Cradle Mountain Huts Walk + Stillwater Indulgence

 April 14-20, 2023 | April 28-May 4, 2023 | November 3-9, 2023 | December 1-7, 2023 | $4,695

October 13-19, 2023 | $4,395 

Celebrate your epic Cradle Mountain Huts Walk with dinner at the acclaimed Stillwater Restaurant and a night of stylish luxury at Stillwater Seven. 

This experience includes the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk, a six-day walk along the iconic Overland Track, with the comfort of the only private accommodation along the trail. Upon your return to Launceston, indulge in a three-course dinner and a la carte breakfast at the acclaimed Stillwater Restaurant and a night of stylish luxury at Stillwater Seven.

 For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email bookings@taswalkingco.com.au

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk + Stillwater Restaurant and Stillwater Seven

Embark on a journey along Australia's great alpine track, create life-long memories and celebrate in style. Tasmania’s Overland Track is famous the world over and our signature trip is the way to experience it in classic style. Across six days, our most popular Overland experience completes the full journey from World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair. The fully guided walk begins at Waldheim in Cradle Valley and journeys some 65 kilometres through to Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest natural lake.

Built in an old flour mill located at the mouth of the Cataract Gorge, Stillwater Restaurant and Stillwater Seven are an integral part of the heart and soul of Launceston. First built in the 1840s, the mill was the principal supplier of fresh water to Launceston until 1857. Now a boutique, seven-room hotel and restaurant, Stillwater offers the perfect opportunity to wine, dine and stay complemented by a curated suite of experiences that includes helicopter rides, truffle hunts and visits to local wineries.

Quick facts:

  • 6-day Guided Walk (Twin Share), plus
  • One night at Stillwater Seven. Please note all rooms are different and are allocated upon booking.
  • A welcome drink on arrival at Stillwater. 
  • Three-course group dinner including side dishes. Wine during dinner is not included.
  • A la carte breakfast the next morning.
  • Two Stillwater branded Memo Water Bottles to take home.
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Stillwater Restaurant

Established in 2000, Stillwater Restaurant focuses on local produce and exceptional service. Executive Chef Craig Will's menu highlights the very best of Tasmania: expect Tamar Valley truffles in the winter time, fresh oysters sourced from an hour down the coast, miso made across the river and locally grown heirloom vegetables.

Stillwater Restaurant has received many accolades over the years including:

  • Renault Haute Cuisine's Best Restaurant Award in 2001
  • Australian Good Food Guide 'Chef Hat' Awards two years in a row in 2018 and 2019 (the only northern restaurant to be listed in the prestigious guide alongside the sister venue Black Cow Bistro)
  • Gourmet Traveller Restaurant finalist, 2021

Photo Credit: Lily Moeller

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Stillwater Seven

Located above Stillwater Restaurant, Stillwater Seven, as the name suggests, boasts seven luxurious suites that sit at the entrance of Launceston's Cataract Gorge. Every stay at Stillwater Seven is personalised with the reading material and mini bar offering tailored to suit the individual tastes of each guest.

Opened in 2019 and designed by Tasmanian-based architects Cumulus Studio, Stillwater Seven's boutique rooms are peaceful and relaxing, ideal for a quiet escape with a waterfront view of the Tamar River.

Photo and Gallery photo credit: Anjie Blair

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Day 1: Waldheim to Barn Bluff Hut

Approximately 7 hours walking

On the summit of Cradle Mountain in 1910, Austrian-born Gustav Weindorfer proclaimed, “This must be a national park for the people for all time.” It’s fitting our journey begins at Waldheim in Cradle Valley, where Weindorfer’s story is told. We set off on the track, venturing through ancient temperate rainforest, passing the dramatic glacially-carved Crater Lake.

We climb the steepest section of the whole Overland Track today fuelled by a hearty lunch. Reaching Marion’s Lookout (1250m) takes about an hour, with steps leading through steeper sections. The reward, providing weather conditions allow, is staggering views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake. Every uphill step is worth it.

