cradle mountain tasmania hiking tour

Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain World Heritage National Park, Tasmania

Tasmania is a hiker’s paradise and we hike the island’s best national parks. Our journey also includes wine-tasting, a yacht cruise, and wonderful accommodations, from beach cabins to mountain lodges.

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $5695  
Length: 11 days
Arrive: Hobart, Australia
Depart: Hobart, Australia
Lodging: 10 nights luxury lodges and fine inns
Meals: All meals included except 1 lunch
Activity: Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: Easy to moderate hikes, 1-5 hours a day, van support (for luggage or tired feet)


  • Spectacular Cradle Mountain, a World Heritage Site, and Freycinet, Tasmania’s premier coastal park
  • Exhilarating hikes amid ancient forests and exotic Down Under flora and fauna
  • Yacht cruise in Macquarie Harbour with a historian
  • Stroll among fruit sellers, artists, and musicians at Hobart’s Salamanca Market
  • Welcoming lodges, great local food and wine
  • Visit the Port Arthur penal colony, Australia’s most historic site

The trip was fabulous with a great itinerary and variety. Tasmania is a truly unique area. This was my best trip yet!Kathy B.—Lafayette CA

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Pre-Departure Information

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

Currency Savings! The US Dollar has strengthened dramatically against the Aussie Dollar so we’ve been able to reduce the trip cost for our 2015-16 departures by $300 from last year’s prices. This is the year to visit Tasmania— Call soon!

Tasmania, “the island at the edge of the world,” is a pristine realm of wild mountains, magnificent rainforests, and tranquil harbors and villages bathed in vivid light. You’ll experience it all with veteran—and beloved—Trip Leader James Fuss, an Aussie native and seasoned Tassie explorer. Mountain, coastal, and rainforest hikes bring you from the Cradle Mountain wilderness, a World Heritage Site, to the azure bays of the Freycinet Peninsula. Along with the adventure, you’ll savor the island’s great food and wine (James is a trained chef) and the comforts of our carefully selected accommodations that include wilderness lodges warmed by roaring fires and cozy cabins overlooking the deep blue Tasman Sea.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Hobart / Mt. Field National Park

Stroll through the lively Saturday market in Hobart, then hike up Mt. Wellington for unsurpassed views across southeastern Tasmania. In Mt. Field National Park, hike amid towering tree ferns to the “Land of the Giants,” with its 250-foot-tall eucalyptus regnans trees.

Days 4-6
West Coast / Cradle Mountain

After crossing the leafy Bird River track through temperate forests, enjoy a sail across Macquarie Harbour with a local historian. Amid the rugged mountains of Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, enjoy wonderful day hikes from our lodge, and at night, search for Tassie’s nocturnal scavenger, the Tasmanian devil.

Days 7-8
Trowunna Wildlife Park / Freycinet National Park

Meet koalas, wallabies, and kangaroos at Trowunna, then enjoy wine tasting and a winery lunch en route to gorgeous Freycinet National Park. Our hikes here reveal a landscape of secluded bays and sheer pink granite cliffs.

Days 9-11
Tasman National Park / Port Arthur / Cruise

Sample fresh oysters in Dunalley, visit a historic penal colony, then boat along the shores of the dramatic coast to look for dolphins, humpbacks, and southern right whales. Depart on Day 11.

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What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 2, Easy to Moderate, with hikes planned for most days. Anyone in a reasonable state of fitness, accustomed to outdoor adventures, should be able to fully enjoy the planned activities. Participants should be prepared for at least 1-5 hours of hiking each day over uneven terrain (carrying a daypack only).

Vehicle touring is mostly over good roads (though they can be very windy at times) in a comfortable van or minibus. The trip features a variety of accommodations chosen for their character, size, and location. Overnights range from “bed and breakfast” inns to cabins, historic inns, and delightful wilderness lodges.

