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Full Day Wilder­ness Expe­ri­ence Depart­ing Launceston 

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 advise, from the fol­low­ing pick-up points, where you will meet our coach at 7.30am
Hotel Grand Chan­cel­lor Launce­s­ton / Best West­ern Plus Launce­s­ton / Tran­sit Cen­tre / Launce­s­ton Backpackers 

Detailed Itinerary

Please note that the itinerary is subject to change without notice.

  • Day 1: Cradle Mountain

    Departing Launceston after a 7.30am pick up from one of our pick up points, 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 picnic style 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.

    Additional Information

    • Tour does not operate on Christmas Day
    • Comfortable sturdy walking shoes
    • Wet weather jackets are required, wet weather pants are optional
    • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
    • Please note does not include Launceston Airport pick up or drop off

Tour Highlights

  • Pick up from one of our key pick up points
  • National Park Pass and Entrance Fees
  • Professional Guide with Full Commentary
  • Dove Lake Short Walk and Cradle Mountain views
  • Waldheim Chalet & Weindorfers Forest Walk
  • Flora and Fauna unique to Tasmania
  • Lunch, water, and light snack

A light pic­nic lunch is includ­ed with this tour; how­ev­er, you may wish to sup­ple­ment this with addi­tion­al snacks dur­ing the day. 

Key Details


  • Winter operations (May - August) Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
  • Dai­ly Depar­tures Sep­tem­ber — April (excluding Christmas Day)
  • National Park Pass Included
  • Key pick up points across Launceston
  • Light Picnic Lunch
  • Full Commentary and Guiding