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Cynthia Bay on Lake St Clair
Derwent Bridge
Central Mountains Region
Waters Meet on Lake St Clair
Derwent Bridge
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Mt Ida from Lake St Clair
Derwent Bridge
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Platypus Point on Lake St Clair
Derwent Bridge
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Fern forest on Lake St Clair
Derwent Bridge
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The Acropolis over Lake St Clair
Derwent Bridge
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Echo Point on Lake St Clair
Derwent Bridge
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Narcisus Bay on Lake St Clair
Derwent Bridge
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The Wall at Derwent Bridge
Derwent Bridge
Central Mountains Region

DERWENT BRIDGE, LAKE St CLAIR & Mt Hugel

DERWENT BRIDGE is the gateway to the beautiful Lake St Clair. It is a small settlement in the Central Highlands of Tasmania near the southern edge of Lake St Clair. Derwent Bridge marks the southern boundary of the famous Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair World Heritage National Park. There are facilities and accommodation at Derwent Bridge and some facilities at the Lake St Clair visitor centre.

LAKE St CLAIR is a very deep glacier lake, which legends say is a portal to other dimensions. What is not in dispute is that it is an awesome place. There are easy walks near the visitor centre at Cynthia Bay and much longer walks around Lake St Clair and to other places of interest. There is even a boat cruise of Lake St Clair as well as bicycle, canoe and motor boat hiring. Intrepid trekkers use this ferry to access the great attractions north of Lake St Clair, such as the LABYRINTH and the ACROPOLIS.

The Lake St Clair Visitor Centre near DERWENT BRIDGE is the terminus for the famous OVERLAND Track, which starts at CRADLE MOUNTAIN. It is in a very isolated area with no large towns nearby.

At Derwent Bridge is the famous WALL in the WILDERNESS. This is a huge wooden sculpture of the history of the Central Highlands of Tasmania. It is a must see!

From DERWENT BRIDGE you are 30 minutes from the attractions of the FRENCHMANS CAP and TARRALEAH.

Derwent Bridge is in a very isolated area with no large towns nearby. You are 50 minutes from MIENA and HAMILTON. You are one hour from WADDAMANA and POATINA.

Nearby places are described in the CENTRAL MOUNTAINS REGION, TARRALEAH, GREAT LAKE, FRENCHMANS CAP, LABYRINTH and WADDAMANA information pages.


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FACILITIES at Derwent Bridge include a cafe, petrol station and a hotel. At the Lake St Clair Visitor Centre are toilets, showers, tourist information and a cafe. There is accommodation at and near DERWENT BRIDGE.

TOURIST information is at the entrance to the LAKE St CLAIR VISITOR CENTRE. The telephone number is (03) 6289 1172 or the Internet contact is www.parks.tas.gov.au/natparks/stclair

SIGHTS: Derwent Bridge is in a very beautiful location with forests, lakes and mountains in abundance. It is a great place to relax and enjoy the beauties of Lake St Clair. Derwent Bridge is especially noted for the;

WARNING: The Lake St Clair area is a very mountainous area and it can be very cold and very wet in any season, so check the weather and come prepared. Caution advises you to cancel a trip, when bad weather is predicted.

ROUTES: Derwent Bridge is on the main A4 Lyell Highway that connects HOBART with QUEENSTOWN. It is roughly half way between these two cities.

From LAUNCESTON you start by joining the B51 road at LONGFORD. You then drive south and pass east of the Great Lake, until the B51 reaches the A5 Highland Lakes Highway. You then follow the A5 West, until it reaches the B11 Marlborough Road (This is a gravel road.) just past MIENA on the south edge of the GREAT LAKE. You then drive south on the B11, until it reaches the A3 Lyell Highway, which you follow west to Derwent Bridge.

From DEVONPORT you can pick up the A5 Highland Lakes Highway at DELORAINE. You then drive south and pass the Great Lake on the western side. At the south edge of the Great Lake, you will meet the B11 Marlborough Road (This is a gravel road.), which you drive south on, until it reaches the A3 Lyell Highway, which you follow west to Derwent Bridge.

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  • CYNTHIA BAY
  • NARCISSUS BAY
  • St Clair Track
  • Mt Hugel

 

The Wall Sculpture at Derwent Bridge Tasmania

1/ Derwent Bridge is a settlement on the southern edge of Lake St Clair in Central Tasmania. At Derwent Bridge is the Wall in the Wilderness. This is a massive 100 metre sculpture on the hardships and achievements of the early pioneers of Tasmania. It is located just east of Derwent Bridge. The telephone number is (03) 6289 1134 and the Internet contact is www.thewalltasmania.com

Visitor Centre at Lake St Clair Tasmania

2/ Just north of Derwent Bridge is the modern visitor centre on the southern edge of Lake St Clair. This is where the bush walks begin and end. There is a restaurant and showers here for the walkers.

