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Stroll around Dove Lake – Cradle Mountain NP at it’s best

4 November 2010 2 Comments

Cradle Mountain Dove Lake walkSummer visitors to Cradle Mountain National Park can expect long, usually warm days that are just perfect to enjoy the many short day walks in this spectacular part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Wilderness area.

A particularly picturesque walk begins at the Dove Lake carpark.  Take the shuttle bus right to the end, and there is the amazing Dove Lake straight ahead of you.

The walk around the lake can be started from either the left or the right track entry.

Grab our Cradle Mountain map and head off on your adventure!

The left hand entry leads you on a well constructed boardwalk to right under the towering Cradle Mountain, through the beautiful and primeval Ballroom Forest, then on to the Dove Lake boatshed, one of the most photographed boat sheds in the world, with magnificent Cradle Mountain as its backdrop.  The right entry does it all in reverse!

This wonderful walk takes about 2 hours, and there are seats dotted all along, for you to sit and relax, enjoy a snack, and take in the awe inspiring vista laid out before you.
You always need sturdy shoes or boots on any walks at Cradle Mountain, as the pathways are very likely to be damp or wet.

Take a warm and windproof jumper, a warm hat or beanie, some windproof gloves, and a water proof coat (not just a plastic throw- away poncho!) so you are well prepared if the weather suddenly changes, which it often does in the mountains.

Add a bottle of water, sunscreen, and some yummy snacks – and you’re ready for the unforgettable magic of Cradle Mountain.

Always check the official forecast at the Cradle Mountain National Park Visitor Centre, just inside the Park, before setting out on your walk.  Oh, and don’t forget to take your camera!

This beautiful image has been shared by Dennis Harding – Tasmanian Wilderness Photographer

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  • Merri said:

    Dove Lake and the boat house haven’t changed in 60 years. I was last there in 1998 and it hadn’t changed then from the 1950s. It is one of the beautiful places in Tasmania.

  • Frank (author) said:

    Hi Merri,
    You are so right! It is wondeful that as a World Heritage area everything is protected and kept the same…… Parks do a great job considering how many visitors there are each year.

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