It's baby boom time in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania's UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder less than three hours drive from Launceston. And it can be difficult deciding who's scored the superior accommodation.
Is it the humans luxuriating in Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge's newly renovated suites? Or the multitudinous marsupial joeys, born in the early spring and now snug in their mothers' cosy pouches on these still chilly Tasmanian alpine days and nights.
Let declare it a tie, thoughthe lodge's premium King Billy Suites do have an edge thanks to the al fresco hot-tubs-cum-Jacuzzis, from where you can view wombats, wallabies and pademelons (with offspring, if you're lucky) grazing in and around the all enveloping wilderness. All in complete privacy, of course.
The elegantly refreshed and commodious King Billy Suites – named in honour of a species of sturdy Tasmanian pine which in turn is thought to have been named after the renowned local Indigenous man William Lanne – feature a fulsome range of mod cons.
These include a double-sided wood fire, a large and schmick bathroom with a free-standing internal bathtub and a kitchenette espresso machine and milk frother and complimentary port for an end-of-day tipple.
It's all part of the lodge's $10 million refurbishment which also encompasses the lodge's reception, the lounge with its leather sofas and armchairs, the main Highlands Restaurant and the Waldheim Spa.
It also coincides with the birth of a bold new Cradle Mountain Visitor Information Centre which perches on the boundary of the scenery and wildlife-rich national park with a striking architecturally-sculpted design.
Anthony Dennis stayed a guest of Cradle Mountain Lodge and Discover Tasmania.