Australia Day long weekend had been set aside to join a Pandani Club walk to Reynolds Falls. Instead of leaving Hobart early in the morning, we decided to drive up after work and stay the night in the Cradle Mountain area. This gave us good opportunity to bag a peak and we decided on Mt Campbell, as it’s a short walk and has an excellent view of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake.
We arrived at the Dove Lake carpark around 7pm and made our way around the eastern side of the lake and followed all directions to Hansons Peak. Instead of walking to the saddle between Mt Campbell and Hansen Peak, we decided to head up a rocky scree a bit earlier in order to save a few minutes. This was a mistake and most likely took a little longer than just going the regular way. Once at the saddle head left and follow one of many paths that snake through the fagus and up towards the peak. Once you get to the rocky scree there is only one main path that can be followed all the way to the top. We stopped for sometime about halfway up as the sun was setting and lighting up Cradle Mountain in a yellow/orange glow. The flat and unimpressive summit was our next target and we reached the heap of rocks that is the highpoint (~40 minutes after leaving the carpark).
All up: 4.1kms in an easy 1 hour and 40 minutes with 318m ascent.
Getting there: Follow all directions to Cradle Mountain and drive to the Dove Lake carpark. Once at the lake, walk around the eastern side and follow directions towards Hansons Peak. At the saddle, turn left and follow the pad up to the summit.