Cradle mountain, tasmania

 Australia

Over four exhilarating days, explore Cradle Mountain National Park, one of Australia’s premiere trekking destinations.

Trip duration:
4 days

Challenge duration:
4 days

Challenge grade:
3/5

Departure months:
October to April

Accommodation:
Twin-share in comfortable cabins

Hiking Cradle Mountain National Park

Rocky mountain peaks, buttongrass moorlands, glacial lakes, waterfalls and dense rainforest are hallmarks of this natural haven.

On this adventure, you’ll spend four days trekking a variety of trails around the Cradle Mountain Village area. From easy exploration walks to day-long hikes up to lookouts, you’ll discover the Tasmanian wilderness up close on this unforgettable adventure.

Best of all, you’ll be joined by a team of like-minded individuals who are bound to become close friends over the course of this life-changing adventure.

Hikers resting on an lookout admiring the view of Cradle Mountain in the distance
Steps leading up in a lush rainforest setting. Tasmania

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Tackle some of the best trails in Tasmania
  • See highlights of Cradle Mountain National Park including Lake Lilla, Dove Lake and Montezuma Falls
  • Challenge yourself with ascents up to Hansons Peak
  • Raise vital funds for a cause you’re passionate about while you tick off your bucket list 

Trip notes

Day 1: Launceston to Cradle Mountain National Park

Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime?! We’ve got an early 9am start this morning, so we recommend that you arrive in Launceston the evening before to ensure you’re on time for our departure from the CBD. After you meet your guide and the rest of the team, it’s time to hit the road for the scenic drive to Sheffield. This quirky little town is known for its painted murals, which you’ll have some time to admire whilst we stop and pick up some lunch. From here, we carry on to the spectacular Cradle Mountain National Park.

After settling into our accommodation, we set out to discover the beauty of the park on foot. We begin on the Waterfalls Walk, consisting of the stunning, roaring Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls. This boardwalk track is a real treat, with cascading waterfalls and peaceful rivers, and is the perfect introduction to this beautiful part of the world. Dinner tonight is at your own leisure and expense, so take the opportunity to check out the local restaurants. This evening, after the sun has gone down, we’ll head out into the night for a guided wildlife spotting tour, where your expert local guide will help to find fascinating nocturnal creatures like wombats, pademelons, wallabies, quolls and of course, Tasmanian devils.

Trekking Distance: 3km

No Meals

Day 2: Lake Lilla, Hansons Peak & Dove Lake Circuit

Lace up your boots for another day of hiking through the awe-inspiring landscapes of Cradle Mountain National Park. Our day begins with the Lake Lilla track, starting at Ronny Creek, a popular spot for wombats to hang out. The track then makes a turn towards the picturesque Wombat Pool and the dramatic Crater Lake. From here, we tackle Hansons Peak on a short but steep ascent. At the peak, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake below. After we descend, we’ll begin the famed Dove Lake Circuit Walk, giving us a chance to see Cradle Mountain up close and taking us through temperate rainforests, and subalpine zones. After your trek, we return to our accommodation via shuttle bus and rest up for an exciting day tomorrow.

Trekking Distance: 10km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Montezuma Falls, Enchanted Forest Walk & Dove Canyon Circuit

This morning we head to the delightful little town of Rosebery, from where we begin our trek. First, we’ll be hiking to the incredible Montezuma Falls. We begin by following the path of a former tramway through lush rainforest before arriving at the base of the falls and a suspension bridge strung across the forest below. Named after the Aztec emperor Montezuma, you’ll soon see that this impressive waterfall lives up to its moniker. Continuing on, we’ll join the short but impressive Enchanted Forest Walk, which will see us meandering through dense forest filled with buttongrass and bearded trees, past cascades and beneath glimmering raindrops. You’ll soon see why this walk has been compared to stepping into a fairytale. This afternoon, we take on the Dove Canyon Circuit, known for its many beautiful waterfalls and views of the canyon itself. After a long day of trekking, the day closes out with drinks around the campfire as the sun sets over Cradle Mountain,  the unmistakable sound of the Tasmanian devils in the distance.

