About Lake St Clair Lodge
Information about the Lodge
Lake St Clair Lodge has been providing accommodation to hikers and visitors in the rustic Cynthia Bay setting for over twenty years. As the area’s popularity and visitor numbers have grown, lodgings have gradually increased together with the additions of restaurant and bar areas. Since taking over, the current management team has driven a program of facility improvements and refurbishments across the property, adding brand new studios and cabin accommodations in 2012 which offer an updated level of comfort and style for today’s traveller.
Lake St Clair Lodge is at the southern end of Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park. It is a 2 1/2 hour drive west from Hobart via the Lyell Highway (A10) and a similar distance from Launceston via Longford and Poatina. At Derwent Bridge turn right onto the 5 1/2km long access road to the lake at Cynthia Bay. From Queenstown the Lyell Highway is a winding and narrow 1 1/2 hour drive. Both the Lyell Highway and the access road from Derwent Bridge may occasionally be closed by snow in winter. There is no direct road link through the Cradle Mountain- Lake St Clair National Park to join the two ends of the park. Visitors may most easily reach Cradle Mountain via the Cradle Link Road (C132) and the Muchison and Lyell Highways (A10). Please take care when driving at night as you are sharing the road with our wildlife.
Our Reception & Restaurant is open from:
- 8:00am to 8:00pm in summer; and
- 8:30am to 8:00pm in winter.
- 8:30am to 4:30pm all year
- 8:00am to 10:00pm in summer; and
- 8:30am to 8:00pm in winter.
- Master Card, Visa and UnionPay credit cards accepted
- EFTPOS facility available (no cash out available)
- Car parking
- Public phones
- Lodge Store – catering for our campers: stock basic food provisions and toiletries
Since we are located within the National Park and World Heritage Area, all building and development have only been permitted and carried out within a careful framework of the most stringent environmental guidelines, ensuring the highest level of protection and minimal impact to the sensitive surroundings. We believe that Ecotourism is ecologically sustainable tourism with a primary focus on experiencing natural areas that fosters environmental and cultural understanding, appreciation and conservation. To this end we fully endorse and support Ecotourism Australia belief that the ultimate definition of ecotourism is compliance with the core criteria stated within their Eco Certification Program.
The lodge sits at an elevation of 735m where the lake creates it’s own micro-climate, averaging maximum summer temperature of approximately 19 degrees Celsius (66 degrees Fahrenheit) and 7 degrees Celsius (44 degrees Fahrenheit) in winter. It can get cold – particularly in the winter months (June – August). It’s very beautiful when it does, but you’ll need to be prepared. Find out MoreWe recommend that you bring warm clothing, walking shoes and socks, a camera and binoculars, and waterproof clothing regardless of the time of year. On any given day the weather can be changeable and unpredictable, but if you are suitably equipped, you will definitely enjoy the many moods of the lake, mountains and rainforests.