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Thursday 9 September 2021

Up close and personal with wombats and wallabies in Tasmania

Tasmania, the Australian capital of luxury walking experiences, now has another icon experience. 

Tour operator Walk Into Luxury has unveiled details of a four-day Lake St Clair Walk in Tasmania; a new small group walk experience based out of Pumphouse Point rural retreat. 

Weekly departures will start on December 17. 

The four day all-inclusive experience departs from Hobart and showcases the best walks at Lake St Clair and nearby Mount Field National Park. 

Carrying only a day pack, guests will discover Russell Falls, Lake Seal and Lake Dobson at Mount Field; and Shadow Lake, Platypus Bay and Echo Point at Lake St Clair, with 35km covered in total. 

There is the chance to view Lake St Clair and the surrounding mountains from the lake; and plenty of wildlife viewing opportunities with wombats, wallabies, echidnas and platypus. 

At the end of four days in the Tasmanian wilderness, guests will visit a Tasmanian distillery for an exclusive tasting and lunch by the Derwent River before returning to Hobart.

Three nights’ accommodation is included at Pumphouse Point, located within the world heritage-listed Tasmanian wilderness area and overlooking Lake St Clair. 

Guests relax each evening around cosy lounge fireplaces overlooking the lake and enjoy three-course dinners with local Tasmanian wines (from a list that I help curate and update). 

An in-room larder of local cheese, chocolate and other provisions is also included. 

Walkers will sleep in the Pumphouse rooms perched at the end of the jetty on Lake St Clair, offering the chance to fall asleep to the sound of the water lapping against the walls. 

“The Lake St Clair region and Mount Field contain some of the best day walks in Australia," says Walk into Luxury managing director Nikki King. 

"We’re excited to share these spectacular alpine and wilderness landscapes with our guests led by our local guides. To finish a day on the trails with a glass of red by the fire overlooking the lake at Pumphouse Point makes this a perfect wilderness escape.”

To support the operation of its Lake St Clair Walk, Walk into Luxury will open its second Australian base in Hobart. 

The four-day Lake St Clair Walk is priced at $3150 per person, twin share, and departs weekly on Fridays from December 17 to the end of April. 

Subsequent seasons are expected to run from October-April. Transfers from Hobart are included.


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