Lake St Clair is at the southern end of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Carved out by ice during several glaciations over the last two million years, this is the deepest lake in Australia and the headwaters of the Derwent River. Aboriginal people called the lake Leeawuleena, meaning "sleeping water".
The area around Lake St Clair offers a wealth of walks, ranging from leisurely strolls to overnight bushwalks,
Lake St Clair reflections
as well as beautiful forests to explore. Around Cynthia Bay you are likely to meet two species of wallaby. These are the Bennetts or red-necked wallaby, and the smaller, more timid Tasmanian pademelon. Occasionally wombats and quolls can be seen after dark. Echidnas and platypuses are commonly seen around Cynthia Bay too. Echidnas are most frequently seen from spring through to autumn in light bushland, often near tracks. Their presence is often indicated by freshly scratched earth. Platypuses are harder to find. They are quite sensitive to noise, but can sometimes be seen in the lake feeding around the shoreline.
Cynthia Bay sits on the boundary between dry and wet sclerophyll forests, two habitats that are home to a wide variety of birds. Many, such as black currawongs, strong-billed and black-headed honeyeaters, and the yellow wattlebird are found only in Tasmania.
Plan a visit to Lake St Clair to experience what this wonderful end of the park has on offer. More information can be found at www.parks.tas.gov.au/natparks/stclair