DANNY DE HEK Entrepreneur Decision Maker Connector Podcaster EducatorShadow Lake is one of a trio of small lakes to the West of Lake St Clair and accessible from the Lake St Clair car park.

The Shadow Lake walk showcases three of the distinct types of forest and vegetation in the national park, taking you through rainforest, sub-alpine moorland and highland eucalypt forest. The track climbs approximately 270m over a distance of 6.6km.

The Shadow Lake Circuit is 11.4km in total and is rated 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 and/or shorts, 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.

The 11.4km Shadow Lake Circuit takes an estimated 4 hours for walkers with a good level of fitness. This time is calculated for an easy, continuous walking pace and does not take into consideration time spent resting, eating or taking photographs.

Pets and firearms are prohibited in the national park and bicycles are not permitted on the tracks.

Park fees DO apply.


There is a Visitor Centre, restaurant and accommodation available at Lake St Clair at the beginning of the track.

Vehicle Access:

To reach Lake St Clair and the start of the Shadow Lake Circuit, 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.