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Lake St Clair

The deepest freshwater lake in Australia (190 metres/623 feet), Lake St Clair was scooped during several glaciations over the past two million years. The Lake forms the southern boundary of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and the finishing point for the Overland Track, one of the world's best multi-day bushwalks. During summer and autumn (fall), rangers offer a variety of activities such as walks, talks and slide shows for adults and children. There a number of short walks from the Interpretation Centre around the shores of the Lake at Cynthia Bay (Cynthia Bay is named for the Greek goddess of the moon). Some of the most spectacular walks take three to four hours or overnight and such as the walks to Shadow and Forgotten lakes. A pantheon of dolerite mountains and Mt Olympus, Mt Orthys, Mt Byron and Mt Ida surround Lake St Clair; at the southern end is a drowned moraine and the tumbled rock remains after the glaciations. The Aboriginal people of the area called the lake Leeawuleena, meaning sleeping water. Most of Australia's mammals are nocturnal but at dusk or dawn around Cynthia Bay you are likely to see two species of wallaby and the Bennetts or red-necked wallaby, and the small more timid Tasmanian pademelon. And sometimes wombats and quolls head out after dark; echidnas and platypuses are also common around Cynthia Bay. Birdlife such as black currawongs, strong-billed and black-headed honeyeaters and the yellow wattlebird can be seen and are found only in Tasmania. Try fishing, boating or the ferry service travelling the 18 kilometre length of the lake, and meet bushwalkers completing the Overland Track.

Lake St Clair

Lake St Clair: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Lake St Clair


Lake St Clair is Australia's deepest freshwater lake at over 170 metres and forms the southern boundary of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. It's also the end point of the Overland Track, one of the world's best multi-day bushwalks.
During summer and autumn, rangers offer a variety of activities including walks, talks and slide shows for adults and children.
There a number of short walks from the interpretation centre around the shores of the Lake at Cynthia Bay. Some of the most spectacular walks take three to four hours or overnight - such as the walks to Shadow Lake and Forgotten Lake.
Most of Australia's mammals are nocturnal but at dusk or dawn around Cynthia Bay you'll see two species of wallaby - the Bennetts wallaby and the smaller more timid Tasmanian pademelon. Sometimes wombats and quolls emerge after dark. Echidnas and platypuses are also common.
Birdlife including black currawongs, strong-billed and black-headed honeyeaters and the yellow wattlebird, are common.
Try fishing, boating or the ferry service that travels the 18 km length of the lake to meet bushwalkers completing the Overland Track or why not catch the ferry up the lake and then walk the three hours back.





A10
Lake St Clair, TAS, 7140

Located 18.9K from Lake St Clair

Donaghys Lookout


This easy three kilometre walk takes you to a lookout with stunning views into Tasmania's western wilderness.
The walk climbs a small hill at an easy grade to a sheltered viewpoint with magnificent views of the Franklin and Collingwood Rivers and mountains like soaring Frenchmans Cap.
Look for the sign to this 40-minute return walk on the Lyell Highway between the Franklin and Collingwood Rivers, around 45 kilometres from Queenstown.




Off Lyell Highway
Derwent Bridge, TAS, 7140

Located 22.5K from Lake St Clair

Franklin River Nature Trail


The Franklin is one of the best known of the many rivers that run through the Wild Rivers National Park. A walk along the banks of the Franklin and through cool temperate rainforest will give you an idea of the beauty that lies within the heart of this wild river wilderness.
Those travelling on the Lyell Highway between Queenstown and Derwent Bridge will cross this iconic river around 60 kilometres east of Queenstown.
The Franklin River Nature Trail has picnic tables, toilets and excellent walks through stunning rainforest to the Franklin and Surprise rivers.




Franklin River,
Lyell Highway
Derwent Bridge, TAS, 7140

Located 24.9K from Lake St Clair

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