A visit to Echo Point offers you three enjoyable options. The walk is not a circuit; rather it is a trail that follows the shoreline of Lake St Clair to Echo Point situated 10km up the lake.
Walkers may choose to walk up the track through the rainforest and return the same way, or there is the option to take an enjoyable 20-minute ferry cruise up the lake, taking in the scenery from a different perspective. The third option is to walk to Echo Point and catch the ferry back to the jetty beside the visitor centre at Cynthia Bay.
The Echo Point walk is rated at Level 3, suitable for walkers with a proficiency in bush walking and a good level of fitness. Note that tracks rated at Level 3 are often steep with a rough surface and may have areas with many steps.
Walkers are advised to anticipate rapidly changing weather conditions in the Western Wilderness area and dress accordingly. Make sure that you have good walking shoes or boots and in addition to standard hiking clothing ensure you have thermal leggings or shorts and a warm hat or beanie.
Gloves are recommended along with waterproof trousers and a good outer shell jacket. Please note that Jeans and cotton trousers should not be worn. Food and drink and a map of the area are essential.
Pets and firearms are prohibited in the national park and bicycles are not permitted on the tracks.
Park entry fees DO apply
There is a Visitor Centre, restaurant and accommodation available at Lake St Clair at the beginning of the track. There are toilets at Echo Point.
To reach the lake and the start of the Echo Point walk, turn off the Lyell Highway (A10) onto the C193 on the Queenstown side of the Derwent Bridge. It is approximately a 6km drive to the car park and facilities at the lake.