Cradle Mountain, Lake Rodway and Dove Lake Track is a 10 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Rosebery, Tasmania, Australia that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is best used from October until April.

Length10.0 miElevation gain2,513 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingNature tripsWalkingForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScrambleFee
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Entry to this national park requires purchase online or in-person of a valid parks pass from the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service, visit: https://passes.parks.tas.gov.au. This is a great track with some excellent lake views. Only attempt if you're ready to do some scrambling! There are some rocky stretches that may be difficult for some trekkers.

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Lauren Macdonald
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HikingGreat!

Very achievable track, completed with night at Scott Kilvert memorial hut. Well marked trail, though would probably rank as moderate as opposed to difficult.

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Robbie Mateer
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Incredible! Best hike I’ve done in Australia so far. Started at the beginning of the overland track and followed the trail up to Marions lookout and on to Cradle Mountain. The rock scramble to the top was challenging at parts, especially on the way back down but it was a great adventure. Epic views throughout the day. Followed the trail back down to dove lake car park via the face track.

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Tijana Ljubisavljevic
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Hiking

One of the best day hikes I’ve ever done So diverse!

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Morgan Xu
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Gordon McPherson-Rayner
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Absolutely stunning trail. Over each ridge the views keep getting better and better.

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julie56 .
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RockyScramble

from dove lake there are steps and beautiful views the whole way. we were lucky with the weather but the wind definitely gets you once you reach the rocky part to the summit and the path gets very tricky. I am 5ft 4 and struggled to climb one particular rock to ascend further if it wasn't for my friends. If I was alone I wouldn't have gone all the way up as the scramble was hard especially for someone my height (a girl I met up there struggled too) challenging but rewarding! also, we drove our own car into the car park before 8 (as you can't enter once the bus starts running/gates electronically closes) we started hiking from dove lake car park from 8 and came back via the face track and arrived in the car park at 4:30pm. if you drive your own car you can shadow a bus out of the park but make sure you have a park pass.

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Brent Solomon
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a very rugged but we'll marked out track. I started at 1115 and got to the start of the summit track for lunch at 1400. went up and down the summit before going back via marions lookout for an afternoon snack about 1600, and then down via wombat pool. returned to dove lake bus stop at 1715

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Marc Elliott
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Absolutely amazing climb to the top of cradle mt. Rated as a grade 5, there is definitely a significant amout of rock climbing and maneuvering involved. The views from the top are more than worth it though.

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Brice Pennicott
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HikingRockyScramble

This is a clearly marked trail. Easy to follow with no backtracking required. Very exposed so you are at the mercy of the elements. Challenging in the sense that it’s a long way to go to get back in time for the last shuttle bus back to the car park!

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Nick Papadakis
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

what an amazing experience. definitely not for the inexperienced hiker, involves a fair bit of climbing and scramble, hiking shoes are a must. Views are unreal.

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Gretchen Haufler
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So if you love mountain Alpine hiking, this is the area for you in Tasmania. If you don’t have the time and/or did not get the booking for the Overland track, this is the day hike for you. My husband, six and eight-year-old daughters, and I completed this yesterday October 10, 2019. The weather was in the low 50s and rainy. We began at 11:30 and ended our hike at 4:45. Keep in mind, the last bus from Dove Cove leaves at 5:30, which is a real drag, haha. We did the hike the opposite way and modified the very beginning, that is go up to Marian Piont and then continue on to the hut. at the base of the Cradle summit. The only downside of doing it backwards is that we didn’t know if we’d have enough time to go out to Cradle summit and therefore did not. This hike has so much to offer – mountain views, moon like terrain, lake trails, rainforest trails, fun tricky ascents and descents with handrail chains,..... an awesome hike and the right hike. By the way, we saw no one on the backside of cradle mountain – we had it all to ourselves! Go for it!!!! Note: The visitor center had no idea what trail we were talking about when we brought up this hike. They seem to be only knowledgeable in the very short, easy hikes. Do your research ahead of time. In the three interactions we had with the park, they talked about bodies, death, and other words to invoke fear. I literally had to fight my husband to do this hike, and we both were so happy with the choice. Use your brain and be cautious, but this was a user-friendly hike clearly marked and clearly maintained. There are a few scrambles and you have to be careful with the weather, but it is a Half a day to a short day hike. Have fun!

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Drew Town
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HikingNo shadeRockyScrambleSnow

Good hard hike with great views. plenty of rock climbing required to do some of the peaks.

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Mark Sadowski
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble

Went in the Autumn. Ran into fewer than 20 people on a May Sunday. I got in right before first light so I went to Marion’s first before continuing on with the map above. Just about all the tracks outside of the tourist heavy Dove track have challenging bits, especially on your descent after a long day. You also get pretty varied terrain to tackle. The dense foliage with running streams everywhere took me by surprise on the southeast side of the summit, where as in other parts it’s all jagged rocks that will mangled your feet with poor placement and protection.

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Daro Bon
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

Astonishing views from the summit after a hard and challenging climb through the rocks. It can get very crowded during public holidays. Not for the fainted heart. Inexperienced hikers take care as the climb before the summit it is hard and very steep.

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Ben Usher
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Hiking

Great trail, I'm sure the views would be great if the skies were clear!

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David Gahan
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Gaveux Ĥ
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Hiking

too touristy

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Arash Ahmadi
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beautiful scenery with lots of options for hiking

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