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What can you expect from this walk?

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Group guided

Highlights:

  • 8 day group guided itinerary
  • Hike the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair World Heritage area
  • Magnificent views from Mount Anne over the South West National Park and Lake Pedder
  • Walk the beginning and the end of the famous long distance Overland Track including a boat trip to complete the Lake St Clair portion
  • Explore Mount Field National Park, including hiking the Alpine Tarn Shelf and the iconic Russell Falls
  • See wombats, echidnas and pademelons in the wild

Overview:
Take a walk on the wild side! Boasting large tracts of World Heritage area, Tasmania is the world’s last great temperate wilderness. Approximately 20% of the entire state is World Heritage Area. Some of the oldest trees in the world grow here, such as Huon pines, which can live for more than 2000 years.

There are isolated rainforests, alpine meadows studded with a sparkling mosaic of crystal-clear lakes, wild rivers and rugged mountains. Unspoiled beauty abounds in all directions! Small numbers of hardy people have gone bushwalking in this area for decades, we will follow in their footsteps but in comfort.

Our first stop is the Southwest National Park and Mount Anne, right in the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area. The park, the largest in Tasmania, epitomises the grandeur and spirit of wilderness in its truest sense.

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More on what you'll see

Lake Pedder was at the forefront in establishing the green movement in Australia, those Aussies old enough to remember, have always held a soft spot in their hearts for this special place. Our hike on the Mt Anne Track provides panoramic views over Lake Pedder.

You’ll walk and explore Mt Field National Park. Leaving the tourists behind you’ll hike to the breathtakingly beautiful Tarn Shelf, a stunning, lake-studded shelf that was carved out by the force of glaciers from the previous Ice Age. This park also boasts what is probably the most photographed waterfall in the whole of Tasmania, Russell Falls.

Then, from our base at Derwent Bridge you will explore the middle of the Island, including taking a boat trip out to Narcissus and then walking back to Cynthia Bay. This is the second most scenic part of the Overland Track walk, the best is saved for last.

The grand finale is a couple of days hiking in the Cradle Mountain region. You’ll hike the northern section of the Overland Track as it winds its way through alpine heathlands brimming with wildflowers, past cascading waterfalls and ancient glacial lakes to the foot of mighty Cradle Mountain. The traverse of this elevated alpine area epitomises all of the special qualities of Tasmanian wilderness.

Note that we also offer another group guided trip on the east coast – Tasmanian Coastal Hiker. These two trips can be joined together to form a longer holiday.

If you’re after a short Tasmanian itinerary then our 5 day Tarkine & Cradle Mountain trip may be for you. You will enjoy exploring the World Heritage Cradle Mountain National Park whilst also discovering the magic of the Tarkine Wilderness Area.

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More Details

Location

This holiday starts in Hobart and finishes in Launceston. Both are accessible by plane from the mainland.

Grading

Mt Anne is a moderate climb but with one steep section. Mt Field offers moderate walking with a couple of short sections of steep uphill and short sections across scree and boulders. At Lake St Clair the walking is moderate. Cradle Mountain offers some choices ranging from moderate to quite challenging.

For more detailed information including daily walk distances and times please download our Fact Sheet below.

Accommodation

Comfortable cottages at Maydena, a waterfront lodge at Lake St Clair and Cradle Mountain Hotel.

What’s included

Two guides, all transport from Hobart on day 1 to Launceston on day 8, 7 nights accommodation, 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 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

The alpine areas of Tasmania are at their best for walking during the summer months.

See the Bureau of Meteorology’s information about average temperatures and rainfall at different times of the year.

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

Let's Review

Day 1

This holiday commences in Hobart at 8.30am. Today we walk at Marriot and Russell Falls, the latter is one of Tasmania’s best-known scenic attractions. Green, graceful ferns line the track edges while the world’s tallest flowering plants, the magnificent swamp gums, tower overhead.

Accommodation: Maydena

Day 2

This is a day of scenic driving and wilderness hiking. The Southwest National Park encompasses over six hundred thousand hectares of wild, inspiring country and forms part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area. The park, the largest in Tasmania, epitomises the grandeur and spirit of wilderness in its truest sense.

We’ll hike up the Mt Anne Track to get a birds-eye view over Lake Pedder and the national park.

Accommodation: Maydena

Day 3

Today we’ll do nearly a full day hike in Mt Field National Park. The route passes a delightful series of small glacial lakes before reaching the spectacular Tarn Shelf, a stunning, lake-ridden shelf that was carved out by the force of glaciers from the previous Ice Age. Mt Field is unusual in that plant diversity increases with altitude, showcasing huge Pandani groves and other bizarre alpine species.

We then take another scenic drive to Lake St Clair.

Accommodation: Lake St Clair

Day 4

Today we take a boat to Narcissus and take the beautiful walk back to Cynthia Bay via the Overland Track. Most of the walk is along the lake edge through stunning myrtle forest, loaded with mosses and tree ferns. As we approach Cynthia Bay the forest transitions into eucalypts.

Accommodation: Lake St Clair

Day 5

Today we walk the Shadow Lake Circuit. Walk through a forest dominated by Stringybarks, as we approach the lake the vegetation morphs into a completely different sub alpine forest, including Pencil Pines and Snow Gums. Travel to Cradle Mountain at the northern end of the wild Cradle Mt Lake St Clair National Park via Queenstown.

Accommodation: Cradle Mountain

Day 6

The first view across Dove Lake to Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania’s natural highlights. This dramatic vista can be seen on an easy boardwalk to Dove Lake. The mountain itself is a jagged, dolerite peak that dominates the area. Its name, supposedly, is derived from the mountain’s resemblance to a miner’s cradle.

The Enchanted and King Bill Pine walks make up the morning . In the afternoon we walk to Waldheim Chalet from the interpretation centre, nestled among the myrtles and King Billy Pines at Cradle Valley.

Waldheim Chalet takes you back to the time when the Weindorfers first offered their renowned hospitality to their guests. Having fallen in love with what is now Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, Gustav and Kate Weindorfer built the rustic home and guest chalet in 1912. The chalet was named Waldheim, meaning “forest home”.

Accommodation: Cradle Mountain

Day 7

For many, today will be the highlight of the holiday.

The hike starts with an ascent of stunning Hansons Peak. There are some airy sections and steep gradients so we’ll take it slowly. From here we’ll continue along the face of Cradle Mountain and return via the Overland Track.

Walk on the most famous section of the Overland Track as it winds its way through alpine heathlands brimming with wildflowers, past cascading waterfalls and ancient glacial lakes to the foot of mighty Cradle Mountain. The traverse of this elevated alpine area epitomises the special qualities of the Tasmanian wilderness. The jagged contours of Cradle Mountain epitomise the feel of a wild landscape, while ancient rainforest, alpine heathlands and button grass plains ensure there is always something to captivate you.

Accommodation: Cradle Mountain

Day 8

Travel back to Launceston stopping for tastings at a local cheese factory on route. Arrive in Launceston at around 1.00pm.

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$ 3395 per person twin/double share
$ 755 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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