Dove Lake Circuit

Dove Lake Circuit, one of the best known walk in Tasmania and one of the most accessible for hikers at any level of experience and fitness. The 2 hours walk is a must do for every first-timer to the Cradle Mountain National Park.

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I started our walk from Dove Lake car park, going around clockwise. The thick clouds covered view of Cradle Mountain which soon turned into snow. The snow was falling on the pine trees along the creek flowing into Dove Lake.

Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain

Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain

The flat gravel track ran along the side of the Lake. The Hanson Peak is fading away on the left side of the photo.

Dove Lake - Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

View of Dove Lake with Cradle Mountain as the backdrop

Walking beneath the towering spires of Cradle Mountain was astounding. The snow and clouds created the mysterious effect to the entire experience.

Ballroom Forest, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Ballroom Forest, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

There was a great mix of terrains along the track, unexpected from such a short distance, including button grass, beaches, streams and forest. Half way along the circuit, the track enters the Ballroom Forest. The enchanted atmosphere made it easy to picture mystical creatures among the trees.

Ballroom Forest, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Ballroom Forest, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Crystal clear water created streams, feeding Dove Lake.

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Here is the snapshot along Dove Lake from mid-point of the walk. Dove Lake car park can be seen right in the centre of the photo.

Dove Lake Circuit, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Dove Lake Circuit, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

I emerge out to the field of button grass. The snow was melting away as it touched the ground.

Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

Dove Lake, Cradle Mountain, Tasmania

One last look at the Lake to absorb the experience.

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