Waldheim Chalet

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

Waldheim Chalet is a walk in Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park.

20m, 100m. Grade 1.

Nestled among the myrtles and King Billy pines at Cradle Valley, Waldheim Chalet provides an insight into the early history of the Cradle Mountain area and the people who played a pivotal role in the establishment of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Gustav and Kate Weindorfer.

The Weindorfers built the rustic home and guest chalet in 1912, naming it Waldheim, meaning ‘forest home’. Waldheim Chalet continued to be used for accommodation until 1974. In 1976, Waldheim was demolished following a fire and a replica was built using traditional bush carpentry techniques. Made from shingles split from King Billy pine, it is an accurate reconstruction of the chalet as it had appeared at the time of Gustav’s death in 1932.

Waldheim is no longer used for accommodation, although nearby Waldheim Cabins offer accommodation. A visual and audio display inside Waldheim details the rich history of the chalet and the renowned hospitality and colourful lives of Gustav and Kate Weindorfer.

Please refer to the Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania website (parks.tas.gov.au) for up-to-date information about this walk, alerts, closures, safe walking guidelines, leave no trace principles and National Park entry fees where applicable.

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