As the weather in Tasmania is often variable, we must occasionally wait for it to change to participate in our planned activities. In such a case, we may rearrange the daily itinerary to accommodate the weather.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures & Leaders

Nov 13-23, 2015  James Fuss
Mar 4-14, 2016  James Fuss
Nov 4-14, 2016
Mar 3-13, 2017

Trip Cost

Prices valid through Spring 2016
$5695 (8-10 members)
$6195 (6-7 members)
Single supplement: $1195
Forced single supplement: $995
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Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations
  • All meals included except 1 lunch
  • Land and boat transportation, airport transfers as noted, and baggage handling

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, transfers for independent arrival or departure, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, airport departure taxes, optional activities, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors; pre-trip expenses of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation arriving to and departing from Hobart, Australia. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip and have reviewed your proposed air schedule with our office. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

Meeting Place:
Hobart, Australia

Suggested Arrival Airport:

Hobart, Tasmania (airport city code: HBA)
Suggested arrival time: anytime before 5:00 pm


Hobart, Australia

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Hobart, Tasmania (airport city code: HBA)
Suggested departure time: after 11:00 am

Lenna Hotel

Lenna Hotel

Days 1 to 2 (2 nights), Hobart, Australia

This boutique hotel has stunning gardens and the best location in Hobart, just a short stroll downhill to the Salamanca Market and close to all the ...
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Lake Saint Clair Lodge

Lake Saint Clair Lodge

Day 3 (1 night), Lake St. Clair, Tasmania, Australia

On the shores of beautiful Lake St. Clair, Australia’s deepest freshwater lake, this simple lodge has six guest cabins tucked into the woods ...
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Cray's Accommodation

Cray's Accommodation

Day 4 (1 night), Strahan, Australia

Just outside the sleepy fishing village of Strahan, Cray’s provides simple, comfortable cabins and friendly hosts. The cabins are spacious and ...
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Cradle Mountain Lodge

Cradle Mountain Lodge

Days 5 to 6 (2 nights), Cradle Mountain, Tasmania, Australia

This is everything a wilderness lodge should be, with roaring fires, cozy cabins, excellent restaurants, a friendly staff, and a gorgeous setting ...
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Edge of the Bay Resort

Edge of the Bay Resort

Days 7 to 8 (2 nights), Coles Bay, Tasmania, Australia

What a location! Awake to the sound of lapping waves just outside your cottage door at this wonderful lodge on the edge of Coles Bay, where the ...
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Stewarts Bay Lodge

Stewarts Bay Lodge

Days 9 to 10 (2 nights), Port Arthur, Australia

Set on a stunning bay and surrounded by a bush setting, the lodge has well-appointed cabins with decks or balconies. The on-site restaurant has ...
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Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

James Fuss

James Fuss is a trekking guide, photographer, cyclist, and chef extraordinaire. Born and raised in South Australia, James found his wanderlust early on family camping trips across Australia. His love of the culinary arts is deep-rooted as well, and as a young chef, he headed off to Europe to expand his repertoire. There he undertook many explorations of the wilds of the British Isles and the Alps— traveling, backpacking, and cycling hidden corners of Europe, and onward to the Himalayas—then returned to Australia to become a guide in the legendary Outback. A WT leader since 1997, James relishes these beloved hidden corners. “It’s a joy to guide in such divergent places. I love the gastronomic diversity of Europe, especially France. In Nepal, it’s not just the Himalayas but the genuine warmth of the people and the cultural wealth that bring me back. And I’m always happy to head back to Oz to help trip members discover the pristine wilderness, unique wildlife, bountiful seafood, and superb wines of Tasmania. Wherever I’m guiding, I try to make a journey a once-in-a-lifetime experience for people.” James leads cooking workshops for our Nepal and Bhutan trek crews (introducing his signature Asian-European fusion dishes!). When not guiding, James will usually be found back at home camping, boating, fishing with family and friends, and chucking a few shrimps on the barbie. Conversant in French, German, and Nepali, James is one of the world’s best at striking up a conversation—and bringing you in on it—wherever he goes.

Upcoming Trips:

Glacier Express, August 14-21, 2015
Mont Blanc to the Mediterranean, August 23-September 5, 2015
Hiking the French Pyrenees, September 7-15, 2015
Normandy and Brittany, September 21-October 1, 2015
Medieval France: The Lot Valley, October 3-11, 2015
Wild Tasmania, November 13-23, 2015
Wild Tasmania, March 4-14, 2016

Client Testimonials:

