The Experience

Does it cost anything to enter the gallery?

There is a $5 per person or $10 per family charge to enter the gallery which helps us maintain these spaces and continue to support Tasmanian artists through our residency and exhibition programs.

Entry is complimentary for guests of Cradle Mountain Hotel as well as Altitude Restaurant and Cradle Mountain Café diners.

Visitors are also invited to donate towards the Save the Devil Fund to assist research into the facial tumours.

How long does it take to see the gallery?

Depending on your pace and your time frame it can take from 20 mins to 2 hours.

When was the gallery built?

The Gallery was built in 2002 by Doherty’s and officially opened by the then Senator, Dr Bob Brown with Patricia Sabine as the curator. It was then purchased by Federal Hotels and in early 2014 RACT bought Cradle Mountain Hotel and Freycinet Lodge on the east coast, as well as Strahan Village and Gordon River Cruises on the west coast of Tasmania.

Is there a cafe in the gallery?

The Hotel restaurant and bar offers a delicious array of food, coffee and refreshments and is only a two minute walk from the gallery.

How big is the gallery?

The gallery is at least a one-hour visitor experience. It is a beautiful immense space with several galleries circling a Tasmanian bush garden with more than 27 species endemic to the state. The foyer windows give visitors a view to the bush and there is a huge shop full of locally made arts and crafts, with honey tastings and places to sit and browse.

There are three permanent exhibitions, which include the infamous TIGER ROOM, Children’s Room and the Dark Room. These are not to be missed experiences that combine art, storytelling and history with just a touch of the old museum.

We have six galleries that house artwork produced by both Tasmanian and interstate artists. Each gallery is 8 square metres with 4 metre walls to the ceiling, with more windows set into a ceiling recess.

For those who wish to engage a little further we have the Drawing Room; a place to sit, read, type a letter, write a poem or draw a picture.

Does the gallery have wheelchair access?

Yes, there is full access to the galleries and shop through the front entrance.

Are there toilets in the gallery?

Yes, there are male, female and disabled toilets provided that can be accessed from the gallery foyer.

Can I take photographs in the gallery?

Yes, you can take photographs for your own use, unless there is signage indicating otherwise. If you are publishing photographs online or on social media it is important to credit the artist and the gallery. All artwork has copyright attached to it and cannot be reproduced without the permission of the artist.

Is there a shop?

Yes, we have a large shop that is full of Tasmanian arts, crafts, produce and souvenirs. There are places to sit and read and it’s a relaxing atmosphere to spend time in. Credit card facilities are available.

Can I buy the art?

Yes, most of what you see in the nine room gallery is for sale or can be sourced by the Curator, so if you see something you like please speak to the staff in the shop who can assist you.

Can art be shipped to me?

Yes, if you are traveling and want your artwork delivered to your home we can arrange this for you. We will source a quote for shipping and manage the wrapping and transportation, so you can enjoy the rest of your holiday and wait for your art to arrive.

For the Artist

How do I exhibit in the gallery?

Applications can be made through the Annual Exhibition Call Out which is issued one year in advance.

The 2019 Annual Call Out is now closed.

Do I have to be a Tasmanian artist to exhibit?

We do focus on Tasmanian artists, however, if you have an interesting project/exhibition that demonstrate a proven connection to Tasmania and responds to the Gallery themes of Wilderness, Environment and Place, we will be happy to hear from you.

Please contact the Exhibition Officer Jessie Pangas at j.pangas@ract.com.au

I'm interested in the "Artist in Resident" program, how do I find out more?

For more information and details on how to apply for the “Artist in Resident” program, download the information pack by clicking here.


Where is the gallery situated?

The Wilderness Gallery is part of the Cradle Mountain Hotel property that is the first hotel you will see as you drive along Cradle Mountain Road. It is on the right hand side of the road and the gallery is directly opposite the hotel.

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Getting here

Best route from Hobart?

From Hobart and southern Tasmania: take the Midlands Highway (1) through Campbell Town, turn left at Perth, then take the Bass Highway (1), turning left at Elizabeth Town to Sheffield, then turning off to Cradle Mountain.

Best route from Launceston?

From Launceston drive along the Bass Highway (1) via Deloraine, (turning off at Elizabeth Town to Sheffield), or from Devonport drive via Sheffield, then turning off to Cradle Mountain.