Lake St Clair National Park is a bonafide Tassie treasure. Sprawled across ancient rainforests and alpine reaches, it’s home to the iconic Cradle Mountain and is a world famous hiking destination.
The entire park is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. At just 175km northeast of Hobart, it can be reached in a little over two hours via the Lyell Highway. You’re looking at a similar length drive from Launceston via the Bass Highway.
One of the best places in the country to get out of the fourby and hoof it. You’ll cop perfect views of Cradle Mountain on a day visit to the serene Dove Lake. You can take a two-hour stroll around the periphery of the lake, or if you’re feeling fit, spend the day tackling Cradle Mountain’s summit.
STUFF TO DO
4WDING: The park isn’t a 4WDing destination as such, but it’s such a gorgeous spot that you’d be mad to miss it when visiting from the mainland.
HIKING is the chief pursuit in the region. Visitors come from all over to mount the famous summit.
The Overland Track is a 65km multi day trekking route that traverses Cradle Mountain and passes through the guts of Lake St Clair National Park. For more info on The Overland Track and the much shorter route directly to the mountain’s summit, head online to www.parks.tas.gov.au
FISHING in Lake St Clair is popular with visitors keen to try their hand at catching a feed of tasty trout.
Freshwater fishing licenses are required to fish all lakes and rivers in the area, and are obtainable from the general store. Private boats are not allowed on the lake, but landbased fishing is no problem.
LOCATION: The park is 175km northeast of Hobart with access via the Lyell Highway.
CAMPING is allowed within the Lake St Clair National Park at Cynthia Bay, for bookings and details email email@example.com
Fires are only permitted in existing fireplaces and firewood must be carried in and not collected from within the park.
FUEL is available in Cradle Mountain village centre as well as in Sheffield and Devonport.
MORE INFO is available at www.parks.tas.gov.au