Tasmania: Cradle Mountain National Park - Grade 4 Backpack and Day Walks

From January 27, 2020 12:00 am until February 01, 2020 5:00 pm

This event will be based in Robigana, North of Launceston, for the week 27 Jan to 1 Feb 2020.  A suggested schedule is below but, given Tasmania's variable weather, the schedule may be altered to accomodate. 

We have booked to stay at the Nindethana Campsite, a Girl Guide activity centre on the Tamar River north of Launceston, which has ample bunk accomodation (BYO sleeping sheet/bag).  The accommodation costs approx $20 p.p. per night (Confirming soon) and has power, refridgeration, microwave oven (x 2), heating, bathroom, outdoor BBQ and commercial sized kitchen.  We just need to provide toilet paper and BYO toiletries/bedding. 


Nindethana lodge

I recommend meeting at Nindethana on Saturday or Sunday prior to the Monday walk.  The accommodation is around an hour and a half drive from the ferry if you are driving or 40 minutes from Launceston Airport. 

This activity will require a car per 4 people to be successful there is the option to hire a minivan or car for the week.  2WD vehicles are fine for transport to the walks although gravel roads will be encountered.

Please contact Sean to co-ordinate arrival and vehicle arrangements. 

The accommodation is around 1 - 2 hours drive to the trail head of the walks.  


Walk Itinerary

Day 1-3:  Cradle Mountain National Park

Pelion Hut - Mt ossa: via the arm river track - grade 3* backpack

It is proposed to have a 2 night - 3 day back pack into Pelion Hut (on the Overland Track) via the Arm river track.    

This walk takes us into the heart of the Cradle Mountain National Park.  We join the Overland Track but there is no need for track registration.  

The walk commences from the trailhead of the Arm River track and is a 4-5 hour walk to the hut.  From here the mountains of the Cradle Mountain Reserve are easily accessible but Day 1 is simply a trip to the hut where packs can be dropped and the next day is a daywalk from the campsite.

Although there is a hut, be prepared to camp in your tent in case the hut is occupied by large parties.  The campsite has toilets, watertank and tent platforms.   If you need to share a tent, or need to borrow one, please contact Sean.

  • *Track grading - 11km/5 hours.  Very steep ascent for first km, formed track with good signposting. Alpine conditions with potential for severe weather including blizzards, even in summer.

Day 2 - Grade 4 Daywalk

The possibilities are endless with the mountains arrayed around the hut but the jewel in the crown is Mt Ossa, Tasmania's highest mountain.  This walk follows the Overland Track south to Pelion Gap and from there leaves the Track to ascend Mt Ossa.  The exposure and boulderfields around these mountains makes this day a Grade 4 activity.   If the weather closes in over Ossa, Mt Pelion East is a good alternative.

  • Mt Ossa - 5.2 km steep climb crossing boulder fields and exposed alpine plateau
  • Pelion East - 2.4 km steep climb over boulder field and scrambling to summit

Ossa And Massif

Mt Ossa - Cradle Mountain National Park

Day 3 - Grade 3 Backpack

From Pelion Hut we walk back via the Arm River track and if spirits are high and the feet are willing we can drop packs and divert up Mt Pillinger for more views over Tasmania's stunning Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.  We just need to be back in time for the leatherwood honey ice-cream at Chudleigh and the delicious smoked salmon from Montana Falls.

Hikers will need a Tassie Parks Pass and they can purchase that online for this hike - click on the link HERE


Night 3 is a relaxing evening at Nindethana where we can enjoy some Tasmanian produce. 

After the backpack walk it is proposed to stay at Nindethana and follow up with a series of day walks in Northern Tasmania to the following:

Day 4 - grade 2 Daywalk: Liffey Falls or Beach Walk in the north 

A relaxing day can be spent with an easier walk in the North, either a stroll around the beautiful Liffey Falls - an easily accessible rainforest walk or we can go to the beach in Narawntapu National Park and enjoy a walk around the pristine beaches. 

Day 5 - grade 3 alpine daywalk 

We can do one of the big daywalks to mountain summits a close drive from Nindethana.   I suggest Mt Arthur,  Quamby Bluff or Mt Roland - a dramatic island peak above the town of Sheffield. In the afternoon coffee and cake can be had at Sheffield.   

Day 6 -  If we still have energy we can head down to Hobart for the Salamanca Markets, spend a leisurely Grade 1 day walk around the Cataract Gorge - Launceston's best kept secret and the only legitimate day walk in Tasmania with a cafe (or bar) at the end. 

Or, alternatively, there is a good grade 4/5 off track circuit up Ben Lomond with more stunning views over the Midlands. We could decide the night before.

Day 7

Nindethana can booked for another night or two so weary hikers can stay until the Monday and use Nindethana as a base for futher exploration, please discuss with Sean for options.

Map of Area