About us



Lake St Clair Lodge has provided accommodation to visitors and explorers in Cynthia Bay for almost 30 years, though as one of the first holiday locations in Tasmania, our location has inspired many a traveller.

We offer a premium experience in pristine and rugged wilderness.  Breathe the cleanest air in the world on the shore of Australia’s deepest lake, relax and experience the vitality of nature from one of over 40 well appointed cabins.

We know that many of our guests are seeking a clean and healthy environment which is free from harsh chemicals.  Our housekeeping team are trained to prepare your cabin without the use of toxic chemicals or scents.  And for guests seeking that extra something, for a small charge we can prepare your cabin using the latest in ultraviolet disinfection technology, sanitising your cabin to a level comparable with world leading health care facilities.

Our philosophy of natural sustainable wellness extends into our nutritional offerings, with our Restaurant and Café offering fully organic menu choices designed to promote the best of locally grown, seasonal, Tasmanian produce.  Consider lingering at our bar where you will be acquainted with the highest quality Tasmanian beers, wines and spirits.  The options seem endless.

Regardless of your choice for accommodation and nutrition,  staying at Lake St Clair Lodge, will set you up for exploring the mountains, forests and peaks to be found on both day and multi-day walks.

During your stay, please remember that we are located in sub-alpine conditions and weather conditions can change on short notice.  Please bring suitable footwear and clothing for our environment.  You may also require a torch – because we are inside the World Heritage Area the transit paths of our wildlife means we are unable to install lighting across the site.  Thank you for understanding this and preparing in advance.



Café & Bar*

Monday to Sunday  –  8am to 8pm



Currently closed as we make changes to ready for the coming season.

During this period, an extended cafe menu will be provided to guests for evening meal choices.


Note: these opening hours are indicative only.  Hot kitchen service (or espresso coffee machine availability) may be impacted due to a number of reasons including power outages, water outages, shortage of suitable staff etc as well as other impacts related to the government imposed covid restrictions (state & national).  We expect to return to normal as soon as the impacts of these restrictions are alleviated .

Getting to Lake St Clair Lodge

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. During winter, both the Lyell Highway and the access road from Derwent Bridge may occasionally be closed by snow. 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 Murchison and Lyell Highways (A10). Please take care when driving at night as you are sharing the road with our wildlife.

Our commitment to Ecotourism

We completed the building development within a careful framework of the most stringent environmental guidelines.  This ensured the highest level of protection and minimal impact to the sensitive surroundings in this World Heritage Environment.

We believe that Ecotourism is sustainable tourism and our primary focus is to promote environmental and cultural understanding, with an appreciation of conservation. To this end we fully endorse and support Ecotourism Australia’s 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 More

We recommend that you bring warm clothing. Walking shoes and socks, a camera and binoculars, and waterproof clothing are all recommended 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 rain forests.