Photo courtesy of Tourism Tasmania/Peppers Cradle Mountain Village
Cradle Mountain Lodge
Travelers who want to trade the urban confines of Hobart or Launceston for a more rugged Tasmanian experience (without sacrificing on comfort) would do well to consider a weekend away at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, a wilderness hotel resort and spa that first opened its doors in 1972 as the Pencil Pine Lodge. The property is tucked away in Tasmania's Central Highlands wilderness on the edge of Cradle Mountain–Lake St. Clair National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, and it's not uncommon to see the odd rambling wombat or wallaby (or, occasionally, more elusive Tasmanian devils) in the immediate surroundings. While the forested location and ample area hiking opportunities are enough to draw many travelers to the property, Cradle Mountain Lodge operates as a destination unto itself, with a gorgeous spa complete with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto the wilderness. The on-site Highland Restaurant is equally noteworthy, with an extensive wine list and a strong emphasis on locally harvested ingredients. Accommodations range from hotel-style suites (some with their own Jacuzzis) to stand-alone cottages with up to two bedrooms.
By Margot Bigg, AFAR Contributor
Luxury, Wilderness and Wanderlust at Cradle Mountain Lodge
Hidden high up in the Tasmanian hills sits a little piece of luxury amongst the wilderness. Behind the wombats, protected by paddymelons and peered at by possums – Cradle Mountain Lodge. Cradle Mountain has long been a destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers alike. For nearly 200 years people have been travelling the road less travelled to experience Cradle Mountain and the surrounding St Clair National Park.
4038 Cradle Mountain Rd, Cradle Mountain TAS 7306, Australia
+61 1300 806 192
Sun - Sat 7am - 10pm