In one of Australia’s most famous and much-loved national parks, you can meander through temperate rainforest following the shoreline of the deepest lake in Australia, Lake St Clair. The Echo Point Walk is a 13 mi / 21 km out-and-back trail that starts and ends at the St Clair Visitors Centre within the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, near Derwent Bridge, Tasmania.
This beautiful walking trail, which follows a section of the well-known 40-mile Overland Track, leads to Echo Point on a winding forest trail. Roots and boggy areas can slow progress at times and it can get especially muddy after rain, but the trail is generally gently undulating and graded as Medium difficulty so is considered suitable for hikers with a moderate level of fitness. For information on how we grade trails, please click here
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At Echo Point, for those on multi-day hikes, there is a basic hut which accommodates 8 people and a composting toilet, whilst there are also plenty of spots to camp next to the lake.
The trail can usually be completed in around 7 hours, but those looking for a shorter walk and time on the lake can catch the ferry for a 20-minute ride to or from Cynthia Bay, to the small jetty at Echo Point, but booking is essential. (Caution is advised on trail times as this depends on multiple variables. For more info, click here
‘A valid parks pass is required for entry to Tasmania's national parks so make the most of your time in Tasmania and plan other walks on your route planner or walking app before you go. https://passes.parks.tas.gov.au/
Dogs are not allowed in Tasmania’s national parks and reserves for the protection and conservation of the park and its wildlife.