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  • CRADLE MOUNTAIN
  • Lees Paddock
  • Marions Lookout
  • Dove River

 

Cradle Mountain above Lake Dove

1/ The Cradle Mountain is an iconic mountain in central Tasmania. This photo shows the famous Cradle at the southern end of Dove Lake. To the left is the Little Horn Tower and to the right is Weindorfers Tower. The Cradle Mountain area frequently experiences freezing winds. However, if you are equipped for it, then you too can enjoy the beautiful vista of the snowy peaks seen in this photo.

Cradle Mountain above Lake Dove

2/ Lake Dove is the lake in front of Cradle Mountain. It is an ancient glacial lake and is very deep. This is why on a calm day, it is a very beautiful sight. Its ultra deep waters reflect the stark mountains cape around it.

3/ If you can brave the freezing weather of winter, then Cradle Mountain has some ethereal sights for you.

Cradle Mountain above Lake Dove

4/ This is the Cradle from its tiny beach on the eastern side of the lake. Note the plethora of soft colors reflected.

Cradle Mountain

5/ This is the view from the south of Cradle Mountain, as is seen from Smithies Peak. Those who walk the trails south of Cradle Mountain see some spectacular sights.

Cradle Mountain

6/ This is a beautiful view of the Cradle Mountain, as a blanket of cloud crosses over Weindorfers Tower. I have always found the sight of these blankets of clouds to be breathtakingly beautiful.

Cradle Mountain

7/ These two ancient pencil pines add to the beauty of Cradle Mountain, as they reflect back from Lake Dove.

Cradle Mountain

8/ This is the same view on a dull day. Photographers are very aware that Cradle Mountain has many moods.

Cradle Mountain

9/ In this view the Little Horn Tower of the Cradle is blanketed with cloud. These clouds regularly change the view of the Cradle.

Cradle Mountain

10/ This photo shows the towers from the track leading to the trails south of the Cradle. Note the wind swept trees.

Lake Dove and Cradle Mountain

11/ This photo shows Lake Dove on a calm day. The building on the right is the ancient boat house. Note how Cradle Mountain is always dominating the scene.

snow on Cradle Mountain

12/ This sepia shot shows the lovely variety of tones that are projected by Cradle Mountain in winter.

tree on Cradle Mountain

13/ An tree becomes a sculpture in this ethereal view of the moods of Cradle Mountain.

Barn Bluff from Cradle Mountain

14/ This is Barn Bluff seen above a shallow lake. This is one of the views seen by trekkers on the Overland Track that begins at Cradle Mountain.

 

Lees Paddock near Cradle Mountain

1/ Lees Paddocks hut is a stop on the Overland Trail that crosses the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park. The paddocks are an oasis surrounded by awesome mountains. The paddock were once used for grazing by the pioneer, who built this famous hut.

Lees Paddock near Cradle Mountain

2/ The hut at Lees Paddocks has maintained its rustic charm. It is still used by trekkers on the Overland Trail.

Lees Paddock near Cradle Mountain

3/ Lees Paddocks are an oasis of meadows surrounded by forests and the beautiful mountains.

 

Weindorfers Tower at Cradle Mountain

1/ This is the awesome view of Lake Dove you see from just west of Weindorfers Tower. The smaller lake is Lake Wilks, which is hundreds of metres higher than the lower Lake Dove. This photo was taken from the Face Track, which cuts its way across the cliffs of the 2 towers. This is a very difficult track to climb and descending to Lake Wilks, even requires the assistance of a safety chain. I decided to show this gallery in the reverse order from the end of the walk at Weindorfers Tower back to the start of the walk at the Ronny Creek car park. Unfortunately, the day was unsuitable for good photography, but you might get to see from my photos how lovely the place really is.

Weindorfers Tower at Cradle Mountain

2/ I went with a group of experienced bush walkers. Here you can see 3 walkers near the base of Weindorfers Tower, which is on the left. Just visible through the mist is the Little Horn Tower, which is in the centre of the photo. From this point the track became very difficult, as it cut its way through the cliffs of the towers.

Weindorfers Tower at Cradle Mountain

3/ This photo shows Weindorfers Tower on the right and the Little Horn Tower in the centre. The white dots on the left are walkers on the very difficult to climb Face Track. To make things even worse, the weather deteriorated to bring rain, mist and a freezing wind. We had to descend from the difficult Face Track to the easy Dove Lake circuit walk about 200 metres below. It became too difficult to take photos beyond this point.

Kitchen hut at Cradle Mountain

4/ This is the Kitchen Hut, which is on the Overland Track, just before the turn off to the Face Track. Beyond it you can see the tundra that leads back to Marions Lookout. These huts were built at strategic points to save walkers caught out by the freezing weather.

Kitchen hut at Cradle Mountain

5/ This is our group at the Kitchen hut. As you can see, you must be fit and well equipped to survive the cold weather, if you wish to do these walks. You should also go in a group of at least 3 people.

Kitchen hut at Cradle Mountain

6/ This is a view of the typical vegetation near the Kitchen Hut. The tundra is punctuated with rocks and low bushes. Note the absence of trees. It is too cold and windy for them to survive here.

Marions Lookout near Cradle Mountain

7/ This is Marions Lookout. It is 1223 metres high and gives you awesome views of the lakes and the surrounding mountains. The last part of the climb to the top requires the assistance of a safety chain. The orange vegetation is fagus. This is a deciduous tree unique to Tasmania.

Marions Lookout near Cradle Mountain

8/ This is the view on an easy part of the climb to the top of Marions Lookout. Beyond this point was the safety chain section. It was too difficult to take photos from the chain section. This view looks east across Lake Dove towards Mount Campbell, which is 1245 metres high. Note how a lone tree struggles to survive the cruel winds on the slopes of Marions Lookout.

