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This 6km track is one of Tasmania’s premier walks. It will take you right around Dove Lake and beneath the towering spires of Cradle Mountain. The track is boardwalked for much of the way. Highlights: Glacier Rock, Ballroom Forest and the Boatshed.

Picnic Facilities
No Dogs Permitted
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

Accessible by car but parking is limited.  Follow the road signs to Cradle Mountain.  You can catch a bus into the park from the Information Centre. Buses depart every 15 minutes, 7 days a week and are free with your park entry fee.


A topographic map of the area is available from the visitor centre but isn't necessary. The visitor centre also has a tourist brochure which outlines the walks.

Route/Trail notes

Start from the carpark.  Head downwards towards the lake.  The walk is well signed.  Follow the signs around the lake starting from the left (going around the lake clockwise). Your first stop is Glacier Rock which is a very short side track to your right.

After soaking in the views from Glacier Rock continue along the circuit, ignoring the turnoff to Hansons Peak. Make sure to visit the beaches but make sure to use the official tracks to reach them.

At the far side of the lake you'll find a viewing platform over the lake and get a look at the Honeymoon Islands. Shortly after you'll hear the water tumbling down from Lake Wilks and encounter the intersection with the Lake Wilks Track.

Next stop is Ballroom Forest, a delightful stand of rainforest with a couple of creeks running through it. Be sure to pause and soak it in.

Finally you'll pass the Marions Lookout Link track, a steep track that climbs directly to Marions Lookout, before reaching the iconic Boat Shed. Be prepared to once again meet the crowds you left behind at Glacier Rock as many people only venture as far as those two sights. The track finishes shortly after at the car park where you started.


Access to the park requires a Tasmanian Park Pass ( which you can buy from the visitor centre.

Other References

Tasmania Parks and Wildlife:

Trip Reports

Karn's Journal: Dove Lake Circuit walk notes


Very very pretty in the snow. Beautiful walk, pretty easy for everyone.

Catherine on Jul, 2011


agms on 31 Mar, 2009


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