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Lake St. Clair

Lake St. Clair

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Tasmania

The basics

Travelers visiting for the day can spend an hour walking the lakeshore trails or tackle a six-hour backcountry journey into the surrounding Tasmanian wilderness. Besides the lake, the entire area is famous for housing some of the best hikes on the island. The six-day Overland Trail has its southern terminus here at Lake St. Clair, and hikers who have just completed the 40-mile trail are often found on the ferry that crosses from Narcissus Bay to Cynthia Bay. Multi-day tours of Tasmania’s west coast typically include a stop at Lake St. Clair, as well as Russell Falls and the Tarkine Rainforest. Week-long itineraries often cover some of the east coast as well, including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site.

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Tasmania 8 Day - Tour in Circle
Tasmania 8 Day - Tour in Circle
USD2,191.43 per adult
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Tasmania 6 day tour with Fun Tassie Tours
I would highly recommend this tour. The group size is small, the bus new and comfortable. Each day was exciting with interesting and beautiful places to explore. Morgan (tour guide and driver) was very knowledgeable, thoughtful and ready to answer any questions. This tour takes you round the whole island including Cradle Mountain, lunches were varied, fresh and very tasty. Accommodation cosy and comfortable. Trip good for both couples and solo travellers. Excellent overall.
judith899, Oct. 2019

Things to know before you go

  • Stop at the Lake St. Clair Visitor Center for the latest information on trail conditions and closures.
  • Accommodations near the lake include a campground and a few lodges and cabins.
  • Bring a waterproof jacket, walking boots, and a pair of waterproof pants, as sudden rain is possible throughout the year.
  • The visitor center, picnic area, and Watersmeet Trail are all wheelchair accessible.
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How to get there

Lake St. Clair is located 2.5 hours from Hobart and is accessible via the Lyell Highway. Buses run infrequently (a couple times a week) between Lake St. Clair and Hobart, so it’s more convenient to drive or join a guided tour with round-trip transportation. Watch out for animals on the road if you’re driving at night.

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When to get there

Hikers will find the best conditions for outdoor adventure between November and April. Come early in the season for a chance to spot echidnas from the trails. Access to the park can sometimes be closed due to snow in winter.

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Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain, the second major natural landmark within this national park, towers above the Tasmanian wilderness and is one of the state’s most visited natural attractions. Soak up views of the jagged mountain from the shores of Dove Lake, or plan to spend a day hiking to its summit. Cradle Mountain also serves as the starting point for the Overland Trail.

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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Lake St. Clair?
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