Narcissus Hut to Cynthia Bay (Lakeside Walk)

Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
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The hike from Narcissus Hut to Cynthia Bay along Lake St Clair (also referred to the Lakeside Walk) is the last – or first! – section of the Overland Track, and also makes a pleasant day walk. It's not the most interesting walk you can do, but does traverse long sections of temperate rainforest.

Bird Watching
Maximum Elevation
Total Climb

Getting there

Starts/finishes at Lake St Clair Lodge (Cynthia Bay) and Narcissus HUt. A ferry service operates from Lake St Clair Lodge - at least three times a day in peak periods and less often in winter. Bookings essential.


4234 Olympus 1:25K (north end of lake)
4233 Rufus 1:25K (south end of lake)
TASMAP Lake St Clair Day Walk Map (print & digital options)

Route/Trail notes

From Narcissus Jetty, the trail goes past Narcissus Hut (5min away) and then crosses an open plan for about 2km, before entering the rainforest. The track generally follows the edge of Lake St Clair, although you rarely see the lake due to the forest cover. About 7km from the start, the track passes Echo Point Hut and jetty (the ferry makes a stop hers, and you can also start the walk here).


National Park Entry Fee is payable.
There is a cost for the ferry - $42 to Echo Point and $50 to Narcissus Hut (one-way, adult fare in 2018/19) 

Other References

Tas Parks Lakeside walk track notes (PDF)

GPS Tracks

  • No GPS available for this walk yet.


A rather dull walk - by Tasmanian standards! Enjoyed Mt Rufus (which I did on the following day) much more.

Oliver Descoeudres on 5 Jan, 2019

As part of Overland Track

gracilicaudatus on Mar, 2016


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