Lake Osborne

45 min to 1 h

2.1 km

↑ 94 m
↓ -94 m

Hard track
This walk leads to Lake Osborne and back via the Lake Osborne Track from the main car park at the end of Hartz Road, Hartz Mountains National Park. The well-signed track winds gradually up through the pleasant sub-alpine bush. Interpretive signs describe many of the features of the vegetation and landscape. The track emerges from the bush into a more open area of lower shrubs with good views, passing easily across the moorland before reaching the beautiful glacial lake surrounded by ancient King Billy pines. The lake is in a delightful setting nestled against the base of the Devil’s Backbone. There’s a seat at the lakeside where you can relax and enjoy the views before returning by the same route. This walk is relatively short and consists of flat tracks and well-made boardwalks for its entire length. 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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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.
Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Hartz Road & Lake Osborne (-43.2169658,146.7701843)
Mode Car
DirectionsFrom Huon Highway, A6
  • Turn on to Arve Road, C632 then drive for 6.9 km
  • Turn left onto Arve Road, C632 and drive for another 6.2 km
  • Turn left onto Hartz Road, C632 and drive for another 13.2 km
Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Hartz Road & Lake Osborne Start heading along Lake Osborne (a walking track).
There is a shelter (about 95 m back from the start).
There is a toilet (about 75 m back from the start).
This toilet is wheelchair accessible., equipped with a hand-washing basin.
Continue another 1.1 km to find the end. Then turn around here and retrace the main route for 1 km to get back to the start.
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Lake Osborne

Class 4/6
Hard track
Length 2.1 km
Time 45 min to 1 h
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Gentle hills with occasional steps (2/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (2/6)
Experience Required No experience required (2/6)
Weather Foretasted & unexpected storms and severe weather may impact on navigation and safety (4/6)

Some facilities on route
Shelter: There is one -89 m back from the start.

Toilet: There is one -69 m back from the start.

Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
-89 m[shelter]
-69 m[toilet]
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