Cradle Mountain Huts Walk
- 6 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,908
This six day walk is a journey within Tasmania’s World Heritage Area that features a huge diversity of flora and fauna. Spend nights in a private hut nestled away in this remarkable park.
One of Australia’s most spectacular walks, this challenging 6 day journey takes you through Tasmania’s World Heritage area for a close encounter with its dazzling array of wildlife and eye opening forest scenery. Have lunch alongside Lake Windemere, see Cathedral Mountain and have the option to climb Tasmania’s highest peak, Mt Ossa. You’ll stay at basic, but comfortable private huts at each stop along the trail, and a delicious three course meal awaits you at the end of each day.
- 6 Days
- Prices From:
- US$ 2,908
Launceston to Barn Bluff Hut
Cradle Mountain Huts guests meet in Launceston at 6.45am, where they are then transferred to the walking base at Quamby. After introductions and a gear check journey to Waldheim in Cradle Valley. You then set off on the track by 11am. By lunch time you have walked through your first section of ancient temperate rainforest, have witnessed the dramatic glacially carved Crater Lake and the steepest section of the whole Overland Track is behind you. The steep section is mostly stepped and takes about an hour. It gets you onto Marion's Lookout which (hopefully) offers famous and spectacular views of Cradle Mountain with Lake Dove at its base, worth every step.
If the weather is fine you will stop for lunch by the peaceful Plateau Creek before continuing for about another 4 hours around the base of Cradle Mountain, out along the edge of a spectacular glacial cirque then dropping into Waterfall Valley which you cross before arriving at your hut at the base of the towering Barn Bluff. Several hours of this days' walk is over exposed alpine plateau which allows great views on a clear day but in rough weather the wind howls over the land making for exciting and sometimes challenging walking conditions. Some of the track is uneven under foot, however, take your time to walk carefully and make sure you still look at the wonderful scenery all around.
Approximate walking times: (12 km - 7 hours)
|Lunch and Dinner
Barn Bluff Hut to Pine Forest Moor Hut
The walking today is undulating with a few sections of exposed moorland. There are no large hills and the once notoriously muddy Pine Forest Moor is now a duckboard path over the mud!! An optional side trip to Lake Will is offered. Travel across plains where once glaciers sat and slowly moved, scouring out shallow tarns. Now you see plains of button grass with ancient Pencil Pines sitting with their roots in the water. Rising from the moors, the peaks of Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff are behind you to the north, and the stately Mount Pelion West directly ahead. Take advantage of the viewing opportunities at several lookout points and complete the day through an enchanting rainforest. Spend the night at Pine Forest Moor Hut.
Approximate walking times: (12 km - 6 hours)
|Breakfast and Dinner
Pine Forest Moor Hut to Pelion Hut
Today begin with a long slow descent around the base of Mt Pelion West down to the Forth River before it plunges into the Lemonthyme Valley. After a break at Frog Flats by the Forth River, you have a long gentle ascent out of the valley onto the beautiful Pelion Plains with outstanding views of Mount Oakleigh. There are many side trips in the Pelion Plains area with mountains all around, some excellent swimming holes, abandoned copper mines, or simply peaceful and humbling spots to rest quietly. Spend the night at Pelion Hut.
Approximate walking times: (10 km - 5 hours)
|Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Pelion Hut to Kia Ora Hut
Begin today with a climb to Pelion Gap where there are great views both back from the north and forward to the south. Today extra time is allowed for the side trips from Pelion Gap. It's a further few hours of gentle down hill from the gap to the hut, so a very relaxing day with the option to make it more challenging. Spend the night at Kia Ora Hut.
Approximate walking times: 9 km - 4 hours and an extra 3 to 4 hours to climb Mt. Ossa
|Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Kia Ora Hut to Windy Ridge Hut
This is a day of waterfalls and majestic forests. Depart Kia Ora hut and walk about an hour of easy travelling to Du Cane where a hut remains from the long gone days of animal trapping. A fine spot to rest in the native gardens planted by trapper Paddy Hartnet's wife during her long stints in the bush with her husband. From there you wander through some of the oldest forest in the National Park with King Billy Pines as old as 2000 years. Here you are above the Mersey River, which descends steeply northward towards Bass Strait. There are three major sets of waterfalls and you will visit one or more of these. You will probably take lunch down to enjoy beside one of the falls. During the afternoon, the group makes their way over Du Cane gap, then descend beside the spectacular Falling Mountain to Windy Ridge Hut where you spend the night.
Approximate walking times: (9 km - 4 hours)
Windy Ridge Hut to Launceston
Lake St Clair is Australia's deepest natural lake and as with most of this area, has been shaped by glaciers. The walk is mainly through cool temperate eucalypt forest and bird song is all around. Arrive at Narcissus at the northern end of Lake St Clair in time for lunch before boarding the Idaclair cruise boat, for the spectacular 17km cruise back to Cynthia Bay. There is a visitor centre at Cynthia Bay and you usually have about half an hour to look around and perhaps grab an ice cream! The return trip to Quamby Estate is through the trout fishing mecca of the highland lakes, descending the rugged Western Tiers to the broad plains of the Northern Midlands and passing through the rural townships of Cressy and Longford. Arrival in Launceston at approximately 6:30pm were the tour concludes.
Approximate walking times: (9 km - 3 hours)
|Breakfast and Lunch
Daily from October 1st - May 1st.
- 5 nights accommodation
- Transportation to/from Launceston
- Experienced tour guides
- Other fees
- Travel insurance
- International and domestic airfare & airfare taxes
- Visa fees if applicable
- Meals and beverages not mentioned
- Items of a personal nature
TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
Prices are "from" per person based on twin/double share accommodation and for travel in low season. Seasonal surcharges and blackout dates may apply. Limited seat/spaces and all pricing is subject to change and availability. Rates for single or triple travellers are available on request - please inquire.
22 Apr 2024