Day trip

Cradle Mountain: Day Trip from Launceston with Lunch

Activity provider: McDermotts Tours

Cradle Mountain: Day Trip from Launceston with Lunch

Activity provider: McDermotts Tours

From US$ 97.72 per person

Get back to nature on a full-day, small group tour of Cradle Mountain National Park. Go for walks in the temperate rainforest, enjoy lunch at the historic Waldheim Chalet, and more.

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Duration 10 hours
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Pickup included
Pickup is available from selected hotels in Launceston.


  • Get spectacular views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake
  • Go for a nature walk in the lush rainforest of Tasmania
  • Sample an array of local produce at the Ashgrove Cheese Farm
  • Take a short tour of Sheffield, famous for its street murals
Full description

Meet your coach at one of the Launceston pickup points, and travel in comfort to Cradle Mountain National Park. Take a 15-minute scenic tour through Sheffield to see some of the highlights of the Town of Murals along the way. Journey along the Great Western Tiers of the Central Highlands to arrive at Cradle Mountain Visitor Center. Get a short break before entering the national park to drive to Dove Lake.

Embark on a guided nature walk through the rainforest and pass quartzite beaches. Discover the remnants of the last Ice Age at Glacier Rock. Then depart for Waldheim Chalet to enjoy a delicious lunch of fresh rolls, wraps, salad fillings, cheeses, and local meats. Get shown around the first accommodation to open in the national park before a short forest walk, time permitting. Make your way back to Launceston, stopping at the Ashgrove Cheese Farm to taste an amazing array of cheeses and other local produce along the way.

  • Transportation by comfortable minibus
  • Professional guide with full commentary
  • Small group tour
  • Dove Lake circuit walk
  • Visit to Waldheim Chalet
  • Weindorfers forest walk
  • Entrance fee and pass to Cradle Mountain National Park
  • Lunch
  • Water and light snacks
  • Pickup from airport, Airbnbs, or private residences
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • The Dove Lake circuit walk is a man-made track accessible for most people, dependent on the weather and passenger suitability
  • The Weindorfers forest walk is a short stroll through a cool climate rainforest (subject to timing on the day)
  • Hotel pickup is from 7:30 AM. Hotel drop-off is from 5:30 PM
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 148 reviews

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We had a wonderful day trip to Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain and enjoyed the short walks around the lake edge and in the forest, the lunch (included) and the stops on the way there (Sheffield to see the murals) and back (a cheese place). The driver gave an interesting commentary along the way.

September 30, 2022

The day trip was really good! We got to stop at a few places during the day. Although it was cold, we were lucky that the clouds cleared up and we could see the peaks of Cradle Mountain from the National Park. Note, that this tour does not actually involve climbing Cradle Mountain itself. I do however wish we had more time to spend at the last stop (Cheese Farm) before the day trip ended. 15 minutes wasn't enough if you wanted to have a cheese tasting etc. however you could just choose to come back in your own time too.

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September 25, 2022

We were surprised by how much we enjoyed this tour. Ben was an excellent guide and gave us tons of interesting information all along the way. Another plus was that it was a relatively small group. We expected to be dropped at a few locations to explore on our own, but Ben was with us the entire time and took us to places we might not have gone on our own. Would have liked more time at Ashgrove Cheese Farm, though.

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September 23, 2022

Product ID: 148613