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Cradle Mountain Lodge Cradle Mountain Tasmania

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Cradle Mountain Lodge is a warm, rustic retreat nestled high in the Tasmanian wilderness, a superb escape featuring cosy cabins, fine food and wine and many activities.

Cradle Mountain Lodge is a unique wilderness retreat on the edge of the World Heritage Listed Cradle Mountain/Lake St. Clair National Park. The awesome beauty of this region is an inspiration that will stay with you long after you leave.
Here you see the face of creation all around you in the mirror lakes and rugged mountain peaks. And you don't need to be an environmentalist to feel humble in the towering presence of a King Billy Pine - over 1,000 years old yet still a relative newcomer to these ancient forests.

This is a superb escape with breathtaking scenery, cosy cabins, magnificent meals and days filled with simple pleasures.

The Lodge itself has an ambience of warmth and security that welcomes you to every room. Perhaps it's the glow of the open fires that keeps drawing you back or those quiet moments in the Guest's Lounge, catching up on local lore and history. Then of course there's the temptation of the Highland Restaurant and its walk-in Wine Cellar. Or perhaps the mood calls for a less formal meal in the Tavern Bar, a great place to share your adventures with new friends.

Inside your cabin you'll immediately feel at home. The layout is generous, comfortable and more than a touch romantic.

And when the snow falls, as it can even in the summer months at Cradle, there's nothing cosier than being in your cabin. Ignore the electric heaters stoke the fire instead. After dinner in the Lodge retreat to your cabin and share a glass of red wine in front of a fire.

One thing is certain, summer or winter, the beauty of Cradle Mountain is an inspiration that will stay with you long after you leave.

Food & Wine

Highland Restaurant

“There are few more beautiful spots in Australia than remote Cradle Mountain, so where better to breathe in some fresh mountain air while sampling fine food than at Cradle Mountain Lodge…” Sun Herald, August 2007

Recognised as one of Tasmania’s premier dining experiences, featuring the very best of Tasmanian foods and wines. The Highland Restaurant is where you will enjoy the mountain buffet breakfast and dinner (bookings are necessary for dinner). Picnic hamper services are available by arrangement. Guests with special diets should advise Reception before arrival.

Tavern Bar & Bistro

Open 7 days a week the Tavern Bar & Bistro provides a warm, casual, rustic tavern atmosphere complete with roaring log fire, pool table and television.

Bistro style meals served for lunch and dinner, afternoon tea is also served daily. The Bar provides a wide selection of beverages and is the perfect place to enjoy a social drink at the end of an exciting day of exploring Cradle Mountain.

The Tavern Bar & Bistro welcomes day visitors as well as our in-house guests.

Services & Facilities

  • Reception is open from 7.00am to 10.00pm in summer and 7.00am to 9.00pm in winter
  • Check-in from 2.00pm, check-out 10.00am
  • Major credit cards and EFTPOS accepted
  • ATM (in Tavern)
  • Internet kiosk
  • Porterage available (if required, charges apply)
  • Waldheim Alpine Spa - open 10:00 am to 7:00 pm (advance bookings highly recommended)
  • Daily Activity program
  • Flora & fauna reference literature
  • Television (in Tavern)
  • Pool table and darts (in Tavern)
  • Complimentary board games (available from reception)
  • Car parking
  • Public phone
  • Baby sitting (subject to availability, charges apply payable directly to sitter)
  • Guest laundry and ironing rooms
  • Cots available (free of charge)
  • Cradle Mountain Lodge Store – souvenirs, snacks, clothing, film and limited personal items. Hire of day packs, gumboots and baby backpacks are also available.

Mobile Phone and Internet Access – It is important for visitors to Cradle Mountain Lodge to understand that as we are located in a wilderness area access to mobile telephone networks and internet connections are limited. The Telstra Next G network does provide some access around parts of the Lodge and surrounding accommodation however connection to other networks is not available. If you have specific concerns in relation to mobile phone or internet coverage please feel free to contact us. It is interesting to note that many visitors to the Lodge find the escape from such technology one of the most enjoyable aspects of their stay.

Activities

Walks & Tours

Our activities staff provide a range of guided activities on a daily basis which vary depending on the weather and the season. Charges apply to some activities. National park entry fees may also apply.

  • Over 20 different self guided walking tracks around Cradle Mountain & Dove Lake, ranging from 20 minutes to 9 hours
  • Enchanted Stroll
  • Native Animal Briefing and Slide Presentation
  • National Parks Visitor Information Centre

Lodge Activities

Cradle Mountain Lodge offers a selection of activities that can be enjoyed during your stay:
  • Fly Fishing (seasonal)
  • Guided Walks
  • Mountain Biking (hire available from Reception)
  • Signature Tasmanian Wine & Cheese Tasting Sessions
  • Native Animal Night Viewing Tour
  • Waldheim Alpine Spa
  • Tobogganing (winter, snow dependent)
  • Dove Lake Canoeing (summer only)
  • * Horse riding
  • * Quad biking
  • * Helicopter Flights/Charter
  • * Cradle Canyoning (summer only)

A shuttle bus operates from the National Parks Visitor Centre to/from Dove Lake. The service is seasonal, check with Reception for timings.

