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Cradle Mountain : Dove Lake via Marion’s Lookout

Up, down and around in World Heritage wilderness

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There
are moments in a walker’s life when your feet stop and your jaw drops as if
controlled by external forces. Gaining Marion’s Lookout, in Cradle
Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, is one of them. Directly below is Dove
Lake, its deep, dark water filling ice-carved Cradle Valley, and to the right
rears Cradle Mountain, a chipped, time-worn crown of rock.

You can gain this
elevation on a 16km day walk from Ronny Creek Car Park, which starts on boardwalk
traversing buttongrass plain, continues through lichen-covered King Billy pines
to Crater Falls, and tests nerves with a chain-assisted climb to Marion’s
Lookout.

The Overland Track,
Australia’s most popular long-distance walk, heads south from here but for this
day walk you’ll retreat down the chains and walk via Wombat Pool, a golden gem
set among trees, to Dove Lake.

Climbing headlands and
waltzing through Ballroom Forest, a refuge of verdant leaf and immature pencil
pines, the 6km Dove Lake circuit is one of Australia’s best short walks and a
fitting end for your day out.


At A Glance

Price:
$$
A$30 per person pass (A$60 per vehicle) gives entry to Tasmanian national parks for 8 weeks
Hours:
Best weather October to March, but rain and snow can fall any time of year

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