We will collect you from your Cradle Mountain accommodation or the Cradle Mountain National Park visitor information centre in our clean and tidy mini bus. Time will be confirmed at booking but generally please be ready around 15min prior to departure time.
We drive into the Cradle Mountain National Park and start our walk at the Dove Lake carpark as we head straight up to Hanson’s Peak, 1.5 hours. This steep track climbs quickly above Dove Lake and will certainly get the heart and legs pumping, after peaking out at 1164m we will take in the vistas to get some great photos.
From Hanons Peak we descend onto the Twisted lakes area where we can circumnavigate the lakes for some amazing mirrored images on the lakes and great views to Cradle Mountain and the surrounds. We may stop here for lunch and a good break.
We then start to head west along the Face track where we walk under the imposing peaks of Cradle Mountain. Looking back up to Cradle from underneath is really a sight to behold.
We eventually join the Overland track near Kitchen hut, a hut now used for emergency accommodation. We trek on and upwards to the base of Cradle Mountain where we can get a real nice view of what we have left behind but also what is to come.
Starting the climb, we use the cutbacks to make progress before entering the large rock and bouldering section of the climb, taking out time and watching our footing we eventually reach the summit as we peak up and over the last boulder for what will be a great achievement for us all.
At the summit (if weather allows) we will have some lunch and a good break to be able to stare out across the plateau. If the weather doesn’t allow we will move to an area we can sit and break comfortably.
The walk down we can retrace our steps, or we can take a different route depending on our time and group.
Once we are all back safely we congratulate and farewell each other before we drop you back to your hotel or the Visitor centre.
INCLUSIONS and HIGHLIGHTS
Cradle Mountain Summit
Complimentary hotel pick up and drop off
Hanson’s Peak and Twisted lakes
Lunch on summit (provided)
Snacks are provided
Plants, trees and animals
(for safety reasons, guides will need to check all hikers gear prior to the departure)
Equipment is available for hire from McDermott's tours, please enquire at time of booking.
When it comes to professionalism,... When it comes to professionalism, guest care and quality of vehicles, it would be hard to beat McDermott's anywhere in Australia. They were the official ground transporter for the 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, bringing guests from multiple locations to the site of the event on time and in comfort. For any conference organiser managing an event in Tasmania or abroad, make sure you consider McDermott's. Superb.
"The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards is a once in a lifetime chance to showcase the very best of a region. Showing a warm welcome together with the professional and punctual movement of over 800 guests for dinner was a critical start and end to the event. McDermotts were just a pleasure to deal with and the quality and condition of their coaches is superb. They assisted with clarity on the timelines to pick up from several hotels and deliver all guests promptly. As the event director, I appreciated not only the fact they were experienced and simply took care of the planning of the pickups, but that their drivers delivered to the very highest standard that was remarked upon by guests. I would never hesitate to recommend them "
McDermott’s Coaches are a shining example of the way Tasmania’s tourism industry should operate. They understand their product, their industry and their customers and consistently deliver the highest level of service.
Your drivers, were absolutely phenomenal again.They were always more than accommodating and helped us out when the situation meant we had to be flexible and change our plans. We would love to have the same drivers again!
Join us at Cradle Mt as our experienced guides share their passion for the region and appreciate the uniqueness of the flora, fauna and geological features of this World Heritage listed National Park.
Join McDermotts Travel Club on this exciting tour that gives us a variety of gardens, including the State Rose Gardens, a day at the Melbourne Flower Show and time spent at the spectacular Albury Botanical Gardens. Not to mention all other attractions beyond the gardens- we embark on a Werribee Zoo Safari, journey on Puffing Billy Steam Train and explore the Yarra Valley. Then making our way towards Canberra via the Snowy Mountains. Travelling along the Snowy Mountain Highway, we will learn about the area - its hydro power and history in various museums. Overnighting in the scenic Jindabyne, we arrive in Canberra to explore the highlights; from scenic views of Mount Ainslie Lookout, a driving city tour including Parliament House and visiting the Australian War Memorial for the Last Post. This tour is not to be missed.