Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain – Image courtesy of Garry Moore/Tourism Tasmania
Introducing Cradle Mountain, Tasmania
With its vast wilderness area, fresh clean air, mountain peaks, forests, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, unspoilt bush land and abundant wildlife, the jagged contours of Cradle Mountain epitomise the feel of a wild landscape.
Icy streams cascade out of rugged mountains, stands of ancient pines stand mirrored in the still waters of glacial lakes and a wealth of wildlife ensure there is always something to captivate the romantic in you.
Choose from a selection of mountain walks with spectacular views of Lake Dove and the Cradle Mountains, go horseback riding or glide across the calm surface of Lake Dove in a canoe.
In winter, when the area is transformed into a white wonderland, sample the best of Tassie’s gourmet food and wine while you snuggle closer to your partner in front of a roaring open fire.
Where to stay
After a day exploring the region’s breathtaking natural beauty of ancient rainforest and alpine heathlands, choose from a range of boutique-style lodges, luxury resorts and comfortable cottages, including the following…
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
Location: 4038 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain
Ave nightly price: AUD246 per room
Description: Featuring 2 restaurants and a luxury day spa, the Cradle Mountain Lodge has a selection of wood cabins with views of the surrounding Tasmanian wilderness. A breakfast buffet each morning is included in the room rate. The Waldheim Alpine Spa offers a range of therapies and treatments, along with a steam room, sauna, large hot tub and cool plunge pool. The lodge has more than 20 walking trails to suit every level of fitness. Recognized as one of Tasmania’s best dining experiences, the Highland Restaurant features fine dining in a relaxed setting. Guests can enjoy a game of pool or relax by the fire at The Tavern Bar & Bistro. Each cabin includes a gas or wood fire, minibar, coffee table and comfortable armchairs. Luxury suites featuring a spa tub and private porch with outdoor furniture are also available. On the edge of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, the Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is a 2-hour drive from Launceston and only 90 minutes from Devonport.
Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village
Location: Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain
Ave nightly price: AUD239 per room
Description: Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village offers private self-contained cottages surrounded by native plants and wildlife. Each cottage has a balcony with rainforest views, plus an LCD TV with free cable channels. All cottages include a well-equipped kitchenette, dining area, lounge area and bathroom. Each is fully insulated with double glazed windows and electric heating. Car parking at the door is provided. The guest lounge features a fireplace and views of Cradle Mountain. Access to an outdoor barbecue area, children’s playground, guest laundry and a tour desk is provided. Hellyers restaurant is open for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday and serves modern Tasmanian cuisine. A varied wine list with various Tasmanian wines is also available. Guests can relax with friends beside the large central stone fireplace or enjoy a drink at the bar. Cradle Mountain Village is located in a secluded setting on the edge of the World Heritage-listed Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park. It is just a 5-minute walk to The Wilderness Gallery and 10 minutes’ drive to The Overland Track.
Cradle Mountain Hotel
Location: Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain
Ave nightly price: AUD186 per room
Description: Cradle Mountain Hotel is in alpine woodland at the northern end of Cradle Mountain - Lake St. Clair National Park. All rooms feature heating, electric blankets and a TV. The hotel features 60 hotel-style rooms under one roof, split into 2 separate wings. All rooms provide tea/coffee-making facilities, a telephone and private bathrooms with a hairdryer. The Grey Gum restaurant has a dining menu featuring local produce and wines. Quoll’s Bistro provides casual dining and has 2 log fires. Room service and guest laundry facilities are available. Cradle Mountain Hotel is on Cradle Mountain Road, the gateway to the Tasmanian West Coast and Strahan Village. It is just a 5-minute drive to the World Heritage-listed national park. Cradle Mountain Hotel is a 2-hour drive from Launceston and a 75-minute drive from Devonport.
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Best time to visit Cradle Mountain
Anytime. The peak period at Cradle Mountain is between September and May. In early May the Nothafagus, a deciduous beech found only in Tasmania, blankets the slopes of the mountain in a spectacular splash of autumn colours.
Latest update Cradle Mountain honeymoon destination:
5 August, 2018
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