Marions Lookout near Cradle Mountain

9/ This is the view from the top of Marions Lookout looking back towards Crater Lake. The track from here onwards to the south was quite easy. Note how all around you is a bleak treeless landscape.

Marions Lookout near Cradle Mountain

10/ This is the view from Marions Lookout looking towards the south and the twin towers of the Cradle. Below the Cradle is the southern shore of Lake Dove. The final part of our walk included a very difficult descend straight down the Little Horn Tower to the easy Lake Dove Circuit on the edge of Dove Lake.

Marions Lookout near Cradle Mountain

11/ This view looks east across Lake Dove towards Mount Campbell. Just right of this mountain in the depression is Lake Hanson. This lake is hundreds of metres higher than Lake Dove. Lake Hanson shows up as a sliver of blue in the depression. I intend to visit Lake Hanson soon.

Marions Lookout near Cradle Mountain

12/ This is another view looking east across Lake Dove. Note the rich field of orange fagus to the right of the photo.

Marions Lookout near Cradle Mountain

13/ This view looks towards the north. Lake Dove is to the right and Crater Lake is to the left. The streak around Dove Lake is the Dove Lake Circuit Track. At the top of the Dove Lake is the Dove Lake car park.

Marions Lookout near Cradle Mountain

14/ Fortunately, the Cradle Mountain area is well signed. For safety reasons you should note the suggested return times before starting your journey. Behind this sign is the descend to Crater Lake.

Crater Lake at Cradle Mountain

15/ This is your first view of Crater Lake. As its name suggests, it looks just like a crater. The Crater Lake area was replete with fagus.

Crater Lake at Cradle Mountain

16/ This is Crater Lake. It was replete with fagus, when I visited it in April 2015. I can imagine that it would look really beautiful on a bright sunny day.

Crater Lake at Cradle Mountain

17/ This is the track south of Crater Lake. We saw much fagus, as we approached Crater Lake.

Ronny Creek at Cradle Mountain

18/ This is a lovely waterfall that we saw on the way to Crater Lake. There are a number of much larger waterfalls in the Cradle Mountain area.

Ronny Creek at Cradle Mountain

19/ This photo shows the landscape near the Ronny Creek car park. The Overland Track in this section is on a raised platform. The vegetation includes these strange cushion shaped plants.

Ronny Creek at Cradle Mountain

20/ This photo shows the strange mixture of vegetation that you see in the area near Ronny Creek. Note how much of the area is treeless due to the freezing winds.

Ronny Creek at Cradle Mountain

21/ This photo was taken from the Ronny Creek car park. Again note the strange treeless landscape.

Ronny Creek at Cradle Mountain

22/ This photo shows the northern start of the famous Overland Track. This point is very close to the famous Waldheim Chalet.

 

Dove River Track at Cradle Mountain

1/ The Dove River Walk is an easy 5 kilometre boardwalk starting at the Visitor Centre and going through to the Ronny Creek Car Park. Ronny Creek is the start of the famous Overland Track. The Dove River Walk takes you through a variety of different terrains and has some great views of the nearby mountains. It is also a good walk to see animals on. This photo was taken near the start of the walk near the Ranger Station and shows enchanting moss covered trees.

Dove River Track at Cradle Mountain

2/ The walk provides spectacular glimpses of the twin towers of Cradle Mountain. I was fortunate to see the towers with a light covering of snow. This was despite it being mid December, which is summer time in Tasmania. The Cradle Mountain area is a wet and cold area, so you must always be prepared. On the day of my walk the weather varied from being cold and wet to becoming quite quite mild.

currajong on the Dove River Track at Cradle Mountain

3/ This is one of many currajong birds that we saw on our trek. They are quite intelligent and very aggressive. They are known to steal food from tourists and can even unzip a back pack. You should be very wary of them.

wombat on the Dove River Track at Cradle Mountain

3/ We also saw many wombats. They are a dog size herbivore and are common on Cradle Mountain.

wallaby on the Dove River Track at Cradle Mountain

4/ This is a Bennetts Wallaby. They are also common on Cradle Mountain.

fungi on the Dove River Track at Cradle Mountain

5/ The interesting things are not always large. You can also see unusual, ball shaped fungi.

Dove River Track at Cradle Mountain

6/ This photo shows the variety of terrain that we passed through as we advanced towards the magnificent Cradle.

bridge on the Dove River

7/ This view shows our group crossing over the fast flowing Dove River.

waters of the Dove River

8/ This is the view from the bridge to the clear, rushing waters of the Dove River below.

Overland Track at Ronny Creek

9/ This view was taken from the Ronny Creek Car Park and shows the start of the Overland Track. We watched the two distant walkers say goodbye to their families before they walked away. The snow covered mountain in the distance is Mount Marion. We continued our walk from Ronny Creek past Lake Lilla to Dove Lake.

Lake Lilla near Cradle Mountain

10/ We then began a new walk and took the Lake Lilla Track to reach Dove Lake. This was our first view of Lake Lilla. In the distance is the snow covered Cradle. The nearer mountain to the right is Mount Marion.

Lake Lilla near Cradle Mountain

11/ This view shows my last view of Lake Lilla, as I walked towards Lake Dove. The lake is about a kilometre long.

Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain

12/ This was my first view of Lake Dove. The Cradle is truly a magnificent sight. Unfortunately, it was not the type of day for awesome reflections.

Dove Lake and Cradle Mountain

13/ This is myself at Lake Dove. To my right is the famous Boat Shed. You should always have the right clothing and equipment at Cradle Mountain. From here we did the popular Dove Lake Circuit.

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