Mt Rufus Circuit Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 19km

  • Duration: 7hrs

  • Grade: 4

  • Style: Circuit

  • Start: Lake St Clair Visitors Centre

  • End: Lake St Clair Visitors Centre

  • Closest Town: Derwent Bridge

  • Location: Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park

  • Distance from state capital: 180km

  • State: TAS

  • Latitude: -42.116756

  • Longitude: 146.172951

Trail Access

Bitumen Road
Gravel Road
Easy Access
Steep Road
Winding Road
Vehicle Ford
Speed Bumps
2WD Vehicle
4WD Vehicle
Entry Fee
Ample Parking
Accessible Parking
Wheelchair Toilet
Toilet Facilities
Camping Available
Drinking Water
Picnic Shelter
Picnic Table

Select items to indicate conditions for access to the trail.

Bitumen Road

Gravel Road

Easy Access

Steep Road

Winding Road

Vehicle Ford

Speed Bumps

2WD Vehicle

4WD Vehicle

Entry Fee

Ample Parking

Accessible Parking

Wheelchair Toilet

Toilet Facilities

Camping Available

Drinking Water

Picnic Shelter

Picnic Table

BBQ Facilities

Fire Pit

Trail Features

Concrete Path
Timber Boardwalk
Gravel Path

Select items to indicate features found along the trail.

Concrete Path

Timber Boardwalk

Gravel Path

Sandy Trail

Rough Trail

No Defined Trail

Manual Wheelchair

Motorised Wheelchair

Prams and Strollers

Bike Friendly

Overnight Campsites

River Crossings

Rock Scrambling

Bush Bashing

Exposed Ledges

Trail Markers

Drinking Water

Fishing Spots

Swimming Spots

Dog Friendly

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Mt Rufus Circuit is a 19km, grade 4 Circuit hike located in Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park Tasmania. The hike should take approximately 7hrs to complete.

Summary

An easily accessible mountain walk giving outstanding views of Lake St Clair, Mt Olympus, Frenchmans Cap and the headwaters of the Franklin River.

Highlights

As the altitude increases, vegetation changes from eucalypt forest to patches of cool temperate rainforest in the gullies. As you climb higher, the vegetation changes again to sub-alpine forest, dominated by snow gums (Eucalyptus coccifera) and stunted rainforest. Towards the summit, alpine plant communities dominate and during late spring and early summer they provide a colourful display of fragrant flowers.

Below the summit is an area of wind and rain sculptured sandstone that forms many weird and fascinating shapes. These sandstone blocks are almost 300 million years old and once formed a continuous layer across most of Tasmania. About 165 million years ago magma intruded up through the sandstone to form dolerite, which covered the sandstone layer. Both layers have been eroded over time by wind, rain, snow and glacial action.

Below the saddle between Mt Rufus and Mt Hugel the track winds through Richea Valley, named for the pandani and scoparia plants that grow here. These plants, which are both heaths, belong to the Richea genus of plants. The beautiful colours of flowering scoparia include reds, pinks, yellows and whites.

Region

The Western Wilderness

Getting there

Road C193 to Lake St Clair from the Lyell Highway (A10)

Tips

Park entry fees apply. (Self registration park entrance.)

Visitor centre, restaurant and accommodation.

Supervise children , tracks subject to severe weather conditions all year round, weather may change quickly, tracks are difficult to navigate when covered in snow and may be impassable.

No pets, firearms or bicycles.

 

Total distance: 18862 m
Max elevation: 1395 m
Min elevation: 754 m
Total climbing: 765 m
Total descent: -765 m
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For more information about this hiking trail please visit Parks and Wildlife Service Tasmania