Cosy cra­dle

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - Escape - - FRONT PAGE -

Win­ter is the per­fect time to take to the coun­try’s cool moun­tain re­gions, where you can rent a lit­tle cabin, build a roar­ing log fire and seal your­self off from the rest of the world for a while. Whether alone, with your part­ner, with a fam­ily or with a group, it’s an es­cape to a sim­pler time. The moun­tain cab­ins at Cra­dle Moun­tain High­landers Cot­tages (www.cradle­high­ or 03 6492 1116) in Tas­ma­nia are a text­book ex­am­ple. Each one is hid­den away in bush­land and hand-built from nat­u­ral tim­ber. The re­sort is on 4ha, just a minute’s drive from the en­trance to the World Her­itage-listed Cra­dle Moun­tain-Lake St Clair Na­tional Park. You may be con­tent to re­lax in the cabin but there’s a cool, serene wilder­ness on your doorstep beg­ging to be ex­plored. There’s a win­ter spe­cial on un­til the end of Au­gust, Sun­days to Thurs­days, with a gourmet plat­ter for two – in­clud­ing smoked salmon, pas­trami and cheeses – and sparkling wine on the first night.

You also get a hearty break­fast ham­per with sup­plies for your stay. It’s $360 a cou­ple for two nights in a dou­ble cabin.

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