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Experience the powerful beauty of Cradle Mountain whilst trekking with WomenCan to fund vital research for women with gynaecological cancer.

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4-7 November 2024

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$2,995

Trip Cost

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Paid upfront or in instalments

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$3,000

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The Difference You'll Make

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Join WomenCan as they take on a new destination, trekking the stunning Cradle Mountain, Tasmania together.

Gynaecological cancer emcompasses seven types of cancers, including ovarian cancer, endometrial cancer, and cervical cancer. This year, over 6,800 Australian women will be diagnosed, and each year, over 2,100 will die from this insidious disease. That’s 19 women each day.

WomenCan works hand in hand with Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG), the peak national gynaecological cancer research group. Together, our mission is to fund pioneering scientific discoveries that will enable women with gynaecological cancer to live better and live longer.

Funds raised on the WomenCan Cradle Mountain Trek 2024 will go towards funding this vital research.

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How it works

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FLEXIBLE BOOKINGS

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Make a difference

Commit to raising the minimum fundraising target and make a positive difference to worthwhile causes.

You'll be supported by our team of fundraising experts to reach and exceed your fundraising goals.

Teamwork

Be part of a team

Join like-minded travellers, and representatives from the charity, all united in their adventurous spirit and commitment to making a positive impact in the world. Make lifelong friends during a shared challenge experience.

Trip notes

Day 1, Monday, 4th November 2024: Launceston to Cradle Mountain National Park

Day 1, Monday, 4th November 2024: Launceston to Cradle Mountain National Park

We recommend that you arrive the night before to be ready to meet your team and guides at 7:45am at the Hotel Grand Chancellor in Launceston this morning. Then we depart together for Cradle Mountain National Park! We’ll collect our passes and have lunch on the edge of the park before heading our for the Cradle Valley Boardwalk along the course of the Dove River.

Once we reach Walkheim Chalet, we enjoy a short walk through an ancient forest of myrtle beech and king billy pine. If time and energy permits, we’ll head back to the entrance of the park and take part in some short walks showcasing rainforest and waterfalls. Then, it’s off to our accommodation to get ourselves checked in and comfortable before pre-dinner antipasto.

Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Park

Trekking distance: 9km

Meals: L D

Day 2, Tuesday, 5th November 2024: Hansons Peak 

Day 2, Tuesday, 5th November 2024: Hansons Peak 

After breakfast and lunch making, we’ll depart for another scenic walk – this time taking in the parks eastern highlights. Starting from Dove Lake we will take the Lake Rodway track up and over Hansons Peak. The climb to the top of the peak is at times steep and uneven underfoot, with a chain provided on nearing the summit to assist walkers.

Once over the other side, we pick up our return route via the Twisted Lakes and Lake Hanson – remnants of glacial scouring from previous ice ages. These pools are very tranquil and are encompassed by endemic pencil pines and fagus. This is a challenging day with lots of variation in elevation, and at times can be quite rough and wet underfoot. 

Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Park 

Trekking distance: 10km

Meals: B L D

Day 3, Wednesday, 6th November 2024: Marion’s Lookout 

Day 3, Wednesday, 6th November 2024: Marion’s Lookout 

Today’s walk takes in some of the most breathtaking alpine scenery in all of Australia. Starting at Dove Lake, we walk past Lake Lilla and Wombat Pools on our way to Marion's Lookout. The ascent to Marion’s is an exciting steep and rocky section of track where we use chains to assist our climb to the viewing area. In fine weather, the views from Marion's are magnificent and far reaching – with Cradle Mountain itself dominating the panorama.

From here we descend back towards Wombat Peak and turn onto the world-famous Overland Track towards the glacially formed Crater Lake. As we near the end of our days' journey, we pass the magnificent Crater Falls, a series of 5-10 meter waterfall drops cascading their way through the beautiful rainforest for approximately 100m of our return to Ronny Creek.

Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Park 

Trekking distance: 10km 

Meals: B L D

Day 4, Thursday, 7th November 2024: Dove Lake Circuit

Day 4, Thursday, 7th November 2024: Dove Lake Circuit

We start our last day by packing up the trailer heading out for our final walk - the Dove Lake Circuit, a lovely way to wind down from the adventure. This is one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks and a must-do for anyone visiting the park. We visit the much-photographed boatshed on the shores of the lake, and encounter more local species of rainforest plant that only grow in the wettest of conditions. One section through the “Ballroom Forest” is particularly magical. Part way around, the Honeymoon Islands provide a focal point for visiting kayakers and also provide a nice place for a snack and a rest.

We finish our loop atop the impressive formation of Glacier Rock, which provides us with a final vista across the landscapes we have explored for the past four days. After lunch, we jump back on the bus and start our return journey back to Launceston. En-route we will stop by in the lovely little town of Sheffield – where we should have ample time for a break and a wander around the muralled streets.

Trekking distance: 6km

Meals: B L 

Includes: Transfers as per itinerary • 3-star cabin style accommodation based on twin-share accommodation • Professional guides • Meals as per itinerary • Water on trekking days • Entrance fees as per itinerary

Doesn’t Include: Flights • Airport transfers • Travel insurance (highly recommended) • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages • Personal expenses

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Why you'll love this adventure

  • Explore one of the biggest walking destinations in Tasmania with a team of other passionate and dedicated WomenCan supporters.
  • Experience some of Australia’s finest alpine scenery and learn more about the mountains’ glacial history.
  • Look out for echidnas, wombats, black currawong and other native flora and fauna on the route.
  • Fund life-changing research into gynaecological cancer as you trek.

Frequently asked questions

Can't find the answer to your question? Get in touch via email (info@inspiredadventure.com.au) or phone (1300 905 188). We’re always here to help!

About the adventure

How challenging is this adventure?

The Cradle Mountain trek is ranked 3/5. While no extensive trekking experience is required prior to registering, our adventures are designed for people who are relatively fit and willing to train. The trek is a physical challenge, and the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the experience. 

You can expect the days to vary from easy exploration walks to day-long hikes over rough terrain. You should be able to walk comfortably for 6–8 hours over consecutive days. 

You will be well supported on the adventure, with the guides and your team all cheering you on. You are free to move at your own pace and we will take frequent breaks. 

How many people will be on my adventure? 

We believe small group travel is better for the planet, and better for you. Our adventures average between 10–20 participants, connected by their commitment to the greater good.

Can I join an Inspired Adventure on my own?

Of course, most people do! Throughout your adventure journey, we will connect you with your fellow adventurers so you can get to know each other before you hit the road.

What is the general age range of participants?

The minimum age for this adventure is 18, however younger ages are considered on application. We have had participants aged 16–84+ take part in our challenges, all united by their sense of philanthropy and adventure.

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for? 

Of course, we will happily arrange for any dietary requirements you’ve noted during booking to be catered for. Please advise your local guide on Day 1 as well. You will be fed very well while you’re on the adventure, but if you have very specific dietary requirements or severe allergies, it’s best to pack some extra things as a back-up.

Who is Inspired Adventures?

WomenCan has partnered with Inspired Adventures to bring you this adventure-of-a-lifetime. Over the last 19 years, Inspired Adventures has taken over 8,000 people, just like you, on adventures all around the world, raising over $47 million for important causes. When you choose to travel with Inspired Adventures and WomenCan, you can be confident you’re in the best hands.

Fitness and training

How do I train for this adventure? 

We will provide you with information on how to prepare for your adventure when you register. In addition, we recommend that you consult your GP and a personal trainer to develop a training plan that will prepare you for the challenge.

As part of your training, we recommend making use of your spare time to practice completing a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk along hilly terrain for 6–8 hours and get up to do it again the following day without discomfort. 

Accommodation

What is the accommodation like? 

On this trek, you’ll be staying in comfortable cabins.

Will I be sharing accommodation?

Accommodation on this adventure is based on twin-share. You will be paired with a teammate of the same gender and, whenever possible, age group.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we stay together?

Absolutely! If you’re travelling with a friend, please make note of this and we will pair you together.

Fundraising

How do I fundraise?

Never fundraised before? Not sure where to start? No worries, we don’t expect you to do it alone. You will have regular support from the Inspired Adventures fundraising team, who will help you make a fundraising plan to meet your target. Alongside personalised coaching, we will also send you lots of ideas and resources on how to fundraise. From online fundraising to trivia nights, to bake sales and out-of-the-box ideas, we have years and years of tried and tested tips to make your fundraising a success.

