A spectacular circular day walk that combines Shadow and Forgotten Lakes with an ascent of Mt Rufus (1,416m asl) and a side-trip to Little Hugel (1,274m asl). Two mountain peaks, alpine lakes, rainforest and incredible displays of flowering heath.
The hike from Narcissus Hut to Cynthia Bay along Lake St Clair is the last (or first!) section of the Overland Track, and also makes a pleasant day walk. Although it’s a relatively boring walk in its own right – Shadow Lake circuit or Mt Rufus makes for a better day walk.
Barn Bluff is a less-busy alternative to Cradle Mountain, with equally impressive views and a slightly harder scramble to the top.
Kitchen Hut at the foot of Cradle Mountain is as far as I get when a planned bushwalk to Barn Bluff is thwarted by bad weather