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About the tour

Our professional guide in our clean comfortable mini bus will collect you from your Cradle Mountain accommodation or the Cradle Mountain National Park visitor centre around 10mins before the scheduled departure time.

We take the short 15min drive into the Cradle Mountain National Park to Dove lake carpark where we will start our walk for the next 2.5 to 3 hours.

Leaving the carpark, we head clockwise on the trail first leading to Glacier rock. These rocks have left us remnants of the movement from a glacier during the last ice age. On the clearest of day to views from here are tremendous….

We keep walking around the trail to various view points and points of interest where our guide will stop and discuss the plants, flowers and the various nomenclature of the area. We will see Pandani, Button grass, Boronia, Waratah and different species of pine trees amongst many other plants and trees.

Along the walk at the southern end of Dove lake we enter the Ballroom forest, a cool temperate rainforest, packed with ancient myrtle beech trees covered in moss from the ground up. The Ballroom is reminiscent of a grand ancient cathedral.

After leaving the Ballroom we hug the western shore of Dove Lake and short climb that brings in heightened views for the area before we descend into the King billy pine Boat shed which was constructed by a ranger of Cradle Mountain National Park in 1940. From this point at the boat shed the views across the lake to Cradle Mountain are very special, and time can be spent here taking in the views.

A short stroll from the boat shed brings us back to the start of the walk at Dove Lake carpark. From here our guide will drop you back to your hotel or visitor centre.


  • Professional guide/s with full commentary
  • Dove Lake circuit walk incl glacier rock and boat shed
  • Flora and Fauna unique to Tasmania and Australia
  • Complimentary hotel pick up and drop off

Additional Information

  • Tour does not operate on Christmas Day
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Water bottle and water
  • Wet weather jackets are required, wet weather pants are optional
  • Hat, sunglasses, sunscreen
  • Don’t forget your camera!

What People are Saying

"The Qantas Australian Tourism Awards is a once in a lifetime chance to showcase the very best of a region. Showing a warm welcome together with the professional and punctual movement of over 800 guests for dinner was a critical start and end to the event. McDermotts were just a pleasure to deal with and the quality and condition of their coaches is superb. They assisted with clarity on the timelines to pick up from several hotels and deliver all guests promptly. As the event director, I appreciated not only the fact they were experienced and simply took care of the planning of the pickups, but that their drivers delivered to the very highest standard that was remarked upon by guests. I would never hesitate to recommend them "

March 2019

Your drivers, were absolutely phenomenal again.They were always more than accommodating and helped us out when the situation meant we had to be flexible and change our plans. We would love to have the same drivers again!

July 2017

When it comes to professionalism,... When it comes to professionalism, guest care and quality of vehicles, it would be hard to beat McDermott's anywhere in Australia. They were the official ground transporter for the 2018 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards, bringing guests from multiple locations to the site of the event on time and in comfort. For any conference organiser managing an event in Tasmania or abroad, make sure you consider McDermott's. Superb.

March 2019

McDermott’s Coaches are a shining example of the way Tasmania’s tourism industry should operate. They understand their product, their industry and their customers and consistently deliver the highest level of service.

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