Cradle Mountain Day Trip from Launceston

Duration | 12 hours (approx)
Mobile Ticket OK

This interpretive nature walk at Cradle Mountain gets you easy access to the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area outside Launceston. Minivan transport is provided to the national park, including pickup from your accommodation. Let your guide know whether you’d prefer an easier walk like the Dove Lake circuit or a more challenging option such as the Rainforest City and Pencil Pine Falls tracks.

Cradle Mountain National Park is an area of iconic scenery with a wide variety of walking trails to choose from in this stunning World Heritage listed area. With around 5 hours to spend in the National Park we leave our walking itinerary flexible to suit our guests and the weather conditions on the day.

What makes it Great:

  • Explore Cradle Mountain National Park & World Heritage Area (4-5 hours)
  • Stand on the shore of the spectacular setting of Dove Lake
  • Enjoy some short introductory walks and interpretation to the area
  • Walk along the “Rainforest City” & “Pencil Pine Falls” tracks
  • Take on the Dove Lake circuit walk (easy grade 6km’s) or, take on the harder walk to the lofty views of Marion’s Lookout (medium grade 3 hours)
  • Explore the historic Weindorfers Chalet 
  • Walk amongst the ancient King Billy Pines on Weindorfers Forest Walk
  • Visit Sheffield the ‘Town of Murals’ with over 30 murals painted across the town showing the history of the area.
  • Taste a variety of local cheeses or reward yourself with a local ice-cream at Ashgrove Cheese Factory 


  • National Parks Entrance Fees
  • Professionally guided and interpreted walks
  • Central Launceston Hotel & Backpacker Hostel pick up and drop off 
  • Free tastings at Ashgrove Cheese


  • Food and drinks (you can either pre purchase, or there will be the opportunity to purchase on tour).  

Departure times & locations

  • Departs: Launceston 7.30am. Hotel pickup time is between 7 AM and 7:30 AM depending on your location. Hotel pickup is available from central city Hotels and Hostels (no AirBnB’s).
  • Returns: Launceston 6.30 – 7.00 pm. You will be returned to your original pickup location.
  • Days: Wednesday, Friday & Sunday (01 May – 30 Nov)
  • Days:  Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday (01 Dec – 30 April)

Your day at a glance:

  • After departing Launceston we enjoy a short stop in Sheffield – The Town of Murals.  Sheffield is a small and quirky village where the history of the Cradle Mountain region is depicted in artworks across the buildings throughout the town, this includes the opportunity to see the famous Eason’s Mural.
  • We continue our journey into the mountains and arrive at Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake with around 5 hours of possible walking time before us.  We begin with a series of short walks to Rainforest City and Pencil Pine Falls. From here we can choose from the gentle and iconic Dove Lake Circuit an easy 2 hour walk with amazing mountain views.  For the more active, we offer the chance to climb to the loftier heights of Marion’s Lookout.  This walk is well rewarded with amazing 360 degree views of the surrounding World Heritage wilderness area.  
  • Enjoy lunch by a quiet stream, watch the famous and friendly Cradle wombats in their natural habitat, or enjoy the many photographic opportunities that abound.  Learn some of the local history as we visit Weindorfer’s Chalet and see the ancient King Billy Pines on Weindorfer’s Forest Walk.
  • Cradle Mountain is the backdrop for a truly memorable and not to be missed Tasmanian experience.  
  • On our return to Launceston, we stop and sample some local tasty products at the award-winning Ashgrove Cheese Factory.
  • We return to Launceston around 6.30pm after a huge yet unforgettable Cradle Mountain day.

Things To Bring

  • Sensible shoes for day touring
  • A variety of warm clothing
  • Weatherproof jacket if possible
  • Hat, sunscreen
  • Water Bottle, Snacks, Lunch (or buy it on the day)
  • Camera
  • Sense of adventure

Minimum Age
Minimum age to participate in tour is 8 years. Participants aged 8 – 17 years travel at concession prices.

Additional Info

  • This is an active tour with walking involved; a suitable level of general health & fitness and physical abilities is essential
  • We provide accurate interpretation, and keep wildlife disturbance to a minimum by viewing from appropriate distances and informing our guests how to view wildlife with patience and respect. Activities are always confined to tracks and boardwalks to minimize negative impacts.
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 19 travelers

Instant Booking & Mobile Friendly Tickets

  • Check availability & book here to secure you spot on Cradle Mountain Day Tour. Pre-booking is essential. Please do not turn up on the day without a booking.
  • If you require hotel transfers please have your hotel name ready when booking so we can send you a pick-up time with your confirmation.

About Tours Tasmania
Tours Tasmania is a family owned and operated Tasmanian business. Our guides are 100% dedicated to enlighten and enliven your tour with us in this beautiful part of the world. Our guides are there to walk the tracks, explain about the things we see, help you to spot the local wildlife along the way and show you the small things that you may normally miss. All this and more is possible with a small group. Our tour buses are all Toyota Hiace Commuters. These are small buses that seat 12 or 13 passengers on board. 

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The Cradle Mountain day tour departs Launceston at 7.30am. Hotel pickup time is between 7 AM and 7:30 AM depending on your location. Hotel pickup is available from central city Hotels and Hostels.
Returns to Launceston 6.30 – 7.00 pm. You will be returned to your original pickup location.