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Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, Tasmania
Things To Do In The Area

Transform your stay into a memorable experience

Cradle Mountain forms the northern end of the wild Cradle Mt - Lake St Clair National Park, itself a part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The area is one of the most popular natural areas in Tasmania with many things to do and see with most just a short stroll from Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge.

Tours (seasonal and subject to availability)

King Billy Track

Ramble along through this age old temperate rainforest to discover the myrtle, sassafras and ancient King Billy pines up to 1500 years of age. These giants are now fully protected, although once greatly sought after for their timber. The collection seen on-route are some of the oldest known in the local area. Duration – 40 Minutes (2km) Grade – Easy with steady incline, Starts – To the right of the Lodge (circular track)


Dine with the Devils

An exclusive summer opportunity to get close and personal with devils and quolls at Tasmania’s premier Devil Sanctuary. Enjoy a couple of beverages and sumptuous Lodge made canapés while exploring and getting to know these cheeky little ‘Devils, before heading back to Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge for a 2 course dinner in either the Tavern Bar and Bistro or our signature Highland Restaurant.


Dove Lake Circuit Walk

A fairly easy grade makes this walk suitable for all ages and fitness levels, focusing on Cradle Mountain, temperate rainforests and sub alpine plant communities. See Cradle Mountain in all its glory and learn about the action of past glaciers on the landscape. Duration – 3 Hours, Grade – Easy


Park Explorer Drive Tour

The road to Waldheim turns off approximately 2.5km before Dove Lake, from there it is a mere 500 meters to the chalet and car park. The tour will stop to look at the beautiful Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain (weather permitting). On the way, your guide will tell you all about the local fauna, flora and history of this famous area. Your visit to Waldheim will give an introduction to the life and times of Cradle Valley's pioneer conservationists, Gustav and Kate Weindorfer, finishing with a short stroll through the ancient rainforest. Duration – 1.5 Hours, Grade – Easy


Crater Lake

An excellent walk which takes you to the Crater Falls and a magical forest with pandini and sassafras trees. Discover the hidden glacial lake surrounded by 200 meter cliffs covered with fagus. Great views of Marion's Lookout and Crater Lakes. Duration – 3.5 Hours, Grade – Medium


Marions Lookout

This is a moderate grade walk with some steep sections, so a reasonable degree of fitness is desirable. On a clear day, this walk offers spectacular views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake.
Duration – 3 Hours, Grade – Medium to Hard


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Dove Lake Canoe Tours (seasonal)

This trip is great fun and an excellent opportunity to see Cradle Mountain from a unique perspective. We provide afternoon tea, life vests, tips on technique and an informed perspective of the area. Duration – 3.5 Hours, Grade – Medium to Hard


Night Spotlighting

A combination of spotlighting for nocturnal animals and enjoying the wonders of the bush at night, all from the comfort of a vehicle. Some of the animals to be 'spotted' include Wombats, Possums, Pademelons and Wallabies. Duration – 1 Hours, Grade – Easy


Wine and Cheese Tasting

Our host will guide you through the history and individuality of Tasmania's wine and cheese industry by showcasing 6 handcrafted Tasmanian wines and 3 boutique Tasmanian cheeses. Duration – 1 Hours, Grade – Easy (18 years and older)


Wombat Wander

An opportunity to see wombats in the wild. Our guide will take you into the National Park to try and get you close (but not too close) to some of Tasmania's most endearing marsupials, and provide interesting facts and information along the way. Duration – 1 Hours, Grade – Easy


Devils @ Cradle

A wildlife sanctuary dedicated to the preservation and research of the Tasmanian Devil. Only 1 km from the Lodge this is an attraction not to be missed as part of your visit to Cradle Mountain.


Cradle Country Adventures (seasonal) (External Operator)

Offer horse riding and quad biking, see the reception desk for details.

