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Bush Walking and Wildlife Spotting at Lake St Clair, Tasmania

The Australian state of Tasmania is one of the most consistently beautiful, breathtaking and awe-inspiring places I’ve ever travelled, and Lake St Clair was no exception.

After spending a three nights camping in the bushland of Port Arthur (which was rather unsettling seeing as we participated in the very eerie and frightening ghost tour on our first night there…), the next stop on our month-long road trip and camping adventure around Tasmania was at Lake St Clair.

Lake St Clair is part of Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage Area and is at the southern end of the world famous Cradle Mountin-Lake St Clair National Park. The lake itself is the deepest lake in Australia and, much like the Tasmania highlands, was originally carved out by ice during several glaciations over the last two million years.

The National Park offers every kind of bush walk for every kind of bush walker – from leisurely strolls to overnight hikes. It was a cold, dreary and rainy day on the day we arrived, so we put on our rain coats and opted to do a hike somewhere in the middle of the difficulty spectrum – it actually turned out to be very leisurely, and we spotted heaps of iconic Australian wildlife on the way!

We were surrounded by beautiful, lush greenery during our walk and huge, towering native Australian trees. It was so quiet and peaceful to experience such a beautiful, naturalistic and somewhat untouched part of Australia.

And then we heard a rustling in the leaves, which echoed in the relative surrounding silence, and we found this little guy getting himself from Point A to Point B. This was the first time we’d seen an echidna in real life so we excitedly took his photograph while keeping our distance so as not to disturb him!

After all that excitement and some more beautiful scenery during our walk, we came across another iconic native Australian animal busily foraging for food – a wombat. He was more cuddly-looking that the echidna (those spines – ouch!) but we photographed him from afar too. He was much too busy to be bothered with all our photographing!

After our bush walk, we jumped back in the car and headed off to complete another short walk to a waterfall that my Aunt had suggested we visit. We were running a bit late and night was beginning to fall but we decided to do the walk (at a bit of a run!) anyway.

And let me tell you, I’m so glad we did! The view was totally worth setting up our tent in the dark for!

Do you enjoy bush walking and hiking? Have you ever seen an Australian native animal? 

Thanks so much for reading! XO

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