See Tasmania’s endemic deciduous beech putting on her display.
Nothofagus gunnii covers the slopes of Cradle Mountain in spectacular autumn colours of red, orange and yellow.
Please note is a 4 – 5 hour active pace hiking tour and will require a moderately high fitness level.
Tour will operate 24 April through to 09 May 2021 subject to weather conditions.
Please note that the itinerary is subject to change without notice.
We will collect you from your Cradle Mountain accommodation and drive into the Cradle Mountain National Park starting our walk at Ronny Creek. From here we take the Overland Track through some button grass plains. Passing Crater Falls hidden amongst a temperate forest, we come to the boat shed adjacent to Crater Lake.
It is here we will start to see Tasmania’s endemic deciduous beech putting on her display. Nothofagus gunnii - covering the slopes in spectacular autumn colours of red, orange and yellow. These trees are related to the beech forests of South America and New Zealand and have adapted well to the remote, wet highlands of Tasmania.
Hiking along the eastern shore of Crater Lake we start to climb up to the Cradle Mountain plateau. From here it is a steep climb to the top of Marion’s Lookout where we will take a break to appreciate the spectacular views over this ancient Gondwanan landscape looking at the gnarled deciduous shrubs clinging to the rocky slopes.
The return trek takes us down a steep section of track to the Wombat Pool with its ancient pencil pines then onto Lake Lilla and finally back to Dove Lake.
At the conclusion of this tour we will return you to your hotel.