Closeup of red, yellow fagus leaves near Cradle Mountain Hotel
Festival of Fagus

Celebrating the wilderness

24 April - 8 May 2022

Join us in the mountains to embrace one of Tasmania's favourite natural events, the turning of the fagus. 

Closeup of green fagus leaves near Cradle Mountain Hotel

Marvel at the spectacular shades of orange, yellow and red as the ornate leaves of Australia's only deciduous plant change colour. 

Our annual Festival of Fagus honours our incredible wilderness with a variety of events, classes, workshops, tours and menus that will immerse and inspire you. 

What's on?

Couple walking on the trails near Cradle Mountain Hotel

Day Hiking Tour: Looking for Fagus

Daily 
National Park

Explore Cradle Mountain with a local guide who will show you the best places to find fagus. Tours depart from the McDermott's Cradle Tours office, however a pickup from your accommodation is available. Please note, a moderate-high fitness level is required. 

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Fagus Helicopter Tour

Daily | 9am-4pm | $275 adult, $150 child
Cradle Mountain Helicopters

View the autumnal shades of the fagus from a special perspective with Cradle Mountain Helicopters. This 20-minute adventure flight will show you the most iconic peaks and lakes in the national park. Tour subject to weather conditions. 

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Gin Infusion Masterclass

sold out
24 April | 12-2pm | $95pp
Cradle Mountain Hotel

Create your very own fagus-inspired gin under the guidance of Tasmanian distiller, Bill McHenry. Choose from a variety of autumnal botanicals to infuse your signature spirit, which you'll get to take home with you after the masterclass. Nibbles will be provided. 

A Child's View Kids' Workshop

25 April | 1pm-2:45pm | $30pp
Mt Pepper Room, Cradle Mountain Hotel

During the workshop, children will undertake an artistic study, drawing the different botanical components of the fagus, from how tall it is to the curved parts of the trunk and the size of the leaves.

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Watercolors with a jar of water at Cradle Mountain Hotel

Mixing Colours Kids' Workshop

26 April | 10:30am-12:45pm | $30pp
Mt Pepper Room, Cradle Mountain Hotel

Children aged 6-9yrs, with parents present, will work together to create a mixed-media mural of a fagus tree, mixing the yellows, oranges and reds of the fagus and making leaves from paper and card. 

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Little girl decorating cookies at Cradle Mountain Hotel

Cookie Decorating Workshop

28 April | 3pm | Free event
Mt Pepper Room, Cradle Mountain Hotel

Enjoy a fun afternoon decorating fagus-themed cookies with the kids. Autumnal-coloured icing and sweet sugar cookies to take home - delicious! This is a free event and all supplies will be provided.

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Kids' Fagus Forage

29 April | 10am | Free event
Starting at Cradle Mountain Hotel

The kids will love hunting for fagus in the alpine wilderness. They may even spot a wombat or two! As a special treat, each child will delight in a fagus-themed chocolate at the end of the scavenger hunt.

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Autumn flowers behind Wavelet duo near Cradle Mountain Hotel

Live music: Wavelet

29 April | 5:30pm-9pm | Free event
Altitude Lounge Bar

Kick back to the sounds of acoustic duo, Wavelet. Watch the sun set over the wilderness with a fagus-inspired cocktail in hand or have dinner at the restaurant. For dinner bookings, call (03) 6492 1404.

Drawing of unique fagus flora at Cradle Mountain Hotel

Discover and Draw

four spaces remaining!
30 April | 10:30am-3:30pm | $65pp
Mt Rocket Room, Cradle Mountain Hotel

Join Tasmanian artist and botanist Brenda Haas for a workshop examining and drawing the unique fagus flora. Take a deep dive into the science behind this unique species and understand its beauty from a new perspective. 

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A photographer taking pictures near Cradle Mountain Hotel

Photography Workshop with Luke O'Brien

1 May | 9am-4pm | $195pp
National Park

Spend a day honing your photography skills around Cradle Mountain with Tasmanian wilderness photographer, Luke O'Brien. Starting at Cradle Mountain Hotel, your day in the wilderness includes local transport, guiding, photography instruction and lunch.

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Closeup of a dish arranged for dining at Cradle Mountain Hotel

Gallery Garden Banquet

one space remaining!
6 May | 6pm-7:45pm | $95pp
Wilderness Gallery

Delight in a four-course dinner, complete with perfectly paired wines from across our island state. Savour the autumnal flavours while immersed in works by local artists, inspired by the Tasmanian wilderness.

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Sip 'n' Paint

sold out
7 May | 12pm-2.30pm | $85pp
Cradle Mountain Hotel

Spend a relaxing afternoon with a glass of bubbles in one hand and a paint brush in the other. Under the guidance of local artist Marion Roberston, create your own fagus-inspired work of art to take home.

 

Sip 'n' Paint

sold out
7 May | 3:30pm-6pm | $85pp
Cradle Mountain Hotel

Spend a relaxing afternoon with a glass of bubbles in one hand and a paint brush in the other. Under the guidance of local artist Marion Roberston, create your own fagus-inspired work of art to take home.

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Jewellery Workshop

one space remaining!
8 May | 12pm-2.30pm | $132pp
Waratah Room, Cradle Mountain Hotel

Under the guidance of silversmith, Jennifer Frost, you'll make a pair of fagus leaf earrings. These can be polished with a silver finish or colour can be added with alcohol inks to produce your own autumnal shades.

Jewellery Workshop

one space remaining!
8 May | 3pm-5.30pm | $132pp
Waratah Room, Cradle Mountain Hotel

Under the guidance of silversmith, Jennifer Frost, you'll make a pair of fagus leaf earrings. These can be polished with a silver finish or colour can be added with alcohol inks to produce your own autumnal shades.

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Dessert bucket with champagne glasses at Cradle Mountain Hotel

Highest of High Teas Fundraiser

8 May | 11.30am-2pm | $60pp
Altitude Restaurant

Celebrate mum and enjoy a delightful, autumn-inspired high tea for Mother's Day. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a cause close to all of our hearts, the National Breast Cancer Foundation. 

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Accommodation

After hunting for fagus, getting creative and exploring the national park, nestle into your cosy and comfortable accommodation immersed in the alpine wilderness.

 

Split Level King Room at Cradle Mountain Hotel
House of Gustav and Kate Weindorfer near Cradle Mountain Hotel

Exploring Cradle Mountain

Take in the wonders of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. There's so much to see and do, from iconic walks to local experiences and tours.