Wai Nang Poon
Wai Nang Poon
3 Day Trip

Cradle Mountain Indulgence

A mountain spa beneath the stars, a deliciously indulgent trail to get there and wilderness walking on your doorstep. Cradle Mountain is calling.
Day 1

Launceston

Just a couple of hours after landing into Launceston you can find yourself wrapped in wilderness but Tassie’s not the place to rush. Take your time travelling to the alpine reaches – there’s plenty of places to indulge before you get to the mountain, starting with the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail.

People walking along a riverside walkway next to a marina in Launceston Tasmania
Rob Burnett
Launceston Seaport Boardwalk

At Deloraine Deli, just 40 minutes into your journey, they’ll pack a hamper of indulgent local provisions – mountain picnic sorted. Next, drop into Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm for chocolate-dipped raspberries and maybe a cheeky scone. Round a few more bends, Ashgrove Cheese tempts with the likes of wild wasabi-infused cheddar.

a handfull of fresh raspberries at Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe
Danielle Prowse
Christmas Hills Raspberry Farm Cafe

Ready for your first brew for the day? Roll past the topiary of Railton’s main strip and into the hops garden of Seven Sheds Brewery for a Kentish Ale. Stretch your legs at Sheffield, a town where murals rule and an outdoor piano begs a tinker.

A person admiring a mural that consumes the whole side of a building at Sheffield in Tasmania
Lindsay Stockbridge
The town of murals

Tonight, home base is Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge on the fringe of World Heritage wilderness. Their King Billy Suite is the ultimate indulgence. Mark your arrival with bubbles, a Devils Corner NV Cuvee at the tavern followed by dinner at Highland Restaurant. Some grilled Tasmanian quail to begin? Late into the evening, sink into your outdoor spa with a glass of bubbles and admire the stars.

Day 2

Cradle Mountain

Wake to wilderness just beyond the doorstep. Pack a jacket (no matter what time of year) for a Dove Lake saunter. This glacial lake circuit draws close to the base of Cradle, a world of moss awaiting in Ballroom Forest. Other shorter walks include the Enchanted Nature Walk, and the Pencil Pine and Knynet Falls Walk, a brisk 20-minute return. Both are ideal to take that picnic.

a man sitting on a rock overlooking Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain in the Tasmanian wilderness
Jason Charles Hill
Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain

Time in the alpine air is best followed with pampering hours at Waldheim Alpine Spa. Move between the steam room, sauna and hot tub in The Sanctuary. There’s a plunge pool too, for those inclined. Floor-to-ceiling windows mean you can enjoy the experience surrounded by King Billy pines and feel at one with nature while having a hot stone massage or signature facial.

What’s best to pull you away from an alpine spa? The promise of a cool climate pinot shared slowly over a long highland dinner. And maybe another late night dip beneath the stars. Tonight stay at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge.

Day 3

Cradle to Launceston

Leave the mountain feeling recharged. Take a pretty drive to the airport via Mole Creek and stop for a cave and glow worm tour at Mole Creek Caves.

Internal photo of a cave system at Mole Creek in Tasmania
Tourism Australia & Graham Freeman
Mole Creek Caves

Travelling through rolling hills of Relbia why not round out your trip with a visit to Josef Chromy Wines? Taste elegant riesling while head chef Nick Rait tempts with oysters and grass-fed beef carpaccio. Pair that with the lake views and proximity to the airport and it makes for an indulgent departure lounge.

Availability of experiences in this itinerary may be subject to opening times, seasonal operation or booking requirements. Please call ahead to plan each day.