When in Cradle Mountain, a wilderness haven in central Tasmania, you cannot surpass the change to stay at Pepper’s Lodge. Surround yourself with unique flora, wild wombats, cosy fire places, luxury spa treatments and walking trails galore. Looking back on these photos, I feel incredibly nostalgic and am yearning to go back to Cradle Mountain more so than any other place I visited in Tasmania!
Location & Surroundings
In my opinion, Cradle Mountain Lodge is in the most prime location of all hotels in the area. Not only is it right near the National Park entry, but pretty much on your doorstep are many other hiking trails. The most notable would be the Enchanted Walk, which is easily accessed from the side of the main reception lodge. Just spend about half an hour getting lost amongst Cradle’s breath taking nature, and try and spot a wild wombat or two! If you’re up for longer hikes, you’ll find the King Billy Track and the Waterfalls Walk amongst others.
To enter the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, you do need a pass, though you can purchase it from the reception for about $60 for two people. In the park, you’ll find the most well-known walk, the Dove Lake Circuit that will take about 3 hours. If you’re up for a longer hike and fitter than I am, you’ll find several overnight hikes, as well as the famous Overland Track! Don’t miss these hikes when you find yourself in Cradle Mountain, as the flora and fauna is so abundant and diverse!
The Enchanted Stroll
Peppers Lodge offers a variety of cabins and suites suitable for all budgets. I stayed in the Pencil Pine Cabin for one night (which wasn’t long enough), and loved it! The cabins are quite basic, though offer you everything you need – namely a gas fire place to escape the chilly weather outside. Off the balcony, not only is the view of the main cabin beautiful, but you will most likely be able to spot some wombats and wallabies grazing in the field below your feet!
To do at the Lodge
After a long day hiking around Cradle Mountain in what will most likely be cold weather, what could be better than having a private spa room to yourself with views over the Pencil Pine River?! Book an hour at the Sanctuary and you’ll have a sauna, steam room, hot tub and plunge pool all to yourself! Not only is it uber romantic, but highly rejuvenating and relaxing.
By night, you can dine in the warm Tavern Bar & Bistro for delicious burgers and beers. The next morning, just when you think the lodge can’t be any better, your stay includes a buffet breakfast by the fireplace overlooking the lake.
Also, the Lodge offers fly fishing tutorials, native animal night tours, guided walks and cheese and wine tastings. You’ll never be left with nothing to do.
I really cannot say enough good things about our stay at Pepper’s Lodge. From the wombats at our feet to the food and the easy access to hiking trails, they have it all. If I’m back in Cradle Mountain sometime soon, then you’ll know where to find me!