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Go deep into the pristine Tasmanian forest, and experience a remote wilderness of waterfalls, glacial lakes, rainforest and wildlife on this day trip from Launceston to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Inside the World Heritage–listed park, take walks through the forest and admire views of the craggy peak of Cradle Mountain towering above Dove Lake. You’ll also stop by attractions like the Ashgrove Cheese Farm for a taste of regional culinary delights.


  • Explore the beauty of Cradle Mountain on this full-day tour from Launceston
  • Includes Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park entry fees
  • Enjoy plenty of photo opportunities of the rainforest, waterfalls and Dove Lake
  • Informative and friendly driver

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What You Can Expect

Cradle Mountain National Park Day Tour from Launceston

Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain

Your day trip to Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, starts as you depart Launceston by coach, traveling past the mountains bluffs of the Great Western Tiers and by the towns of Carrick, Hagley, Westbury and Deloraine. As you continue west, stop in Sheffield, the ‘Town of Murals,’ and enter a landscape of dense forest and mountainous terrain.

Cross Cethana Dam, and watch for wildlife like wombats and wallabies when you reach the national park, where you’ll stop at Cradle Village Cafe for lunch (own expense). Then visit the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre for an introduction to the park before setting off on the Enchanted Forest Walk, a short stroll that provides views of the lush forest and a waterfall. Gaze at a majestic view of Cradle Mountain reigning over Dove Lake, and take a walk around the lake for more perspectives of the mountain (weather permitting).

Before returning to Launceston, other attractions on your day trip include Waldheim Chalet, the forest home of Gustav Weindorfer, and Ashgrove Cheese Farm, where you’ll stop for tastings of Tasmanian cheese and learn how it’s made on site.

Customer Reviews

Yvonne K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

It was amazing to get to visit Cradle Mountain. And the weather was very kind to us the day we went, as it has been raining and windy. I would love to go back and do some trekking and take in the beautiful surrounding again. Big thank you to our guide Headley, you made my Launceston trip complete.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Amazing day tour. Cradle Mountain lived up to its reputation. It even snowed on us for a few minutes. So excited over that. We had only a few on the bus and our tour guide knew his stuff too.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

very beautiful place, something must do in Launceston. we had a great day.

Areeya Thailand

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

I had a wonderful time with this trip! Our driver and tour guide, Lain not sure how to spell his name, was wonderful! You need to take this trip!

david r

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Excellent tour. Our guide Hedley was fantastic

Louise R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

The trip was amazing - loved every minute of it! Lane not sure how to spell his name was fantastic - he is very knowledgeable and gave a fascinating commentary as we drove along! In fact his commentary made the trip for me - that plus the scenery! He was also able to get a 4WD vehicle so we could get to Dove Lake which was great otherwise we would have missed that spectacular experience.....snow everywhere.....wombats munching away and little wallabies sheltering under the trees - it was a treat from start to finish!......then to cap it all off we stopped at the Lodge for a hot chocolate by the log fire.......oh sigh.....bliss! I'd recommend this trip to anyone as a must do must see experience! Thank You!

William W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Tour was Monday 27 April and I was the only tourist on the trip. Headley the driver/guide was excellent, with a wide range of interesting information to impart. The weather was super so the views to the peaks was fabulous. All in all, a great day out.

Paula A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Tour Guide was fantastic. Took us to some amazing places. Loved this tour. Long day but well worth the trip. Loved Sheffield too.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Great day spent, our guide/driver Leigh was very knowledgeble and shared a lot of information about Launceston and all the places we drove past all the way to the National Park and back. Cradle mountain is a must-go, beautiful landscape, Dove lake and a boat shed on the other side. On the way back, we stopover at Ashgrove Cheese Farm, great tasting. Definite must-taste cheeses (at least for me) are the black pepper, wasabi and marinated feta. :)

Richard F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2013

Excellent tour made even better by the minibus driver, Stan, who added a 'wealth of knowledge' to a very full day to Cradle Mountain. He was obviously very proud of his island and conveyed that love with a very informative chat all the way from Launceston to the National Park! We stopped along the way at Railton (town of wall topiary) and coffee and cake at Sheffield (town of wall murals) before heading into the spectacular scenery of Cradle Mountain. We had plenty of time at Dove Lake for lunch and a walk at the water's edge. It's a tour I won't forget in a hurry, absolutely wonderful! A visit to Waldheim, home of Gustav Weindorfer, pioneer and acknowledged founder of the park was 'a must', and we all felt priviledged to share this national treasure. I could have stayed longer but alas, it was soon time to leave. We still managed to stop-off on the way back to a cheese farm/shop at Elizabeth Town to sample the goodies of Ashgrove Diary. A memorable tour with lots of extras thrown in for good measure, highly recommended!

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