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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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USD103.93 per adult
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Incredible day
Incredible day. Wonderful guide. More than I expected with the scenery and the wildlife. Totally recommend.
Karen, Nov. 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Launceston

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Cradle Mountain Tour
Peter_N, Dec. 2021
Cradle Mountain Park Explorer Guided Tour
James gave a really great entertaining commentary about Cradle Mountain, its highlights, flowers, history and great walks to go on (on top of the two he took us on)
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Fun in the Rain
Annie_M, Oct. 2021
Cradle Mountain Park Explorer Guided Tour
Unfortunately for us it was raining and there was low cloud so we didn’t actually get to see Cradle Mountain. Mel our guide was fantastic though and we enjoyed our personal tour of Dove Lake and the Waldheim Chalet and rain forest. It was quite a miserable day but Mel made it a memorable experience. We will have to visit again on another holiday so we can see the mountain top that is Cradle Mountain.
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This is a must do adventure
Julene_C, Oct. 2021
Cradle Mountain Day Tour from Launceston Including Lunch
What a great tour. We came from Qld for a 2 week holiday and I must say, this has been our favourite area yet. Our guide I think Mel? Was brilliant the information and experience she gave us was above 100%. Thank you we will be back.
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Scenery to remember for a lifetime
Hiran_T, Jul. 2021
Cradle Mountain Active Day Trip from Launceston
Graeme is a font of knowledge and brought Tasmania to life even before we had arrived at the national park. The hikes to the peak and around the lake were both scenic and dotted with rest stops at which one could enjoy the ever-changing views of Cradle Mountain and colours of the water. If you fancy a day of exploration, fresh air and scenery you will remember for a lifetime, this is the tour for you. Please note some sections are bit icy in winter, but this is not a problem if you allow a bit of extra time. Enjoy!
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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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Learnt a Lot
Meredith_C, Aug. 2021
Cradle Mountain Park Explorer Guided Tour
My guide Kath was extremely knowledgeable , friendly and an excellent guide .Very enjoyable experience 😁
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We loved it!
Marie_S, 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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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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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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Great experiences
Katrina_L, Jan. 2021
3-Day Tasmania Combo: Launceston to Hobart Active Tour Including Cradle Mountain, Freycinet National Park and Port Arthur
Some good organisation has gone.into these tours and some options offered. Our tour guides.were all very good, had good knowledge of the places. Tour guides were laid back and good company on tour. Lunch was reasonably organised and gave opportunity to buy food for later or advised where we could buy something. Catered for a wide range of people.
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Excellent day trip with a lot of hiking!
Emelie_J, Jan. 2021
Cradle Mountain Active Day Trip from Launceston
The absolute best part of this tour was the fact that we could choose which track to hike at Cradle Mountain, so no need to go in a group and having to wait for slower walkers. It was a bit hectic but there is time to hike up to Marions Lookout then do the trail around the lake. Our tour guide was super friendly and helpful.
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Cradle Mountain Views
Cari_P, Apr. 2019
Shore Excursion: Small-Group Cradle Mountain Day Tour From Burnie
A bit misleading on the tour as this was not a small group. We had 10 in our party and a small group would be 4 but no more than 6. The view was great and the weather cleared just in time for pictures. Not much to do in Tasmania so I enjoyed this overall and hiked to both the boat shed and the Glacier Rock and got great shots.

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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