When you've got a lot of work to do, and it's school holidays, well there's no other option in my mind than to bugger off on a road trip. After scrambling to find last minute accommodation, we managed to book the last two free nights at the Waldheim Cabins in Cradle Mountain National Park. Being a good five hour drive away, it fit the road trip bill perfectly.
Rustic cabins in an alpine national park are as irresistible as they sound. The park is a hot spot on the Tasmanian tourism trail and by day, is as busy as Pitt Street. But in the late afternoon, when the boom gates close and the crowds have gone home, it really is just you with a handful of other families in the quiet of the most magnificent of national parks.
The cabins are nestled behind a replica of a lodge called Waldheim, meaning forest home in German, built by an Austrian immigrant and his Tasmanian wife Gustav & Kate Weindorfer around 1912. Now a museum, here they lived and hosted many visitors with hearty food, warm beds and long guided walks through the magical landscape. I found their story so fascinating and so inspiring, one of struggle and hardship but also one of great achievement.
I came away with a greater understanding of what is so special about a cabin in the woods. It's where "there is no time and nothing matters" as Gustav Weindorfer wisely proclaimed.
And when the pressure's on and it's school holidays, I can think of no better place to be.