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Extreme Canyoning in Tasmania

Abseil down waterfalls, jump into pools and slide through chutes in the twisting depths of two wild canyons. 2 days, 1 night.

Experience the canyons and gorges of the Cradle Mountain St-Clair National Park. You’ll spend two days cutting loose in a natural playground of canyons, cliffs, pools and waterfalls. Unwind at night in a 4-star hotel in the heart of the wilderness. Your action-packed adventure includes:

  • 2 days of guided canyoning
  • 1 night accommodation at a 4-star hotel
  • Professional, experienced local guides
  • All canyoning gear
  • Lunches

Perfect for:
The perfect experience if you’re looking for exhilarating fun and non-stop adventure.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Flights to/from Tasmania
  • Transfer to/from Cradle Mountain
  • Travel insurance that covers canyoning
  • Dove Canyon park entry ($16.50)
  • Breakfasts and dinners
  • Drinks and snacks

This trip will run with a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 12.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

Canyoning is the sport of traversing a section of river using whatever techniques necessary to overcome the obstacles found along the way.

On this trip you’ll be walking, climbing, jumping off waterfalls, abseiling and swimming.

Canyoning can be dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing, but your guides possess great skill, knowledge of the area and experience canyon guiding. They are all trained and qualified in First Aid, Swift-Water Rescue and Abseiling.

No previous experience is needed, but you need to have a good level of fitness to enjoy 6 – 8 hours of physical activity each day, and you must know how to swim.

Most important is a sense of adventure and willingness to challenge yourself. Once you have started down the Canyon, there is no option to walk around, so full commitment is required.

Your host will provide a spread of Tasmanian cheeses, dips, meats and salad, and you make up your own wraps. A hot chocolate mid-canyon always goes down well too.

Breakfasts and dinners may be purchased at your hotel. There are two restaurants onsite, one with an a la carte menu, and the other buffet-style.

Absolutely, just let us know at booking.

In summer the temperature at Cradle Mountain averages 13 –19 °C during the day and a refreshing 3 – 6 °C at night. Most days are sunny and clear, and the canyon helps shelter you from any weather that rolls through.

Your host will provide all the necessary equipment for canyoning, including:

  • Helmet
  • Life jacket
  • Harness
  • 3-piece wetsuit
  • Wetsuit boots and socks

Your host recommends you pack:

  • Bathers and a long-sleeve shirt (rash guard or thermal) to wear under your wetsuit
  • Light-weight hiking clothes and hiking shoes for the approach to the canyons
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Sun protection (hat, sunglasses and sunblock)
  • Water bottle
  • Towel (for changing behind as well as for drying off)

Start point?
You’ll start at your hosts office base on Cradle Mountain road at 08:30. The office is right next to the Cradle Mountain Visitor Information Centre.

Finish point?
You’ll finish your tour back at Cradle Mountain road at 18:30.

Getting there and away?
Launceston Airport (LST) is served by regular, inexpensive flights from most major hubs in Australia. There is a range of buses you can get, or you can drive if you hired a car.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

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Location

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Cradle Mountain is one of the iconic views of Tasmania. Rising above Dove Lake to an elevation of 1545m, the mountain’s distinctive shape reflected in the water makes for an awesome photo op.

Cradle Mountain-Lake Saint Clair National Park is part of the extensive Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Together they protect a diverse landscape of alpine meadows, craggy peaks, and deep canyons. Local flora and fauna include wallabies, padymelons, Tasmanian devils and echidnas.

Start point?
You’ll start at your hosts office base on Cradle Mountain road at 08:30. The office is right next to the Cradle Mountain Visitor Information Centre.

Finish point?
You’ll finish your tour back at Cradle Mountain road at 18:30.

Getting there and away?
Launceston Airport (LST) is served by regular, inexpensive flights from most major hubs in Australia. There is a range of buses you can get, or you can drive if you hired a car.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Day 1. Machinery Creek canyoning

Big falls, big cliffs and big adventure - that’s what’s in store for you today.

Hike to the trickling start of Machinery Creek and enter the narrow confines of the canyon.

As the stream accelerates, so does the adventure. Small pool jumps quickly morph into committing abseils. You’ll descend 6 waterfalls, including the aptly named Petrifying Falls.

It’s a full-out day that’ll keep you energised long after you exit the canyon.

Return to your hotel for a hard-earned dinner and a round of celebratory cocktails.

Note. The cost of dinner and celebratory cocktails in the evening is not included in the package.

6 - 8 hours of canyoning

Day 2. Dove Canyon canyoning and departure

Don’t let the gentle name fool you—Dove Canyon will challenge you all day long with an action-filled combination of jumps, slides and abseils.

Hike to the canyon then rappel in and brace yourself for a series of high pool jumps. There’s no way out but down!

Slide through narrow chutes that flow like a rollercoaster, and abseil into slot canyons that block the sky.

Emerge from the canyon at the end of the day exhausted and satisfied.

6 - 8 hours of canyoning

Note: The actual itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, weather conditions and forecasts, special events, etc.

Accommodation

You’ll stay at Cradle Mountain Hotel, a 4-star accommodation in the middle of a sub-alpine forest. The hotel features two onsite restaurants, a bar, a library and a spa.

Twin rooms are furnished with a king bed and queen bed. Rooms are ensuite with free wifi, TV, tea and coffee making facilities, and a private balcony where you can relax in the fresh mountain air.

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Dates & Prices

Prices include

  • Accommodation
  • Equipment
  • Guide
  • Local Transport
  • Meals As Described

Please note: Flights are NOT included and must be purchased separately.

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Optional Extras

Make your life easy. Once you have reserved your space, your host can help you arrange the extras you’ll need. Here are some guide prices which can be confirmed with you during booking.

Extra day of canyoning Payable Before Departure
Extra day of canyoning AU$200.00 Per Person, Per Night
Pre/post trip accommodation Payable Before Departure
Extra day of accommodation AU$105.00 Per Person, Per Night

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