Our professional guide/s will collect you from your hotel. The tour starts with complimentary hotel pick up at Cradle Mountain accommodation. Tour time is 5am till 7am from 1 September to 28 February and 6.30am till 8.30am from 1 March till 31 August.
Once we have all guests on board we will head into the National Park, along the way our guides will give an interesting commentary about the park and a rundown of the tour proceedings. Warm drink of tea, coffee or soup and some light snacks will be offered on the tour.
Upon arriving at Dove Lake there will be chance to capture the great views of the lake and across it to Cradle Mountain, please remember that at times the Mountain will be shrouded in cloud but this still offers incredible scenery of the lake as the sunrises over the area from the east.
As we walk around to various vantage points the light will slowly come over the Mountain and it is truly an exceptional view.
We take a short 20min return walk to Glacier rock to see the remnants of the last ice age. This interesting rock is where you can see indents form glacial movement, a glacier that caused the carving out of Dove Lake itself.
After the awe of viewing the area we take a short drive to Waldheim chalet, the first accommodation in the area and home to Gustav and Kate Weindorfer. The original chalet was built by them in 1912 but what stands today is a full replica built in the 1970’s by similar techniques using local King Billy pine.
Once we have had a look through the chalet we pop out the ‘back’ and onto Weindorfers forest walk, a short walk of 30min through cool climate rainforest, our guides will let you know about all the different trees and plants and if you’re lucky enough you can see some of the animals that may pop their heads up to say hello. Back in the bus we have samples of the different unique timbers that are used for building and timber workers for you to feel and touch.
We take the tracks out of the Waldheim area to the interpretive centre and ranger station where you can view the many photos and read interesting articles of the region.
From the interpretive centre we head out onto the Pencil Pine falls loop track. Walking amongst giant Myrtle and Pencil Pine trees en-route to Pencil Pine falls.
After all this this interactive and interesting touring, it all concludes at your hotel ready to get into a scrumptious breakfast after building up an appetite.
INCLUSIONS and HIGHLIGHTS
Immerse yourself into the western wilderness of Tasmania while you capture your own impressions of the flora and fauna on canvas, working alongside renowned artist Sobrane Simcock. This tour will provide like minded artists to be creative and to produce art in an area that abounds nature at its best. The itinerary takes in some great short walks of the region and a cruise along the famous Pieman river. In the evenings, be enthralled with Greg Quicke’s evening talks as he proceeds to tune you in to what he calls 'Earth Tuning Consciousness'. You will get to know over the six nights that you are on a planet that is turning that is also hurtling through space on a journey around the sun. Yes, you will get some art and yes you will get some stars. More than that though is you get to hang out with this pair and enjoy some amazing places with them.
Operates 1 October till 31 March
Join us as we embark on a journey to the summit of Cradle Mountain, 1545m above sea level, this amazing hike takes 8-10 hours, covers around 13km and has hard ascents and descents with some large rock bouldering. This hike needs to be booked 24hr in advance and is weather dependant.
Cradle Mountain Summit
Hanson’s Peak and Twisted lakes
Lunch on summit (provided)
Plants, trees and animals
Join us on a 2-hour tour for all ages as we travel into the Cradle Mountain National Park for a night spotting adventure searching for the locals including wallabies, wombats, possums and maybe even a devil.
Chance to see pademelons, wombats, possums, potoroos
Dusk and sunset walks