We continue around the base of Cradle Mountain along the edge of a spectacular glacial cirque before dropping into Waterfall Valley. Our private hut awaits, beneath towering Barn Bluff, having completed the steepest part of your journey (excluding side trips). It’s a welcome retreat after several hours walking over exposed alpine plateau where some days the wind howls — a reminder of nature’s power.

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Day 2: Barn Bluff Hut to Pine Forest Moor Hut

Approximately 6 hours walking

Today we’ll be walking across plains where glaciers once rested, slowly moving and scouring out shallow tarns. Although an undulating trek with a few sections of exposed moorland, there are no significant climbs today.

We take our time venturing across vast button grass plains where ancient pencil pines fringe alpine tarns. Rising from the moors, the peaks of Cradle Mountain and Barn Bluff are behind us. Look ahead, and the stately Mt Pelion West comes into view.

Those looking for additional challenge today can take a side trip to Lake Will. Hugged by pencil pines and with its narrow quartzite sand rim, Lake Will is striking. Keep an eye out for gravel mounds along the way, remnants of Joseph Will’s coal mining efforts in the 1890s.

This evening, at Pine Forest Moor Hut, enjoy our outdoor dining setting with views out to Mt Oakleigh in fine weather.

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Day 3: Pine Forest Moor Hut to Pelion Hut

Approximately 5 hours walking

This morning we venture through gorgeous myrtle-beech rainforest as we descend around the base of Mt Pelion West, down to the Forth River before it plunges into Lemonthyme Valley. We’ll take a break at Frog Flats beside the Forth River, which happens to be the Overland Track’s lowest point.

From here, it’s a gentle ascent back out of the valley. We leave thick Eucalypt forest behind as the trees part to reveal Pelion Plains. Uninterrupted views of Mt Oakleigh’s dolerite spires now come into play.

The Pelion Plains area offers a host of side trips, hugged by mountainous terrain. There are excellent swimming holes, peaceful nooks to rest and abandoned copper mines to explore. Come nightfall, we’ll be nestled amongst dry sclerophyll forest at Pelion Hut.

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Day 4: Pelion Hut to Kia Ora Hut

Approximately 4-9 hours walking (Optional 5hr side trip to Mt Ossa)

Today begins with a climb of almost 300m to Pelion Gap through beautiful rainforest. Pelion Gap is a plateau stretching between Mt Pelion East and Mt Ossa, affording fantastic views to the south as well as back to the north.

There’s plenty of time for side trips from Pelion Gap including the option to summit Mt Ossa. At 1617m, it is Tasmania’s highest peak. There are other less challenging climbs, including Mt Doris.

From Pelion Gap it's a further two hours of gentle downhill to the hut. Today, choose to keep things relaxed or challenge yourself to stand atop the island’s highest point. Once we arrive at Kia Ora Hut, enjoy a Tasmanian drop with spectacular views out to Cathedral Mountain.

One Of The Many Waterfalls En Route

Day 5: Kia Ora Hut to Windy Ridge Hut

Approximately 4 hours walking

Day five is about icy-flowing waterfalls. We depart Kia Ora hut and walk about an hour to Du Cane, where a 1910-built hut remains from the long-gone days of animal trapping. Du Cane Hut is a fine spot to rest, surounded by native gardens and overlooked by the spectacular Du Cane Range.

From here, we wander through some of the oldest forest in the National Park, with King Billy pines as much as 2000 years old. Now, we are above the Mersey River, which descends deeply northward towards Bass Strait, spilling down cliff faces.

There are three major sets of waterfalls in the area. We aim to visit one or more of these, choosing the best to have lunch beside depending on conditions. During the afternoon, we make our way over Du Cane Gap, then descend beside the spectacular Falling Mountain to Windy Ridge Hut. Tonight is a celebratory one, our last evening on the track.

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Day 6: Windy Ridge Hut to Lake St Clair and Stillwater

Approximately 3 hours walking

Our destination today is Australia’s deepest natural lake - Lake St Clair - shaped by glaciations over two million years. Birdsong helps us along this final day as we walk mainly through flowering dry sclerophyll forests.

