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“Edge of the middle of nowhere” 5 of 5 stars
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Discovery Holiday Parks Cradle Mountain
3.5 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   Cradle Mountain Rd, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania 7310, Australia   |  
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London, United Kingdom
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27 hotel reviews
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“Edge of the middle of nowhere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2012

Formerly the ‘Cosy Caravan’ park. There are a range of cabins and huts, and pitches on the site. Check in and departure were effortless. Friendly and helpful staff, and a fairly well stocked shop for such a small ‘development’.
The site is just at the entrance to the National Park, a great spot if you want to get up and explore before the crowds (what am I talking about, this is Tasmania, there is no such thing….), Shared a two room double ensuite cabin, which was perfectly comfortable and well equipped if longing for the last millennium a little…. Perfect, night sleep. Only a little disappointed not to see more wildlife on the doorstep (surely they could have trained a chorus line of wallabies?), we visited in early summer when the waratahs we starting to bloom, which more than made up for it. So peaceful it is almost eerie.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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Brisbane, Australia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2012

The service quality was horrible.

We arrived after hours and we had duly communicated this to the reception. We got a confirmation that everything will be written in the paper.

DAMN! They didn't even put a code to cross the car barrier in the paper and we were stranded with our car at their entry point at midnight!!...with no sight for help!

In the morning, when I told them about this - all they could come up with a "Sorry"!!!!!!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2012

We camped in an unpowered site for $42. Seemed very high but the kitchen was excellent and so was the toilet block. These are the two things that campers need most.
You have to boil the water before drinking - disappointing they have not installed a good filtration system given the hundreds of thousands of visitors to Cradle Mountain each year.
The National Parks office is opposite and a private operator has a cafe there - which is open late and does good hot food. Also, hardly any powerpoints in the camnpsite kitchen - there were hordes of backpackers trying to charge up their items with adaptors and leads.
The worst fat overfed possums we have ever seen! One got in our car when our back was turned and we were packing up, looking for food. It later jumped up to a plastic bag I was carrying and escaped with fruit. That freaked me out even though I am used to them. They will go after any food, and even your shoes and other items, from dusk and therefore everything has to be locked away. We told the camp receptionist and she was amazed about the car incident. DO NOT FEED POSSUMS!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ballarat, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2012

We stayed (2 kids/2 adults) for one night in a two bedroom cabin. Very small and pretty basic but comfortable enough. The double bed just has a curtain you pull across for privacy and you have to access the toilet in the kids room which was 2 bunks. It was pretty cramped for 4 people but we were out and about most of the time. The wildlife around the cabin was great and a possum kept knocking on our door wanting some attention. The cabin is private and peaceful and the park fits into the natural bush surrounds really well. I think if you planned to stay any length of time the cabin would be too small.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hobart, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2012

Don't expect too much from this accommodation, calling the cabin we stayed in two bedroom is a bit of an exaggeration. The double bed is separated from the dining/kitchen/living by a curtain and the living area is a bench seat behind the table & chairs.
The WC and bathroom are accessed through the bunk room/second bedroom. (wouldn't recommend these beds for anyone requiring a lot of space!)
On the positive side the property was very clean, although very dated and the kitchen is well equipped. The linen & towels provided were of good quality.
The property is good value for this area if you don't mind the budget experience, and it is well situated to walk to the information centre and access to shuttle buses to the National Park.
Remember to take your own tea & coffee as four tea bags were provided for four guest for the duration of our stay, management kindly sold us extra bags for 40c each!

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012 via mobile

We stayed here in a camper van for 3 nights. Like most people suggested, we couldn't get a powered site, however kitchen and amenities were pretty good. Sites were quite private, with trees surrounding our parking bay- this was of course nice but equally it made the camp grounds feel pretty unsocial.

Having a general store was very handy, although closing at 6 was tough on us city slickers!!!

Remember to bring drinking water as there is none at the park, and warm clothes for the evenings.
Location was perfect with the visitor centre directly across the road, Id definately go back.

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2011

One way road was full of potholes when we arrived. Some were filled in the next day. Followed the park map using one way system - eventually found cabin. Cabin was very tried looking. Bunk bed was too small for father/carer. Disabled bathroom adequate. The location is great - saw wombat and young in the grounds. Staying at Cradle Mountain enabled us to see the mountain and National Park in a variety of weather and moods.

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Cradle Mountain Rd, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania 7310, Australia
Location: Australia > Tasmania > Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
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Ranked #3 of 5 Specialty Lodging in Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Discovery Holiday Parks Cradle Mountain 3.5*
Number of rooms: 35
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