The Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park, located deep in the Southwest Wilderness World Heritage Area, is home to some of the most diverse and spectacular landscapes in Tasmania.
The route begins at the Lake St Clair Visitor Centre, a concluding point for the famous Overland Track. From here you will gradually climb up a narrow, rocky trail into the heavens and onto the Mt Rufus plateau. Views await! Looking south you will see endless mountains in the Southwest Wilderness World Heritage Area, and then looking north-west you will be amazed by the landscape heralding The Overland Track region. Lake St Clair will lie a long way below you now! The descent takes you through unusual sandstone pagoda outcrops before reaching the plains that lead towards Shadow Lake. This is a fantastic spot for a VERY refreshing swim! Then homeward bound via The Water's Meet, a juncture of freshly flowing streams, and then the shores of Lake St Clair where another cold dip awaits! Congratulations!
- Absorb vast vistas into the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, and south to the Southwest Wilderness World Heritage Area
- Dance across rocky terrain as you clamber to the summit of Mt Rufus.
- Marvel at the unusual sandstone pagodas on the descent from Mt Rufus' summit.
- Duck and weave through the pandandi forest towards Shadow Lake.
- Enjoy multiple swims at Shadow Lake and Lake St Clair as you conclude your day!
More information on this route can be found here:
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