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5 Day Lake St Clair Walk

Lake St Clair Walk

A 5 day Pack-Free Guided Walk in Tasmania

Inside a Wilderness World Heritage Area you will find one of Australia’s most unique and breathtaking National Parks. This ancient glaciated landscape is filled with wildlife and contains specialized plant communities found only in Tasmania. The Park contains a world-class system of walking tracks through a variety of environments. At Life’s An Adventure we have chosen the best trails and combined them with luxury accommodation, local food and wine and friendly knowledgeable guides to create an unforgettable experience.

NOTE: This tour includes an arrival day (including accommodation) and 3 days walking.

Overview - Lake St Clair Walk


Pack Free Guided Walk

Walk with Less

Walking with a heavy pack can be uncomfortable and unnecessary. At Life’s An Adventure we take care of all overnight bag transfers so you can enjoy walking in comfort, carry only a daypack with your water, camera and lunch each day.


Our CEO Guides

Passionate Chief Experience Officers

Our guides are proudly 100% Tasmanian. We call them our CEOs…. Chief Experience Officers and it’s their job to ensure your tour exceeds your expectations. Our guides wonderful sense of humour and vast knowledge of the Tasmanian wilderness, provide the perfect combination to make your experience all that more enjoyable.


The Hotel Grand Chancellor, Launceston

1 night stay

Enjoy your first night in Launceston at The Hotel Grand Chancellor overlooking the city. Centrally located near City Park – Launceston’s picturesque public gardens, the Tasmanian Design Centre, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, Princess Theatre, Boag’s Brewery and UTAS Stadium, the hotel is the perfect choice for exploring the many splendours of Northern Tasmania.


Lake St Clair Lodge

Stay on the edge of the UNESCO World Heritage area

Enjoy three nights at the award winning Lake St Clair Lodge in private state of the art eco-friendly cabins featuring a gas fireplace, en-suite and the option of double or twin beddingThe resort sits on the shore of Australia’s deepest freshwater lake; the cosy cabins are a home away from home and such a nice spot to relax after a days hiking.  


Gourmet meals included

Indulge in some of Tassie’s finest

Enjoy chef cooked a  Carte dinners served with local wines, buffet breakfasts and yummy packed lunches with fresh fruit and trail mix throughout the tour. You won’t go hungry; we’ll make sure of it! 

Special dietary requirements will be catered for.  


Flexible Walking

Choose your level of walks

Our tours are flexible to offer to cater for different levels of fitness and abilities. With two guides on all our tours above 8 people we can cater for different needs and offer easier or more challenging walking options each day such as the summit walk to the top of Cradle Mountain. Alternatively our guests  have the option to sit out any day’s walk to relax and enjoy the facilities at Cradle Mountain Lodge.


21 Tourism Awards of Excellence

Inclusing Australia's Best Adventure Tourism Company

Life’s an Adventure have won 21 Tourism Awards of Excellence including the Qantas Australian Tourism Award for Australia’s Best Adventure Company.


Genuinely all-inclusive

Genuinely all-inclusive

We pride ourselves on providing an all-inclusive experience so you won’t be putting your hand in your pocket for extras along the way. From beautiful a la carte dinners accompanied with Tasmania wine at night, to a helicopter flight to see Cradle Mountain and the surrounds from the air… it is all included. And if for any reason you don’t like helicopter flights we will discount your ticket when you book your tour to remove this item. Add to this daily trail mix, fruit, breakfasts, transfers, guides and walkers lunches and you’ll find you are buying a genuinely all-inclusive experience. Even when you book there are no credit card fees to pay.

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Tour Itinerary

Walk Inclusions
5 Day Lake St Clair Walk

  • 1 night at Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston
  • 3-nights in a cabin or suite at Lake St Clair Lodge
  • 3 x two-course a  Carte dinners served with local wines at The Trapper and Miggins Restaurant, Lake St Clair Lodge 
  • 4 x buffet breakfasts  
  • 4 x Walkers lunches with fresh fruit and trail mix  
  • Tea and coffee served on the trail each day 
  • Ferry from Cynthia Bay to beginning of your walk on day four
  • Transfers to and from Launceston 
  • Transfers to the trails 
  • 2 x friendly and experienced guides. 
  • Option for an Airport drop off 
  • National Park Pass 
  • No Credit Card Fees 
Day 1: Arrival Day Launceston
5 Day Lake St Clair Walk

Today is an arrival day. Book your own flight to arrive any time into Launceston and make your own way to the Hotel Grand Chancellor in the heart of the city. Your accommodation has been booked in a deluxe twin or deluxe king room. Accommodation is based on twin share (note:  solo travellers will need to pay a single supplement cost of  $75). Tonight enjoy a free evening to explore one of the many restaurants in Launceston, alternatively dine in the hotel’s restaurant. (own expense)

Day 2: Launceston - Lake St Clair - Cultural Walk, Watersmeet track & Platypus loop
5 Day Lake St Clair Walk


TRANSFERS: Morning: 2.5-hour transfer from Launceston to Lake St Clair.

