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Pepper's 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, it’s 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 4 different styles of accommodation, including the luxurious King Billy Suites. This is an ideal, cozy base for outdoorsy pursuits in any season.

Pencil Pine Cabins

Relax in comfort and admire the peaceful lake or bushland views from our Pencil Pine Cabins. With warm tones and contemporary furnishings our cabins feature a queen bed, separate day bed and gas heater reminiscent of a traditional fireplace. We also have our Pencil Pine Balcony Cabins with stunning views over the crisp, alpine Cradle Mountain wilderness which you can enjoy from your private balcony and our Family Pencil Pine Cabins featuring two rooms for the whole family to enjoy.

Spa Cabins

The private and peaceful Spa Cabins are located in the natural bushland setting. Enjoy the views through the treetops or directly into the surrounding Myrtle Forest from your verandah. Given the proximity to the National Park, Cradle Mountain’s wildlife are regular visitors.

Two types of Spa Cabins are available. Contemporary Spa Cabins feature modern interiors and furnishings with a gas fire heater and Family Spa Cabins feature a queen size bed and two single beds. Each cabin has a spacious bathroom which includes a spa bath and shower and offers additional amenities including an in-room Bluetooth speaker and coffee and tea making facilities with a range of quality teas and hot chocolate.

Spa Suites

For those looking to enjoy some extra indulgence Cradle Mountain Lodge’s Spa Suites are the ideal choice.  Spa Cabins are styled with hand-made Tasmanian wood furnishings and feature king-sized beds piled with soft goose-down duvets. Of course, a log fire and a deep spa are also a big part of the attraction. Spa Suites also offer a range of additional in-room comforts and services such as a mini-bar, complimentary gourmet coffee and tea station, these are some of the extra treats included in this style of cabin. Enjoy music from your in-room Bluetooth speaker or the silence of the surrounding wilderness. Each Spa Suite has a private verandah with outdoor furniture and with views into or over the surrounding wilderness, wildlife spotting in comfort is all a part of Cradle’s natural charm. The Spa Suites are perfect for romantic occasions and for really soaking up the surrounding wilderness from the privacy of your own warm and cosy haven.

King Billy Suite

King Billy Suites represent the ultimate in luxurious wilderness accommodation. King Billy Suites are expansive; featuring separate sleeping and living areas including a double sided wood fire, king size bed and oversized bathroom with freestanding bath. The interior highlights a contemporary design scheme with premium appointments and furnishings. These suites have beautiful outlooks over the surrounding wilderness, including a large picture window from the bedroom. Outside, a large deck area includes a private hot-tub. 

WALKS

There is a range of self-guided activities on a daily basis which vary depending on the weather and the season. Charges apply to some activities. National park entry fees may also apply. There are over 20 different self-guided walking tracks around Cradle Mountain & Dove Lake, ranging from 20 minutes to 9 hours.

LODGE ACTIVITIES

Cradle Mountain Lodge offers a selection of activities and tours that can be enjoyed during your stay. Below are some of our most popular.

*Please note: National Parks Pass is required for all tours into the National Park, available at the Lodge reception.

WILDLIFE SPOTTING DRIVE TOUR

A unique 1.5 hour drive tour exploring part of this World Heritage Listed area searching for the animals that call Cradle Mountain National Park home. $40 per person all ages, children under 12 years free, 1.5 hour duration.

(excludes National Park Pass)

CRADLES HIDDEN GEMS TOUR

Travel into Cradle Mountain National Park on a journey searching for those hidden gems. We search for every one’s favourite the Wombat on part of the Overland Track, visit the famous historic Waldheim Chalet historical museum and walk through the breath taking ancient Weindorfor rain forest.

PARK DISCOVERY TOUR

A fully guided drive/walk journey within the Cradle Mountain National Park discovering the highlights of this world class wonder. 
CRATER LAKE GUIDED WALK

This beautiful walk captures the incredible diversity and breath taking scenery making up part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area (TWWHA). This half day fully guided walk takes us on one of Tassie’s 60 Great Short Walks.

WATERFALLS GUIDED WALK (LOCAL NATURE WALK)

Join our guide on this magical journey through rainforest and experience the wonder of our least known waterfalls. 
ENCHANTED WALK

This walk joins our guide as we explore one of Tasmania’s best 60 Great Short Walks on a 45 minute interpretive journey. 
Grade: Easy. Complimentary for Lodge guests, all ages. (requires National Park Pass)

FLY FISHING TUTORIAL

Join us for an instructional lesson in the delicate art of fly fishing.
DOVE LAKE GUIDED CANOE TRIP

Glide over Dove Lake on this 5km guided canoe trip and see Cradle Mountain as no one else can. This is an exclusive 4 hour (half day) activity appropriate for people with a moderate level of fitness.
DOVE LAKE GUIDED WALK

Accompany our guide on one of the most popular of Tasmania’s 60 best walks for this half day activity. 

