Cradle Mountain Hotel’s annual Festival of Fagus is returning to Tasmania’s alpine wilderness this autumn between 24 April and 8 May.

Now in its second year, Festival of Fagus celebrates the turning leaves of Australia’s only native deciduous plant – nothofagus gunnii – more commonly known as fagus.

This year’s festival features an inspiring program of events, classes, workshops, tours and menus designed to immerse visitors in Cradle Mountain’s autumnal beauty. 

“We have collaborated with fellow local operators to create a fun and diverse Festival of Fagus program,” NRMA Expeditions GM Marketing & Development, Georgie Gow said.

“As we all emerge from a challenging period and transition into our quieter season, we are excited to be working together to welcome and encourage visitors to our regional areas,” Gow said. 

“People travel from far and wide to witness the turning of the fagus, Cradle Mountain being one of the only places you can see this spectacular natural event in Australia.

“As the ornate leaves turn, the mountains and valleys are transformed by an incredible blanket of gold, orange, yellow and red; completely changing the alpine landscape. 

“Our festival program celebrates this uniquely Tasmanian experience and is designed for visitors to enjoy the breathtaking phenomena at their own pace.”

Some of this year’s Festival of Fagus events include:

  • Photography Workshops with Luke O’Brien
  • Helicopter Tours with Cradle Mountain Helicopters
  • Gin Infusion Masterclass with Bill McHenry
  • A range of children’s workshops
  • Sip ‘n’ Paint sessions with Marion Robertson 
  • Jewellery Workshops with Jennifer Frost
  • Tasmanian Devil Encounters with [email protected]
  • A high tea fundraiser at Altitude Restaurant and banquet-style dinners at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Gallery

Bookings to festival events are essential. For more information and to book, please visit