Exploring Cradle Mountain

No visit to Tasmania is complete without taking in the amazing scenery of the Cradle Mountain - Lake St. Clair National Park, home to the world-famous Overland Track and the iconic Cradle Mountain.

Frequently asked questions

If you are planning on visiting Tasmania's beautiful Cradle Coast region and exploring Cradle Mountain, you might like to take a look through our frequently asked questions below.  If you have questions that are not answered here, please feel free to contact us directly and we would be happy to help.

Pricing and accommodation bookings

Do you offer an auto club discount?

Yes, Strahan Village offers a 25% accommodation discount to all RACT members and a 15% discount to interstate and international auto club members. This discount is also offered at Strahan Village, Freycinet Lodge and the RACT/RACV Hobart Apartment Hotel.

Dining at Cradle Mountain Hotel

Do I need to book for dinner?

We strongly suggest making a reservation at Altitude Restaurant to avoid disappointment. This can be made at the hotel's reception, either on arrival or over the phone in advance. 

Are your restaurants open during the day and can guests that aren't staying at the hotel dine there?

Altitude Restaurant + Lounge Bar is open for all-day dining and we welcome day visitors to call in and enjoy our beautiful location for breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks in-between.

Services and facilities

Do your rooms have hairdryers?

Yes, all rooms at Cradle Mountain Hotel have hairdryers for guests.

Do your rooms have a minibar?

Our Deluxe Spa and Split Level King Rooms have a minibar.  Our standard rooms do not.

Do your rooms have cooking facilities?

Our rooms have tea and coffee making facilities but not kitchen facilities. Multiple dining options are available via Altitude Restaurant + Lounge Bar as well as an in-room menu.

Do you have laundry facilities?

We have coin operated washing machines, located next to reception. The machines accept $1 and $2 coins.

Travel and parking

Is there parking at Cradle Mountain Hotel?

Free parking is available to all visitors to Cradle Mountain Hotel and the Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery.

Can I charge my electric car at Cradle Mountain Hotel?

We have a Tesla charging station at Cradle Mountain Hotel. If you're driving west, there is also a station at Strahan Village and on the east coast, Freycinet Lodge offers the same service.

How long will it take to drive to Cradle Mountain Hotel?

Allow 2.5 hours from Launceston, 4.5 hours from Hobart and 1.5 hours from Devonport. These times allow for a rest or photograph stop along the way!

What is Cradle Mountain Hotel's address for my GPS?

3718 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, 7306. Please note that GPS navigation will sometimes recommend the most direct route, however this doesn't always place you on the most suitable road. It pays to seek local advice if you are unsure.

Do you have a shuttle bus between the hotel and the Visitor Centre?

We do not have a shuttle bus, however there is easy road access and we also offer bikes for hire from the hotel.

Can I drive to Dove Lake from Cradle Mountain Hotel?

You can, providing the boom gate at the National Park boundary is open.  A recommended and reliable alternative is to park your vehicle at the National Park Visitor Centre and use the shuttle bus.

National Park Access and activities

Do I need a National Parks entry pass?

A valid National Parks pass is required to enter the Cradle Mountain - Lake St. Clair National Park and is available for purchase at hotel reception. You do not need a park pass to simply access the hotel.

General

Does your hotel have WiFi?

Cradle Mountain Hotel offers free WiFi to all visitors and guests. Note that due to our regional and alpine location, download speeds may vary.

What's the weather like at Cradle Mountain?

It's an alpine climate in our area, meaning you may experience cold temperatures and possibly snow in any month of the year. Watch the forecast and plan to travel with warmer clothes such as a beanie and a jacket, especially if you are considering night activities suh as a wildlife tour.

Do I have to pay to visit the Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery?

There is a $5 per person or $10 per family charge to enter the gallery which helps us maintain these spaces and continue to support Tasmanian artists through our residency and exhibition programs. Entry is complimentary for guests of Cradle Mountain Hotel as well as Altitude Restaurant and Cradle Mountain Café diners.

Will my mobile phone work at Cradle Mountain?

Only Telstra's network works at Cradle Mountain. Please note there are numberous 'black spots' due to the local terrain. Phone service via the Telstra network is generally not an issue at the hotel.

What are the hours of the hotel's reception?

Hotel reception is open 24 hours.

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