Lake St. Clair and Western Wilderness Active Day Trip from Hobart
Today’s tour is for true nature and wilderness lovers, and for those who wish to go a little off the beaten track! We travel west to Lake St. Clair and into the wilderness beyond exploring this magnificent area with a series of Tasmania’s “Great Short Walks”. We experience some of the best natural attractions Tasmania has to offer with wild rivers, ancient rainforests, glorious mountains and a fascinating history from both the man-made and natural worlds.Highlights • Tarraleah Village & Tasmania’s Hydro History• Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park• Lake St. Clair: Australia’s deepest freshwater lake• “Great Short Walks” of Lake St. Clair• Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park• Franklin River Nature Trail• Donaghys Hill Wilderness Lookout• Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness Area
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Stop At: Tarraleah, Tarraleah, Tasmania
.Departing Hobart we travel West on this tour day, heading straight towards the magnificent wilderness. Our drive takes us alongside Tasmania’s Hydro-Electric history giving us a bird’s eye view of some massive man-made feats of human engineering! We stop along the way in the quirky village of Tarraleah for some great views from the local lookout.
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park, Tasmania
Our scenic drive takes us onwards to Lake St. Clair where we explore Australia’s deepest lake. We have time here to enjoy a series of short walks exploring the forests and wild rivers of this area. Alternatively, you can relax by the lake, enjoy the scenery, indulge in some photography and take in the spectacular setting.
“The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area offers all people, for all time, the opportunity to seek joy and inspiration amidst the untrammelled grandeur of nature, and refuge from an increasingly artificial world. It is waiting for you to discover it, and, perhaps, discover a part of yourself.” – www.parks.tas.gov.au
Duration: 2 hours
Stop At: Franklin River Nature Trail, Lyell Highway Between Derwent Bridge and Queenstown, Tasmania 7140 Australia
After our Lake St. Clair experience, we continue driving west and enter the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. The scenery here is breath-taking as we are surrounded by the Tasmanian world-heritage wilderness.
The Franklin River Nature Trail is one of Tasmania’s “60 Great Short Walks”. It is a beautiful trail of temperate rainforest running along 2 wild rivers. The Franklin River is most famous for its wild beauty, epic water water rafting and the fascinating piece of Australian political history that played out on the river, our Guide will share these great stories with you along the way.
Duration: 1 hour
Stop At: Donaghys Lookout, Lyell Highway Between the Franklin and Collingwood rivers, Franklin, Tasmania 7140 Australia
Then it’s onwards to Donaghy’s Hill Lookout Walk. Bring your camera as this walk has a not-to-be-missed epic view from the top! A short uphill hike (around 30 minutes) takes us to the Wilderness Lookout where we have 360 degree views. Mountain ranges, wild rivers, forests, button grass plains, 30,000 years of Tasmanian Aboriginal history – as far as the eye can see. A stunning and awe-inspiring view of one of the world’s greatest wilderness areas that survives today. This is a humbling and inspiring place to stand taking in our surroundings.
We retrace our steps and begin the return trip to Hobart. After a full day out west, we arrive back to Hobart around 6.30 – 7.00pm.
Duration: 30 minutes