Lake St Clair
50 minutes from Tarraleah. The deepest freshwater lake in Australia (at over 170 metres/557 feet deep), Lake St Clair was scooped during several glaciations over the past two million years. The Lake forms the southern boundary of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and the finishing point for the Overland Track, one of the world’s best multi-day bushwalks. During summer and autumn (fall), rangers offer a variety of activities such as walks, talks and slide shows for adults and children.
There are a number of short walks from the Interpretation Centre around the shores of the Lake at Cynthia Bay (Cynthia Bay is named for the Greek goddess of the moon). Some of the most spectacular walks take four to six four hours – such as the walks to Shadow and Forgotten lakes or Mount Rufus. A pantheon of dolerite mountains – Mt Olympus, Traveller Range, Mt Byron and Mt Ida surround Lake St Clair; at the southern end is a drowned moraine – the tumbled rock remains after the glaciations. The Aboriginal people of the area called the lake Leeawuleena, meaning sleeping water.
To access Lake St Clair, proceed along the Lyell Highway to Derwent Bridge, then enter the National Park where signposted. You will need to purchase a Parks Pass to enter the park.