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Dove Lake

Marvel at the towering spires of Cradle Mountain as you walk along a boardwalk that skirts the pristine waters of this glacially carved lake.

Dove Lake is one of Tasmania’s best-known natural attractions, its breathtaking scenery drawing visitors from around the world. Snap photographs of the mirror-like waters reflecting the rugged twin peaks of Cradle Mountain and circumnavigate the lake on a tranquil stroll. Walk beneath the ancient canopy of a cool temperate rainforest and see gleaming quartzite rock formations.

Dove Lake is encircled by a walking track and a collection of short trails that branch off to lookouts. Walk up to the shoreline of Dove Lake and take in the stunning views across its expanse. Most of the trail around the lake is a boardwalk and you can walk in either direction. On the northwestern shores, see the historic boatshed. Built in 1940 out of local King Billy pine, this now-vacant boatshed is a popular spot for photographers. Snap a picture of the solitary structure against a backdrop of Cradle Mountain and the surrounding wilderness.

Stop by the geological formation known as Glacier Rock and see if you can spot the evidence of the glacier that passed over the quartzite in the last Ice Age. To the southern end of the lake, find the Ballroom Forest, a breathtaking stand of ancient myrtle-beech trees covered in soft moss. Look for other plant species such as tussock grasses, snow gums and pencil pines. See if you can spot a wombat, pademelon or echidna rustling through the grasses. Have a picnic lunch on the wooden tables dotted around the lake.

The Dove Lake walking circuit is 5.7 kilometres (3.5 miles) one way and takes approximately 2 hours to complete. It is suitable for children. Those looking for a longer walk can opt to hike up Cradle Mountain. Be sure to pack plenty of water and warm, weather-appropriate clothes, as temperatures can drop suddenly. Parking and public toilets are available at Dove Lake. The lake is located within Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park and park entry fees apply.


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Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

4038 Cradle Mountain Road Tasm, Cradle Mountain, TAS
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    This family-friendly Cradle Mountain hotel is located on a lake, just steps from Enchanted Nature Walk and Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Devils at Cradle is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away.

    Cradle Mountain Hotel AU$149
    Cradle Mountain Hotel

    Cradle Mountain Hotel

    3718 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, TAS
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 1.3 mi (2 km) from Devils at Cradle and 2 mi (3.2 km) from Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Enchanted Nature Walk is 1.8 mi (3 km) away.

      Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village AU$195
      Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village

      Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village

      Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, TAS
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Devils at Cradle and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Enchanted Nature Walk is 1.4 mi (2.3 km) away.

        Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain AU$99
        Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain

        Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain

        3832 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, TAS
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in a national park, this campground is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) from Devils at Cradle and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Enchanted Nature Walk is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) away.

          Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages AU$147
          Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages

          Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages

          3876 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain, TAS
             
            3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in the mountains, this cabin is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Devils at Cradle and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Enchanted Nature Walk. Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat AU$230
            Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat

            Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat

            770 Dolcoath Rd Off Cradle Mountain Rd, Moina, TAS
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the mountains, this motel is within 20 mi (32 km) of Tasmazia, Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre, and Mount Roland Conservation Area. Lake Barrington International Rowing Course and Mount Roland Regional Reserve are also within 20 mi (32 km).

              Cradle Forest Inn AU$100
              Cradle Forest Inn

              Cradle Forest Inn

              1422 Cradle Mountain Road, Moina, TAS
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated in the mountains, this luxury inn is 5.9 mi (9.5 km) from Mount Roland Regional Reserve and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mount Roland Conservation Area and Tasmazia. Lake Barrington International Rowing Course is 12.3 mi (19.8 km) away.

                Cradle Alpine Retreat AU$125
                Cradle Alpine Retreat

                Cradle Alpine Retreat

                1429 Cradle Mountain Road, Moina, TAS
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in the mountains, this cottage is 5.7 mi (9.2 km) from Mount Roland Regional Reserve and within 12 mi (20 km) of Mount Roland Conservation Area and Tasmazia. Lake Barrington International Rowing Course and Cradle Mountain are also within 25 mi (40 km).