Room of the Week: Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania
SIMPLY put there is little that beats the view from Cradle Mountain Lodge. The lodge lies in Tasmania’s most iconic wilderness area, providing fantastic access to the World Heritage National Park of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair replete with its tarns, rainforests, alpine lakes, dramatic mountains and button grass moors.
What makes it special?
Accommodation on the site where the current Cradle Mountain Lodge lies was first established in 1970 by Alec Ellis and his brother Ossie. It was designed to provide accommodation and meals for bush walkers, fishermen and other travelers.
It has been upgraded over the years but still retains the same rustic charm of the original lodge but with comfort and modern conveniences – offering the perfect balance for access to the magnificent surroundings during the day but the comfort of the bar, lounge, dining facilities and cabins at night.
What to expect?
The national park is a true wilderness area which can mean that the weather is very changeable. To best enjoy the area, even on day walks, you should come fully equipped for rain, snow and cold.
The lodge offers accommodation from cabins through to luxury suites. All are very comfortable with gas or wood heating, fabulous views of the lakes, mountains or bushland, tea and coffee making facilities and modern interiors. The King Billy Suite is the ultimate with a private hot-tub on the outside deck and complimentary fire-side port. Whatever you choose, rest assured you’ll be comfortable and satisfied with your stay.
What is there to do?
The best way to see the national park is to walk through it. Cradle Mountain Lodge provides an array of self guided walking activities that range anything from 20 minutes to nine hours. They also have slide presentations and briefings on native animals you might sight as you walk through the park. Guides are also available for the walks. The less active may wish to follow the Waldheim Drive Tour, go fly fishing, join a wine and cheese tasting session, visit the Tasmanian Devil sanctuary or indulge in some spa treatments. Horse riding, canyoning, quad biking, helicopter flights, canoeing and mountain biking are also available through the lodge. Some hikers about to start the Overland Track use it as a base for their last night of luxury before embarking on the 6-day wilderness trek.
What’s the damage?
Nightly rates start at $320 for two people and vary by cabin. The King Billy Suite is the most luxurious accommodation offered at $760 per night for two people. While the lodge is hardly in the budget or mid-range categories a night here would certainly be something to remember. A buffet breakfast is included in the rates and various activities such as slide presentations, track notes and animal briefings. There are three-night-stay discounts.
Cradle Mountain Lodge, 4038 Cradle Mountain Rd, Cradle Mountain, TAS, 7306,