Travel with us as we leave Launceston and head towards beautiful Cradle Mountain.
We leave the Highway and head towards Deloraine, taking in the beautiful lush farming areas and rainforest, with the back drop of the Great Western Teirs. Our first stop is Tulampanga – Alum Cliffs, an enchanting short walk to the lookout at the Alum Cliffs Gorge, which hovers over the mighty Mersey River. With spectacular scenery and informative commentary along the way, you will discover an installation which is part of the Great Western Tiers Sculpture trail – Soulevement-Triangulaire, point de vue, created by David Jones. This structure acknowledges the triangulation of three major physical references, Quamby Bluff, Alum Cliffs Gorge and Western Bluff. The Alum Cliffs lie within the Alum Cliffs State Reserve and form part of the Gog range. This area is of particular social and spiritual significance to Aborigines because of the ochre, found in that area of the Gog range. Also keep your eyes peeled during this walk to see some of the pretty local wildlife.
After this invigorating walk we travel to the Mole Creek- Karst National Park, and take a Guided Tour of the Marakoopa Caves. Marakoopa Caves were first discovered in 1906 by 2 brothers, Harold and James Byard, but was keep a secret within the family until 1911 and was opened to the public in 1912.The cave boasts two underground streams, stunning expanses of glittering flowstone, dramatic stalagmites and contrasting delicate straws. Marakoopa Caves also boasts that they have the largest display of Glow worms in Australia.
We then travel on to Cradle Mountain-St Clair National Park. Upon reaching Cradle Mountain we stop for lunch at Waldheim Lodge Bistro, before continuing to Dove Lake, where you can take a walk along any of the short walking trails around the Lake, Suicide Rock and the Boat Shed. You will experience the beautiful Alpine region of crisp clean air, cold crystal clear creeks, rugged cliffs, Moss and Lichen covered trees, flora and fauna, in this beautiful, almost spiritual, place.
Returning to Launceston via Lake Barrington, we will stop for photo opportunities at the Internationally acclaimed Lake Barrington Rowing Course. Lake Barrington is an artificial lake; it is 20kms long and was built on the Forth River in 1969 to provide a head of water for the Devil’s gate Power Station. In 1990, lake Barrington’s rowing course hosted the World Championship Rowing competition, and is actively used by many of the schools rowing clubs, and also a popular venue for a vast selection of water sports including water skiing, jet skiing, wake boarding, kayaking and fishing. We continue on our homeward journey to Launceston via Promised Land and Sheffield, stopping for photo opportunities of the rugged, imposing Mt Roland.
*Marakoopa Caves Guided Tour is conducted with other guests visiting the caves on the day (up to 30 people). If you would prefer your own private tour of the Caves, a separate tour can be arranged – extra charges apply, please contact us for details.