What happens if I don’t meet my fundraising target? 

It’s normal to worry you won’t meet your fundraising target, but we know you can do it. In fact, with the support of Inspired Adventures, almost everyone goes on to raise far more than they imagined. 

By registering for the adventure, you agree to raise the minimum fundraising amount specified. Like you, we are looking to make a significant impact for our charity partners, so the goal is for each person to have met their fundraising target before departure. If you fail to raise the minimum fundraising target by this time, we will review the situation on a case-by-case basis.

I’m travelling with a friend, can we fundraise together? 

Absolutely! Fundraising with a friend is a great idea. Just remember the fundraising target is per person, so you will each need to meet the minimum fundraising goal to participate. We know you can do it.

Will the funds raised go directly to WomenCan? 

Yes, all funds raised go directly to WomenCan. Only the travel costs are payable to Inspired Adventures.

Is my donation tax-deductible?

The funds raised for WomenCan are tax-deductible (conditions apply).

Payments, cancellations and refunds

How much does it cost to participate in this adventure? 

The total cost to participate in this adventure is $2,995 (inclusive of a $950 non-refundable deposit).

In addition, you are also committing to raising $3,000 (per person) for WomenCan.

What happens if I need to cancel?

If you find yourself unable to attend, please notify us as soon as possible.

  • Cancellation within 5 days of registration will receive a full refund.
  • Cancellations more than 90 days prior to departure will receive a full refund minus the $950 deposit.
  • Cancellations within 90 days of departure will receive no refund. Where applicable, we can provide assistance in making a travel insurance claim.

Travel insurance and visas

Do I need to have insurance?

Travel insurance is highly recommended for domestic adventures to cover cancellation, hospital, emergency evacuation and lost luggage. We recommend purchasing your policy as soon as possible. It is up to you to ensure you have fully comprehensive travel insurance and you will need to share these details with our team before departure. For more information, please visit www.inspiredadventures.com.au/travel-insurance-information.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

Providing the safest possible environment is our highest priority and we have an outstanding safety record. All Inspired Adventures guides are First Aid trained and well-equipped to handle any medical emergencies.

 

All information is subject to change and will be confirmed upon your registration.

Testimonials

“This trip was a significant holiday for us. It was a celebration marking 3 years since being diagnosed with ovarian cancer. The joy and beauty of the landscape was breathtaking. It was exhilarating.”

– Ovarian cancer survivor, Jacinta Werger

“I loved this trek, and it was wonderful to connect with everyone. I dedicated the Mt Sonder summit to my late wife – I loved the trek and would do it all over again.”

– 2022 Larapinta participant, Lee Roberts

"Walking the Larapinta trek with WomenCan was one of the best experiences of my life, especially being with such wonderful people for 5 days in one of the most beautiful places on earth. We walked, talked, laughed, and bonded during our long walks through the breathtaking wild outback.”

– ANZGOG member, Dr Gwo-Yaw Ho

“I am looking forward to getting to into nature and enjoying the Australian Outback… Most of my friends and family know about my research, but this has given me the chance to discuss in more detail what it really means and how they can improve the future for women with this disease.”

– ANZGOG member Prof Linda Mileshkin

"It felt hard to ask people for donations at first but I soon realised that they are donating to help women with very bad diseases. These women could be their grandmothers, mothers, wives, sisters or even daughters. It was not so hard thereafter."

– ANZGOG member, Dr Gwo-Yaw Ho

“This experience was so challenging, but what was most rewarding was getting to meet both gynae-researchers, doctors and those who had experienced gynae cancers, either themselves or through loved ones.”

– ANZGOG member Dr Michelle Harris

“Absolutely fantastic. It was a lovely break from my normal life and gave me the chance to connect with patients and other ANZGOG members. Really worthwhile.”

– ANZGOG member, Dr Allison Black

“A trek for the ages, with wonderful like-minded people from all our different backgrounds combined for a life experience we will never forget. Outstanding.”

- WomenCan Team Teal Patron, Duncan McPherson OAM

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