Trekking Distance: 17.5km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Crater Lake Circuit & return to Launceston

The final day of our adventure is sadly here already! We’ll be finishing up with the Crater Lake Circuit, which takes us past a number of different alpine lakes, demonstrating the unbelievable power of the deep ice and snow that once covered this area. Along the way, we’ll take in the unique alpine vegetation, and magical forest. The halfway point is Crater Lake, a dramatic lake that is named for its crater-like appearance, and was carved by ancient glaciers. Once the circuit is complete, it is time for us to return to Launceston. We arrive back to Launceston CBD in the mid-afternoon, at which point your adventure will come to an end.

Trekking Distance: 6km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Day 1: Launceston to Cradle Mountain National Park

Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime?! We’ve got an early 9am start this morning, so we recommend that you arrive in Launceston the evening before to ensure you’re on time for our departure from the CBD. After you meet your guide and the rest of the team, it’s time to hit the road for the scenic drive to Sheffield. This quirky little town is known for its painted murals, which you’ll have some time to admire whilst we stop and pick up some lunch. From here, we carry on to the spectacular Cradle Mountain National Park. 

After settling into our accommodation, we set out to discover the beauty of the park on foot. We begin on the Waterfalls Walk, consisting of the stunning, roaring Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls. This boardwalk track is a real treat, with cascading waterfalls and peaceful rivers, and is the perfect introduction to this beautiful part of the world. Dinner tonight is at your own leisure and expense, so take the opportunity to check out the local restaurants. This evening, after the sun has gone down, we’ll head out into the night for a guided wildlife spotting tour, where your expert local guide will help to find fascinating nocturnal creatures like wombats, pademelons, wallabies, quolls and of course, Tasmanian devils.

Trekking Distance: 3km

No Meals

Day 2: Lake Lilla, Hansons Peak & Dove Lake Circuit

Lace up your boots for another day of hiking through the awe-inspiring landscapes of Cradle Mountain National Park. Our day begins with the Lake Lilla track, starting at Ronny Creek, a popular spot for wombats to hang out. The track then makes a turn towards the picturesque Wombat Pool and the dramatic Crater Lake. From here, we tackle Hansons Peak on a short but steep ascent. At the peak, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake below. After we descend, we’ll begin the famed Dove Lake Circuit Walk, giving us a chance to see Cradle Mountain up close and taking us through temperate rainforests, and subalpine zones. After your trek, we return to our accommodation via shuttle bus and rest up for an exciting day tomorrow.

Trekking Distance: 10km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: Montezuma Falls, Enchanted Forest Walk & Dove Canyon Circuit

This morning we head to the delightful little town of Rosebery, from where we begin our trek. First, we’ll be hiking to the incredible Montezuma Falls. We begin by following the path of a former tramway through lush rainforest before arriving at the base of the falls and a suspension bridge strung across the forest below. Named after the Aztec emperor Montezuma, you’ll soon see that this impressive waterfall lives up to its moniker. Continuing on, we’ll join the short but impressive Enchanted Forest Walk, which will see us meandering through dense forest filled with buttongrass and bearded trees, past cascades and beneath glimmering raindrops. You’ll soon see why this walk has been compared to stepping into a fairytale. This afternoon, we take on the Dove Canyon Circuit, known for its many beautiful waterfalls and views of the canyon itself. After a long day of trekking, the day closes out with drinks around the campfire as the sun sets over Cradle Mountain,  the unmistakable sound of the Tasmanian devils in the distance.

Trekking Distance: 17.5km 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Day 4: Crater Lake Circuit & return to Launceston

The final day of our adventure is sadly here already! We’ll be finishing up with the Crater Lake Circuit, which takes us past a number of different alpine lakes, demonstrating the unbelievable power of the deep ice and snow that once covered this area. Along the way, we’ll take in the unique alpine vegetation, and magical forest. The halfway point is Crater Lake, a dramatic lake that is named for its crater-like appearance, and was carved by ancient glaciers. Once the circuit is complete, it is time for us to return to Launceston. We arrive back to Launceston CBD in the mid-afternoon, at which point your adventure will come to an end.

