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Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Services - Luke O'Brien

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Services - Luke O'Brien

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Services - Luke O'Brien

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Services - Luke O'Brien

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Services - Luke O'Brien

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Dove Lake, at the foot of Cradle Mountain, is circled by a six-kilometre track that offers one of Tasmania's best walks. The walk includes views of Cradle Mountain, unexpected beaches on the side of the lake, the ancient Ballroom Forest, a patch of Tasmania's notorious horizontal scrub and the occasional echidna or platypus. Dove Lake is at the northern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

This 6km track is surely one of the premier walks in Tasmania. Starting from Dove Lake, a glacially carved lake directly beneath Cradle Mountain, the walk offers both intimate and epic views of the famous mountain. 

The track undulates around Dove Lake, traverses beneath the mountain, then returns through magnificent rainforest to the starting point. The walk takes you through some of Tasmania's special vegetation, from buttongrass ​to myrtle, sassafras, fagus and King Billy pine. Walk in a clockwise direction.

It is possible to drive vehicles to the lake however parking may be limited. Your park access fee includes free use of the Dove Lake Shuttle Bus, which departs the Visitor Centre for Dove Lake regularly.


  • Hiking
  • Sight-seeing
  • Photography


  • Walking trail - 6km | 2-3 hours | grade 3
  • Free shuttle from the Visitor Centre to Dove Lake
  • Visitor Centre
  • Picnic areas
  • Toilets

Important Information


  • Always do some research before heading out for your journey. Visit the parks website for up to date information on the current conditions.
  • Stay safe and get the most out of your park visit by preparing for natural hazards and other outdoor risks. You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.
  • Wear suitable footwear and ensure to wear appropriate clothing to protect yourself from the elements..
  • Plan ahead and ensure to take enough food and water for your journey.
  • Always stay on the marked tracks where possible. Never climb fences, they are there for your own safety.
  • Please consider the environment, take your rubbish with you or place in the bins provided. We want to ensure these beautiful places are still here for our future generations to enjoy.
  • Ensure to let a responsible adult know of your plans and report back into them once you have finished exploring for the day.
  • National park and camping fees apply for Tasmanian National Parks. Check the parks website for bookings and/ or further details.
  • Weather conditions in Tasmania can change quickly and frequently, especially in alpine areas. Snow, rain, wind and sun are all possible at any time of the year, and bushfires can occur between October and March.

Photo credits: Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Services - Luke O'Brien


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Dove Lake

Address: Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain, Ta 7306

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