Dove Lake within the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park

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Dove Lake is a treasure

Dove Lake, nestled beneath the towering peaks of Cradle Mountain in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, is a place to take one’s breath away. This glacially carved lake is a picture-perfect example of the stunning landscapes found in Tasmania.

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Featured is Cradle Lake

Formed during the last ice age, Dove Lake stands as a testament to the powerful forces that shaped the region. Surrounded by rugged dolerite peaks, the lake’s distinctive shape and tranquil waters create a truly majestic sight to behold.

One of the best ways to experience the beauty of Dove Lake is by embarking on the popular Dove Lake Circuit Walk. This six-kilometre track takes you on a journey through diverse landscapes, including ancient rainforests, sub-alpine vegetation, and sandy beaches.

No wonder Dove Lake has been included as one of Tasmania’s 60 Great Short Walks!

So, whether you’re a seasoned hiker or a leisurely stroller, Dove Lake offers a truly remarkable experience. This exceptional destination captivates visitors with its spectacular views and breath-taking landscapes, making it a must-visit.

Tasmania’s Alpine Gem: Dove Lake

Located within the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park in Tasmania, you’ll find it nestled amidst the stunning peaks of the region.

dove lake vistas

Unlike the mainland, which features towering mountain ranges, Tasmania’s alpine landscapes are more subdued in elevation, yet incredibly rich in the biodiversity they hold. These regions are a fascinating mosaic of jagged peaks, rolling plateaus, shimmering lakes, and dense forests just waiting to be explored.

Geography & Glacial origins of Dove Lake

The glacial origins of Dove Lake are evident in its crystal-clear waters and its position within a glacial cirque. As the ice retreated thousands of years ago, it carved out this magnificent lake.

It is classified as a tarn (or corrie loch) which is a mountain lake, pond or pool, formed in a cirque excavated by a glacier.

The ancient rainforests that envelop Dove Lake are a vital component of its geography. These dense and diverse rainforests are filled with towering trees, including the iconic Pencil Pine and ancient Myrtle-Beech Trees. While the forest floor is adorned with delicate ferns and vibrant mosses, creating a magical atmosphere – and the perfect backdrop for walks.

Visitors can explore the area by walking the famous six-kilometre Dove Lake Circuit, which offers spectacular views at every turn.

Ancient Myrtle-Beech Trees

The ancient myrtle-beech trees found in the Dove Lake area are a captivating sight in the temperate rainforest. These majestic trees have stood the test of time and hold great significance both aesthetically and ecologically.

Dove Lake Ancient Myrtle-Beech Trees central tasmanian highlands

Characterised by their smooth, pale bark and lush, green foliage, the ancient myrtle-beech trees create a dense canopy that casts a cool and enchanting shade. These trees can reach impressive heights of up to 40 meters, providing a sense of grandeur to the surrounding landscape.

Magical Forest floor

On the forest floor, your boots will be walking on top of an undergrowth carpet of ferns, mosses, and fallen leaves. This intricate ecosystem plays a crucial role in sustaining the health and diversity of the ancient Myrtle trees and other flora that call this area home.

Dove Lake carpet of ferns, mosses, and fallen leaves

As you navigate the trails, the vivid green moss-covered tree stumps and branches create an eerie atmosphere. .

The forest floor at Dove Lake offers a rich sensory experience, not just the sights, but an earthy scent of damp soil and the gentle crunch of leaves underfoot.

Stunning Wildlife around Dove Lake

Not only renowned for its breathtaking scenery, but also for its diverse wildlife. Visitors to this picturesque glacial lake can expect to have close encounters with a variety of unique and fascinating species.

One of the most common sightings at Dove Lake is the wallaby. Our tours often be spot these near the forested edges of the lake, grazing on the lush grasses and hopping around with their joeys in tow.

Dove Lake Tasmanian devils

Another iconic resident of the area is the Wombat. These sturdy creatures, known for their burrowing habits, can sometimes be seen waddling across the walking tracks or leisurely grazing in the forest.

While sightings of Tasmanian Devils in the wild can be rare, Dove Lake and its surrounding areas offer a chance to catch a glimpse of these elusive nocturnal creatures.

Last but not least, pademelons, a smaller species of kangaroo, can also be spotted around Dove Lake. These adorable marsupials, with their compact size and distinctive reddish-brown fur, are often seen foraging on the forest floor or hopping across the open grassland.

Popular Walks and Tracks Around Dove Lake

Dove Lake in Tasmania offers a multitude of popular walks and tracks that allow visitors to immerse themselves in the breathtaking beauty of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.

Lake Circuit Walk

One of the most famous walks is the Lake Circuit Walk, a six-kilometre loop that takes approximately 2-3 hours to complete. As you embark on this journey, you will be greeted by epic views of Cradle Mountain reflected on the tranquil waters of the glacial lake.

This iconic walk offers stunning visuals and a chance to immerse yourself in the diverse flora and fauna of the area. As you embark on this breathtaking trail, you’ll be treated to magnificent views of the famous Cradle Mountain and the glacial Dove Lake.

The Lake Circuit Walk is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, making it the perfect adventure for everyone. As you wander along the trail, you’ll encounter fascinating wildlife and plant species, from ancient myrtle-beech trees to pencil pines. The dense rainforests and magical forest floor create an enchanting atmosphere, calling you towards Mount Feathertop and beyond.

Allow yourself approximately 3 hours to complete this incredible walk.

Ronny Creek Walk

Another notable walk is the Ronny Creek Walk, which is perfect for those seeking a shorter adventure. This track winds through dense rainforests, allowing hikers to witness the majesty of ancient myrtle-beech trees and pencil pines. You’ll get your fill of magnificent rainforest flora and decaying pine logs, creating a magical atmosphere.

Gustav’s Legacy: The Birth of Cradle Mountain National Park

Gustav Weindorfer named the lake, an Austrian-born naturalist and amateur botanist who moved to Australia in 1900.

Gustav, along with his wife Kate Cowle, shared a deep passion for the outdoors, especially the mountains. Their love for Cradle Mountain led Gustav to promote tourism in the area during the 1920s.

Gustav Weindorfer Dove Lake

Thanks to Gustav’s tireless efforts, Cradle Mountain was declared a National Park in 1922, becoming the third national park in Tasmania. This designation extended from Cradle Mountain all the way south across the Central Plateau to Lake St Clair.

Embark on a Central Highlands Adventure, incl. Dove Lake

Itching to explore the beauty of Dove Lake?

Our Central Highlands Tasmania Walking Tour is the perfect way to experience the Central Highlands region of this unique island state. This will not only have you appreciating Dove Lake, but all the other amazing tracks nearby.

So, are you ready to lace up your hiking boots and embark on a journey of discovery? Dive into the essence of Tasmania and create memories that will last a lifetime with our carefully curated guided walking tour.

Join the Central Highlands Tasmania Walking Tour now and be part of this unparalleled adventure!


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