Please Note: Activities are subject to availability and weather conditions. Not all tours/activities are operated daily. Please check with the Lodge on arrival for availability of activities of choice. * Operated by third parties.

Bio-Calendar

Cradle Mountain Lodge is located in one of Australia’s most remote and breath taking locations; and boasts some of the most amazing and unique natural wonders all year round.

Below is our biological calendar so that you can be sure to not miss out on your most treasured natural wonder.

January

  • Spreading Guinea Flower, Golden Rosemary & Daisy flowering
  • Snow gums flowering
  • Rufus Wallabies can be seen feasting on Scorparia flowers
  • Echidnas are often out and about in the early hours of the morning or seen fossicking in the late afternoon
  • Tasmanian Devils can usually be seen

February

  • Mountain Rocket and Silver Banksia flowering
  • Snow Gums flowering
  • Magnificent Leatherwoods flowering
  • Myrtles have bright green new foliage
  • Mountain Rocket fruiting
  • Tasmanian Devils can usually be seen

March

  • Mountain Rocket & Silver Banksia flowering
  • Tasmanian Waratah, Myrtles, Leptospermum, Snow Gums, Mountain Rocket, Richea Scorparia and Button grass can all be viewed easily from the Lodge

April

  • Tasmania’s Fagus, Australia’s only winter deciduous tree, ends its cycle of the spectacular range of autumn colours, from rust red through to brilliant gold
  • Tasmanian Waratah, Myrtles, Leptospermum, Snow Gums, Mountain Rocket, Richea Scorparia and Button grass can all be viewed easily from the Lodge

May

  • Tasmania’s Fagus, Australia’s only winter deciduous tree, ends its cycle of the spectacular range of autumn colours, from rust red through to brilliant gold
  • Tasmanian Waratah, Myrtles, Leptospermum, Snow Gums, Mountain Rocket, Richea Scorparia and Button grass can all be viewed easily from the Lodge

June

  • Possible snow falls
  • At all times of the year guests would be assured of viewing an abundance of Wallabies and Possums. If you were to stay for a few days, you may also see Wombats, Quolls and Tasmanian Devils

July

  • Possible snow falls
  • Pencil Pine Falls and Kynvet Falls are a close walk from the Lodge, the tracks are surrounded by ancient Myrtle rainforests
  • The King Billy track leads to a spectacular huge King Billy Pine which towers high above the forest, on this track also is a platform which on a clear day has a view of Cradle Mountain

August

  • Possible snow falls
  • At all times of the year guests would be assured of viewing an abundance of Wallabies and Possums. If you were to stay for a few days, you may also see Wombats, Quolls and Tasmanian Devils

September

  • Native flora such as Boronia Banksia and Snow Gums flowering
  • Young Tasmanian Devils and Spotted-tailed Quolls are becoming playful

October

  • Platypus are playful and tend to be active for longer periods in the daytime during their mating season
  • Native flora such as Tasmanian Waratah, Boronia, Banksia and Snow Gums flowering

November

  • Native flora such as Tasmanian Waratah, Boronia, Banksia and Snow Gums flowering
  • Platypus are playful and tend to be active for longer periods in the daytime during their mating season
  • Echidnas are often out and about in the early hours of the morning or seen in the late afternoon

December

  • A variety of bird life can be seen within the area such as Honeyeaters, Wrens and Red Breasted Robins
  • Tasmanian Christmas Bells flowering
  • Echidnas are often out and about in the early hours of the morning or seen fossicking in the late afternoon

 

Accommodation 

At Cradle Mountain Lodge, guest cabins are dotted amongst the surrounding wilderness amongst tree-lined ranges and overlook grassy folds. Wallabies and wombats pause between mouthfuls of buttongrass and possums watch with mischievous interest as they cris-cross the timber boardwalks …… these are some of the magical sights that await as you make your way along the well-lit trails and boardwalks that surround the Lodge.

Your private timber cabin is set discreetly in the wilderness with each cabin offering soothing outlooks over the natural surroundings.

Cradle Mountain Lodge has a variety of accommodation choices, our tariff is inclusive of full Lodge breakfast (for up to 2 adults and children under 12 years and under using existing bedding):

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GPS: -41.594777,145.928907

This accommodation is available as part of on of our Custom Itineraries or holidays, please visit our home page to learn more about how we can help you with your holiday.

 

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