Mount Olympus at Lake St Clair
Mount Olympus Lake St Clair (photograph: Dan Broun)
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Lake St Clair
(Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park)

Australia’s deepest lake in a wilderness carved by glaciers.

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​The atmosphere at Lake St Clair is moody and ethereal – there’s an almost enchanted presence at this tranquil place. The Aboriginal name for Lake St Clair is leeawuleena, meaning ‘sleeping water’, and on still days, you can truly appreciate the origins of this name.

Lake St Clair is part of the celebrated Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park – the heart of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. It is at Lake St Clair that Tasmania’s most iconic multi-day walk, the Overland Track, comes to an end. Over six days, bushwalkers on this renowned track traverse a diverse and spectacular landscape, finishing up at the lake’s edge.

In addition to the experiences to be had upon the lake, visitors can explore numerous walking trails throughout the park. A range of short and longer tracks meander off through ancient rainforests to alpine lakes or mountain summits. Regardless of which route you choose, you’ll find yourself submerged in Lake St Clair’s lavish wilderness.

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​Carved out by glaciers over millions of years, Lake St Clair is Australia's deepest freshwater lake. Located at the southern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, it forms part of Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area and offers spectacular scenery, an award-winning visitor centre, and a range of beautiful walks to suit every ability.

The environment around Lake St Clair is among Tasmania's most spectacular. Deep glacial lakes are fringed by dense forests of ancient pines, and the high mountains provide a dramatic backdrop. Native wildlife is abundant in the area – Bennett's wallabies and pademelons are easily spotted by visitors to the lake, and wombatsechidnas, quolls, and platypus are also resident.

There is an excellent visitor centre at Cynthia Bay where you can learn about the history of the area, from the effects of glaciation to the ways in which Aboriginal communities interacted with the land. Information officers at the centre can provide advice about activities in the park.

The passenger ferry which operates from Cynthia Bay to Narcissus Bay at the northern end of the lake is Australia's highest altitude ferry service, and offers a leisurely way to enjoy the area's impressive scenery. The ferry timetable and booking information are available at Lake St Clair Lodge.​

Several of Tasmania's Great Short Walks are within the Lake St Clair area. These include Echo Point, Mount Rufus, and Shadow Lake, which range from 3-7 hours. There are also several short walks of less than 2 hours that let you explore the striking landscapes closer to Lake St Clair: the lamairremener tabelti walk offers an insight into the Aboriginal communities who lived around the lake, the Watersmeet Walk takes you to the confluence of the Cuvier and Hugel rivers, and beyond that is a loop to Platypus Bay.

In late spring and summer, you can expect to see brilliant displays of colourful wildflowers, including waratahs, orchids and banksias.​


Experiences in Lake St Clair (Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park)

Lake St Clair (Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park)

Echo Point

Combine a ferry cruise on Lake St Clair with a walk through the rainforest beside the lake. You leave from, and return to Cynthia Bay at the southern end of Lake St Clair.

3-4 hours one way, 11km, 20 mins by ferry (fee applies) and then walk one way to Cynthia Bay. , Grade 3
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Fishing on the rocks at Friendly Beaches, Freycinet National Park

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Fishing

Tasmania has a wealth of excellent inland and ocean fishing locations where you can cast your line.

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Interpretive sign, Lake St Clair

Lake St Clair (Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park)

Lake St Clair walks

Lake St Clair offers three short walks for you to choose from. Pick one or do the full circuit, the choice is yours!

45 mins-1.5 hours, 4.7 km circuit. Depending on your choice of tracks: Watersmeet Track Grade 2; Platypus Bay and lamairremener tabelti, Grade 3
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Lake St Clair (Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park)

Mount Rufus

Mount Rufus is a challenging walk that rewards well-equipped walkers with breath-taking mountain views on all sides.

7 hour circuit, 19km circuit, Grade 4
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Walkers at Lake Windermere, Overland Track

Cradle Mountain (Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park)

Overland Track

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The Overland Track is Australia’s premier alpine walk – a 65 km, six-day trek through the heart of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of the magnificent Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

6 days one way, 65km one way, Grade 4
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Lake St Clair (Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park)

Shadow Lake

Located in the Lake St Clair National Park, the Shadow Lake walk will take you on a circuit through rainforest, sub-alpine moorland and highland eucalypt forest.

4-5 hours circuit, 13km circuit , Grade 4
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  • Lake St Clair camping

Enjoy beautiful, sheltered camp spots nestled in the trees at Lake St Clair.

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