Self Guided Walks

The Enchanted Stroll

Meander along the banks of the Pencil Pine River, passing through a diverse array of vegetation, from buttongrass plains to teatree thickets, eucalypt woodlands and mossy myrtle forests. At dawn and dusk, an opportunity (if you're fortunate) to see the elusive platypus as it frolics in the pools, or glimpse a wombat as it feeds. Duration – 20 Minutes (1km) Grade – Easy, Starts – The front of the Lodge (circular track)


King Billy Track

Ramble along through this age old temperate rainforest to discover the myrtle, sassafras and ancient King Billy pines up to 1500 years of age. These giants are now fully protected, although once greatly sought after for their timber. The collection seen on-route are some of the oldest known in the local area. Duration – 40 Minutes (2km) Grade – Easy with steady incline, Starts – To the right of the Lodge (circular track)


Speeler Track

The Speeler track, beginning on the same route as the King Billy track, offers scenic vistas ranging from cool temperate rainforests, to the seemingly endless fields of buttongrass known as the 'Fury Plains'. You may even be able to catch glimpses of Cradle Valley and Cradle Mountain, weather permitting. The walk also offers the perfect opportunity to spot wombats, wallabies and echidnas. Please be aware that this track becomes very muddy after rain. Duration – 1.5 Hours, Grade – Medium, Starts – To the right of the Lodge (circular track)


The Waterfalls Walk (Pencil Pine Falls and Knyvet Falls)

If you enjoy cascading waterfalls and tranquil rivers then this is the walk for you. Follow the Dove Canyon Track to the Pencil Pine Falls, only 5 minutes walk. This popular swimming spot is likely to provide one of the more invigorating swims of a lifetime! The whole track is boardwalk. From the Pencil Pine falls, continue downstream towards Knyvet Falls. Duration 30-40 minutes (1.5km) Grade – Easy, Starts – Opposite the Lodge Shop


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Dove Canyon Track

After discovering the beauty of the Knyvet Falls this track continues to follow the path of the Pencil Pine River, before taking you through impressive temperate rainforests. A five minute detour, approximately 500m after crossing the river, will take you to the striking junction of the Pencil Pine River and the Dove River. As you continue, the track climbs to the top of Dove Canyon where you are faced with 60-70m cliffs that form the boundaries of Dove River. You are also treated to spectacular views down Cradle Valley and of Cradle Mountain on a clear day. Please be aware this is a more challenging track with one small part involving scaling up rocks; not recommended after periods of rain. Duration – 3 Hours, Grade – Hard, Starts – Opposite the Lodge Shop (circular track).


Dove Lake Circuit Walk

A fairly easy grade makes this walk suitable for all ages and fitness levels, focusing on Cradle Mountain, temperate rainforests and sub alpine plant communities. See Cradle Mountain in all its glory and learn about the action of past glaciers on the landscape. Duration – 3 Hours, Grade – Easy


Crater Lake

An excellent walk which takes you to the Crater Falls and a magical forest with pandini and sassafras trees. Discover the hidden glacial lake surrounded by 200 meter cliffs covered with fagus. Great views of Marion's Lookout and Crater Lakes. Duration – 3.5 Hours, Grade – Medium


Marions Lookout

This is a moderate grade walk with some steep sections, so a reasonable degree of fitness is desirable. On a clear day, this walk offers spectacular views of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake.
Duration – 3 Hours, Grade – Medium to Hard


The Overland Track

A six day walk, travelling 65 kilometres through the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The Overland Track from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair is a true wilderness walk which travels through spectacular dolerite mountains, near beautiful waterfalls, through a variety of fascinating ecosystems and close to Tasmania's highest mountain, before finishing at Australia's deepest lake, Lake St Clair. The stunning scenery and the physical challenges of this mountain walk have ensured that the Overland Track has built a national and international reputation as one of the great wilderness bushwalks. Please Contact the National Parks Service of Tasmaina for information.

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Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
4038 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, 7306, TAS, Australia
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