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Tasmania: Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair

6 Days & 5 Nights
  • Revel in spectacular views from the summit of Cradle Mountain
  • Walk through ancient rainforests along the shores of Lake St. Clair
  • Spot wildlife, such as wombats, native hens, platypus, and wallabies
  • Learn about the fascinating geological and cultural history of the area
  • Worry-free round-trip transport to/from Launceston and all meals included
Explore one of the only World Heritage sites that meets UNESCO’s criteria for both natural and cultural significance. Stroll through the verdant, ancient rainforests that surround glistening Lake St. Clair, and make your way through the alpine tundra to the rewarding summit of Cradle Mountain. Look for wildlife, such as wombats, wallabies, and even platypus, as you walk amongst massive dolerite peaks and deep valleys carved by glacial activity. Enjoy worry-free round-trip transport and all meals included, leaving time for you to fully focus on the sights!

What To Expect

This trip is suitable for experienced walkers looking for a self-guided adventure in Tasmania. You can expect varying difficulties on the walks each day with the option to choose your preferred path. Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is rich with geological heritage with massive peaks, deep valleys, and glacial lakes that have been carved out over the past two million years.

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent holiday.

Activity:

Multi Centre Walking | You will spend multiple nights in one or more of the locations on this walking holiday

This trip is suitable for:

Avid Adventurers

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveller this holiday would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • National Parks & Trails
  • Mountains

Inspiration:

  • New

Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate with different options to choose from on most days. You can expect trails with rocks, exposed tree roots, wet and muddy sections along with several sections of boardwalk. For those wishing to do summit walks, there are several steep climbs and descents.

Navigation

As this is a self-guided walk you will be responsible for navigation, decision making and safety during your trip. You should be able to navigate easily with a map and compass. We supply you with route notes for the recommended routes, as well as access to our smartphone navigation app along with GPX tracks, so you will have no problem following the route each day. 

Accommodation Information

Overnight in hand-selected accommodations specifically chosen to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers and traditional hospitality. Your first three nights will be spent at the award-winning Lake St Clair Lodge and the final two nights will be enjoyed at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge.

Single Rooms and Solo Travelers 

Single sleeping arrangements can be organized but please note this trip is not available to solo travelers.

Meals

This trip includes 5 breakfasts, 6 packed lunches, and 5 dinners at quality restaurants. 

Included
  • 5 Nights in hand-picked accommodations
  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 6 Packed Lunches
  • 5 Dinners
  • Transfers to Lake St Clair, Cradle Mountain and back to Launceston
  • Ferry from Cynthia Bay to the beginning of your walk on day three
  • National Park Pass which includes shuttle bus transport for the Cradle Mountain hikes
  • 24/7 Emergency telephone support from our offices
Excluded
  • Travel to and from Launceston
  • Personal equipment
  • Travel insurance (required)
Extras
  • Additional nights along the route

When To Go

The trip is available from early October to early April. The seasons can be unpredictable in Tasmania with snow lingering into early summer. 

Weather and Climate

The warm and dry season lasts from December to March in the southern hemisphere, with an average daily high temperature of 22 degrees Celcius / 71 degrees Fahrenheit.

Getting to the Start

By Air: Launceston Airport is your best option for arriving in Tasmania. We will pick you up in Launceston and transfer you on day 1. 

Getting from the End

By Air: Launceston Airport is your best option for departing from Tasmania. We will drop you off in Launceston at the end of your trip on day 6. 

Baggage Transfer

Your bags will be transferred with you on the drive from Lake St Clair to Cradle Mountain.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Itinerary

Day 1 Transfer Launceston to Lake St. Clair 3.3 miles / 5.4 km Day 2 Shadow Lake 8 miles / 13 km Day 3 Lake St. Clair Ancient Rainforests 7 miles / 11 km Day 4 Transfer to Cradle Mountain, Cradle Lakes Walk 7 miles / 11 km Day 5 Summit Cradle Mountain 7 miles / 13 km Day 6 Cradle Valley Walk and Transfer to Launceston for Onward Travel 3.7 miles / 6 km

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