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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.
Get the most out of your time at Dove Lake. Here's a list of the most popular things to do:
Trying a 3 Day Tasmanian Tour from Hobart to Launceston will make the visit to this fantastic attraction a day to remember!
For more activities, examine our Cradle Mountain things to do page.
This family-friendly Cradle Mountain hotel is located on a lake, within a 5-minute walk of Enchanted Nature Walk and Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Devils at Cradle is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) away.
Situated in the mountains, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Devils at Cradle, Enchanted Nature Walk and Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Dove Lake and Waldheim Chalet are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Situated in a national park, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Devils at Cradle, Enchanted Nature Walk and Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Situated in a national park, this campsite is within 2 miles (3 km) of Devils at Cradle, Enchanted Nature Walk and Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Dove Lake and Waldheim Chalet are also within 6 miles (10 km).
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. Dove Lake is 6 mi (9.7 km) away.
Situated in a national park, this motel is within 20 miles (32 km) of Tasmazia, Mount Roland Conservation Area and Lake Barrington International Rowing Course. Mount Roland Regional Reserve and Devils at Cradle are also within 20 miles (32 km).
Situated in the mountains, this luxury inn is 5.9 mi (9.5 km) from Mount Roland Regional Reserve and within 12 miles (20 km) of Mount Roland Conservation Area and Tasmazia. Lake Barrington International Rowing Course is 12.3 mi (19.8 km) away.
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).