• Location: Launceston, Australia
  • Duration: 9 hours (approx.)
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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

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

Bevis S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Tours exploring the untouched and carefully preserved Tasmanian Wilderness are a must for anyone visiting Tasmania. Our tour guide and bus driver Headley was on time and provided terrific commentary. On site, our guide Megan was informative and sympathetic to the abilities of the group by modifying and pacing the walking tours for us.
It is a long day tour, but the scenery is quite spectacular! A must see for the nature enthusiast.

Elizabeth A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Absolutely fabulous! Our guide was so wonderful and knowledgeable. Cradle mountain and Dove Lake are spectacular. Wish I could have stayed there longer. Will definitely do it again.

Pauline K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

A fantastic experience. Bus arrived on schedule. Imogen, our guide for the day gave a commentary which was informative and interesting on a range of topics- places, history, landmarks etc. We stopped at Sheffield briefly, before making the drive to Cradle Mountain. Imogen had everything organised for us which was great. She kept a steady pace for us to walk around Dove Lake, stopping along the way to explain certain features, and giving us time to take photos. Scenery was amazing, plenty of photo opportunities. It was cool and a rain jacket was handy for the showers that occurred. Good walking shoes are a must. Afterwards, we had lunch - wraps/sandwiches, drink in a hut, followed by a visit to Waldheim house. We stopped at Ashgrove Cheese before heading back to Launceston. Overall, the experience exceeded expectations - wealth of information gained by being with an excellent guide and only a small group of about 9, access to the park and facilities, for a first time visit to the area the day was very enjoyable.

Vanessa A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

A must do tour. Our guide Headley did an amazing job and my son and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip!

Sandra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Perfect weather for a clear view of Cradle mountain. The coach driver's commentary was interesting and informative. It's an excellent way to see the countryside and we stopped at a couple of the towns. A most enjoyable day trip.

Christopher H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

We were lucky in having a perfect spring day which did help. The McDermott's coach driver/guide was most friendly, helpful and full of added info all the way there and back for that matter. He was a key ingredient to making the days tour informative, educational and therefore more enjoyable with meaning and purpose to the days outing. All it did was whets one appetite to go back for a longer time and go trekking in the Mt. Cradle National Park.

Lusilowaty L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2017

This tour was amazing!

Julie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2017

Our Tour to Cradle Mountain was surely Memorable, with Hedley our Tour guide and bus driver a full comprehensive informative tour from hotel pick up to drop off. We got to meet some local Wombats, which is a first for us, in there own natural environment, friendly enough for a pat. The weather was of cause very cold and windy, just what we expected, with a beautiful dusting of snow on the Mountains. Loved our day and will be back some day for sure. The stop to the Cheese Factory on the way back to Launceston is a great compliment to the Tour as the Cheese is Delicious and so glad we bought some home. Thanks again for a Great Day out!

Marlene M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2017

We experienced Cradle Mountain at its finest. We were told it rains 240+ days there but it was sunny and bright during our trip. Paul our Guide had an encyclopedic knowledge which he shared with us. Strongly recommend the tour.

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.

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