Luxury, Romantic and Boutique Accommodation at Cradle Mountain
World-famous peaks, snug chalets and epic walks in Cradle Mountain
Of all the nationals parks in Tasmania's arsenal, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park is arguably the most famous. Part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the park is justifiably popular the world over with bushwalking enthusiasts. It includes Mount Ossa, Tasmania’s highest peak and Lake St Clair, Australia’s deepest natural freshwater lake. Mountain rivers cascade through age-old rainforest and alpine moorland, jagged mountain peaks rise from rugged plains and all is reflected in icy-blue lakes that puncture the park.
Cradle Mountain village, four hours’ drive north-west of Hobart, is the northern entrance to the superb Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. The world-renowned Overland Track is a contender for top tourist draw within the park. This six-day trek runs through the heart of the national park and takes its walkers through valleys, ancient rainforest, meadows and forest. Ronny Creek is the walk's starting point, with the route wrapping up at Lake St Clair, Australia's deepest lake. The Overland Track is no leisurely stroll however, and only experienced and well-prepared walkers are advised to undertake the trek. For those interested in something more easy-going, pick up bushwalking maps from one of the visitor information centres and venture out on one of the more accessible short or day walks. There is a track to suit every level of ability in this natural paradise, and a similarly diverse range of boutique accommodation nearby to retreat to after your walk.
Some historic sites are scattered throughout the park, too. There is the rustic Weindorfer's Chalet, the former home of the park's earliest promoter Gustav Weindorfer; Aboriginal sites also surround the park and neighbouring region.
Accommodation in Cradle Mountain tends to have a rustic, cosy vibe, but when you're heading to the mountains that's likely to be exactly what you're looking for. Expect snug cabins fitted out with wood-burning fireplaces and spa baths, family-friendly chalets with room for the brood and luxury retreats bedecked with floor-to-ceiling windows offering spectacular vistas. Find these stays in our collection of Cradle Mountain accommodation, or look through our range of Tasmania accommodation.