Lake St. Clair

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Lake St. Clair

Stand on the shore of the deepest lake in Australia then follow one of the walking trails around the water to spot some of the country’s most iconic wildlife.

Lake St. Clair is a great expanse of crystal clear water inhabited by platypus and fish. Echidna, Tasmanian devils and quolls feed on its banks while tourists flock here for the alpine landscape, ecotourism and adventure activities of the region. The pristine lake spans an enormous 45 square kilometres (17 square miles) at the southern end of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. The native flora that surrounds it is nearly untouched by introduced species. Visit for Tasmanian wilderness at its finest but not at its most remote.

Recent developments in the area have seen ecotourism boom. Today, Lake St. Clair is a popular destination for visitors from around the world looking to see the spectacular terrain with a bit of comfort. An eco-lodge on the banks of the lake allows visitors to the region to stay in private rooms with luxury amenities, just moments from the edge of the lake. The lodge also offers backpacker and camping accommodation. Dine at the lodge restaurant and sample wine from Tasmania’s premier wine regions at its bar.

Stop by the visitor centre to pick up hiking maps and park information. A number of trailheads begin at the visitor centre, including the popular Platypus Bay hike. Venture out on the 1.5-hour return hike in the hopes of seeing the elusive and incredibly shy platypus, a semiaquatic marsupial. A short walk from the visitor centre leads to the water’s edge where you can capture impressive photographs of the surrounding landscape.

Board the Lake St. Clair ferry from the eco-lodge to reach long-distance hikes that begin at the far end of the lake. Among these is the world-famous Overland Track, a week-long trek that takes in the majestic Cradle Mountain.

Fish for brown trout in the southern end of Lake St. Clair during trout season. Strict catch limits apply as the lake is entirely within the national park.

Reach Lake St. Clair from Launceston in approximately 2.5 hours by car. Some buses run from Launceston, Hobart and Devonport to the visitor centre, with more regular services during summer. There is a fee to visit the national park.

Tullah Lakeside Lodge
Tullah Lakeside Lodge
3 out of 5
Cnr Meredith & Farrell St, Tullah, TAS
The price is AU$114 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
Situated on a lake, this hotel is steps away from Mount Farrell Regional Reserve and Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. Lake Rosebery and Mount Murchison ...
3.7/5Good! (294 reviews)
"Convenient parking and rooms were nice and clean"

Reviewed on 3 Jul. 2021

Tullah Lakeside Lodge
Pumphouse Point
Pumphouse Point
3.5 out of 5
1 Lake St Clair Road, Lake St. Clair, TAS
Situated in Lake St. Clair, this luxury hotel is steps away from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park and Tasmanian Wilderness. St Clair Lagoon Conservation ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (162 reviews)
"The Pumphouse is in the middle of no-where. There is a lot of excellant hiking and some boating around. The hotel is designed to support this. It is less well designed to suit the long term traveler because of lack of space for suitcases or hanging cloths. That said the staff was extremely helpful. ..."

Reviewed on 29 Mar. 2018

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Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
4.5 out of 5
4038 Cradle Mountain Road Tasm, Cradle Mountain, TAS
The price is AU$399 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 Oct.
This family-friendly Cradle Mountain hotel is located on a lake, steps away from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Enchanted Nature Walk and Cradle ...
4.3/5Excellent! (990 reviews)
"Lovely accommodation close to everything. A little overpriced for what’s provided."

Reviewed on 14 Jul. 2021

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Zeehan Bush Camp
Zeehan Bush Camp
2 out of 5
Hurst Street, Zeehan, TAS
The price is AU$113 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
Situated in the historical district, this campsite is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Zeehan Golf Club.
4.2/5Very Good! (71 reviews)
"We booked a cabin for our family of 4, late check in was easy, our cabin was ready with the lights and heater going which was fantastic for 2 tired little travelers (3 & 6yo) on a cold, rainy, Tassie night."

Reviewed on 7 Jun. 2021

Zeehan Bush Camp
Derwent Bridge Chalets & Studios
Derwent Bridge Chalets & Studios
3.5 out of 5
15478 Lyell Highway, Derwent Bridge, TAS
The price is AU$190 per night from 27 Sep. to 27 Sep.
Situated in Derwent Bridge, this cabin is steps away from Tasmanian Wilderness and Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. The Wall in the Wilderness and ...
4.1/5Very Good! (165 reviews)
"Perfectly situated near Lake St Clair, the studio was a perfect hub for us as we explored the area. We got a great recommendation for the local pub just down the street, and really enjoyed our three nights here. Would highly recommend."

Reviewed on 15 Jun. 2021

Derwent Bridge Chalets & Studios
Tullah HideAway - Lakeside & Mountain Views
Tullah HideAway - Lakeside & Mountain Views
32 Ardyn St, Tullah, TAS
The price is AU$183 per night from 29 Sep. to 29 Sep.
Situated in Tullah, this holiday home is steps away from Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park and Mount Farrell Regional Reserve. John Lynch Regional ...
5/5Exceptional! (2 reviews)
Nice place to stay
"Nice place to stay. We’re very enjoyed."

Reviewed on 21 Jun. 2021

Tullah HideAway - Lakeside & Mountain Views
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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