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Narcissus to Cynthia Bay

Length: 16.7 km
Walking time: 5 h to 6 h
Climbing: 466m
Descending: 467m
  • Most people finish the Overland Track with the ferry ride across the lake, but I think walking the lake is a great way to finish this journey. Many people, aiming for the ferry, feel rushed with the hard deadline to meet the boat and miss the opportunity to walk through this unique part of the Overland Track. Plus there are extra bragging rights if you walk the whole track.

    Start this last section of the Overland Track from Narcissus Hut by following the Cynthia Bay 5hrs sign behind the hut. The track leads through dense heath but soon opens up in the beautiful Hamilton Plains, a grassy swampland with a scattering of eucalypt trees. The track then leads through a tall stringy bark forest with glimpses of Lake St Clair (on your left) until 6.3km waypoint when you come to quaint Echo Point.

    If you can make it work, you can split this walk up and camp at Echo Point, to make for an easy stroll out for lunch on the last day. Echo Point has an old rustic hut, flat camping area and toilet. There is also a ferry jetty and beach on the edge of the lake - a perfect place for a swim and chill time. You are now in the day walk area, so you may well come across people getting off the ferry for short walks; be prepared to be overwhelmed by the smell of perfume and deodorants.

    The final half of this walk leads through the tall forest, ducking under the occasional fallen tree with glimpses of the lake. At a few points along the way there are rocky beaches accessible from the track.

    For the last few kilometres, you are walking through day walk areas with a series of signposted tracks, bridges and buildings. Keep following the Cynthia Bay signs to the Visitor Centre. When you arrive remember to sign out using the logbook.

    There is a cafe/bar, toilets, showers and space to stop and reflect on your amazing achievement -- well done. There is a large Overland Track sign, similar to the one at the start, where you can grab your last track group photo. Enjoy the burger; you deserve it.

  • Creek Crossings
    All significant creek crossings have a bridge.
    The walk follows beside Lake St Clair with access points along the way, easy access to Echo Point
    (Treat water before drinking)

    All notable intersections are clearly signposted.

    0km) Narcissus
    6.3km) Echo Point
    End) Cythia Bay (flushing toilets and showers)

    0km) Narcissus
    6.3km) Echo Point
    End) Cynthia Bay

    0km) Narcissus
    6.3km) Echo Point
    End) Cynthia Bay

    Mobile Phone Coverage
    Telstra: Fair to patchy coverage about 1.5km north of Echo Point to Cynthia Bay. Good coverage at Cynthia Bay.

    Optus: Fair to patchy coverage about 1.5km north of Echo Point to Cynthia Bay. Good coverage at Cynthia Bay.

  • The walk starts by following a timber boardwalk but the majority of the track surface is natural rock or gravel.

    There are some areas of exposed tree roots.

  • On warmer days snakes may be out sunning on the track; be mindful of where you step and give snakes time to move away.

    Be mindful of tree roots and other trip hazards.

Narcissus Hut
On the bank of Narcissus River and not far from the northern tip of Lake St Clair.
Echo Point Hut
A lovely rustic hut on the western shore of Lake St Clair
Fergy’s Paddock
A simple camping ground near the lake and a walk to the visitors center.
Options for transport at the start and end of the walk