Dove Lake Circuit, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

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Well-maintained paths leading up to the Cradle Mountain encircle Dove Lake Circuit, home to a variety of native wildlife, including wombats, anteaters, and pademelons (small marsupials). The habitat includes unique native plants, such as the Tasmanian deciduous beach, tussock grasses, snow gums, and pencil pines. Formed by glaciation, this lake is now part of the protected Heritage Wilderness Area, which you can visit at the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. You can stroll around the lake on your own or join a long guided walk, such as the six-day Overland Track to the southern edge of this wilderness. Remember to bring waterproof clothes, as it rains almost 300 days a year in this area. Find out how to plan Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.
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  • We are sure this could be a fabulous hike on a clear day. Unfortunately today there was wind blowing sheets of rain. It took 2 hours to do the circuit, today being a day not inviting you to dawdle. Th...  more »
  • The most typical way, easy to walk, is suitable for a variety of people. View of the Lake is clean is comfortable along with the Sun.
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  • It surprises me that people would tackle this 6km walk in the Australian bush without any planning. Please, wear sensible shoes (or boots), take enough water for 2 + hours of exertion, wear clothes (&...  more »
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  • This stunning natural beauty offers hours of breathtaking scenery over numerous types of terrain and tracks of varying degrees of difficulty. It's wise to rug up as it can get quite cold from the wind and iensure you wear footwear that's suitable for traversing rocks and wet areas.
  • Beautiful... bring your snack along and have a break along the way. There's a picnic table bench with fantastic views 2/3 of the way in the dove lake loop walk when you do it clockwise. (Easier direction).
  • A very beautiful walk around Dove Lake with a gorgeous view of Cradle Mountain all the way. The full circuit is listed as 1 to 3 hours' walk. We walked it at the pace of a three year old and it took 4.5 hours with a couple of short stops. You can do a much shorter walk to the boat sheds and have a paddle if you prefer. But the long walk is gorgeous with lots of different sights and not too taxing - a few uneven steps to watch out for.
  • We did the Dove Lake circuit walk today. Beautiful scenery. We loved the shuttle bus service. The driver provided plenty of nice descriptions and information on Cradle Mountain. The walk was very well maintained. We were happy to not observe any littering during our walk. We will go again.
  • Awesome trail with some of the best scenery available in Tasmania. We walked Dove Lake and took plenty of time to take in the nature around us. It's a gentle walk but allow a few hours to appreciate the scenery. As we were there the snow capped mountains and Cradle Mountain created their own waterfalls as the snows melted, just majestic. My only regret was I had planned to stay in this area only one day. Should have stayed at least a week.
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