After just under 400km in the car it took us about 4.5 hours to drive from Hobart. We used the Midlands Highway and made a stop at Campbell Town to break up the journey. On arriving at Cradle Mountain Lodge it was easy to find the reception building (which is also the main one) and park out the front. The website for Cradle Mountain Lodge had good details on how to arrive from other cities and also coach and their own transfer service.
We arrived about 1 hour before the check in time of 1400. We checked with reception if it was possible to have access to the cabin and after checking it was. There was a surcharge for using a credit card to settle the account. Everything was itemised and in order on the checkout.
We stayed in a King Billy Suite. Everything has been thought of & nothing forgotten. We could park the car outside the door and didn’t have to use it for our time at the lodge. On entering the King Billy Suite there was a double door air-lock where wet shoes and coats could be left. Umbrellas were provided and sitting in the stand. On entering the suite there was a kitchenette area, with a mini fridge, sink, glasses, kettle, selection of instant & plunger coffee, plunger, selection of teas and plates with cutlery. And not to forget the biscuits! Walking into the room was a big four seater couch and an arm chair, large over sized floor cushions and a coffee table. This open plan design added to the ambience of the suite. The double-sided fireplace is the feature of this room and the neatly chopped supply of wood is stacked in a storage area next to the fire. Outside the suite is an additional supply for firewood and the storage inside the suite is re-stocked when it is cleaned each day. There was a king sized bed, bedside tables & lamps, arm chair and foot stool positioned by the floor to ceiling glass window. There was an oversized bathroom with double basins, plenty of towels, bathrobes, walk in wardrobe area, ironing board, iron and ample supply of hanging space and storage. This area then leads in the other part of the bathroom with interior spa bath, wc and double shower. There is the outdoor large deck that has the hot tub that is kept covered when not in use to maintain the temperature & also to prevent the animals. There are two hooks outside for the bathrobes and a light. Two outside chairs also are on the deck which is private views of the wilderness. Inside the cabin Tasmania timber is featured throughout. There is a cd Bose stereo in the room and three cds were supplied for use during the stay that were lovely to listen to. Staying in this type of room also had a reservation in the Highland Restaurant each night for 1900. If a change of time or cancellation of this is required it was easy to just see the staff. This is the same restaurant where the complimentary buffet breakfast was served. During the evening when we were at the restaurant the staff did a turndown service and left canapés that changed each evening. There was also a complimentary bottle of port to enjoy a glass or two each night. You almost want bad weather during your stay so you don’t have to leave the cabin! From the cabin to the main lodge there were good direction signs and boardwalk paths.
Two restaurants (Highland & Tavern Bistro), two bar/lounge areas (Weindorfer & Guest Lounge Bar). Under the Highland restaurant is a wine cellar where guests can select a bottle of wine to enjoy with the meal. There was the option to be involved in daily activities (some at a charge). The lovely spa facility (Waldheim Alpine Spa) located just behind the main reception building. There is a basic shop that sells snacks, souvenirs and some basic groceries. In the Tavern Bistro there was a pool table with a cost involved.
A list of short and long walks is available from Cradle Mountain Lodge, their website prior to arrival, and the National Parks Office just 100m from the hotel entrance. This is also where the parks pass can be purchased for cars to be taken down to the lower car park to Dove Lake. There is the option that is encouraged to park the car at the National Parks Office and take the shuttle down to the lake. There is a fuel station a few kilometres from the lodge that is passed on the way in. It is worth a visit to Waldheim Chalet, it is a great insight to the history of the area and a short walk in the King Billy Pines was enjoyed that took about 20 minutes.
We booked our stay direct with Cradle Mountain Lodge. Emails were sent to us as promised in an efficient time frame and our reservation was in order on arrival.
We would definitely stay here again if we have the fortune to return!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is widely considered one of Australia’s iconic wilderness experiences. Located on the edge of the spectacular World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, one of Tasmania’s premier wilderness regions.Just 2 hours scenic drive from Launceston and 1.5 hours from Devonport, this superb escape showcases the best Cradle Mountain has to offer with warm hospitality, sensational local food and wine, indulgent spa treatments, breathtaking scenery and magnificent wilderness surrounds. Set discreetly within the wilderness setting, the Lodge offers 86 cabins providing 4 different styles of accommodation, from the contemporary Pencil Pine Cabins and Spa Cabins through to the luxurious Spa Suites and the ultimate in wilderness accommodation, the King Billy Suites.The Highland Restaurant draws on the finest of Tasmania's fresh, local produce providing seasonal menus that celebrate Tasmania's gourmet reputation. Indulge in the serenity of the Waldheim Alpine Spa, one of Australia's most spectacular wilderness spa experiences. Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is a 'must include' for any Tasmanian itinerary and provides the perfect haven to escape, rejuvenate, indulge and explore. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Cradle Mountain Hotel Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park
- Cradle Mountain Resort
- Cradle Mountain Lodge
- Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania