Lake St Clair
Deep in the heart of Tasmania's Wilderness World Heritage Area sits Lake St Clair, one of Tasmania's most beautiful places. The lake and its surrounding mountains are irresistibly serene and for those staying overnight, twilight at Lake St Clair is simply magical.
The lake is located at the southern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, around a 2.5 hr drive from Hobart, and is surrounded by Mt Olympus, Mt Rufus, Mt Hugel, Mt Ida and the Traveller Range. These peaks bring a sense of rugged beauty and remote grandeur to the lake and its surrounds, especially when snow-capped in winter.
To let you fully appreciate this special place, a small ferry travels the length of the lake three times a day, offering a truly unique perspective of the park's spectacular natural beauty as you travel past the encircling peaks.
Wildlife around the lake is abundant. The surrounding countryside is home to wallabies, echidnas, native quolls, possums, wombats, the famous Tassie devil and a wide variety of birdlife. The region was also a favourite haunt of the now extinct Tasmanian tiger.
There are also many excellent walks in the area, several starting from the visitor centre. For the more adventurous, why not take the ferry ride out and walk three hours back alongside the lake through world-heritage wilderness – or vice versa?
Serious trekkers will also be in good company as Lake St Clair is at the end of Tasmania's famous Overland Track, one of Australia's great multi-day walks. While there are several fantastic extended day and overnight walks in the area, we recommend you plan accordingly, as the weather can change quickly. Park staff are always happy to provide advice as track and weather conditions can vary. You are in wilderness, after all.
Trout fishing in the area is also some of the best in the world with good fishing to be had at Lake St. Clair, St. Clair Lagoon and nearby Lake King William along with the many other nearby lakes that form Tasmania's famous Lakes Region.
Accommodation options consist of cabins, chalets and campgrounds and for those looking for more luxury consider Pumphouse Point boutique accommodation situated right on the lake - literally.
Accommodation is also available in the small nearby township of Derwent Bridge.
For more information on other attractions nearby, see our self-drive journey Western Wilds.