WALK GRADE5.4kms / EASY GRADE / 1.5hrs of walking 

ITINERARY: At 7:30am you’ll meet your guides and the rest of the group in the hotel lobby at the Grand Chancellor Launceston for a beautiful scenic drive west to your accommodation for the next three nights at Lake St Clair Lodge. On arriving at Lake St Clair we’ll enjoy a peaceful walk along the Aboriginal Cultural track where you will learn about the indigenous that once occupied the area. The track then merges onto the Watersmeet track and then onto the Platypus loop where hopefully you’ll spot some active Platypus swimming in the rivers and lake. A lovely figure eight loop walk. Once back at the Lodge after checking in we’ll meet for dinner in the restaurant for a two course a  carte meal served with local Tasmanian wines. 

Map Cradle Mountain Watersmeet Track and Platypus Loop

Day 3: Mount Rufus via Shadow Lake
5 Day Lake St Clair Walk

WALK GRADEFull walk: 21kms / HARD GRADE / 7-8 hours walking with breaks A good level of fitness is required. Shadow Lake circuit: 13kms / MEDIUM GRADE / 4-5 hours walking with breaks.

ITINERARY: Buffet breakfast is served in the main restaurant before beginning today’s adventure. The two options begin from the accommodation and follow a Myrtle Beach forest up to sub-alpine environment. At around the 6-kilometre mark the Shadow Lake circuit track heads south-east sidling the slopes of Mt Rufus. Initially it crosses some open valley then passes through forest, rising steadily to meet the Mt Rufus Track. If you are continuing on to the summit, the track begins to climb steadily up to the saddle, once on the saddle we’ll follow the exposed ridgeline to the summit where on a clear day we’ll enjoy views of the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park as well as the ranges on the west coast and much of south-west Tasmania. A good spot for lunch if weather is in a our favour before descending down the other side of the mountain we’ll pass through groves of a Pandani and tall Eucalyptus before arriving in an open valley where the Shadow Lake Circuit track connects. From Shadow Lake we’ll follow the track towards the watersmeet of Hugal and Cuvier River before finishing back at the Lodge for a well-deserved rest before dinner. Another delightful two-course meal will be enjoyed in the restaurant before turning in for the night.

Map Cradle Mountain Mount Rufus via Shadow Lake

Day 4: Ferry on Lake St Clair to Narcissus Hut or Echo Point Hut
5 Day Lake St Clair Walk

TRANSFERS: 15-25 minute ferry ride depending on your choice of walk 

WALK GRADENarcissus Hut – Cynthia Bay / 17kms / MEDIUM-HARD GRADE / 6-7hours walkingwith breaks. Good level of fitness required.Echo Point Hut – Cynthia Bay / 11kms / MEDIUM GRADE / 3-4 hours walkingwith breaks. Medium to good level of fitness required  

ITINERARY:Enjoy buffet breakfast at the Restaurant before meeting at the jetty for our morning transfer across the Lake. The scenic ferry ride gives great views of tall dolerite cliffs and the five surrounding Mountains that look down onto the deep blue lakeYou have the option today to walk either route, both enjoying the dense forest that skirts the edge of Lake St Clair. This section of trail is the final stage of the Overland Track and passes through lush lichen and moss covered forest of Sassafras and Beech Myrtle. If you’ve started your walk from Narcissus Hut, we’ll enjoy lunch at the Echo Point Hut where views out over the lake and Mt Ida can be enjoyed. If you choose the shorter option from Echo Point, your guide will find a lovely opening with tree seating to enjoy your picnic lunch before crossing over the Watersmeet Bridge and back to the Lodge. An afternoon of rest can be enjoyed before meeting for our final dinner in the restaurantAnother delightful meal served with local Tasmanian wines. 

Map Cradle Mountain Ferry on Lake St Clair to Narcissus Hut

Day 5: Lake St Clair to Launceston
5 Day Lake St Clair Walk

TRANSFERS:Morning: 2.5-hour transfer from Lake St Clair to Launceston.

ITINERARY: After breakfast we’ll drive back to Launceston. The scenic drive will take around 2.5 – 3 hours. We’ll arrive back into Launceston around midday.

Tour Availability

To see real-time availability click on the monthly calendar at the bottom of the page and select the month you require. We will also consider opening up a new departure date if we have enough demand. Email us at walks@lifesanadventure.com.au

Check below to see if your preferred departure has a special saving. Conditions apply see pricing page.

