Depart Launceston and travel via Sheffield, the Town of Murals before travelling up into the mountains through gorges, rain forest and button grass plains to reach the destination of Cradle Mountain, one of Tasmania’s most recognisable landmarks and one of Tasmania’s most visited attractions.
On this fully guided day tour you experience the unique flora, fauna and geographical features of the World Heritage listed National Park.
Please note that the itinerary is subject to change without notice.
Departing Launceston after a 7.30am pick up from your hotel we and travel through the scenic Meander Valley and follow the Great Western Tiers to visit the beautiful township of Sheffield featuring more than 140 murals which depict the pioneering history and character of the Cradle Mountain region.
From Sheffield we continue our journey past the old Hydro township of Gowrie Park and through the Forth River gorge, and move through eucalyptus forests and button grass plains to Cradle Mountain, one of Australia’s most recognisable landmarks and one of Tasmania’s most visited attractions and the jewel in the crown of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Discover the rugged and stunning beauty of the ancient Cradle Valley, its complex geology, ancient rainforests and heaths with a professional guide on a one-hour walk at Dove Lake that will take you up to Glacier Rock and visit one of Dove Lake’s quartzite beaches. On clear days you will see the magnificent, jagged dolerite peaks of Cradle Mountain and see Kathleen Falls on the other side of the Lake.
A day hut is where you will enjoy a light lunch, provided by a local bakery, before visiting the historic guest house of Waldheim and entering Weindorfers Forest, an easy 20 minute walk where the evolutionary significance of the unique moss communities and tangled rainforest is explained to you.
Departing Cradle Mountain we return via Ashgrove Cheese Dairy Door, an award winning cheesemaker in Northern Tasmania, famous for its flavoured and traditional varieties of cheddar and other hard cheese varieties. The Dairy Door is a self-guided visitor experience where you can view the cheese making processes through windows into the cheese factory or relax with one of Ashgrove’s signature ice creams or purchase Ashgrove’s Cheese and a selection of gourmet foods produced in Northern Tasmania.
Following Ashgrove, our guide will recommend a number of his or her favourite restaurants in Launceston and arrive back in town in time for you to make your arrangements for dinner.
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