Telegraph Travel: Tasmania's best wilderness retreats

Posted on 4/12/2015 3:43:00 PM by Exsus Travel

I embark on a four-hour, seven-mile hike to Shadow Lake above St Clair’s west shore. For two hours the trail ascends through eucalyptus forest. Then it crests a lip and sketches a route across a mustard-coloured moorland to the lake. Like a Highlands cirque in bright tropical colours, it is achingly, heart-stoppingly beautiful. Ridges stack up beyond the heather and snow gums. Scarlet waratah flowers pop beneath a flawless blue sky and the lake shores are fringed with pencil pine, a scruffy first-draft proto-pine that barely survives outside the national park. It seems a glimpse of a world before mankind.

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