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What can you expect from this walk?

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Group guided

Highlights:

  • 5 day group guided itinerary
  • Hike in the Cradle Mountain World Heritage National Park
  • Walk at Dove Lake
  • Experience the magic of the Tarkine Wilderness Area
  • Walk sections of the famous long distance Overland Track
  • See wombats, echidnas and pademelons in the wild

Overview:

We start this walk in the Tarkine, one of the world’s truly untouched and unchanged landscapes. The Tarkine wilderness is the largest tract of unbroken cool-temperate rainforest remaining in the Southern Hemisphere. Half of this region is rainforest, the remainder being eucalypt forest, heathland, button grass and rivers. We get to explore a forest that is essentially a 65-million-year-old example of Earth’s history with tree species that you might find fossilised in Antarctica; they’ll be there standing proud and tall before you.

The Tarkine, reputed to produce some of the world’s freshest air, is so vastly inaccessible it takes a solid walk before you find the pure sassafras rainforest, tree ferns and myrtle trees, some that are over half-a-millennia old.

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More on what you'll see

Our decades of expertise along with our local Tasmanian guides allow you to find your way in safely carrying just a day pack. We have designed the walks in order to unlock the beauty of the region, the mountains, wild rivers, the sublime coastline with its’ ferocious oceans and iconic open plains. A real highlight of the trip is the boat journey down the Pieman river and then the walk out along the coast.

We then travel to the 1262-sq-km World Heritage Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park with its’ glacier-sculpted mountain peaks, river gorges and icy streams cascading down rugged mountains, glacial lakes, tarns and tracts of wild alpine moorland. The park also provides a rich habitat for wildlife, including Tasmanian devils, quolls, platypus, echidna and several bird species so be on the lookout. Renowned as one of this country’s most special places, in the most part due to the dramatic Cradle Mountain, the rugged jewel of the park. We get to experience all of the above mentioned up close and peronal by walking a part of the iconic overland track, the Cradle face track and around Dove lake.

Importantly on this 5 day journey we remain immersed in the quiet wilderness as the accommodations are located right on the edge of these majestic parks . At the end of the day take a hot shower, enjoy a glass of wine, enjoy a 2 course meal, sleep soundly and awake to a cooked breakfast before tackling the next day’s beautiful walk.

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More Details

Location

Tasmania is a small island state off the south coast of the Australian mainland. This holiday starts in Launceston and finishes in Hobart. Both are accessible by plane from the mainland.

Grading

This holiday is moderately graded. Both locations you will walk in offer walk options of varying degrees of difficulty. Cradle Mountain in particular offers many choices ranging from moderate to quite challenging.

We operate this holiday with two professional Auswalk guides which allows for flexibility to offer easier and harder walk options catering to most walkers abilities.

Accommodation

Comfortable cottages at Corinna with shared bathroom facilities for the first three nights. Our final night will be spent in the wilderness at the Cradle Mountain Hotel.

What’s included

Two guides, all transport ex Launceston, 4 nights accommodation, 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners, National Park fees, insulated lunch bag, maps, map case & info pack.

What’s not included

Alcohol, meals not listed in itinerary, drinks with meals (except tea/coffee and juice with breakfast).

The best time to go

Tasmania is best for walking in the warmer months, between November and March.

Regional food and wine

Tasmania has an enviable reputation for its quality apples, berries, cheeses & smoked salmon. There are also lots of local beer and cider brewers, as well as several boutique Tassie wineries.

The Itinerary

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Day 1

This holiday commences in Launceston at 8.00am. We will travel to Burnie to embark on our first walk at delightful Hellyer Gorge.

We’ll enjoy lunch amidst some of Tasmania’s oldest forest environments before making tracks to our final walk for day one. This time we’re walking at the beautiful Philosophers Falls amidst the stunning towering myrtle and sassafras.

Accommodation: Corinna Wilderness Lodge

Day 2

Today we will get truly in tune with our surroundings as we set off following the narrow Whyte River forest track as it meanders beside the Pieman and Whyte Rivers. If we’re lucky we may even encounter a platypus out feeding in the river.

Next it’s on to the Mt Donaldson walk. The ascent should take us right up to lunch which will be enjoyed at the summit whilst taking in our reward, a spectacular view right into the heart of the Tarkine. We will make our way back down to explore another section of giant Myrtle trees along the banks of the Savage River. You will feel as though you’re wondering around on the set of ‘Lord of the Rings’.

Accommodation: Corinna Wilderness Lodge

Day 3

This morning we will take the historic Huon Pine launch, Arcadia II, from Corinna down the Pieman River to the Pieman Heads. The skipper will give very interesting commentary covering the history of Huon Pine harvesting, mining and thylacine before we disembark at the Heads. The walking today is along the coast on beach and dunes. We will be treated to coastal flora and much evidence of indigenous middens.

Accommodation: Corinna Wilderness Lodge

Day 4

This morning we will board the Fatman Barge to cross the mighty Pieman River as we make our way to Cradle Mountain National Park. Arriving mid morning we will head straight to our first walk, a combination of our favourite tracks including Hanson’s Peak, Marion’s Lookout and nearby lakes.

Accommodation: Cradle Mountain Hotel

Day 5

We start our final day in the Cradle Valley on a simply stunning 3 hour walk into Dove Canyon. This walk really encapsulates the type and variety of landscapes you would expect to find in the Tasmanian sub alpine environment. There will many shorter and less strenuous walk options on offer today also. We will leave Cradle Mountain mid morning to make our way back to Launceston.

The Tarkine & Cradle Mountain

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$ 2095 per person twin/double share
$ 150 Single Supplement (private room)

(A $100 Early Bird Discount is applicable for all bookings made 6 months prior to the the selected departure date.)

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