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Cradle Cave Cradle Mountain

Bedrooms 2
Space 678 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 1 - 2 nights


About the property

This house was designed by Dr Mark Dewsbury, Centre for Sustainable Architecture, University of Tasmania. Mark has designed a house that, on the edge of a World Heritage National Park, aims to capture Tasmania's alpine heartland.

The house is a highly efficient solar passive design, capturing the warmth from the sun and releasing it at night. There is also an air-based heat pump that heats the concrete slab of the house. Insulation is extensive with double glazing throughout.

The 100 acres that the house is on was clear-felled 30 years before purchase and now, 50 years on, the forest is thriving. The house footprint is just 86 square metres yet while compact the design feels spacious.

Cradle Cave features

The house design was inspired by the curved seed pods of native hakea plants. High expansive windows provide extensive views of alpine vegetation creating a sense of being part of the incredible Tasmania mountain high country. While sitting in the warmth of the house you can look out at snow-covered trees, feeling cocooned and protected from the elements.

Various native animals can be spotted day and night with an extensive array of birds, the occasional wombat, possums, paddy melons and wallabies. This is an ideal location for a romantic weekend, family gathering or simply time-out from a busy lifestyle.

'When the sun is shining it's glorious, but even when it's grey, and you're sitting in the warmth with a good glass of red, and looking out at the floor to ceiling nature, it's pretty idyllic',

More Details

Property Manager
Gail Walker
Member since: 2015
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018


Moina House Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 678 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 1:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Not suitable for children
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
    Bedroom 2 - 2 queen
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Outdoor Grill
  • forests
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • hiking


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Cradle Cave Cradle Mountain
average rating of 4.857143 based on 14 reviews
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Back to nature!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here as a family of four. We loved our peaceful spot in the middle of the bush. Farm fresh eggs from across the road, and tassie pepper from down the road were perfect for breakfast. All the modern fittings available, and a very warm cosy house. Only a quick drive to Cradle Mountain National Park. We especially loved our night time visitors of paddymelons and possums!

The only things we would have liked were bigger beds (only singles and double) and some more instructions on how to use the appliances.

  • Submitted: Oct 6, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for your review Chantel and good to hear you were able to access Scott's farm fresh eggs; we had his turkey eggs when there recently and they're particularly nice. Yes, Tassie peppers have a flavour unlike other peppers and are increasingly being used in very creative ways - in ice cream, vodka, coffee etc! Thanks for the advice regarding appliances, we'll look into finding the manuals and try to add some further instructions. Regards Gail and Alan
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Launceston, Tasmania, Australia

Beautiful property Beautiful setting

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay, we found the house lights on fully heated and welcoming ready to go when we arrived spotlessly presented with everything we needed, all the extra little trimmings. We loved sitting behind the full glass front watching the possums come over to say hello, Then waking to find we had had a sprinkling of snow overnight just beautiful, and the house still warm and cozy.

  • Submitted: Aug 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Kim, Jack, Bill and Maria. Thank you for taking the time to comment on your stay - so very happy you all enjoyed it. Great that you had snow - it's so reassuring sitting indoors, in the warmth, watching the snow fall isn't it? Regards Gail and Alan
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Absolutely beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

It was the most beautiful, most unique property I have ever stayed in! The scenery was lovely and the house was comfortable and clean!

  • Submitted: Aug 13, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Fantastic property

  • 5 of 5

Great stay! Warm and comfortable. Well equipped kitchen. Nice trail to the creek and a visit by a bush tail possum.

  • Submitted: Aug 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for taking the time to comment Lianne. So very pleased you enjoyed it! Regards Gail and Alan
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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Great private escape

  • 5 of 5

A great place. Everything was very clean and comfortable. The kids loved the bean bags. You can sit in the warmth of this architecturally designed home and watch the possums wallabies walking buy.

  • Submitted: Apr 27, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We're very happy that you enjoyed your stay Gavin and thanks so much for taking the time to write a review. Glad the kids were comfy too. Regards Gail and Alan
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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


  • 5 of 5

Love the extended glass throughout and polished concrete floors,

a modern touch in the middle of nature....

Very handy to Cradle Mountain

So looking forward to a return stay.....

  • Submitted: Apr 25, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much Michael for your review. We also love the glass as we can be warm and comfy while still feeling that we're part of the bush landscape. Would be great to have you back again. Regards Gail and Alan
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Nearest Airport
130 Kilometres
Car: necessary
Other Activities:

Cradle Mountain


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.