The Discovery Holiday Park at Cradle Mountain has had some fairly ordinary reviews, but when we compared the cost of a cottage at Discovery Parks with the more up-market alternatives in the area, I was prepared to give it a try. (We were planning a three week budget holiday in Tasmania.)
I was so glad we settled for the Discovery Park cottage. It was clean, airy and spacious, we had all the facilities we needed for self catering and the location of the Park was ideal - just a few hundred metres to the Visitor Information Centre where you take the bus to Dove Lake and other walking tracks around the National Park.
The Park is situated in natural bushland and is quiet and secluded. The staff were friendly and helpful. We had a look at the camping facilities and chatted to some of the campers and they were more than satisfied with the park. Cannot comment on the family cabins as we did not see inside them.
It's not cheap to stay here but it is a wilderness area and having to pay more at Cradle than you would for a Park in suburbia is to be expected.
We stayed for 3 nights and found that to be a good length of time to visit the attractions in the area, do the less challenging walks, and take some excellent informative walks with the National Parks Ranger.
We bought all our provisions at Deloraine enroute from Launceston including a ten litre drum of Spring water which we used for drinking and cooking. The local water is safe but the bottled water does taste nicer. You can buy provisions locally but the cost is prohibitive. We loved the peace and remoteness of the Cradle Mountain area and would have no hesitation in staying here again.
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- Discovery Parks - Cradle Mountain Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania