If you really want to get away from it all, the spectacular World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania is a travel destination well worth considering. One of Tasmania’s premier wilderness regions, it’s a place of breath taking beauty, unspoilt nature and all the peace and quiet you could possibly wish for. Whether you’re a nature lover, keen walker or just want to leave the daily grind behind you for a week or so, a stay at the Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, at the edge of the park, is an experience you won’t forget in a hurry. With two restaurants, a spa and luxury accommodation, it has everything you need to enjoy a relaxing break in this beautiful part of the world. Qantas offers connecting flights to Devonport from London Heathrow via Dubai and Melbourne. The hotel is located about 1 hr 15 mins drive from Devonport.
The Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is an award winning hotel and widely considered one of Australia’s iconic wilderness experiences. Originally built as a home in the early 1900s, the hotel now comprises guest cabins dotted around the rustic style lodge and is a peaceful retreat offering luxurious accommodation, restaurants and spa facilities for those looking to explore the magnificent surroundings of the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park. Look out for wallabies and possums as you walk around the grounds!
There is a range of different accommodation available at the hotel. Pencil Pine Cabins are closest to the Lodge, and some have balconies and views of the lake or bushland. Decorated in contemporary style, they feature queen size beds, armchairs and a coffee table and wood-fire look gas heaters. These rooms also benefit from a minibar, tea and coffee making facilities, a CD player, hairdryer and daily housekeeping service. Also available are Spa Cabins, which feature a spa bath and shower. You can choose between a contemporary furnished one with wood-fire look gas fire or go for the more traditional décor and wood combustion fire. Spa Suites and King Billy suites are even more luxurious, with king size beds, spa bathrooms and a different selection of gourmet surprises for each evening of your stay. Room Tip – Ask for a room with a real fireplace.
The Highland Restaurant is open daily for a buffet breakfast and for dinner by reservation. Generally considered one of Tasmania’s premier dining experiences, it’s well worth booking in for a meal here to sample some fine local food and wine, expertly prepared. For more casual dining, try the Tavern Bar and Bistro. This place has a cosy and rustic atmosphere with a roaring log fire, pool table and TV, and it’s a great place to grab lunch, dinner, afternoon tea or just a drink or two to wind down in the evening. If wine and cheese is your thing, make sure you book one of the nightly wine and cheese tastings, which showcase some of the best gourmet produce Tasmania has to offer.
With some of Tasmania’s most spectacular wilderness on your doorstep, walking is a must. The activities staff at the lodge have a wide range of self-guided routes on offer, ranging from 20 minutes to 9 hours. Other activities for guests to enjoy include fly fishing, mountain biking and a native animal night viewing tour. After all that activity, why not wind down at the Waldheim Alpine Spa? With a wide range of spa and massage treatments available, as well as a steam room, sauna and hot tub, you will feel all aches and pains melt away as you enjoy the views of King Billy pines and fresh mountain streams.
When enjoying the walks in the area, there are a few guidelines to take into consideration, including keeping to the designated paths and wearing appropriate footwear and clothing – especially bearing in mind that the weather in this alpine region can be unpredictable. Guests are also requested to respect the natural environment by keeping all rubbish with them, not feeding the wildlife and keeping noise to a minimum.
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is a luxurious retreat situated on the doorstep of one of the finest National Parks in Tasmania.
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