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Best Cradle Mountain Accommodation for a Wilderness Break in Tasmania

A green cabin with a corrugated roof in the wilderness

If you have arrived at this post, I guess that you are planning a trip to Cradle Mountain National Park to discover the fantastic walks, waterfalls and wildlife, and you need to find the best Cradle Mountain accommodation for your stay.

I can tell you from experience that you are a bit limited in choice. There are only five places to stay that are close to the mountain. But don’t let that deter you, all the Cradle Mountain accommodation is of an excellent standard and caters for all budgets, so you are sure to find something that suits you.

When I spent 2 Nights in Cradle Mountain, I booked into Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village, and for us, it ticked all the boxes. We wanted self-catering accommodation to make lunches for our hikes and prepare our evening meals. We also wanted our Cradle Mountain accommodation to be in the heart of the wilderness to see the wildlife and feel at one with nature.

Please note: Shopping is very limited in the Cradle Mountain wilderness area. If you plan on cooking, you will need to buy groceries before you arrive. The last shops before Cradle Mountain are Sheffield, the town of murals, or Deloraine (coming from Hobart, Launceston or Devonport), Burnie (coming from Wynyard or Stanley), and Rosebery (coming from Strahan or Queenstown).

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Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village #option 1

Availability and pricing for Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village

Wooden cabins are scattered in secluded positions in the bush. Properties have kitchen and living areas to allow guests to cook for themselves. A bar and pool table is on-site, great for a friendly game in the evenings and Hellyers restaurant offers light bites.

Nearby is Devils@Cradle, where you can see Tasmanian Devils and learn more about them. You are also close to the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre, where daily tours and hikes start.

Want to see a nocturnal animal in Cradle Mountain? Book one of the popular tours with pick up from all five properties I have mentioned in this post.

The other four properties to stay in Cradle Mountain are:

Cradle Mountain Hotel – luxury #option 2

Availability and pricing for Cradle Mountain Hotel

This alpine themed hotel with lots of wood, glass and an open fire provides comfortable Cradle Mountain accommodation. Rooms are more functional than luxurious but still deserve the four* ratings the hotel holds. Altitude restaurant serves up hearty food for weary adventurers ranging from a buffet breakfast to an a la carte evening menu.

Cradle Mountain Hotel offers guests tours such as the Park Explorer Tour: which includes a walk around the iconic Dove Lake.

Address: 3718 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, TAS

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge – luxury #option 3

Availability and pricing for Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

If you are looking for a luxury stay in Cradle Mountain, then Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is going to be just perfect for you. This family-friendly hotel features two restaurants, various lodges scattered around the property and the Waldheim Spa for that well-deserved post-hike massage.

lodge accommodation in cradle mountain
Pepper Lodges beside the lake

Within steps of Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, you’ll find the Enchanted Nature Walk (a short walk great for all ages) and the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre, where you can buy park tickets and arrange tours.

Address: 4038 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain TAS

Cradle Mountain Highlanders – comfort #option 4

Availability and pricing for Cradle Mountain Highlanders

Sixteen hand-built rustic cabins provide comfortable Cradle Mountain accommodation for visitors to the National Park. Most cabins are unique, catering to couples and families, and offer views of the wilderness and the mountains. Interiors feature full working kitchens, and some have wood-burning stoves, perfect for use all year round.

Cradle Mountain Highlanders are a five-minute walk away from the information centre.

Address: 3876 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain TAS

Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain – budget #option 5

Availability and pricing for Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain

Rustic style accommodation consists of cabins with bunk beds sleeping up to six, plus communal meeting areas and washing machines for that essential post-hike wash. For solo travellers, single rooms or a communal dormitory is available.

There is also a powered site for motorhomes and an unpowered site for tent camping.

Discovery Parks is set on the edge of world-heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park and is where the famous Overland Track starts, covering 161,000 hectares.

Address: Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain TAS 7310

Wooden boathouse on the edge of Dove Lake with Cradle Mountain in the background

Alternative Wilderness Accommodation in Moina

If you aren’t too bothered about being close to the awesome Cradle Mountain or your first choice isn’t available when you want it, then there are a few places slightly further away in Moina, a 35-minute drive from the central hub of Cradle Mountain National Park.

Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat

Availability and pricing for Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat

The award-winning boutique Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat is nestled amongst peaceful rainforest surroundings and features Whispering Woods a la carte restaurant, open every day for breakfast and dinner.

Lemonthyme offers spacious self-contained cabins, luxury spa suites, two-bedroom self-contained family cabins, or romantic tree-top hideaways, all with mountain or wilderness views.

A 2-hour walk around Lake Cethana starts at Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat.

Address: 770 Dolcoath Rd, Moina TAS 7310, Australia

cradle mountain viewed across the wilderness

Cradle Forest Inn

Availability and pricing for Cradle Forest Inn

Cradle Forest Inn is a boutique retreat nestled in 18 acres of natural wilderness. Secluded individual luxury Chalets and Deluxe Suites, as well as Cradle Forest Inn Lodge, offers the guest a fabulous getaway experience. 

At Feathers Bistro, hearty meals and snacks are made with the freshest seasonal produce from the region. 

Address: 1422 Cradle Mountain Rd, Moina TAS 7310, Australia

Cradle Alpine Retreat

Availability and pricing for Cradle Alpine Retreat

Cradle Alpine Retreat is a small property with only four self-contained wooden cabins. All cabins have a well-equipped kitchen, with one log fire cabin and two spa bath cabins. From the property, there are beautiful views of Mount Roland and Mount Claude.

There is no on-site restaurant, but guests that want to eat out can choose to dine at Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat or drive into Cradle Mountain to eat at one of the hotels in the National Park.

There are plenty of walks to do in Moina, or a short drive will take you to Sheffield, Australia’s town of murals.

1429 Cradle Mountain Rd, Moina TAS 7310, Australia

Where To Eat Out in Cradle Mountain

There are only four restaurants and one café within the Cradle Mountain area.

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge offers a la carte dining at its Highland Restaurant and basic meals at the Tavern. I ate at the Tavern and found the food to be delicious.

The Cradle Mountain Hotel offers a la carte dining at its Altitude Restaurant.

Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village Hellyers Restaurant offers a selection of sharing plates for dinner from Tuesday to Saturday.  

Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre Cafe is open for lunch or a snack every day. It is always wise to take a protein bar or similar when hiking.

Next Stop: Strahan on Tasmania’s remote west coast

A weathered brown metal sign saying Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park @World Heritage Area

Whichever property you choose to stay in, you can be assured that you will leave Cradle Mountain feeling renewed and with a more profound respect for the wilderness. It is a place like no other I have seen (and believe me, I’ve visited a lot of places!) and will hold a special place in your heart.

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About Author

Angela Price

Angie is a full-time travel writer with over 30 years of travel experience. She has always had a passion for travel, and after a 3-month world trip with her 18-year-old son, she created her popular travel blog to share her adventures with a wider audience. When Angie is at home in the UK, she enjoys exploring the English countryside, visiting castles and gardens and planning her next big adventure. Her motto is "Live Life Wandering not Wondering".

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