This trip was a great adventure. I returned home addicted to traveling and exploring new places. James has a genuine love for Nepal, its people and culture. Susan M., San Francisco CA
Ultimate Everest
James Fuss is a master of his profession. I’ve been a guide myself and he’s the best I’ve ever seen. Victoria A., Ojai, CA
Ultimate Everest
James is extraordinary in his enthusiasm and knowledge of every aspect of “Tassie.” The mix of activities—hiking, sailing, beachcombing—was terrific. The balance between town and country was perfect. Bravo! Kathy K., Chicago IL
Wild Tasmania
James went out of his way to make this trip a truly memorable experience. His appreciation of food and wine was an extra added touch. He made every day a joy! Leslie B., Oakland CA
Wild Tasmania
Outstanding, lots of fun, gave us more than we ever expected. Ron W., Pittsford NY
Everest Adventure
James was an amazing guide and leader on this trip. Now I understand why so many clients come back because of James! Aimee H., Marina del Rey, CA
Wild Tasmania
James is a lot of fun and very client oriented. Patricia A., Vancouver, Canada
Great Alpine Traverse
James's infectious, gregarious personality coupled with his amazing command and handling of our group made us feel he is just a superb adventure travel guide.
Cynthia C., Sarasota, FL
Hiking the Haute Route

If there was a rating higher than excellent, James would deserve it. He gives 110% and makes certain everyone comes home with experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

Diane S., Vista, CA
Great Alpine Traverse
James is very entertaining and knowledgeable. He has the greatest collection of clean jokes of anyone I've met! Bix W., Pebble Beach, CA
Normandy and Brittany
This was our second trip with James, 'le bon vivant,' culinary maestro, and wine enthusiast. James adds fun (and an endless stream of jokes) to his contributions of knowledge and globe-hiking experiences and stories to the journey. Richard Y., Ellicott City, MD
Mont Blanc to the Mediterranean
James made me laugh so hard every day! He was always smiling as he managed the needs and desires of 14 people. His selection of food, wine, restaurants, activities, optional hikes, his ability to get us all where we needed or wanted to be...he was tireless in caring for the clients. Susan I., Boulder, CO
Great Alpine Traverse
James was great and really does a great job in allowing a broad understanding of life in Tasmania. Craig K., Sewickley, PA
Wild Tasmania
James Fuss is an amazing person. He is warm and kind, gregarious, sharing all that he has and knows with others. He appears to be easy going but in fact works very hard to make people happy and help things run smoothly. It is clear that he knows and loves Provence and all the food and wine. Angela T., Manhasset, NY
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Provence
James somehow commanded a complicated itinerary and clients with varying hiking skills flawlessly. His enthusiasm, knowledge of the area, love of cuisine, and particularly his close relationships with many of the hotel and hut proprietors elevated everybody's experience miles beyond expectations. Kate F., Santa Monica, CA
Great Alpine Traverse
What an amazing person James is! He handled all of the arrangements smoothly, and made even the van rides entertaining. His knowledge of food and wine really added to our enjoyment of the trip (not to mention our waistlines). Lyn S., Las Vegas, NV
Wild Tasmania

Client Comments

The trip was fabulous with a great itinerary and variety. Tasmania is a truly unique area. This was my best trip yet! Kathy B., Lafayette CA It would have taken me many individual trips to find all the visual and experiential treasures I enjoyed in nine short days. Hats off to James Fuss—he’s one of your best. Carmela C., Fallbrook, CA Good mix of natural beauty, history, great food and wine, and hiking. Norm S., Chicago, IL The trip was wonderful and we saw so much of the island. The food was fantastic! Sandy B., Petaluma, CA The small group together with sterling leaders and food/facilities made this an unforgettable trip—thank you! Patricia J., Berkeley CA James did an excellent job of organizing and leading an outstanding trip with great variety and depth. Jerry T., Portola Valley, CA James knows not only the nature trails but also the small restaurants, the art exhibitions—good planning! Carmen O., Portola Valley, CA
James is a great guide. Very knowledgeable about Tasmania. I especially enjoyed his interest in food and wine. Piage L., Rye, NY The best way to see this beautiful, exciting part of Australia! Mary Ellen B., Bloomfield Hill, MI We loved the trip! The best part of traveling with your company is not having to worry about details. The hotel and restaurant selections were always very good and at times exceeded our expectations. The traveling time we spent in the van was very limited considering that we saw almost every corner of Tasmania. Not only were we able to hike in beautiful remote parks but we met people who demonstrated by their hard work and artistic attributes a love for their land. Georgia S., Sacramento, CA We loved all of the different scenery in Tasmania, from the seashore to the mountain lakes to the temperate rainforest. Every day was an adventure! Lyn S., Las Vegas, NV