HOTEL REVIEW: THE WILD WILDERNESS OF CRADLE MOUNTAIN HOTEL IN TASMANIA
I’ve travelled to and stayed in some of the remotest parts of Australia over the years and most recently I found myself back in Tasmania for the second time ticking Cradle Mountain off my bucket list. Hurrah! For those looking to hike Cradle Mountain, you absolutely need to stay at least two nights. Yes you can hike around Dove Lake but then what would be the point if you didn’t hike Marion’s Peak, enjoy a cup of warm tea in Kitchen Hut and try to conquer Cradle Mountain Summit! I’ll admit, I was completely unprepared for the sheer size and intensity of hiking Cradle Mountain – I wasn’t wearing the appropriate gear (I will not make that mistake again) nor was I prepared for the sheer height and general steepness of Cradle Mountain Summit. However all things aside, after a day hiking Cradle Mountain National Park the last thing you want to do is jump back in your car and drive for a few hours to your accommodation. Trust me! A long hot bath and a cosy meal by a toasty fireplace is just what the hiking doctor ordered.
So let me introduce you to Cradle Mountain Hotel.
Cradle Mountain Hotel is a stylish, four star wilderness hotel located at the northern boundary of Cradle Mountain National Park. Set on the edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, the hotel offers welcoming accommodation within each reach of the National Park.
There are many styles of rooms to choose from including the standard and deluxe spa rooms, however I decided to stay in the indulgent, split level king spa hotel room because after a day of trekking 14 kilometres around the National Park, I wanted a lot of pampering back in my hotel room.
The hotel offers dramatic views of the Tasmanian landscape including an impressive Australian-styled foyer with a cosy lounge area and log fire. It's the perfect place for guests to rest their weary feet and enjoy a la carte dining at The Grey Gum or bistro style meals at Quoll’s Restaurant. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, the menus showcase Tasmania's finest fresh produce and world renowned cool climate wines. A stay is not complete without a visit to The Wilderness Gallery, situated across from the hotel entrance and features the work of acclaimed Australian and international environmental photographers.
The weather at Cradle Mountain can change with the blink of an eye, so my best advice is to pack for four seasons. Seriously! And if you have time, do organise a guided twilight wildlife tour or simply watch the lightshow of stars in the endless alpine sky. I dare you not to fall in love with Tasmania!
TRIP NOTES What: Cradle Mountain Hotel Where: 3718 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania Australia 7310 Contact: +61 3 6492 1404 | firstname.lastname@example.org www.cradlemountainhotel.com.au