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Lake St Clair

18. Lake St Clair

time 40 minute - 1.5 hours depending on your choice of tracks (4.7km circuit)
access Road C193 to Lake St Clair from the Lyell Highway (A10) See map
fees Park entry fees apply. (Self registration park entrance.)
facilities Visitor centre, restaurant and accommodation
grade Level 2
what to take Group B items, plus lunch and water
cautions Supervise children , tracks subject to severe weather conditions all year round, weather may change quickly, tracks are difficult to navigate when covered in snow and may be impassable
prohibited No pets, firearms or bicycles

There are three short walks at Lake St Clair. The shortest is 2.4 km return and this can be extended by combining it with either one or two additional walks. At their longest, these walks combine to form a 4.7km figure-of-eight loop.

Highlights

Watersmeet

This is a short, easy walk, which will take you about 45 minutes return. The track follows an old road that was constructed to allow for limited logging after bushfires in the area in the 1960s. It is 1.7 km eachway, and culminates at Watersmeet, where the Hugel and Cuvier Rivers meet.

Larmairremener tabelti

This Aboriginal cultural heritage walk uses creative interpretation panels to introduce the Larmairremener, the indigenous people of this region. A band of the Big River Nation of people, the Larmairremener made seasonal trips to the east coast and traded along well-travelled routes with other bands.

The walk contains a wide variety of vegetation, including banksias, buttongrass, tea-tree thickets, Tasmanian waratahs, rainforest ferns, and towering eucalypt stags. The latter were ravaged by bushfires in the 1960s. The track follows moraines, which are ridges formed by retreating glaciers during the ice ages. Moraines influence the vegetation types in the area with open woodlands occurring on the well-drained moraines and tea-tree and buttongrass communities occurring in the wetter areas between the moraines. After reaching a viewpoint above the Hugel River, the track descends gently to the rainforest area and rejoins the Watersmeet Track where the Hugel and Cuvier rivers meet.

Platypus Bay

The track to Platypus Bay is a 30 minute return walk from Watersmeet Bridge. This track follows the Cuvier River to its mouth at the lake. The track then curves around the edge of the lake. Platypus are sometimes seen in this area. The best time is early morning or late afternoon.