After arriving in Devonport on board the Spirit of Tasmania and completing our morning activities, it was time to hit the roads towards Cradle Mountain, approximately a 90 minute drive to the southwest.
Our plan for Cradle Mountain was to take on the 6km Dove Lake Circuit, one of the premier walks in Tasmania. But before we could embark on our walk, we first needed to check into our accommodation at the Cradle Mountain Chateau.
We were staying in a Standard Room at the Cradle Mountain Chateau and they instantly ticked off one of the items from our perfect hotel room – a welcome gift of Tasmanian wine, crackers, cheese and grapes. Lovely!
There was also a large comfortable queen bed and a nice touch to the room was the artwork on the walls that was available for purchase if it took your fancy.
The room also featured our own private balcony with woodland views. Unfortunately our planned Dove Lake Walk had to be cancelled as our arrival to Cradle Mountain coincided with snow. Yes, you read right.. snow!
So instead of being able to get close to nature and the thriving wildlife of Cradle Mountain, we were stuck indoors for the remainder of the day. It was even too cold outside for the animals to come out and forage so there wasn’t much to watch from our window either!
Fortunately the Cradle Mountain Chateau was home to The Wilderness Gallery which featured some amazing nature photography including an exhibition of photos from our beloved Iceland by Joshua Holko.
We spent just over an hour here and at the Tasmanian Tiger Exhibition before heading back to the room to prepare ourselves for dinner.
Dinner was at the Grey Gum Restaurant, conveniently located within the Cradle Mountain Chateau. Our meal started with complimentary bread and dips followed by mains of macadamia-crusted chicken kiev and eye fillet, fresh from Tasmania.
As you can see from the photo, the kitchen staff at the Grey Gum Restaurant immaculately presented these meals and with a side of parmesan fries to share, there was no way we were leaving here unsatisfied.
Upon checkout, we were horrified to discover that our car battery had died. Being in a remote location, the two of us became concerned that our road trip plans would be thrown into disarray.
Fortunately we notified reception of our predicament and within minutes one of the staff was out at our vehicle with jumper cables to save the day and get us back on the road! Huge props to Cradle Mountain Chateau for the quick rescue!
About Cradle Mountain Chateau
Set in scenic alpine woodland, Cradle Mountain Chateau welcomes you home at the end of the day with warm log fires, comfortable holiday accommodation, hearty mountain food and traditional Tasmanian hospitality.
Find out more at cradlemountainchateau.com.au
Disclaimer: We received a complimentary stay at Cradle Mountain Chateau thanks to Pure Tasmania. As always, all thoughts and opinions are our own.