Canyon to Cradle Mountain Trek
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A superb trek for experienced bushwalkers from Tasmania's north coast to Cradle Mountain
Explore the wild and rugged region between Penguin, (a small coastal town in the north of the state) and Tasmania’s iconic Cradle Mountain National Park. One of Tasmania’s lesser known walking tracks this bushwalk offers a true wilderness experience encountering some of the less visited ranges in Tasmania. The 80km track begins with coastal views and peaceful pastures but as we head south we soon trek along mountain ranges with open woodlands, rainforests, button grass plains, sub-alpine herb fields and stands of ancient King Billy, Celery Top and Pencil Pines. This walk is also ideally combined with our Overland Track Tour from Cradle Mountain to Lake St. Clair.
- Traverse the depths and heights of the wild Leven Canyon
- Cross the spectacular Black Bluff Range including summiting Black Bluff itself.
- Enjoy the challenge of trekking through dense rainforests, steep mountain ridges and exposed ranges.
- Experience the isolation of a little-known track that changes with every step you take.
Day 1 Launceston to Leven Canyon
You will be collected from your accommodation this morning between 8-8.30am and transferred to the start of the expedition at Leven Canyon. The walk will take you deep into the forest surrounding the Leven river, the breathtaking scenery and exciting walking will be a highlight to start the trip. We will make camp in the middle of the canyon at Blackwood camp. Walking Distance 6km Walking Time 4-5 hours
Day 2 Blackwood Camp to Leven Canyon lookout
Your guides will have you up early this morning for breakfast as there is a lot of challenging distance to cover today. We emerge from the rainforest of Leven Canyon to be met by our support guide and taken to our camp a short transfer away. Here we can enjoy a nice warm fire and some great cooking by our guides. Walking Distance 12km Walking Time 9 hours
Day 3 Black Bluff summit- return
Today we will leave our camp set up and takle the challenging Black Bluff mountain. This 12 km return day walk will give us opportunities to see the ocean to the north, where we came from and also south to Cradle mountain- where we are headed. Specatcular day Walking Distance 12km Walking Time 6-7 hours
Day 4 Mt Beecroft and the Vale of Belvoir
We head out of camp to the Black Bluff Range to look for views further back to Black Bluff and onto Cradle Mountain. Known as one of the nicest valleys in the Cradle area the Vale of Belvoir will surley delight all those who cross it with stunnig scenery and magical streams Walking Distance 11km Walking Time 7-8 hours
Day 5 Cradle Mountain
We are going to tackle the crown of Tasmania today; Cradle Mountain. The official finish of the Penguin to Cradle trail. We will transfer into the valley itself and be prepared to walk all day- when the days are clearest the view are second to none for Tasmania. We will return to our camp at Lake Lea for a last nights feast before our last day tomorrow. 8hrs 11km
Day 6 Dove River canyon
Today we pack our backpacks for the final day on the track and head ot the Dove River canyon and a great lesiurely walk where we are hoping for perhaps a swim or spot a few of the local animals aroundthe area. Soem energetic walkers may be staying on to continue on the Overl;and track with us but if not we make tracks after a filling lunch at the visitors centre back to Launceston. We will look to be dropping you back to yoru accomodation between 4-5pm Walking Distance 7km Walking Time 4 hours
- 2 professional wilderness guides plus driver support guide
- 5 nights camping
- 5 breakfasts, 6 lunches & 5 dinners
- Transport by private minibus & vehicle transfers where necessary
- National Park fees
- Waterproof jacket, overpants & gaiters
- Tent, backpack, sleeping bag, inner sheet & inflatable sleeping mat
- Group camping equipment including all cooking & eating equipment
- Emergency communications & group first aid kit
- 6 day trip
- 2 days trekking with a full pack
- 4 days trekking with a medium pack
- 6 nights camping
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Tasmanian Expeditions provides strong, 2 person, bushwalking tents (twin share), which provide each occupant with a personal access door and vestibule for individual use. Our tents weigh between 2.0 and 2.5 kg and this weight is shared equally by each occupant. We use a range of high quality 3-4 season tents which have been trialled and tested to withstand all weather conditions that may be encountered on our adventures. Brands that are most commonly used are Wilderness Equipment and Eureka.
Tasmanian Expeditions has a specialist gear list available that details what clothing and equipment is required for each of our Tasmanian adventures. The gear list is specific to the type of tour you will be joining us on and it provides a clear description of what is included in the tour cost, what items are available for hire and what you will need to bring with you. Brand recommendations and the individual weight of the gear provided is also included.
What You Carry
On the first 2 day of your expedition you will need to carry all equipment in a full trekking backpack that is 75-90litres in capacity. This will need to include the following items: • Sleeping bag • Inflatable mat • Portion of the shared tent • Portion of the groups food • All personal items that you have decide to bring along • All wet weather gear supplied by Tasmanian Expeditions Depending on the quantity of personal gear and toiletries the average pack weight will be between 14-18kg. For the remaining 4 days of the itinerary your pack weight will be lighter as we will have vehicle support for the journey, which means we will be picked up and dropped off a our daily walks trail heads and taken to and from campsites. Your guides can talk you through this as the expeditions travels on..... A comprehensive gear list is available from the reservations office that details what clothing and equipment is required for each expedition. It is specific to each type of trip and clearly sets out what equipment is included in the tour cost and what you will need to supply.