We arrived at Lake St Clair Lodge at approx 4.30pm to be directed to our cabin with instructions that dinner was at 6.00pm. Not much time to relax before dinner. After much driving around and not exactly sure where to park, we just proped in front of the actual cabin that had the lake view, not ours. We were at the back but could not park there due to construction works and a pile of unsightly rubbish behind our cabin. Nor did we have a lake view! After rushing to be at the Restaurant for dinner by 6.00pm (as instructed), we left our cabin to find absolutely no lights on to guide us on our walk there (which was suggested by the Staff). We left the outside light on, but trying to get to the path resulted in tripping over the huge boulders in the garden, as it was pitch black that side of the cabins. No way was I going to feel my way around in pitch black!!!! We drove the short distance to the restaurant and had a lovely meal and chatted to people who had just finished a trek over 8 days and (as we did), just wanted to kick back and relax with a few drinks. THEY DO NOT SELL TORCHES IN THEIR LITTLE SHOP. Michael was super friendly and attentive and told us to enjoy and take our time. Within half an hour of this, some little fat bearded bloke basically told us all politely to bugger off! Restaurant closed by 8.00pm!
If you actually want to stay at this place, the pillows are fantastic, bed is super and heating great, but take a torch. Returned for breakfast to meet a bloke who was filling in for the Chef but cooked a decent breaky. Little fat bloke with a beard turned up again to set our reserved signs on tables and told us all it was nearly lunch time. Talk about time to move on! If you are an early starter and early to bed, this is the place to go. P.S...If you are a smoker, don't expect to find environmentally friendly ashtrays as there are none. Me, being a smoker was horrified to find no ashtrays around but lots of cigarette butts. Hence, cigarette butts all over the ground which take approx 60 years to dissolve (so I was told by another person at another place who has no ashtrays in place).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the Tasmanian World Heritage Reserve. We welcome you to tranquility wrapped in outstanding natural beauty. Located on the shore of Australia's deepest freshwater lake. Our home has a serenity which promotes a connection with this wild and globally significant World Heritage Area. So hold your breath, open your eyes and enter a world away... ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lake St Clair Lodge Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania