Launceston: Cradle Mountain National Park Day Trip with Hike

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Discover Tasmania’s alpine heart and tick the World-Heritage-listed site of Cradle Mountain off your bucket list on a guided day trip from Launceston.


  • Explore Cradle Mountain National Park and World Heritage Area
  • Take on the Dove Lake circuit walk or, take on the harder walk to the lofty view
  • Visit Sheffield the ‘Town of Murals’ with over 30 murals painted across the town showing the history of the area
  • Walk along the Rainforest City and Pencil Pine Falls tracks
  • Enjoy a delicious stop at Van Dieman’s Land Ice Creamery & Christmas Hills Farm


Cradle Mountain’s jagged silhouette is unmistakable. Standing 1545 metres above sea level amongst glacial lakes, alpine moorland and World Heritage Listed wilderness, this iconic mountain is pure untamed Tassie. On this full day tour, you’ll score front row seats. After leaving Launceston we stop in the quirky town of Sheffield, the town of murals, a unique open air art gallery. Stop enroute at a local bakery where you can purchase something for the lunch stop at the picnic area at Cradle Mountain National Park. Pick from a tasty selection of sandwiches, rolls, and wraps. From there we head into the mountains along winding roads fringed by rainforest to arrive at Cradle Mountain National Park. We begin our adventures with an easy guided walk to Pencil Pine Falls, a stunning cascade of pristine water. After that it’s onto our main walk of the day, Dove Lake Circuit, a comfortable 6km circumnavigation of the glassy lake that sits at the bottom of Cradle Mountain. The views are epic. If you’re looking for a challenge, tackle the hike to Marion’s Lookout. An uphill climb rewards you with breathtaking views of Cradle Mountain, Little Horn, Smithies Peak and so many mirrored lakes. Our last stop is Van Diemen’s Ice Creamery and Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm for well-earned treats crafted from the finest Tasmanian dairy and produce. A sweet end to a heavenly day.


National Park entrance fee Friendly and knowledgeable tour guides Informative tours and guided walks A small-group limit of 20 people per tour Pickup and drop-off from selected hotels

Important Information

  • This is an active outdoor activity, and it requires some walking. We begin our hiking from Dove Lake with 2 walking options available. The Dove Lake circuit is a moderate walk of 6 kilometres. Marions Lookout is a more challenging walk taking you to an elevation of 1200 metres. Our guide will discuss the walking options on the day, and you can choose your options then.
  • All participants should have a sense of adventure, reasonable fitness, and good mobility.
  • Minimum age to participate in the tour is 8 years
  • Our General Meet Point is the Hotel Grand Chancellor, 29 Cameron Street, Launceston. The pickup time at this location is 7.20am. The tour returns to this same location around 6.00pm. Please be ready 5 minutes prior to pick up time.
  • You will have an opportunity to stop enroute to the National Park and purchase a Bakery style lunch to grab sandwiches/wraps etc. Lunch will be in a picnic area at Cradle Mountain National Park
  • The tour returns to Launceston around 6pm

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