On arrival to the Cradle Mountain national park, drive to Dove Lake to see the main attraction – the mountain. A jaw-dropping panorama awaits, literally steps from the car park. The Dove Lake Circuit is a six kilometre sojourn leading through the Ballroom Forest’s ancient myrtles and beneath the peak of the mountain. It’s relatively flat, with well-laid paths and boardwalks and is often complemented with a wombat or two. The surrounding landscape includes ancient rainforests and alpine heaths as part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Ancient pines fringe glacial lakes and fresh water cascades down mountains.
While there's no actual town at Cradle Mountain, there are plenty of places to lay your head within the national park as well as restaurants and cafes. Follow up your wilderness walk with a visit to the luxurious Waldheim Alpine Spa. There’s something invigorating about slipping deep into a hot spa while mountain air nips around your shoulders, a reminder of where you are. Move between steam room, sauna, hot tub and plunge pool – all the while keeping an eye on those ancient King Billy pines beyond floor to ceiling windows.
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