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.
INCLUSIONS and HIGHLIGHTS
Join McDermotts travel club on this magnificent flower and gardens tour from Melbourne to the ACT. We have selected some very interesting and majestic gardens such as Bruno’s, the Benalla Botanical and the Australian National Botanic Gardens to mention a few and don’t forget the headline feature of the Melbourne Flower and Garden Show. We also get to visit some award-winning wineries like Coombe Estate and Dromana Estate and our Nation’s capital the ACT to take in the Australian War Memorial. There is loads more on this tour, so keep reading to see all the special highlights and for more detail in the itinerary section. We look forward to seeing you soon
Operates 1 October till 31 March
Join us as we embark on a journey of the greatest short walks of Cradle Mountain National Park. The tour runs for around 3 hours and covers approx. 3km.
Glacier rock walk
Pencil Pine falls walk
Weindorfers forest walk
King Billy walk
Knyvet falls walk
Plants and trees
Departs Sundays between 1 May to 31 Aug and Departs Daily between 1 Sept to 30 April
The tour visits the iconic Cradle Mountain National Park for you to experience the spectacular views, diverse flora an fauna along with guided tours.
Spectacular Cradle Mountain
Waldheim Chalet and ancient King Billy Rainforest
Animal Night Spotting or Star Gazing experience (please confirm with our office)
Accommodation is not included in the tour