SELF-GUIDED WALKS AND WANDERS

THE ENCHANTED STROLL

Meander along the banks of the Pencil Pine River, passing through a diverse array of vegetation, from buttongrass plains to teatree thickets, eucalypt woodlands and mossy myrtle forests. At dawn and dusk, an opportunity (if you’re fortunate) to see the elusive platypus as it frolics in the pools, or glimpse a wombat as it feeds. Duration – 20 Minutes (1km) Grade – Easy Starts – The front of the Lodge (circular track)

KING BILLY TRACK

Ramble along through this age old temperate rainforest to discover the myrtle, sassafras and ancient King Billy pines up to 1500 years of age. These giants are now fully protected, although once greatly sought after for their timber. The collection seen on-route are some of the oldest known in the local area. Duration – 40 Minutes (2km) Grade – Easy Starts – To the right of the Lodge (circular track)

THE WATERFALLS WALK (PENCIL PINE FALLS AND KNYVET FALLS)

If you enjoy cascading waterfalls and tranquil rivers then this is the walk for you. Follow the Dove Canyon Track to the Pencil Pine Falls, only 5 minutes walk. This popular swimming spot is likely to provide one of the more invigorating swims of a lifetime! The whole track is boardwalk. From the Pencil Pine falls, continue downstream towards Knyvet Falls. Return via the same route. The waterfalls are particularly spectacular after periods of rain. Duration 30-40 minutes (1.5km) Grade – Easy Starts – Opposite the Lodge Shop

SPEELER TRACK

The Speeler track, beginning on the same route as the King Billy track, offers scenic vistas ranging from cool temperate rainforests, to the seemingly endless fields of buttongrass known as the ‘Fury Plains’. You may even be able to catch glimpses of Cradle Valley and Cradle Mountain, weather permitting. The walk also offers the perfect opportunity to spot wombats, wallabies and echidnas. Please be aware that this track becomes very muddy after rain. Duration – 1.5 Hours Grade – Medium Starts – To the right of the Lodge (circular track)

DOVE CANYON TRACK

After discovering the beauty of the Knyvet Falls this track continues to follow the path of the Pencil Pine River, before taking you through impressive temperate rainforests. A five minute detour, approximately 500m after crossing the river, will take you to the striking junction of the Pencil Pine River and the Dove River. As you continue, the track climbs to the top of Dove Canyon where you are faced with 60-70m cliffs that form the boundaries of Dove River. You are also treated to spectacular views down Cradle Valley and of Cradle Mountain on a clear day. Please be aware this is a more challenging track with one small part involving scaling up rocks; not recommended after periods of rain. Duration – 3 Hours Grade – Hard Starts – Opposite the Lodge Shop (circular track).

DOVE LAKE CIRCUIT WALK

A fairly easy grade makes this walk suitable for all ages and fitness levels, focusing on Cradle Mountain, temperate rainforests and sub alpine plant communities. See Cradle Mountain in all its glory and learn about the action of past glaciers on the landscape. Duration – 3 Hours Grade – Easy

WALDHEIM DRIVE TOUR

The road to Waldheim turns off approximately 2.5km before Dove Lake, from there it is a mere 500 meters to the chalet and car park. The tour will stop to look at the beautiful Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain (weather permitting). On the way, your guide will tell you all about the local fauna, flora and history of this famous area. Your visit to Waldheim will give an introduction to the life and times of Cradle Valley’s pioneer conservationists, Gustav and Kate Weindorfer. A short stroll through the ancient rainforest completes this tour. Duration – 2 Hours Grade – Easy

CRATER LAKE

An excellent walk which takes you to the Crater Falls and a magical forest with pandini and sassafras trees. Discover the hidden glacial lake surrounded by 200 meter cliffs covered with fagus. Great views of Marion’s Lookout and Crater Lakes. Duration – 3 Hours Grade – Medium

MARIONS LOOKOUT

This is a moderate grade walk with some steep sections, so a reasonable degree of fitness is desirable. On a clear day, this walk offers spectacular views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake. Duration – 3 Hours Grade – Medium to Hard

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