Trekking Distance: 6km

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Frequently asked questions

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ABOUT THE ADVENTURE

How challenging is this adventure?

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

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

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.

FITNESS AND TRAINING

How do I train for this adventure?

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

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

ACCOMMODATION

What is the accommodation like?

On this trek, you’ll be staying at the Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Park—just 800m from The Wilderness Gallery. Each cabin and cottage has a refrigerator, microwave, kitchenware and tea/coffee making facilities. All include a private bathroom with shower and hairdryer. You will have access to laundry and BBQ facilities.

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. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

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.

WHAT TO EXPECT

What is the food like? 

Breakfast is continental. Lunch varies from day to day, but includes things like meat, salad, bread and wraps, roast chicken and salad or quiche. Dinner is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert prepared by your guides (unless it is specified that we will be dining out). The menu is constantly changing but can include a classic steak on the barbecue, chicken korma or salmon fillet. Dessert can include maple baked apples, pears in red wine, fruit salad or pavlova to name just a few.

The food served is healthy, hearty and home grown. It won’t be five-star chef-prepared dining, but the food is fresh and our guides make sure it is tasty and plentiful. 

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You may not be able to use your phone at all times - but don't worry, it's all part of the experience! It is possible that during our trek you will have limited access at high points of the trail, and usually Telstra is best. Otherwise, enjoying switching off and getting back to nature.

Will I have access to electricity?

Yes, you will have access to power points at your accommodation.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What weather can I expect?

Weather in autumn and springtime tends to average around 20-22°C in Launceston, with highs around 13-15°C near Cradle Mountain. Temperatures can get as low as 1-10°C, so be sure to bring layers. Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

COSTS AND PAYMENTS

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in comfortable cabins based on twin-share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Water on trekking days
  • Local guide(s) 
  • Guided wildlife spotting tour
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers 
  • Travel insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $45 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs and gifts, drinks, and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash, when required, while travelling.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

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.

ABOUT THE ADVENTURE

How challenging is this adventure?

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

Who will I be travelling with? 

Our average group size at Inspired Adventures ranges from 10 to 20 people. You can be sure that you have all come together with the shared purpose of making a difference to others and having the adventure of a lifetime.

The group will be led by a local tour guide with expert knowledge of the region. Many groups will also be accompanied by an Inspired Adventures team leader or doctor to support and motivate the team. 

Where applicable, a charity representative may also join the team. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about your chosen charity and their work.

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.

FITNESS AND TRAINING

How do I train for this adventure?

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

It is sensible to start training as early as possible before you go on your trek. As part of your training, we recommend making use of your weekends to complete a full day hike and if possible, an overnight hike. You should aim to walk in hilly terrain for 6-8 hours and get up to do it again the following day comfortably. Conventional exercise routines which build strength, fitness and stamina, such as aerobics and light weight training can be beneficial, particularly if your fitness level is less than ideal.

ACCOMMODATION

What is the accommodation like?

On this trek, you’ll be staying at the Cradle Mountain Discovery Holiday Park—just 800m from The Wilderness Gallery. Each cabin and cottage has a refrigerator, microwave, kitchenware and tea/coffee making facilities. All include a private bathroom with shower and hairdryer. You will have access to laundry and BBQ facilities.

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. Single rooms are available at an additional cost and subject to availability.

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.

WHAT TO EXPECT

What is the food like? 

Breakfast is continental. Lunch varies from day to day, but includes things like meat, salad, bread and wraps, roast chicken and salad or quiche. Dinner is a casual two-course meal of main and dessert prepared by your guides (unless it is specified that we will be dining out). The menu is constantly changing but can include a classic steak on the barbecue, chicken korma or salmon fillet. Dessert can include maple baked apples, pears in red wine, fruit salad or pavlova to name just a few.

