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Lake St Clair
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Lake St Clair

Lake St Clair is at the southern end of the of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

The lake is the deepest in Australia and is surrounded by rugged mountain ranges with impressive views of Mount Olympus, the Traveller Range and Mount Rufus.

There are several walks in the area around Lake St Clair ranging from leisurely strolls to overnight bushwalks, as well as beautiful forests to explore.

Other activities include trout fishing, a ferryboat ride, picnics by the lake, not to mention great photo opportunities.

You can also catch the ferry boat one-way and enjoy an easy three-hour walk back to the interpretation centre through World Heritage Wilderness.

A wide range of animals and endemic plants are also found in the area. Bennetts or red-necked wallaby, and the smaller, more timid Tasmanian pademelon are common sights around the parks interpretation centre, while occasionally wombats and quolls can be seen after dark.

Echidnas and platypuses are also common.

Lake St Clair is a 10-minute drive from Derwent Bridge.

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