Cradle Mountain Gateway Precinct

TypeTourismLocationCradle Mountain, TasmaniaClientTasmanian Parks and Wildlife ServiceYear2020StatusCompleteArchitectCumulus StudioImagesRob Burnett and Luke Waldron

The Cradle Mountain Gateway Precinct represents the first stage of the Cradle Mountain Master Plan completed by Cumulus Studio and tourism strategists Inspired by Marketing in 2016.

Designed to offer an alpine village feel, the new precinct replaces the single existing visitor centre with a series of new structures and services. The ‘alpine village’ includes a new visitor centre, orientation building, commercial services base, shuttle bus shelter, and coach transit centre, sitting on the edge of the Cradle Mountain National Park.

The Gateway Precinct establishes a sense of anticipation on arrival. While accommodating for growing tourist numbers and changing customer needs, the new buildings have been designed to adequately reflect the world-renowned Cradle Mountain visitor experience.

Recognising the significance and sensitivity of the site, key elements of the surrounding natural environment informed the design. Each new structure feels solid and grounded, with sharp geometric forms reflecting distinctive Cradle Mountain geology.