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Devils @ Cradle

The Devils @ Cradle Tasmanian devil sanctuary breeds Tasmania's three unique threatened carnivorous marsupials; the Spotted-tail and Eastern quoll and focuses primarily on the Tasmanian devil. The facility is located on the edge of the Cradle Mountain National Park World Heritage area and conducts in-situ conservation programs for the Tasmanian devil including an on-site breeding program for insurance of the species. A visit to the sanctuary day or night will allow you to observe these extraordinary animals up close whilst one of our keepers will give you an understanding of their life cycle and the threats that confront them. The sanctuary is open from 10:00 with 'keeper tours' being conducted at 10:30, 13:00 and 15:00, while in the evening visitors can observe the amazing night time antics of the animals being fed. Devils @ Cradle is committed to the conservation and protection of this now vulnerable species. The centre operates a successful captive breeding program, ensuring the ongoing survival of Tasmanian devils in healthy numbers in the wild.

Cradle Mountain

The spectacular World Heritage Area, 1 hour 15 minutes from Devonport along the C132, was ranked in No 32 in Lonely Planet’s World Ultimate Travel List in 2015, ahead of Uluru, Kakadu and the Sydney Opera House. You’re guaranteed to see wildlife such as wombats, pademelons and currawongs, echidnas and quolls in the serenity of silent isolation amid ancient alpine trees. But Cradle Mountain is not just a place to get away from it, it’s a place to get into it – where you can leap off waterfalls, kayak to isolated myrtle forest, ride a horse through alpine wilderness, or walk for a while … or for days. You can visit a Tassie Devil wildlife sanctuary, take a scenic helicopter ride, see award-winning art galleries, or spend a snowy winter’s day sipping cognac by a fireplace in a cosy lodge as you gaze at the winter wonderland outside. There is accommodation for all budgets, from backpacker to alpine lodges ranked in the top 10 in Australia.

Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park

Cradle Mountain is Tasmania's most recognisable landmark and one of Tasmania's most visited attractions. Located at the northern end of the Cradle Mountain Lake-St Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain is part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness Area. The surrounding landscape of ancient rainforest and alpine lands with colourful beech makes for any number of beautiful walks. There's a visitor centre on the park boundary with an interpretive display, ranger station, park information, walker registration and up-to-date weather reports. There's no town at Cradle Mountain, however there's a wide range of accommodation in the Cradle Valley area, from an excellent campground to a luxury wilderness lodge. There are many superb short walks from the visitor centre and the Dove Lake car park, 14 kilometres further on. A five kilometre wooden boardwalk links the ranger station to Dove Lake, giving visitors an easy way to explore the park. A free shuttle bus takes visitors into the park and if you choose to walk part of the way the shuttle will pick you up at various points along the road.

Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery

The Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery is a purpose-built gallery showcasing works from Tasmanian and visiting artists in a wild setting. It's provides an opportunity for artists to present their work in one of Australia's most revered natural areas and plays host to artists in residence. The Gallery is located adjacent to Cradle Mountain Hotel, a two-and-a-half-hour drive west of Launceston (144 km) and a 90-minute drive from Devonport (83 km). The Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery exhibits a range of mediums, including sculpture, digital art, hologram technology, photography and film. Ten linked galleries, built around an enclosed garden of rocks and native plants, display this range and include a dedicated kids room. Alongside the Gallery is a gift shop with a superb range of Tasmanian art, craft and produce. Complimentary honey tastings are offered to all visitors and Tasmanian whisky tastings are also available.

Dove Lake

Dove Lake, at the foot of Cradle Mountain, is circled by a six-kilometre track that offers one of Tasmania's best walks. Most of it is on boardwalk and includes views of Cradle Mountain, unexpected beaches on the side of the lake, the ancient Ballroom Forest, a patch of Tasmania's notorious horizontal scrub and the occasional echidna or platypus. Dove Lake is at the northern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. It is possible to drive vehicles to the lake however parking may be limited. Your park access fee includes free use of the Dove Lake Shuttle Bus, which departs the visitor centre for Dove Lake regularly.

Waldheim Alpine Spa - Cradle Mountain Lodge

Waldheim Alpine Spa is a luxury spa and treatment centre located at Cradle Mountain Lodge, one of Lonely Planet's Top 10 extraordinary places to stay in the world. It is a must visit on a trip to Cradle Mountain. Waldheim Alpine Spa is encircled by rain forest at the edge of the exquisite World Heritage listed Tasmanian Wilderness. Soak up views of an ancient landscape from your spa suite as you indulge in the many luxurious treatments offered. Waldheim Alpine Spa uses completely natural Australian and Tasmanian-made skin care, body care and spa products. There are four therapy rooms - including double treatment rooms for couples. Waldheim Alpine Spa also has a dedicated therapeutic retreat known as The Sanctuary. Here you can ease away the aches of a day's bush walking, or travelling, in the steam room, sauna, hot-tub and cool plunge pool, and then soak in the view as you complete your experience in the relaxation lounge. The Spa is available to guests of Cradle Mountain Lodge and casual visitors. The lodge is located in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, a two-and-a-half hour drive west of Launceston (144 km) and a 90-minute drive from Devonport (83 km).