Just back from an overnight trip to Cradle Mountain, and thought this info might be helpful if people are planning a visit. We have been before, but I’ve noticed people on TA asking about level of difficulty etc. The walk around Dove Lake is very beautiful. It takes about 2 hours (including stops to look at the view, have a break). If you intend to go all the way around, walk in an anti clockwise way – that way you get the worst of the steps/climbing out of the way when you are freshest. Most of the track is gravel, and a bit rough. There are board walk sections. There is a far amount of climbing (steps). A person of average fitness should be fine. We are not “youngies” (but are pretty fit), but saw people of all levels of fitness doing the walks. Anyway, you don’t have to do the whole walk – you can turn back if you have had enough. Be sure to walk down to the Old Boat House and then continue on around the lake. The Ballroom Forest is very special. Another interesting walk is the Cradle Mt Board Walk. This is all board walk, but includes many steps. You can start at various points, and can even organize to come out at certain points and get the shuttle bus to another point (you pay for the bus). There is most interesting information and interpretation centre, with maps and all info about these walks and distances etc. Go there before you head off. Even if you are not a keen walker, if you leave the interpretation centre and walk just 2-3 minutes along the board walk you will see the most beautiful rain forest glade. We stayed at the Wilderness Village: www.cradlevillage.com.au – this is self contained accommodation, self catering. It is right in the bush – but so comfortable, beautifully clean, warm. You walk onto the balcony and look straight into the bush – paddymelons (a sort of wallaby), wombats etc. Just lovely!! I should imagine for people who live a “big city” lifestyle this would be a wonderful experience.