See the South West Tasmania Map showing the Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Touring Australia: Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair is a spectacular yet sublime National Park and part of the World Heritage Area, consisting of it and five more parks, Walls of Jerusalem, Franklin - Gordon Wild Rivers, Southwest, Mole Creek Karst and Hartz Mountain. Three other reserves are also included, Central Plateau Conservation Area, Devils Gullet State Reserve and South East Mutton Bird Islet.
Covering an area of some 161,000 hectares, Cradle Mountain Lake St. Clair National Park can be found off the Lyell Hwy A10 via Derwent Bridge, some two hours east from Hobart.
This pristine World Heritage Site covers some 20% of Tasmania and is one of the last truly great remaining wilderness regions the world has to offer.
Towering some 1,545 metres at its highest point above the surrounds, Cradle Mountain is composed of columns of volcanic dolorite rocks having survived the weathering effects of the winds and rain, as well as the ice ages that have occured over the millenia.
Lake St. Clair is the deepest freshwater lake (174 metres) found in Australia and crystal clear on normal days. The lake feeds the Derwent River, eventually ending up at Hobart where it flows into the sea.
Surrounded by lush, deep forest with cliffs and the jagged peaks of Cradle Mountain rising sharply in the background, this oblong lake offers much to the visitor. There are day walks as well as the famous Overland Track, a trek of up to six or seven days through some of the most beautiful and pristine regions you will probably ever experience. There are guided walks available led by experienced guides over the track.
Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair Lagoon are popular recreational fishing areas. You do need a Inland Angling license and there is a limit to the total amount of fish that can be caught on any one day. The season stars from the 1st Saturday of August to the last Sunday of April.
At the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre, located at 4057 Cradle Mountain Road, you can find more about this region, the many walks and other acitivities that are available. There are also guided day and night tours available.
Note: The weather here can change rapidly, from sunny to cold rains. More about exploring the World Heritage Tasmania Wilderness.
You can see the National Parks in Tasmania on the Map of Tasmania National Parks.
Main Photo: Cradle Mountain Huts Walk, Lake St Clair National Park, TAS. Credit: Cradle Mountain Huts
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