Lake St Clair
Lake St Clair, just a 10 minute drive from Derwent Bridge, lies at the southern end of Cradle Mountain-lake St Clair National Park and is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness world heritage Area. Carved by ice during several glaciations over the past 2 million years, this is the deepest lake in Australia and is the headwaters of the Derwent River.
The area around Lake St Clair offers a wealth of walks, ranging from leisurely strolls to overnight bushwalks, as well as beautiful forests to explore. Enjoy, trout fishing, a ferryboat ride, picnics by the lake, together with the incredible views around – a photographer’s paradise!
Derwent Bridge is a small settlement in Tasmania's Central Highlands, only 5 km from the visitor services area at Cynthia Bay, Lake St. Clair. It is the halfway point on the drive between Hobart & Strahan and being close to the state's geographical centre, it is readily accessible by road from the north, south, east or west and is the Gateway to the Western Wilderness.
Strategically located, it is an ideal base to explore the Central Highlands, go trout fishing in the famous Derwent Estuary, or visit Greg Duncan’s outstanding wood carving – “the Wall in the wilderness”, depicting the history of the Central Highlands – a truly remarkable work of art.
The township of Bronte Park, just 4 kilometres from Tasmania’s geographical centre, once thrived with a police station, post office, school, cinema, hospital, dairy and a church. The General Store has outlived them all, as have three examples of historic single men’s huts, reminding of the harsh living conditions of an earlier time.
Today, visitors staying at Bronte Park, can enjoy modern-day comforts at Highland Cabins and Cottages. The property offers fully self-contained accommodation, spa cabins, family cottages, studio apartments, and a private lakeside lodge. This location is a jewel for keen anglers, with eleven lakes under twenty minutes away. Visit Bronte Park on route from Strahan for kayaking, bushwalking, boat hire, wildlife tours and the very best guided trout fishing on the island.
Once a town for many thousands of workers on the region’s great Hydro-Electric power schemes, Tarraleah has been resurrected to its former glory. Originally built in the 1930’s
the village now has several cottages that are furnished once again in Art Deco Style, it has its own hot-tub bathhouse in an adjacent chalet that opens to views across the River Nive, this is a truly stunning location.
Lake St Clair National Park
Derwent Bridge TAS 7140
Phone: 03 6289 1172
Fax: 03 6289 1227
Open: Daily 8.15 am – 4.45 pm
Lake St Clair and surrounds offers a variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, including self-contained cottage accommodation, hotel accommodation, chalet park accommodation, bed and breakfast accommodation and caravan park accommodation.
Self-contained motor homes and caravans can stay overnight at Lake St Clair Wilderness Resort and Tarraleah.