Dove Lake Walk
Cradle Mountain 2019
|It's been awhile since we were here last, some 20 years ago in fact.
Younger and fitter, we climbed to the top of Cradle Mountain. This time,
however, we felt that the Dove Lake walk would be fine, given that
it snowed a few days earlier leaving the mountain with snow covered
peaks and the areas ability to change the weather in hours.
Coming up from Strahan in the south the day before we saw some great
views of Cradle Mountain from afar. I've added these the the walk
Twenty years ago we drove directly to the Dove Lake car park. Times change and this time we had to park at the Visitor's Centre and get a pass to visit the area which also acted as a bus ticket. To get to the walks now, depending on the time of day, you are bused to the start of the various walks and places of interest. There were lots of people there and our bus soon became quite full with many people having to stand the whole journey to Dove Lake. At the lake we registered for the walk and headed off.
You would expect some improvements after 20 years and we were not disappointed. Glacier rock has a great viewing platform and the boardwalks along most of the walk are brilliant.
The walk was great, the only sad part was half my lunch was stolen by a Currawong - hope it enjoyed it, I'm sure I would have! The views of the lake and mountains were excellent at all the stages around the lake, all different, all beautiful.
Back at the start we signed off the register and lined up for the bus to take us to our next adventure.
|Black Bluff Range Lookout
|View from the Black Bluff Range lookout
|Cradle Mountain in the distance
|Quite cold - snowed yesterday
|Toposcope or Orientation Table
|Dove Lake Walk
|The new car park.
|Walker's registration hut
|Graphic, showing the possible walks
|Walker registration area
|How to dress and what to take. Not many day walkers took advice.
|We did! But
didn't need to in the end.
It was a great day for a walk
|Dove lake car park
|A sign at many of the Tasmanian walks. Good work!
|Heading down to the lake edge to start the walk
|The start of our walk
|Starting 'Runkeeper' to see how far we walk
|Cradle Mountain - the focal point of the walk
|Looking back to the start
|Glacier Rock - the Boathouse in the distance
|Glacier Rock lookout.
|I took theirs, they took ours
|Long shot of the boat house
|A well signposted walk
|Side track to waters edge
|Back on walking track
|Another side track to the lake
|Back on Dove lake walk
|That's a large waterfall
|Pandanis even here!
|Good spotting Mischa, an echidna
|Where did he go?
|Time for lunch - watch out for the Currawongs, Colin.
|Getting warm, time to reassess our clothing options
|Looking back across the lake
|There were a few lunch spots in the area
|Bridge over a small creek
|Beautifully clear water
|Lunch thief's mate - a Currawong
|Eyeing us off closely - any food!
|Our food is bad for you - so we never feed it to wildlife
|Heading home - but still looking back on great views of Cradle Mountain
|Another viewpoint - another exchange of photos
|Interesting to get up close and see that waterfall better
|Boathouse in the far distance
|Helicopters were flying overhead all day
|Glacier point, from the other side
|The famous Boathouse
|It's what they do.
|Having acknowledged their presence they moved on
|To allow us to get the photos we wanted
|Lots of people walk directly to here for photos
|Car park in sight
|Back at start - 3.5 hours later
|Car park - quite empty due to the busing option
|Must sign off to ensure no one thinks you're lost out there!
|Waiting in the bus queue