The food served is healthy, hearty and home grown. It won’t be five-star chef-prepared dining, but the food is fresh and our guides make sure it is tasty and plentiful. 

I have dietary requirements, will I be catered for?

We are able to accommodate guests’ specific dietary requirements and can always prepare a meal to meet individual needs.

Will I have mobile phone reception? 

You may not be able to use your phone at all times - but don't worry, it's all part of the experience! It is possible that during our trek you will have limited access at high points of the trail, and usually Telstra is best. Otherwise, enjoying switching off and getting back to nature.

Will I have access to electricity?

Yes, you will have access to power points at your accommodation.

What do I need to pack? 

You will be sent a comprehensive packing list after you register for the adventure with everything you need to consider.

What weather can I expect?

Weather in autumn and springtime tends to average around 20-22°C in Launceston, with highs around 13-15°C near Cradle Mountain. Temperatures can get as low as 1-10°C, so be sure to bring layers. Please check local forecasts in the weeks leading up to your adventure for up-to-date weather information.

What happens if there is a medical emergency?

All Inspired Adventures guides and Team Leaders are first aid trained. Our guides carry a satellite phone to be used if further assistance is required.

How will you manage the risk of COVID-19?

See the COVID-19 section of our website for full details.

COSTS AND PAYMENTS

What’s included in the travel cost?

Package inclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost includes: 

  • Transfers as per itinerary
  • Accommodation in comfortable cabins based on twin-share
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Water on trekking days
  • Local guide(s) 
  • Guided wildlife spotting tour
  • Entrance fees as per itinerary

What’s not included in the travel cost?

Package exclusions vary from trip to trip so please refer to the specific trip notes for details. 

Generally, the travel cost does not include: 

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers 
  • Travel insurance
  • Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities

Are the travel costs subject to change?

We will do our best to keep the travel costs as quoted. However, please bear in mind they can change due to group size or factors out of our control. If absolutely necessary, Inspired Travel may have to add on an additional supplement fee should the current social distancing measures continue. This fee would be required if our operator needs to add on additional vehicles, equipment and/or staff.

Why do I need to pay a registration fee? 

When you register, you will be required to pay a registration fee to secure your spot on the team. From the minute you register until you return from your adventure, the team at Inspired Adventures will provide you with everything you need - including a tailored fundraising plan, fitness advice and support with your travel preparations. You will receive access to your online adventure portal complete with your own online fundraising page and lots of resources to help you along the way. Your registration fee goes towards our cost of managing the adventure and supporting you on your journey.

How much spending money do I need?

We recommend that you allow $45 per day to cover any meals not included in the trip costs, souvenirs and gifts, drinks, and any additional activities you may wish to participate in. It is possible to travel comfortably on a smaller budget, and you can always withdraw cash, when required, while travelling.

Is it customary to tip? 

Tipping is not compulsory, and you are encouraged to tip only an amount you find appropriate.

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.

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

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Responsible travel

Caring for our adventurers, the communities we visit and the wellbeing of the planet is the heart of everything we do. This adventure is no exception.

Meaningful connections: Hear from Aranda Elders who will tell us about the history of the area.

Environment: We offset the emissions from this trip through carbon credit programs in partnership with Carbon Neutral.

Treading lightly: Trekking is a great, low-impact way to explore.

Small group travel: Our teams consist of a maximum of 25 people. Better for you, and better for the planet.

Responsible business: We’re a certified B-Corp, committed to using business as a force for good

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Safe travel and flexible bookings

Keeping you safe: We’ve developed a stringent COVID-10 Pandemic Safety Management Plan in cooperation with government guidelines, tourism boards and the advice of medical experts to minimise the risks associated with travel as best as possible.

Flexible bookings: If COVID-19 travel bans mean your Inspired Adventure cannot go ahead as scheduled, we will endeavour to reschedule the departure to a later date or you will receive a travel credit.

To learn more about our COVID-19 policy, you can see a full list of FAQs here.

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