Echo Point

6 h, 10 h to 2 days

20.9 km
return

↑ 626 m
↓ -626 m

Moderate track
Starting behind the Visitor Centre at the end of Lake St Claire Road, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, this walk leads to the Echo Point Hut via the Watersmeet and Overland tracks. The walk takes you through cool temperate rainforest on a track along Lake St Clair leading to Echo Point Hut. The old timber construction is set in a magnificent myrtle and sassafras forest, sitting at the water’s edge with views across the lake to Mount Ida. The walk is 11km one way, close to the lakeshore, and mostly through the rainforest. It doesn't have any hilly long sections and is suitable for most ages and fitness levels. The track is mostly dry under foot, but may have some wet patches after rain. Take care with your footing due to tree roots. This is a very long day walk, a nice short overnight walk, or even better still you can halve the walk by catching the IDA CLAIR (fee and booking required) ferry from Cynthia Bay to Echo Point and then walk back Cynthia Bay. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.
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Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2019.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2018.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start (-42.1164503,146.1744949)
Mode Car Ferry
DirectionsFrom Brooker Highway, 1, Granton.
  • Turn on to Brooker Highway, 1 then drive for 115 m
  • At roundabout, take exit 1 onto Lyell Highway, A10 and drive for another 15.3 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 2 onto Montagu Crescent, A10 and drive for another 1.1 km
  • At roundabout, take exit 3 onto Lyell Highway, A10 and drive for another 400 m
  • Turn left onto Hamilton Road, A10 and drive for another 138.9 km
  • Turn right onto Lake St Clair Road, C193 and drive for another 5 km
  • Turn left and drive for another 325 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From the car park at the end of Lake St Claire Road (near the visitor centre), head towards the said visitor centre. Cross the road via the crosswalk and head along the ramp. Then head down the small set of steps and keep right. When you come to the picnic tables outside (to your left), turn left and head along the concrete path. Keep left at the intersection shortly after, following the "All walking tracks" sign. About 130 metres later, keep right at the Y intersection. After another 400 metres, keep right at the 3-way intersection (following the signage for Watersmeet) to continue along the Echo Point Track.....
Turn map Directions & comments
Start.
There is a car park (about 55 m back from the start).
After 85 m pass the "Visitor Centre" (10 m on your left).
This sign is wheelchair accessible.
After another 40 m pass the toilet (10 m on your right).
After another 25 m pass the restaurant (15 m on your right).
Turn left.
After another 15 m continue straight.
After another 120 m continue straight, to head along Watersmeet Track.
Keep right.
After another 145 m continue straight, to head along Watersmeet Track.
After another 265 m pass the sign.
After another 100 m (at the intersection of Watersmeet Track & Fergie's Paddock Track) continue straight, to head along Watersmeet Track.
After another 740 m (at the intersection of Watersmeet Track & Shadow Lake Circuit) continue straight, to head along Watersmeet Track (a walking track).
Then cross the bridge (about 15 m long)
After another 4 m (at the intersection of Platypus Bay Track & Overland Track) continue straight, to head along Overland Track.
After another 390 m (at the intersection of Platypus Bay Track & Overland Track) continue straight, to head along Overland Track.
After another 8.6 km pass the toilet (20 m on your left).
At the intersection of Echo Point Track & Overland Track veer right, to head along Echo Point Track.
About 15 m past the end is "Echo Point Campsite".
This is a free campsite.
"Echo Point Hut".
Turn around here and retrace the main route for 10.4 km to get back to the start.
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Terrain
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Echo Point


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 20.9 km
Time 6 h, 10 h to 2 days
Quality of track Formed track, with some branches and other obstacles (3/6)
Gradient Flat, no steps (1/6)
Signage Directional signs along the way (3/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Storms may impact on navigation and safety (3/6)

Some facilities on route
Camp site: There is one 10.4 km from the start.

Hut: There is one 10.5 km from the start.

Toilet: There are 2 on route, on average they are 7 km apart with the largest gap of 10.4 km.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
70 m[toilet]
Toilet
10.4 km[toilet]
Camp site
10.4 kmEcho Point Campsite
Hut
10.5 kmEcho Point Hut
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