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Cradle Mountain

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The Basics

Surrounded by ancient rain forest, lakes, and alpine heathland, Cradle Mountain is a favorite among hikers. The long-distance Overland Track is the star attraction, but day visitors can enjoy a variety of short and long-distance trails, including the 2-hour Dove Lake Loop, a more challenging 3-hour hike to Marion’s Lookout, the Weindorfers Forest Walk to Weindorfers Chalet, or the short Rain Forest City and Pencil Pine Falls trails.

Day trips to Cradle Mountain from nearby Launceston usually include views of the mountain and Dove Lake, a stop at the visitor center, and one or more short hikes. It’s also possible to visit on a one-way tour from Launceston to Hobart, including Cradle Mountain, Freycinet National Park, and Port Arthur.

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Cradle Mountain Day Tour from Launceston Including Lunch
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Cradle Mountain Day Tour from Launceston Including Lunch
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$108.71 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great for casual travelers and first-timers!
Weather condition was prefect when I was there with the mountain in clear view in the backdrop. It's such a beautiful place with a unique ecosystem. This is a great introductory tour to casual travelers and for those visiting the park for the first time. For avid adventurers, this isn't for you. You'll need at least a few days camping here to truly appreciate what nature has to offer. Ben's a great guide who prioritizes everyone's safety. His knowledge in nature and the Tasmanian history is abundant. Definitely recommended.
Wan, May 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Launceston

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Fantastic
Shane_T, Apr 2021
Cradle Mountain Active Day Trip from Launceston
We had a wonderful day at Cradle mountain the hike around Dove lake was fantastic and the drive up from Launceston was so beautiful. Rita our guide for the day was great she had coats, gloves and beanies if you didn’t have your own and knew a lot about the area. Highly recommended and don’t forget some warm clothing
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Day trip to Cradle Mountain from Launceston
Jennifer_W, May 2021
Cradle Mountain Day Tour from Launceston Including Lunch
The guide had a very good knowledge of all that area and the aboriginal background very interesting walk at Dove Lake was lovely Lunch at the little cottage was lovely as well it was a very relaxing enjoyable day The cheese factory on the way back into Launceston was a lovely stop over
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Cradle mountain tour
Glenn_C, May 2021
Cradle Mountain Park Explorer Guided Tour
Great trip. Belinda our guide was amazing. Very knowledgeable and understanding of our needs. I would highly recommend her as a guide.
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cradle Mt Trip
Michaela_S, May 2021
Cradle Mountain Day Tour from Launceston Including Lunch
Wee had a very knowledgeable guide. Thae walking experience was great. The simple lunch in the hut brought back memories from mountain hikes in my childhood. Finally having the privilege of walking through a time capsule of plants and learning that these plants go back millions of years was amazing. The other stops showed another side of Tassie
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Inspiring landscape
Roseanne_H, Apr 2021
Cradle Mountain Active Day Trip from Launceston
The walk around Dove lake was awesome, our driver was knowledgeable and a delight to travel with. Jen in the office was fabulous at solving a transport issue. Suitable tracks for all walkers.
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Fabulous
Hassan_M, Apr 2021
Cradle Mountain Day Tour from Launceston Including Lunch
Had a memorable day with Ben who was our guide and driver. Took about 2 hours from Launceston to get to Cradle Mountain with a stop at Sheffield. The weather was perfect although chilly. The scenery was breathtaking and we did the short tour mindful of the time. Ben was excellent in his knowledge and his demeanour. Highly recommend and a must do tour in Tasmania
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Memorable encounter
carmelalasorsa, Mar 2021
Cradle Mountain Wildlife Spotting after Dark
So many animals with such great explanation of the animals and their habitat. Our guide, Belinda, was so knowledgeable and made it a truly memorable experience. It really set us for the rest of our time in this amazing World Heritage park.
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We had the absolute BEST...
Kerry_J, Mar 2021
Cradle Mountain Wildlife Spotting after Dark
We had the absolute BEST time on the after-dark wildlife spotting tour! I am so glad we decided to do it. It was like nothing I have ever experienced before. James, our guide, was exceptional. Would definitely do it again and recommend to others. 10/10!!! See for yourself!
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Awesome,well worth doing
karen_r, Feb 2021
3-Day Tasmania Combo: Launceston to Hobart Active Tour Including Cradle Mountain, Freycinet National Park and Port Arthur
The staff were wonderful,so much knowledge on history,flora and fauna and the locations we travelled to were spectacular
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Highly recommend!
GokhanAndJenny, Apr 2021
Cradle Mountain Day Tour from Launceston Including Lunch
Our tour leader, Will, was incredible. He was really funny and energetic and shared loads of information about Tasmania's history and about the Cradle mountain. Our lunch order seemed to have been misplaced or forgotten and Will went above and beyond to make sure we had a meal. He's also really good at taking photos! My partner and I are not usually ones to take tours, but this trip changed that. Huge thanks to Will and the team for this fantastic experience!
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We loved it!
mariejeannesavelkoul, Feb 2020
Shore Excursion: Small-Group Cradle Mountain Day Tour From Burnie
We had a great day. Thanks for showing us some of Tazmania’s most beautiful region Cradle Mountain! We loved it!
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Sensational
David_P, May 2021
Cradle Mountain Day Tour from Launceston Including Lunch
Beautiful stunning informative trip great tour guide Ben so much knowledge Great experience Not for all ages

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Visitors to the national park are required to purchase a park pass. A pass is also required to hike the Overland Track between October and May.

  • Information, maps, park passes, and amenities are available from the visitor’s center, outside the park entrance, and from the ranger station inside the park.

  • The park has a number of basic lodging options, including cabins, chalets, and campgrounds.

  • The weather can be changeable in the park, even in summer, so dress in layers and be prepared for wind, rain, and low visibility, especially in the mountains.

  • Some of the park’s trails are wheelchair-accessible, and all-terrain wheelchairs are available to rent from the visitor center.

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How to Get to There

Cradle Mountain lies about 93 miles (150 kilometers) west of Launceston, a 2.5-hour drive. From Hobart, the 187-mile (302-kilometer) drive takes just over four hours. The mountain is located at the northern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Claire National Park and regular shuttle buses run there from the Cradle Mountain Visitor Center, just outside the park entrance.

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When to Get There

High season in the national park is from October to May, when there are regular shuttle buses and ranger-led walks. During this period, the Overland Track can only be walked from north to south and advance bookings are recommended. December to April is the optimum time to visit the park, when alpine wildflowers are in bloom and the weather is most reliable.

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Hiking the Overland Track

The 40-mile (65-kilometer) Overland Track runs from Cradle Mountain in the north to Lake St. Clair. The track takes about six days to travel. It is a difficult route that’s best suited to experienced hikers, but those who accept the challenge are rewarded with spectacular scenery and the chance to spot wildlife such as wallabies, Tasmanian pademelons, spotted-tailed quolls, and Tasmanian devils.

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