Lake St Clair

3/ This is the sign near the visitor centre near Derwent Bridge. It directs you to the walks around Lake St Clair.

Lake St Clair

4/ This modern bridge marks the end of the Lake St Clair continuation of the famous Overland Track. It is also the start of the short Platypus Bay Trail.

Lake St Clair

5/ This photos shows the clear waters of a creek near Lake St Clair.

Lake St Clair

6/ The colors on Lake St Claire can be very serene. If you are lucky you can see platypuses in this area.

Lake St Clair

7/ This is a beach near Platypus Bay on Lake St Clair.

Lake St Clair

8/ This is the wreckage of a barge that once worked on Lake St Clair for the hydro company.

Lake St Clair

9/ This is looking south from the beach at Platypus Bay on Lake St Claire. The two dots on the horizon are the pump station near Derwent Bridge.

10/ The pump station is a good place to see platypuses. It is located on Lake St Claire just north of Derwent Bridge. It now offers luxury accommodation.

Lake St Clair

11/ This photo shows the southern shore of Lake St Clair near the visitor centre near Derwent Bridge.

 

Lake St Clair ferry

1/ The Lake St Clair ferry boat is an easy way to reach two exotic locations; Echo Point and Narcissus Bay. The latter is the exit point from the famous Overland Trail.

Mount Ida

2/ Mount Ida towers 1240 metres above Lake St Clair on the eastern shore. It is a major landmark.

Lake St Clair

3/ In every direction on the Lake St Clair you see towering peaks through the misty clouds.

Lake St Clair

4/ Echo Point has a hut located in a mysterious myrtle grove. It is half way up Lake St Clair on the western shore.

Lake St Clair echo point

5/ This is the view from the Echo Point hut across the beautiful Lake St Clair.

Lake St Clair Mount Gould

6/ This photo shows the approach to Narcissus Bay on the northern edge of Lake St Clair. Towering over the Bay is Mount Gould, which is 1490 metres high.

Mount Manfred Tasmania

7/ To the east of Narcissus Bay is Mount Manfred, which is 1382 metres high. Many mountains can be accessed from the top of Lake St Clair.

Mount Olympus Tasmania

8/ Looking to the South East, you see the famous Mount Olympus, which is 1450 metres high. This is the most famous landmark of Lake St Clair.

Mount Olympus Tasmania

9/ This is view you see of Mount Olympus from Narcissus Bay at the top of Lake St Clair.

Mount Olympus Tasmania

10/ Mount Olympus is a massive wall that towers down on Narcissus Bay and Lake St Clair. At the top of this page is another view of Mount Olympus on a more favorable day.

Narcissus bay lake st clair tasmania

11/ This is the southern end of the Overland Trail on the northern edge of Lake St Clair. The Narcissus Bay hut is beyond these trees.

 

Lake St Clair

1/ The last leg of the famous Overland Trail is the Lake St Clair Trail. You can access it by catching the ferry either to Narcissus Bay at the top of Lake St Clair or to Echo Point half way down Lake St Clair. You then walk south through a beautiful forest with great views of Lake St Clair. This photo shows the ferry passing the pinnacle of Mount Ida. A group of German climbers were climbing it the day that we visited Lake St Clair in 2015.

The Acropolis seen from Lake St Clair

2/ As the ferry approached the Echo Point jetty, I was fortunate to gain this view of the Acropolis. This is a spectacular mountain north of Lake St Clair. It was covered by cloud the last time that I visited Lake St Clair. I intend to visit it again soon.

Echo Point on Lake St Clair

3/ This is the view from Echo Point on the eastern shore of Lake St Clair. These two trees are symbolic of the location.

forest near Lake St Clair

4/ The Lake St Clair Track goes through a beautiful myrtle forest. The trees are so dense that they darken the trail. It is a really enchanting place.

fallen log near Lake St Clair

5/ There are many giant trees around Lake St Clair. This one had to be cut through to allow access to walkers. This cutting is higher than a man.

trees near Lake St Clair

6/ This is a view of the forest that surrounds you.

forest near Lake St Clair

7/ The forest is punctuated by views of Lake St Clair. In this view you can see the pinnacle of Mount Ida.

man ferns near Lake St Clair

8/ Huge manferns are also prolific on the Lake St Trail. These manferns were taller than a man.

forest and manferns near Lake St Clair

9/ This photo shows you the combinations of manferns and trees that you see on the trail.

beach at Lake St Clair

10/ Lake St Clair is blessed by having an number of beaches that can be accessed from the trail. The lake's water is pure and transparent.

Lake St Clair

11/ These saplings have been blown over by the wind to drag up their soil to make this strange shape. The Lake St Clair Trail is to the left of this photo.

