1 Day Lake St Clair and Western Wilderness Tour

    With amazing scenery, cultural and natural history to discover, we explore this awe-inspiring area of Tasmania from Hobart.

    Explore Tasmania’s “Great Short Walks” on our Hobart to Lake St Clair tour. Visit Cradle Mountain at Lake St. Clair National Park on this day tour.

    Travel from Hobart 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 fascinating history from both the man-made and natural worlds.


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      Lake St. Clair and Western Wilds

      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.

      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.

      After our Lake St. Clair experience, we continue driving west and enter the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers, National Park. The scenery here is breathtaking 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 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.

      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.

      „The Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area offers all people, for all time, the opportunity to seek joy and inspiration amidst the untrammeled 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

      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.

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      Booking Info
      • 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
      • Sensible shoes for walking
      • A variety of warm clothing, beanie/hat/gloves
      • Weatherproof jacket (if possible)
      • Hat/Sunscreen
      • Water Bottle, snacks, lunch (or buy it on the day)
      • Camera
      • Sense of adventure
      • Suitable for children over 8 years old.
      • Our tours are designed as full active days of fast-paced travel, we are also at times exposed to the outdoor conditions of the day.
      • On all tours, we offer a central city hotel or backpacker hostel pick up.
      • We do not offer a pick up from residential addresses or from Air BnB accommodation.
      • We operate small group Active Day Tours using Toyota Commuter and Toyota Coaster vehicles. These seat maximum passengers of 13 or 20 respectively.
      What time does the tour start?

      All our tours are scheduled to depart the city at 7.30am. Our first pick up is normally at 7.00am. Your pick up time will be confirmed at the time of booking depending on your hotel or hostel location.

      Are any meals included?

      We do not supply lunch, snacks or beverages on our tours but we do stop along the way for you to purchase food to suit your budget and taste. This is usually a Bakery style stop in a regional town along the way to the main destination for the day. You will then be able to enjoy a lunch break during the tour day, usually somewhere scenic and suitable for a rest stop.

      How much luggage can I bring?

      As we operate small group Active Day Tours, our tour vehicles are not equipped to handle excess luggage. On our Active Day Tours we expect that each traveller will have a day pack only to store your daily essentials such as drinks, jackets and sunscreen while on tour for the day. No other luggage is able to be carried on our day tours. If you are moving hotels or have onwards travels you will need to ensure this is stored for the day at your hotel/accommodation prior to boarding the tour bus. If you attend a tour with luggage without consultation with our Reservations Team prior to travel, you may be refused entry to the tour vehicle

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