Hut to Hut Hike in Tasmania's Cradle Mountains

Hut to Hut Hike in Tasmania's Cradle Mountains

5,595.00

TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA

This 11-day journey takes you through some of its most iconic regions all on foot with a grand finale in the capital. You'll spend six days walking through the moorlands, eating lunch old-growth pine trees, and marveling at glacially-carved lakes, staying in perfectly spaced huts along the way.

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HUT TO HUT HIKE IN TASMANIA'S CRADLE MOUNTAINS

LAUNCESTON | PINE FOREST MOOR | PELION PLAINS | LAKE SAINT CLAIR | HOBART

 

Tasmania might be a small island off the coast of Australia, but it is mighty. This 11-day journey takes you through some of its most iconic regions all on foot with a grand finale in the capital.

 

You'll spend six days walking through the moorlands, eating lunch old-growth pine trees, and marveling at glacially-carved lakes, staying in perfectly spaced huts along the way. Don't be fooled by the term hut—this is minimalism at its finest with all your comforts well attended to!

When you finally arrive at Australia's deepest natural lake on the seventh day, you'll be ready to board your ferry back to reality and sample an urban adventure in Hobart. Wonder at the many pieces of art at the Museum of New and Old (MONA), meet the wallabies and other critters at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, and wash it all down with wine from the Tamar Valley Region. You might just find you have a new favorite destination Down Under after a fantastic week and a half in Tasmania.

 
 
 
 
 

Day 1

RELAX JUST OUTSIDE OF LAUNCESTON

QUAMBY ESTATE

 
 

The trip starts off with an overnight at the historic and beautiful Quamby Estate. As one of Tasmania's most prestigious properties, Quamby will provide you with a relaxing first afternoon complete with mountain views. Walk the manicured grounds before enjoying a celebratory cocktail in the grandiose restaurant inside, or do whatever else you please—the time is yours to enjoy

 
 

Day 2

Explore Cradle & Waterfall Valleys

BARN BLUFF HUT

 
 

The  next morning you'll rise bright and early to start your walk. After breakfast and checking gear with your guide, you'll begin the journey to Waldheim in Cradle Valley. By lunchtime, you will have walked through ancient temperate rainforest and witnessed the dramatic glacially-carved Crater Lake. During this segment of trail you'll tackle the steepest part of the whole overland track—a stepped section that takes about an hour to complete. Your reward, a vantage point at Marion's Lookout, is well worth the effort.

Stop for lunch at Plateau Creek before continuing on for another four hours to the base of Cradle Mountain. You'll hug the edge of a spectacular glacial cirque then drop into the aptly named Waterfall Valley before finally arriving at your hut at the base of the towering Barn Bluff. On a fine day this first walk will be beautiful and calming, but if the weather has other ideas you'll be in for a real adventure!

 
 

Day 3

Wander Through Pine Forest Moor and Lake Will

PINE FOREST MOOR HUT

 
 

On your third day, you'll walk through undulating moorland terrain. There are no big climbs on the agenda, but rather an elevated pathway through the Pine Forest Moor. If your legs are feeling up for it, add on a side trip to Lake Will. You will travel across plains where once glaciers sat and slowly moved, scouring out shallow tarns. Enjoy the button grass underfoot and ancient pencil pines on either side of the trail that grow with their roots submerged in water. Rising from the moors, the peaks of Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff will be behind you to the north, and the stately Mount Pelion West directly ahead. You'll complete the day with a stroll through an enchanting rainforest.

 
 

Day 4

Descend Pelion Plains and Mount Oakleigh

PELION HUT

 
 

Today you'll start out in a different direction—down. Begin with a gradual descent around the base of Mount Pelion West all the way to the Forth River before it plunges into the Lemonthyme Valley. After a break at Frog Flats by the river's edge, you have a long gentle ascent out of the valley onto the beautiful Pelion Plains with outstanding views of Mount Oakleigh. For those who would like to, you may take several different side trips in the Pelion Plains area with mountains all around. You'll find excellent swimming holes, abandoned copper mines, and plenty of peaceful spots to rest quietly.

 
 

Day 5

Ascend the Pelion Gap

KIA ORA HUT

 
 

What goes down must go back up! Today you'll climb to Pelion Gap where there are excellent views to be had in nearly every direction. Take the time today to make leisurely side trips from Pelion Gap. Or if you'd prefer, simply down-hike to the hut for a relaxing and rejuvenating day spent under the Tasmanian sun.

 
 

Day 6

See the forests of Du Cane Gap

WINDY RIDGE HUT

 
 

This is a day of waterfalls and majestic forests. You will depart Kia Ora hut and walk about an hour to Du Cane. The hut here has a history of being occupied by a trapper named Paddy Hartnet. Rest in the native gardens planted by Paddy's wife, considering what it must've been like to be a trapper in the days of old. From here, depart through some of the oldest forest in the national park—some as old as 2,000 years! Follow the Mersey River from above, stopping off at multiple waterfalls that are true hidden gems along your trek. That afternoon after lunch you'll make your way over the Du Cane gap, then descend beside the spectacular Falling Mountain to Windy Ridge Hut.

 
 

Day 7

Final Hike to Lake Saint Clair

QUAMBY ESTATE

 
 

Your last walk of the tour is the perfect finale. You'll enjoy the cool temperate eucalyptus forest that leads to the northern end of Lake Saint Clair, Australia's deepest natural lake. Here you'll board the Ida Clair for a well-deserved cruise back to Cynthia Bay. The return trip to Quamby Estate is through the trout fishing mecca of the highland lakes, descending the rugged Western Tiers to the broad plains of the Northern Midlands and passing through the rural townships of Cressy and Longford. Return just in time for afternoon tea or a glass of wine. That night you'll rest at Quamby Estate and reward your legs after a week well spent walking in Tasmania's backcountry.

 
 

Day 8, 9, 10, 11

EXPERIENCE TASMANIA'S CAPITAL

HENRY JONES ART HOTEL

 
 

Don't worry, your Tasmanian adventure doesn't end here. You'll spend an additional four days in Hobart based out of the Henry Jones Art Hotel. On your way, visit scenic Cataract Gorge where the South Esk River forces its way through sheer rock cliffs. Continue to the Tamar Valley, Tasmania's richest wine region. Enjoy lunch at a winery before traveling on to the historic village of Richmond, nestled in the Coal River Valley, with its well-preserved colonial architecture before arriving in Hobart later that day.

The Henry Jones is a contemporary blend of history and modernity. The edgy but comfortable outpost is the perfect place from which to experience this part of Tasmania. You'll visit the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to see Tasmanian devils, wombats, wallabies, and more. Then you'll enjoy lunch at the Museum of Old & New Art, the largest private art collection in Australia. The next day, explore Hobart's iconic waterfront scene with a paddle with a local guide. Glide past prestigious homes, marvel at tall wooden ships, and keep an eye out for Sammy the resident seal. Your discovery of Hobart wouldn’t be complete without some locally caught fish and chips from the city’s famed floating fish punts. Enjoy them with the best view in town—straight from your kayak! The final morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel before departing for your next destination or heading on home.

 

 

WHY GO ON THIS TRIP

 
  • Spend six days walking through some of Tasmania's most beautiful scenery, from the Cradle Valley to the historic Du Cane Gap
  • Photograph countless waterfalls and mountain views during your trek
  • Spend time with first-class guides who know the history of the area well
  • Relax on the grounds at Quamby Estate, where you'll bookend your walk
  • Get a taste of the capital, Hobart, with a stay at the fabulous Henry Jones Art Hotel
  • Visit the wombats and other critters a the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
  • See the art at the world-famous MONA
 
 

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