Cradle Mountain short break

Winter has arrived at Cradle Mountain, and a dusting of snow has transformed the summer landscapes into an even more spectacular and magical winter wonderland. With airlines offering amazingly cheap off-season flights and fabulous winter deals are available at most Cradle Mountain hotels , it is a great time for hikers who usually just pass through on their way to the Overland Track to indulge in a leisurely, non-camping weekend escape, and enjoy the many pleasurable winter moments this stunningly beautiful valley has to offer.

Cradle Mountain walk We all know Cradle Mountain National Park as the wild and rugged place where we like to get out hiking, take great photos and have up-close encounters with Australia’s weird and wonderful wombats, wallabies, platypus and birds. But in winter, when it is too cold to camp, imagine yourself relaxing at one of the luxury hotels, sitting round a roaring fire, enjoying a tasty hot meal of local produce, or a bottle of delicious Tassie wine.

The winter accommodation deals on offer for hotels near  Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park will give you a lot of options  – from splash-out-and-indulge in top of the range boutique rooms, to family friendly budget – can make a weekend away enjoying the unique winter wonder of Cradle Mountain much cheaper than you think.

Some places to look at are:

Cradle Mountain Chateau : This 60 room eco-lodge and day spa is set in the forest just 5 minutes drive from Cradle Mountain. All rooms are heated for winter, and have tea and coffee facilities. Hungry appetites are well catered for at Brushtails Bar, where you can enjoy a pre-dinner drink, at the Grey Gum restaurant, with its extensive à la carte menu featuring local produce and wines, and Quoll’s Bistro, where you can enjoy more casual dining in front of a roaring log fire.

Cradle Chalet Boutique Luxury Lodge: If you are looking for a hotel near Moina, snuggled in 18 acres and  en route to Cradle Mountain, the Lodge is just the place for that weekend getaway or romantic weekend with a difference, as this small boutique, wilderness offers very personal service to their guests. The Chalet’s fine dining restaurant specialises in local delicacies, and is also open to non-staying guests by reservation.

Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages. Set on ten acres of bushland just a short stroll from the Information Centre and shuttle bus, the cottages are a great choice if you are looking for snug self catering, or for families who want to enjoy a non-camping break at rustic mountain chalet accommodation in spectacular mountain and rainforest scenery.

Just a short drive from Cradle Mountain and 8km up a well-maintained dirt road, Lemonthyme Lodge is a huge log cabin resort nestled in a clearing in the rainforest, close to the . Accommodation ranges from private bedrooms in the main lodge, 2 bedroom cabins, 1 bedroom cabins with either a tree top tub or spa, or luxurious wilderness spa cabins. An advantage of staying at Lemonthyme Lodge is the walk into the beautiful Bridal Veil Falls and Champagne Falls. Access to both falls is via a good walking track, and the return trip can nicely take up 3 hours between breakfast and lunch.

We would all enjoy a short break at Cradle Mountain, and any one of these accommodation options will be happy to see you.

Have you just headed to Cradle Mountain for a short break rather than passing through to hike the Overland Track?

Did you have a great time?

What can you recommend?

Image: Eddy H via Flickr

Disclaimer: This article was sponsored by Hotel Club


  1. Steve W says

    Our family did both!! We hiked the Overland Track south to north, mailed ourselves some comfy clothes and stayed at Cradle Mountain Chateau for three days. A wonderful place to kick back in Winter, lovely open fires, great food, library and leisurely walks in beautiful scenery. Highly recommended.


    • Frank says

      Ah Steve,
      Fantastic. (we love ending the OT at Cradle) We are staying at Cradle Mountain Chateau for the first time the week after next. Can’t wait!
      Will write up a full review and shoot some of my rubbish video and post it over at Cradle Mountain .net once we get back.

  2. Simone says

    We just booked the Overland Track for next February!!! We will do a day of canyoning and a night in Cradle Mountain so we can get an early start walking the next day. It would have been nicer to walk South to North and indulge in the Chateau day spa at the end, but I thought our first visit to the area would probably be easier in milder (if we are lucky) weather. Have a great trip. Look forward to your post.

    • Frank says

      Hey Simone,
      Fantastic news!

      February should be brilliant on the OT. Nice long warm days ;-).

      We had a pretty tough time. Will take a while to get our heads around the story……..

  3. says

    Hi Frank,
    I have only been to CM once but it left a lasting impression. I was fortunate enough to get there when the weather was stunning and the peaks crisp and clear. The lake so blue.
    The whole area is a magical experience and one that everyone should see at least the once in a lifetime.
    If i wasn’t 12,000 miles away i would be there as much as i could.

    • Frank says

      Hey Alan,
      Thanks for dropping by the site. Really pleased you got great weather when you were out here. It is full blown winter here now with snow down to 300m. We are off to Cradle Mountain tomorrow for a bit of R&R after our last walk. Can’t wait!

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