Cradle Mountain walking holiday in Tasmania, self guided

“Moderate to challenging (yet flexible) walking trails in the Tasmanian wilderness. Six days of self guided walking split between Lake St Clair and Cradle Mountain. ”

Highlights

Platypus Walk | Aboriginal Cultural Walk | Watersmeet Track | Shadow Lake circuit | Mount Rufus summit | Frenchman's Cap | Franklin River | Narcissus Bay | South and north end of the Overland Track | Lake St Clair | Cradle Mountain | Dove Lake | Cradle Valley | Face Track Walk | Kitchen Hut | Waldheim Chalet | Enchanted Forrest | King Billy Track

Description of Cradle Mountain walking holiday in Tasmania, self guided

This six day self guided walking tour takes travellers into the Tasmanian wilderness where ice carved gorges and glacial lakes meld into alpine moors, heaths and pine forests. Nowhere else on earth competes with Cradle Mountain & Lake St Clair National Park for its pristine and untouched nature.

Anyone looking to get away from it all will be in their absolute element. Nature photographers, wildlife watchers and, of course, wilderness walkers, will relish the sense of adventure with stays in locally owned lodges providing a welcoming base, and chef prepared meal, to return to at the end of each day.

Throughout the trip you’ll be fully briefed about what to expect from the suggested trails, and your self guided notes and maps allow you to approach each day armed with local knowledge. Finding out more about the area will take you into the realms of the Overland Track and it’s at the start and end of this world famous trail that we focus our attention on short walks, which include Cradle Mountain, Lake St Clair (the deepest in Australia), the Face Track and Dove Lake.

Distance and difficulty are entirely up to you and each walk can be tailored to meet your needs, it’s a holiday after all. However, no matter how far or how high you want to hike you can rest assured that Tasmania’s wild and ancient rainforests and rocky mountain peaks will provide the background to what will be an unforgettable outdoor adventure.

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Departure information

Can be booked on a date to suit you between November and April
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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
We donate money to various charities including the Epworth Hospital, the drought relief fund and the Prime Ministers 1000 steps. They use volunteers to help keep the track in tip-top condition. Our office is environmentally friendly with double glazing, solar panels, evaporative cooling, green power. We adopt a reduce, reuse then recycle policy wherever possible.

Minimal impact walking: We lead by example and encourage others to follow. We believe that we are doing our job well when our customers leave a tour having had a fabulous, fun-filled holiday but also come away with a broader appreciation of and respect for the natural environment. Ideally, they come to walk and leave as ambassadors for the environment. We stay on formed tracks, avoid trampling vegetation, insist that all rubbish is carried out, and pick up rubbish left by others. Group sizes on self-guided trips are usually only two. On group-guided trips, the maximum size is 15 but there are two guides so we can split into smaller parties, limiting our impact.

We encourage people to only take photos of plants and animals, they must look after the environment wherever possible. We plan our walks to utilize toilets wherever possible and if not available, we provide clear instructions on burying waste and carrying out any sanitary items. We view wildlife from a distance and never feed native animals. We do not light fires in the bush and we do not allow people to smoke on walks. Our motto is “Leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photos and a piece of someone else’s rubbish”.

We are Advanced Eco-certified.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

On this tour, we employ local drivers, use local accommdation and food providers.

On our trips, we stay in comfortable local accommodation properties with lots of character. Each one has been personally selected by the owners. We stay at 4 star luxurious country motels. When we use motels, we look for small, family-run places in attractive locations.
Good food is an important aspect of all our trips. Meals are plentiful, nutritious, wholesome and, wherever possible, offer local ingredients or specialties. No matter which holiday you choose, the accommodation and meals will add an interesting local flavour to your experience. We use local restaurants and encourage clients to stay longer and make the most of the area and what it has to offer. We recommend that our clients do one of the day trips that this area has to offer, like visit the caves or experience the wineries.

Wherever possible, we incorporate quality local tourism experiences into our walking holidays. Examples include bush tucker walks with indigenous people. On this walk, we incorporate local attractions and tours en route such as a boat cruise and an option of exploring the limestone caves. This helps the local community, the grass roots of tourism. Money going to where it is most needed.

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