Lake St Clair

12/ The Lake St Clair Trail is punctuated by places where you can walk down to experience the Lake. The white dot on the horizon is the old pump house, which is now a luxury hotel.

forest near Lake St Clair

13/ You see a plethora of vegetation on the trail that towers around you.

overland track monument on Lake St Clair

14/ This is the Overland Track Monument at the visitor centre at Cynthia Bay. It describes the Track and shows where the huts are located.

 

Mt Little Hugel

1/ This gallery shows photos made on a trip to Mt Hugel in the summer of 2015. We camped over night on Mt Hugel and then continued north to Mt Little Hugel, before we journey home via Shadow Lake. This image shows Shadow Lake and it is looking north towards Mt Little Mt Hugel in the centre.

Mt Rufus Trail

2/ We began by trekking west on the Mt Rufus Track.

Shadow Lake

3/ The first landmark we met was Shadow Lake. This image is looking west towards Mt Hugel. We would be leaving the Mt Rufus Track and ascending the slope on the left. We would then be walking north along the denuded spur line of Mt Hugel towards Mt Little Hugel.

Mt Hugel

4/ This image was made as we were ascending Mt Hugel. It is looking north east towards Mt Olympus and Lake Petrarch, which are on the left of this image.

Mt Hugel

5/ This image looks north towards Mt Hugel, which is the peak to the left. We were no longer following a track. You can see a small tarn on the right of the image. This journey was possible, because much of the spur line of Mt Hugel is only covered by sparse, alpine vegetation.

Forgotten Lake

6/ This image is looking down from the spur line to the east at Forgotten Lake. In the distance is Mt Othrys.

Mt Hugel

7/ This image from Mt Hugel is looking towards the east at lakes, from right to left, Forgotten and Shadow. The third lake is a temporarily submerged swampy area. On the distant horizon is Lake St Clair.

Mt Hugel

8/ At sunset we camped at a tarn near Mt Hugel. This view looks to the north. On the right is Mt Byron and the peak to the left is Mt Cuvier. They are reflecting the last light of the sun.

Mt Hugel

8/ This is the tarn near Mt Hugel at sunrise. Note the rich colours of the morning.

Mt Hugel

9/ We then set out to cross Mt Hugel. This image looks north towards the summit of Mt Hugel. In the distance on the right is Mt Olympus.

Mt Hugel

10/ This image was taken near the summit of Mt Hugel and is looking west of Mt Hugel towards Lake Hermione. Beyond it are the peaks of the Cheyne Range.

Mt Hugel

11/ This is another view looking south west past Lake Hermione to the many peaks of the south west of Tasmania.

Mt Hugel

12/ This is the view from the summit of Mt Hugel looking to the north east. The lake is Lake Solitude and the mountain beyond it is Mt Olympus.

Mt Hugel

13/ This image looks across the denuded spur line of Mt Hugel towards the mountains of the north west. It shows what the vegetation cover looked like on most of the spur line we were following.

Mt Hugel

14/ The summit of Mt Hugel is a rocky and denuded area. This image is looking east from Mt Hugel at Forgotten Lake and Shadow Lake.

Mt Hugel

15/ There is a gap in the spur line between Mt Hugel and Mt Little Hugel, so we had to make our way through an area of thicker vegetation. This image shows pandanis, which are common in this area.

Mt Hugel

16/ This is a large unnamed tarn west of Mt Little Hugel that we passed.

Mt Hugel

17/ This image shows the rough country that we had to make our way through.

Mt Hugel

18/ This image shows a hill west of Mt Little Hugel. The image also show you the diverse terrain that we were making our path through.

Mt Hugel

19/ We were very happy to reach the track west of Mt Little Hugel. This image shows us ascending Mt Little Hugel.

Mt Hugel

20/ This image shows the view of the plateau south east of Mt Little Hugel.

Mt Hugel

21/ Finally we reached the cairn on Mt Little Hugel. We then followed a Tasmanian tradition of each of us adding a stone to the cairn.

Mt Hugel

22/ This image is looking south east from Mt Little Hugel. The lake in the distance on the left is Lake St Clair. On the left is a track marker. We would now be following the Mt Little Hugel Track back to Forgotten Lake.

Mt Hugel

22/ This image shows our route back to Forgotten Lake. It looks towards the north west at Mt Olympus.

Mt Hugel

23/ This image shows some of the well sculptured rocks that we found on the Mt Little Hugel Track.

Mt Hugel

24/ This image looks back to the area of sculptured rocks. You will notice how these rocks almost look like they are cairns. Note too the lovely wild flowers that we saw in this area. We then followed this track back to the Mt Rufus Track, which took us back to the visitor centre at Cynthia Bay on Lake St Clair.

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