5 Day - The Tarkine & Cradle Mt.
Departs & returns Launceston
Price $1950 - Twin share (single upgrade available)
3 nights at Corinna Wilderness Retreat & 1 night Cradle Mountain Hotel.
Walk and Canoe through the Tarkine's old growth rainforest.
Hike Mt Donaldson for views over the Tarkine wilderness.
Explore Cradle Mt. National Park on two great day walks.
Great food with plenty of local produce, fruit & hiking snacks.
3 Dinners, 4 Lunches, 4 Breakfasts.
Comfortable 4wd coach transport or private 4wd for smaller groups.
Experienced, qualified and professional Tasmanian Guide.
We begin our journey with an 8.00am departure from Launceston and make tracks for the small town of Burnie. You'll have time for a coffee here and a chance for any last minute supplies. Then it’s time to get your walking boots on as we embark on the first of our days short walks at the delightful Hellyer Gorge. We’ll eat our lunch amidst of some of Tasmania’s oldest forest environments. Then it’s on to the beautiful Philosophers Falls for a terrific two hour walk amidst the towering myrtle and sassafras. Then it’s time to make tracks for our place stay in the heart of the Tarkine at Corinna where your room and dinner await. (L, D)
Approx 9 kilometres walking.
This morning it’s time to get tuned into the area. Beginning with the Whyte river track, a 2 hour walk from our place of stay following a narrow forest track that meanders beside the Pieman and Whyte Rivers. Doing this walk in the morning means we often see Platypus out feeding in the Whyte river and on occasion we encounter the rare Tasmanian Azure Kingfisher. We finish this walk with time for a coffee before boarding the coach for a short drive to the start of the Mt Donaldson walk. It’s a four to five hour trek that includes lunch atop Mt Donaldson with the most spectacular view right into the heart of the Tarkine.
Back from our ascent of Mount Donaldson we have another short walk amongst the giant Myrtle trees that line the banks of the Savage River. It feels like you are wandering around the movie set of "Lord of the Rings". Then back late afternoon when you can choose to either relax or head off of on one of the many short trails that festoon our place of stay in Corinna. (B, L, D)
Approx 13 - 15 km walking
With the mist rising over the mighty Pieman River we start the day by paddling off into the wilderness. Today activity is a unique mixture of exploring canoeing and walking trails. We start by paddling the Pieman to the mouth of the Savage river where we witness the decaying wreck of the furthest inland shipwreck in Australia, the SS Croydon. We explore this river and rainforest oasis from our canoes before leaving our canoes on the river bank to prepare for one of the most beautiful old growth rainforest walks in the Tarkine. From the Savage River mouth we negotiate the range and river bank on a 10 km walk back to Corinna. You'll witness a grove of rare Huon Pines and a host of endemic rainforest plants that make the Tarkine rainforest such a special and unique place.
The canoeing is very relaxed paced wilderness on water experience in the direction and gentle flow of the river. No paddling experience is required however due to safety you are required to be able to swim in the very unlikely event you end up in the water!
Tonight we dine in the local Tannin Restaurant. Tonights meal is at your own expense. (B, L)
Approx 10 – 12 km walking
This morning we'll be loading ourselves onto the Fatman Barge, crossing the mighty Pieman and make our way to Cradle Mountain National Park. By mid morning we arrive at Cradle Valley and the Dove Lake car park to get under way with our days walk. We combine a number of walking tracks to create a circuit walk including Hanson's peak, the face track, the little horn and Weindorfer's Peak. We finish our walk via Kitchen hut & Marion's peak or via Lake Wilkes and the Ballroom forest.
Tonight we dine together at the Quoll restaurant at Cradle Mountain Hotel. Tonights restaurant meal is included in the trip fee. (B, L, D)
10 – 14 km walking
Today starts in the Cradle Valley on a simply stunning 3 hour loop walk into Dove Canyon. This walk really encapsulates the type and variety of landscapes you would expect to find in the Tasmanian sub alpine environment. If you feel like a less strenuous option we have a number of short walks in store for you along with time to wander through the interpretation centre or have a coffee and relax in front of the fire at the lodge.
Soon after departing Cradle Valley we arrive in the little town of Sheffield where we have time for lunch in one of the great little cafes or bakery's (own expense). You will have time to wander around this little country town and discover why it is known as the town of murals. In the afternoon we journey onto Launceston where we finish this great adventure. For those flying out today we can drop you at the Airport. Please book your flight after 6:00 pm. (B)
6 km walking
Accommodation on tour
Corinna is our home for the first 3 nights, right in the heart of the Tarkine. A charming oasis offering plenty of creature comforts in a tremendous natural surrounds. Our accommodation at Corinna consists of a variety of room types including two bedroom cottages and family cottages. The cottages all back directly onto the Tarkine rainforest. They have their own verandahs, fully equipped kitchens, rainwater tanks and heating.
If you book twin share you will share a room with another guest (or travel companion). And share the facilities of the cabin with the guests of the other room. Maximum 4 guests per two bedroom cabin. Upgrade to single occupancy room is available. Most often we have 3 guests in each two bedroom cottage.
A stay in these cottages also provides access to the old produce store, with its communal barbecue, and the feeling of living in a remote mining town - with home comforts. Each of the wilderness retreats is named after a pioneer from the area. Those secrets are unlocked for our guests at Corinna.
Our meals will be served in the communal area. Three breakfasts and two dinners are served in these cosy surrounds. One of our evening meals will be enjoyed in the local Tannin Restaurant (OE).
Cradle Mountain Hotel is situated just outside the National Park in the Cradle Valley. Natural bush surrounds and plenty of wildlife can be found here. The Wilderness Gallery is also found here and is worth the look as the wilderness photography on display is simply stunning.
We stay in the standard queen rooms and dine in the Quoll's restaurant both for dinner and breakfast.