Cradle Mountain National Park from Launceston
8:30am - 5:00pm
Awaken your senses to the magnificent splendour that is Cradle Mountain. Go deep into the Tasmanian forest and experience the solitary wilderness of waterfalls, glacial lakes, rainforest, wildlife and unsurpassed beauty of this World Heritage listed National Park. Discover many walks throughout the rainforest - catch your breath as you first glimpse the craggy outcrop of majestic Cradle Mountain towering above sparkling Dove Lake plateau. With its jagged dolerite peaks standing watch over a trio of glacial lakes, Cradle Mountain is the grand centerpiece of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Surrounded by ancient rainforest, lakes, and alpine heathland, it is a favorite among hikers.
National park entrance fee
Bottle of water on departure
Ashgrove Cheese Farm
Our tour starts as we travel south west from Launceston through green pastures, skirting the mountains of the Great Western Tiers towards Cradle Mountain National Park. We pass quaint and historical towns of Carrick, Hagley and Westbury and the scenic town of Deloraine renowned for their arts and crafts. Stop at Sheffield - the town of murals. Here you can see the many intricate and life-like murals that adorn the town's buildings. As we traverse through dense forest and mountainous terrain look out for wombats, potoroos and wallabies that inhabit Cradle Mountain National Park. Visit the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre for an insight and appreciation of the area.Perhaps take a short stroll along Enchanted Forest Walk viewing pencil pines, lush forests and a spectacular waterfall. There is an opportunity to take a short stroll around Dove Lake as you take in views of the powerful and majestic Cradle Mountain Visit Waldheim Chalet (forest home) of Gustav Weindorfer.
On the return to Launceston, visit Ashgrove Cheese Farm for some famous Tasmanian cheese. Learn how cheese is made and sample the numerous variety of cheese made on the premises before heading back to Launceston
The Fine Print
The Dove Lake circuit walk is a man-made track accessible for most people, dependent on the weather and passenger suitability
The Weindorfers forest walk is a short stroll through a cool climate rainforest (subject to timing on the day)