Guides and Staff
Anthony developed a love for adventure growing up in Maydena, on the edge of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area (WHA). Inspired by his father’s tales of misadventure on white-water rafting trips, Anthony took up the sport of white-water kayaking at the age of 12 and has been obsessed with exploring rivers ever since.
Anthony began working as a guide in 2000 while studying politics and philosophy at the University of Tasmania, specialising in leading multi-day bushwalking and rafting trips throughout the WHA in his summer breaks.
Finishing an honours thesis on Italian political philosopher Niccolo Machiavelli in 2005, Anthony found himself at the proverbial loose end. He followed his nose to a rafting job in New Zealand and then, without ever really planning on it, spent the next few years working as a river guide and having adventures throughout Australia, Asia and Europe.
Some memorable moments in that period include exploratory kayaking trips in Tajikistan, Tibet and Nepal, being arrested, blindfolded and interrogated during a month long solo trek along the Great Wall of China and working as a river guide and sea kayaking guide in New Zealand, Japan, Croatia, Scotland, Indonesia, Cairns and Tassie.
Anthony started up Cradle Mountain Canyons with his old mate Timmy in 2010 and for his efforts was named the Minister's Young Achiver at the 2011 Tasmanian Tourism Awards. He now lives a happy life in NW Tasmania with his partner Anna and son Lenny, with another bub due soon.
Tim is a freelance guide and photographer who has spent over a decade travelling around the globe kayaking, rafting, canyoning and mountain biking with the aim of avoiding a desk job.A local Tasmanian, Tim grew up in the Huon Valley. Being a country boy he spent much of his childhood picking fruit and chasing cows. Now he spends his time chasing the summers - living and working in Switzerland (not chasing cows) canyoning and rafting for six months, then returning home to live and run Cradle Mountain Canyons for the remainder of the year.Being given a taster for travel as a child, once finishing school he picked fruit and worked in a crayfish factory to earn enough money to fly to Vietnam and start what would be a life-defining journey. Spending several months travelling throughout eastern and central Asia, he landed some work in Nepal as a safety kayaker.From one lead to another he has been rafting and canyoning his way around the world ever since. He has guided professionally in Italy, Norway, Iceland, Canada, Nepal, Slovenia, Japan, Scotland, Switzerland, New Zealand and Australia, and has undertaken exploratory kayaking expeditions in Tibet and Iceland.
Leon 'Peaches' Bedford
Nic 'Paicey' Paice
Urs 'Bruce Lee' Grueter
Aimee 'Hercules' Bliss
Simon 'Pieman' Harder
Ryan 'Pad Thai' Mather
Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is one of the most popular natural tourist destinations in the state. Icy streams cascading out of rugged mountains, stands of ancient pines mirrored in the still waters of glacial lakes and an abundance of wildlife guarantee there is always something to mesmerise you.
The park has numerous walks, sight seeing and canyoning for adventurers and day trippers. The 1545 metre climb up Cradle Mountain takes five to six hours return from the Dove Lake car park and has incredible 360-degree views. There are also loads of shorter day walks.
The world-famous Overland Track is a five to six day walk that attracts over 8500 visitors every year. The track begins at Dove Lake and runs 67 kilometres south through the heart of the national park, past Tasmania's highest peak, Mt Ossa (1617 metres), ending at Lake St Clair.
At each end of the park there are National Parks Visitor Information Centres where you can buy the necessary passes and get information. The park is well equipped with facilities like camp sites, hostels, huts, picnic shelters and even luxury accommodation.
In addition to getting there by private transport there are also public bus services from Hobart, Launceston and Devonport to the Cradle Mountain Visitors Centre. Many tour companies also stop here.
Canyoning involves putting on a wetsuit and a helmet and traversing a section of river, using whatever techniques necessary to overcome the obstacles found along the way. Techniques used include walking, climbing, jumping off waterfalls, abseiling and swimming. Our Lost World Canyon does not require customers to climb or abseil, however there are optional jump rocks for those who want to spice things up. We use all of the above techniques to negotiate the Dove Canyon.
Canyoning can be dangerous for those without guidance, knowledge or experience of the area, or the right equipment. Cradle Mountain Canyons’ 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. Our equipment is second to none and has been tried and tested for its suitability to the area we operate in.
Additionally our operations are subject to regular independent audits.
Being able to swim on the Lost World Canyon is desirable, but not required. Customers MUST be able to swim for the Dove Canyon.
Yes, for the Dove Canyon and Lost World Canyon Tours. Park fees are not included in the tour price. We recommend arriving early and purchasing passes from the Visitor Information Centre prior to the trip departure. You do not need a Parks Pass for the Machinery Canyon Tour.
Twelve - plus two guides. We have locations that can accomodate bigger groups. Please call 1300032384 to enquire.
We provide all the specialised gear you need to wear throughout the trip – life jacket, helmet, wetsuit, shoes, gloves and harness.
You should bring with you:
- Something to go under your wetsuit (bathers or undies will suffice. A rash-vest or thermal top if you have them are good.) Whatever you wear under your wetsuit will get wet, so dry undies and socks are good to have to get changed into.
- Clothes and shoes in which to walk into the canyon. It can be cold at Cradle Mt any time of the year, so it's always worth having a rain coat and warm clothes.
- A hat, drink bottle and sun-cream. You will not need these while canyoning, but they are good to have for the walk into and out of the canyon.
- A towel (there are no change-rooms in the wilderness - so a towel it is).
- If you require the aid of glasses, you will need to bring a strap to secure them.
- Any medications you require. Please notify your guide prior to the tour of any medical/physical conditions you feel we need to know about. If you need to bring medication, we can carry it in our waterproof first aid kit.
- Do not bring anything valuable with you. The river gods have a taste for jewelry and Swiss watches.
Our office is located next to the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. All of our tours depart from our office. Parking is available free of charge.
We reserve the right to refuse to take a client on a tour if we feel they are not physically capable of completing the tour. However, we do not ask clients to complete a medical form prior to the tour. We think that if you are well informed about what is involved in the trip, you are generally a better judge of whether you will be able to handle it than we are. Just tell us if there is anything about your physical or medical condition that you think we need to know. For example, if you are allergic to bees, we will be much more equipped to deal with the situation of you getting stung if we know about your allergy beforehand.
Our tours cater for a wide range of abilities and fitness levels. Please feel free to call us any time if you have any questions about your ability to participate on a tour.
Lunch is included in the cost of the Dove Canyon and Machinery Creek Tours, but not the Lost World. If coming on the Dove Canyon or Machinery Creek, please let us know if you have any dietary requirements prior to the tour.
We recomend not bringing cameras. They tend to get dropped to the bottom of the river and cause injuries when jumping off waterfalls. We take photos of every tour and they are available for purchase. 2013/14 prices are $40 for a USB loaded with all the photos of the tour (usually between 100 and 200 photos).
Please let us know as soon as possible if you need to cancel your tour or change to a different date. Cancellations fees of up to 30% may apply. Cancellations seven days or less before the tour date attract a 100% cancellation fee.
We are getting wet anyway in the canyon, so we don’t feel too fazed by bad weather. However, canyoning can be dangerous if there is a chance of the river flooding.
Cradle Mountain Canyons reserves the right to cancel any tours at any time due to unsafe conditions. In this case, customers will be given the choice of an alternate tour or a full refund.
Only Telstra mobile phones have good reception at Cradle Mountain. Please notify us of your accommodation provider if you do not have access to a Telstra Mobile, just in case we need to contact you prior to the trips departure.