Our professional guide in our clean comfortable mini bus will collect you from your Launceston hotel on the morning of the tour to Cradle Mountain National Park. Hotel pick up times start at 7:30am and it is our aim to depart Launceston by 8:00am. Water and light snacks are complimentary on the bus and lunch will be provided a little later in the tour.
Leaving Launceston and heading west toward Cradle Mountain we will arrive for a short 15min driving tour of Sheffield, the town of Murals, this will also be the chance for a comfort stop.
Leaving Sheffield we commence our climb up and along the Western Tiers to reach the top of the plateau on our route to Cradle Mountain. On a nice clear day Cradle mountain itself will become visible at certain points of the drive, so keep your eyes peeled out the windows so you don’t miss out on these stunning views.
We aim to arrive into Cradle Mountain Visitor centre by 10.30am
A short 15min drive into the Cradle Mountain National Park we arrive at Dove Lake where we will embark on a fully guided walk (weather and passenger suitability permitting) of the Lake at the foothill of Cradle Mountain. This walk is undulating but the well-defined and man-made track makes it accessible for everyone. The track weaves it way through rainforest and past quartzite beaches. Along the way we will visit Glacier rock to see remnants of the last ice age. The walk is around 1 hour in duration. Don’t forget your camera as the vistas of Cradle Mountain are amazing.
We will leave the awe of Dove Lake and Cradle mountain views and visit Waldheim (Forest home) Chalet at around 1-1.30pm. First, we will have some lunch which will be a healthy spread of fresh rolls, wraps, Tasmanian salad fillings, Tassie cheese and choice of local meats. After lunching our guide will take you through the chalet and tell you all about its history of being the very first accommodation in the Cradle Mountain National Park. If time allows we will do the short Weindorfers forest walk, a short cool climate rainforest, around 20min in duration.
We start to leave the central area of Cradle Mountain now and a quick look out the rear window for the last views of Cradle mountain up close….
We will aim to depart Cradle Mountain at 3pm on-route to Launceston and a visit to Ashgrove cheese farm, where you can tatste the amazing styles of cheese on offer plus an abundance of other locally produced Tasmanian product.
We aim to be starting the Launceston hotel drop offs by 5.30pm.
Experience the scenic south in style, travelling aboard our exclusive charter train- the refurbished ‘Silver Fern.’ This tour will be a wonderful New Zealand experience. We resume the scenic rail section from Picton and along the Kaikoura coastline to Christchurch after the 2016 earthquake- a credit to the outstanding work that has gone on since.
We traverse the Southern alps in both directions, plus ride the historic Taieri Gorge Train through spectacular Central Otago hinterland. No South Island tour would be complete without including Central Otago, Queenstown, Te Anau and Milford Sound and we take you to these special places. Our tour escorts and hosts ensure your tour is relaxing, fun and memorable.
We love this place, so we decide to take you back there. The history of the ‘Bounty’, the tranquillity of the island life, the local cuisine, the culture. This tour has highlights at every turn including Colleen McCullough’s gardens, Pitcairn Settlers village, local farm and produce tours, Glass bottom boat cruising on Slaughters Bay plus an abundance of shopping at Sunday Island markets. Seats are limited so get in early as the list of travellers is already growing.We love this place, so we decide to take you back there. The history of the ‘Bounty’, the tranquillity of the island life, the local cuisine, the culture. This tour has highlights at every turn including Colleen McCullough’s gardens, Pitcairn Settlers village, local farm and produce tours, Glass bottom boat cruising on Slaughters Bay plus an abundance of shopping at Sunday Island markets. Seats are limited so get in early as the list of travellers is already growing.