world’s tallest trees and see the beautiful Russell Falls. We return to Hobart around 5.30pm, the end of an incredible adventure.

Hobart: 4 Day Wild Tasmania Tour

8. Hobart: 4 Day Wild Tasmania Tour

Discover Cradle Mountain National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed site, marvel at the iconic Russell Falls, and continue your journey to the mesmerising Bay of Fires where fiery orange lichen-covered rocks meet the turquoise Tasman Sea. You’ll also get to take in the breathtaking views at Wineglass Bay and explore Freycinet National Park, where pristine white sands and granite peaks showcase nature’s beauty. This tour is suited to those with an adventurous spirit who are keen to explore Tasmania’s icons and national parks. There are walking options to suit all fitness levels – from a leisurely stroll to more challenging walks. Whether you’re on a budget or would like a more comfortable option, there is accommodation to suit your style.

2 Day Cradle Mountain Tour

9. 2 Day Cradle Mountain Tour

Explore Tasmania’s unique natural beauty on our nature-based walking and sightseeing tour. Our thoughtfully curated 2-Day Cradle Mountain Tour from Hobart guarantees an authentic experience of Tasmania’s unique natural environment. Cradle Mountain is located north-west of Hobart and this two-day escape has been designed for you to enjoy every moment. We’ll take you deep into Tasmania’s wilderness as we walk through the World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain National Park, witness Tasmania’s most spectacular waterfalls, including the famous Russel Falls, and enjoy the scenic drive through Tasmania’s highlands. We’ll be staying overnight in a comfortable lakeside motel, so you’ll be able to wake amongst the tranquil wilderness that Tasmania is renowned for. This tour is suited to those with an adventurous spirit who are keen to explore Tasmania’s icons and national parks. There are walking options to suit all fitness levels – from a leisurely stroll to more challenging walks. Whether you’re on a budget or would like a more comfortable option, we have accommodation to suit your style. If you’re ready to immerse yourself in Tasmania’s breathtaking wild natural beauty – Book Now and we’ll see you on the bus!

Cradle Mountain National Park by Coach from Launceston

10. Cradle Mountain National Park by Coach from Launceston

Go deep into the Tasmanian forest and experience the solitary wilderness of waterfalls, glacial lakes, rainforest, wildlife and unsurpassed beauty of Cradle Mountain, a World Heritage-listed National Park. Travel through green pastures on your way southwest from Launceston and take in mountain views of the Great Western Tiers as you approach Cradle Mountain National Park. Along the way, pass through the scenic town of Deloraine, the hub between Launceston and Devonport. Travel further inland to take a tour of Sheffield, the town of murals, before traversing through dense forest and mountainous terrain. From there, cross the beautiful Cethana Dam as you arrive in Cradle Mountain National Park, staying on the lookout for wombats, potaroos and wallabies. Then take a short stroll along the Enchanted Forest and enjoy majestic views of pencil pine, lush forests, and a spectacular waterfall. Gaze at the sight of Cradle Mountain hanging over the picturesque Dove Lake, before taking a short walk around the lake for even more views of Cradle Mountain (weather permitting). Afterwards, visit a local chalet and stop at Ashgrove Cheese Farm for a tasting of some famous Tasmanian cheeses, and to learn how they are made, before heading back to Launceston. Limited hotel pick-ups available for this tour.

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What people are saying about Cradle Mountain

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 121 reviews

This has been my best tour in my entire life, Sam is really lovely taking care of every detail. It’s admirable that he does this tour from Hobart because it’s very far away, I think it’s excellent value for money, it’s an intense day, it must be tiring for Sam to arrive late every night after the tour, but with all his effort he makes it possible for all of us to enjoy. Even being far away Sam left us enough time to enjoy that wonderful mountain and its landscapes. I also met wonderful people on this tour with very good vibes. I will never forget this day, thank you Sam for making me and many other people happy. I will be eternally grateful to you.

Excellent .. the guide David quietly gave us interesting information about Tasmania’s history , Gustav history at cradle mountain and about the plants and animals.. we had quiet time on the trip home with no talking which was valuable to

The whole experience was fantastic. Very informative tour. Loved the experience.

Most enjoyable. We had a great day made in part by Keri our fantastic guide.

Fabulous - our guide was passionate , well informed and inspiring