We arrive at Narcissus at the northern end of Lake St Clair in time for lunch, before boarding the Idaclair cruise boat for a spectacular 17km cruise back to Cynthia Bay. There’s typically around half an hour to look around the Visitor Centre here.

The return trip to Launceston is through the trout fishing mecca of the highland lakes, descending the rugged Western Tiers. We’ll cross the broad plains of the Northern Midlands, passing through the rural townships of Cressy and Longford.

We depart our walk base with your luggage around 5.45pm.  We drop off at Stillwater at 6.15pm.

We will be greeted at Stillwater with a welcome drink. After your group check-in, there's time to shower before you begin your celebratory three-course dinner. You can purchase beers, wines and spirits from the exceptional wine list. 

Once dessert is finished, retreat to your luxurious suite for a well-earned night of peace and relaxation.

Photo credit: Anjie Blair

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Day 7: Stillwater Seven

Opened in 2019 and designed by Tasmanian-based architects Cumulus Studio, Stillwater Seven's boutique rooms are peaceful and relaxing, ideal for a quiet escape with a waterfront view of the Tamar River. Located above Stillwater Restaurant, Stillwater Seven, as the name suggests, boasts seven luxurious suites that sit at the entrance of Launceston's Cataract Gorge. Every stay at Stillwater Seven is personalised with the reading material and mini bar offering tailored the to suit the individual tastes of each guest.

You'll begin your final day with an a la carte breakfast. All good things must come to an end. Check out time is at 11am. We hope you can continue to journey around Tasmania. If not, Launceston airport is not too far away and you can return home rested with the memories of an incredible week in tasmania.

Photo credit: Anjie Blair

Itinerary Details

Cradle Mountain Huts Walk + Stillwater Restaurant and Stillwater Seven

 April 14-20, 2023 | April 28-May 4, 2023 | November 3-9, 2023 | December 1-7, 2023 | $4,695

October 13-19, 2023 | $4,395 

  • 6-day Guided Walk (Twin Share).
  • One night at Stillwater Seven, dinner and breakfast package.
  • Each trip requires a minimum of 6 guests (Twin Share). The maximum is 12. 
  • Available by request for private groups.

Bookings

Special Interest Walks - Terms and Conditions 

Our standard booking terms and conditions apply to all bookings. In addition:

  • Cancellations
    • more than 90 days from the scheduled departure date, a fee of $350 per person will be charged with the balance payment refunded;
    • within 90 days of departure, no refund is available. Bookings are transferable.
  • Minimum numbers are required three months before departure.

COVID-19 Peace of Mind Booking Assurance

After the minimum number of bookings has been achieved, the trip is guaranteed to depart.  Due to the high fixed costs on these trips, guests on our ‘Walk +’ departures who postpone due to COVID-19 as per our Peace of Mind Booking Guarantee, will incur an amendment fee of $500 to reschedule to another departure date. All cancellations by guests will incur cancellation fees according to our standard terms and conditions. Bookings are transferrable.

 

Inclusions

 Cradle Mountain Huts Walk

  • Return transfers between Launceston and the walk base.
  • Accommodation each evening in one of our five private huts - twin share.
  • During the walk, all meals and non-alcoholic beverages, plus a limited selection of Tasmanian wines.
  • National Park and Overland Track passes.
  • Boat transfer across Lake St Clair (on Day 6 of the six-day walk only).
  • Use of a backpack and Gore-tex jacket for the duration of the walk.
  • Sleeping bags, pillows and a comfortable mattress at each hut.
  • Sleeping sheet and pillowcase to carry with you.
  • Two qualified guides for the duration of the walk.

+ Stillwater Indulgence

  • One night at Stillwater Seven. Please note all rooms are different and are allocated upon booking.
  • A welcome drink on arrival. 
  • Three-course group dinner including side dishes. Wine during dinner is not included.
  • A la carte breakfast the next morning
  • 2 Stillwater branded Memo Water Bottles to take home.

Additional information

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  • Ready to start planning your next adventure and want to know what to bring. Check out our detailed gear list, including details on what's provided. If you are unsure about anything on the gear list please call us or talk to your local outdoor adventure store.

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