Tasmania: Dove Lake Circuit

Dove Lake Circuit is a 5.7 km hike located at the foot of Cradle Mountain in Tasmania.

Dove Lake

It is one of Tasmania’s most popular hikes, so I knew I had to check it out when I visited December 2016.


The track is fairly easy along paved paths and boardwalks and takes between 2-3 hours to complete.

The circuit passes by picturesque sandy shorelines:

Dove Lake

Through the Ballroom Forest, a magnificent cool temperate rainforest:

Dove Lake

Aptly named Glacier Rock:

Dove Lake

And The Boatshed:

Dove Lake

Arguably the most photographed section along Dove Lake Circuit.

Definitely take a couple of hours to enjoy this walk when your travels take you to the Central Highlands region of Tasmania.

Dove Lake

Your only challenge will be finding a sunny day.

Fortunately, I arrived in time for stunning views of Cradle Mountain:

Dove Lake

But that wasn’t the case by the time I finished the circuit.

Dove Lake

Nonetheless, our afternoon at Dove Lake Circuit was the highlight of our time at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Dove Lake

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More Info

Address
Dove Lake Road (via C132)
Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park

Highlights
Glacier Rock
Ballroom Forest
Marions Lookout
The Boatshed

Tip
Walk clockwise for the best views.

Lodging Recommendation
Cradle Forest Inn in Moina

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