Date AvailabilitySpecial Offer
2022 DATES:
17 Oct 2022AvailableSuper Earlybird Special
5 Dec 2022AvailableSuper Earlybird Special
2023 DATES:
9 Jan 2023AvailableSuper Earlybird Special
6 Feb 2023AvailableSuper Earlybird Special
6 Mar 2023AvailableSuper Earlybird Special
20 Mar 2023AvailableSuper Earlybird Special
11 Apr 2023AvailableSuper Earlybird Special


Date of your choice is available for groups of 8 people. Subject to availability.
Please contact us for more details on (02) 9975 4553 or email: groups@lifesanadventure.com.au


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Tour Prices

Earlybird special savings of $300 per person on specific departures.

Earlybird special savings of $300 per person are available on specific departures when you book and pay in full for next season's departures. Plus check out our COVID Booking Guarantee (see details below).

Private groups of 10 -11 people can choose the date of your choice subject to availability.

$ 2499 /p

First time traveller with Life's An Adventure

Oct 2022 to Apr 2023  

Earlybird Special*…………$2499
Normal Price………………. $2799

Earlybird Special*…………$2599
Normal Price………………. $2899

Shoulder season: 1 to 30 October and 1 to 30 April.
Peak season: 1 Nov to 31 March.

* Earlybird Special savings available on specific departures only when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

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$ 2399 /p

Travelled with Life's An Adventure previously

Oct 2022 to Apr 2023

Earlybird Special*…………$2399
Normal Price………………. $2699

Earlybird Special*…………$2499
Normal Price………………. $2799

Shoulder season: 1 to 30 October and 1 to 30 April.
Peak season: 1 Nov to 31 March.

* Earlybird Special savings available on specific departures only when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.


Book Now

$ 2399 /p

Departure of your choice of groups of 11 or more


11-12 participants
Departure of your choice subject to availability.

Oct 2022 to Apr 2023

Earlybird Special*…………$2399
Normal Price………………. $2699

Earlybird Special*…………$2499
Normal Price………………. $2799

Shoulder season: 1 to 30 October and 1 to 30 April.
Peak season: 1 Nov to 31 March.

* Earlybird Special savings available on specific departures only when you book and pay in full at time of booking. Normal Price requires $300 deposit only, with final payments due 8 weeks prior.

Past passenger discount not available for groups.

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The following extras can be purchased with your walk:

Solo travellers willing to share with someone of the same gender will pay no extra. Those wanting their own room will need to pay a single supplement cost. Subject to availability at time of booking.


Our COVID Booking Guarantee

For terms and conditions on our special COVID-19 Booking Guarantee click here.

FlexiWalk Option – Cancel for any Reason

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Discount Information:

PAST PASSENGER DISCOUNT: Those who have travelled with Life’s An Adventure previously, receive a past passenger discount of $100. In order to receive this discount please email us for your special “promo code” to use when booking. In your email, you should outline what Life’s An Adventure tour you have done with us in the past so we can cross-check.

EARLYBIRD & SPOT SPECIAL CANCELLATIONS: Refunds or cancellations are not permitted for Earlybird Deals or Spot Specials, however, transfers to another date are permitted 8 weeks or more prior to departure. We advise taking out travel insurance, in case unexpected circumstances prior to the trip, prevent you from joining this tour. Early bird or Spot Special discounts cannot be used in conjunction with another offer. To receive these special discounts, full payment must be made at the time of initial booking. Flexiwalk Add-On option not available on these tickets.

Travel Insurance

We strongly advise our clients travelling within Australia to take out Travel Insurance. We have partnered with Cover-More to provide travel insurance to our guests. To get a quote or purchase travel insurance directly with them CLICK HERE .

Additional Information

  • Prices are per person in Australian dollars and include GST.
  • A deposit of $300 per person is required to secure your booking. (unless taking advantage of Earlybird or Spot Specials in which full payment is required at time of booking).
  • Note: If you are booking within 90 days of your departure date – we will require full payment at the time of booking
  • Prices are based on twin share of rooms. If you are travelling solo you may be required to share with someone of the same gender. If this is not suitable you can request to pay a single supplement, however, limited single rooms are available per trip so are on a request basis.
  • Payments must be made online via our NAB (National Australia Bank) secure payment page via credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or over the phone.
  • NO Credit Card fee applies.
  • We advise taking our Travel Insurance to cover items such as cancellation of tour due to minimum numbers not met, or adverse weather conditions, injury, evacuation, delayed flights, illness, etc.

Booking Terms and Conditions

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Contact Us
  • Address: HEAD OFFICE: Shop 7, 1306 Pittwater Road
    Narrabeen NSW 2101.

    Guests can meet this tour at our Life’s An Adventure Premises:
    29/6955 Arthur Highway, Port Arthur.
  • Phone: (02) 9975 4553
    After Hours: 0457 002 482
  • Email: walks@lifesanadventure.com.au
  • Monday - Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Saturday - Sunday: Closed
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