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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\u2019s 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 \u2013 Lake St. Clair National Park and park entry fees apply.


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Lodging Near Dove Lake

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Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge $141
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

4038 Cradle Mountain Road Tasm, Cradle Mountain
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 1,196 reviews
    4.5 out of 5.0

    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 Highlanders Cottages $100
    Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages

    Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages

    3876 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain
       
      4.8
      of 5, from 356 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Situated in the mountains, this cabin is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Devils at Cradle and 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Enchanted Nature Walk. Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village $130
      Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village

      Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village

      Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain
         
        4.5
        of 5, from 1,083 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Situated in the mountains, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Devils at Cradle and 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre. Enchanted Nature Walk is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) away.

        Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain $60
        Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain

        Discovery Parks Cradle Mountain

        3832 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain
           
          4.2
          of 5, from 957 reviews
          3.5 out of 5.0

          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.

          Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat $133
          Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat

          Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat

          770 Dolcoath Rd Off Cradle Mountain Rd, Moina
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 387 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in the mountains, this motel is 11.8 mi (19.1 km) from Devils at Cradle and 12.4 mi (20 km) from Enchanted Nature Walk. Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and Tasmazia are also within 16 mi (25 km).

            Cradle Alpine Retreat $53
            Cradle Alpine Retreat

            Cradle Alpine Retreat

            1429 Cradle Mountain Road, Moina
               
              3.9
              of 5, from 47 reviews
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in the mountains, this cottage is 10.5 mi (16.9 km) from Tasmazia and within 25 mi (40 km) of Lake Barrington International Rowing Course and Cradle Mountain.

              Cradle Forest Inn
              Cradle Forest Inn

              Cradle Forest Inn

              1422 Cradle Mountain Road, Moina
                 
                4.3
                of 5, from 222 reviews
                4.5 out of 5.0

                Situated in the mountains, this luxury inn is 10.2 mi (16.4 km) from Tasmazia and 12.3 mi (19.7 km) from Lake Barrington International Rowing Course. Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre and Devils at Cradle are also within 20 mi (32 km).

                Tullah Lakeside Lodge $72
                Tullah Lakeside Lodge

                Tullah Lakeside Lodge

                Cnr Meredith & Farrell St, Tullah
                   
                  3.5
                  of 5, from 163 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Tullah, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Lake Rosebery and 1.4 mi (2.3 km) from Mount Farrell. Mount Murchison is 4.9 mi (7.9 km) away.