If you've been dreaming of a Tasmanian getaway, where Autumn is guaranteed to put on one of its finest shows, don't miss Lake St Clair.
Nestled at the tail-end of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, this area forms part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area and is jam-packed with short walks, overnight hikes, great fishing and secluded myrtle forests.
Carved out by ice during several glaciations over the last two million years, this is the deepest freshwater lake in Australia measuring a head-spinning 167 metres (547 feet) deep and forming the headwaters for the mighty Derwent River.
And it's thanks to these deep waters, and extensive beaches along its southern end, that trout thrive within its clear waters.
Unlike its far-more-popular northern sister Cradle Mountian, Lake St Clair sees far fewer tourists and is an ideal place to catch the turning of the fagus, when the leaves of the deciduous beech forests turn from bright green to rust red and finally gold.
This unique event last for two short weeks in late April and early May and patches can be seen in the surrounding forests and tucked up in its highland lakes around the Labyrinth.
This is perhaps the most spectacular time to visit these forests, when the crisp air and misty weather leads to idyllic hiking conditions.
While it's possible to see the magic of Lake St Clair on a day trip, the best ways to experience its eerie magic is by spending a night on its shores.
As dusk falls the mist begins to rise; drawn up like a snaking medusa to slowly engulf the forest. The lake laps the shoreline and then, like a spell has befallen it, the forest comes alive.
Devils, pademelons, wombats and giant brushtail possums emerge. But as the forests awaken, the never ending lapping if the shoreline beckon.
And, if there is one place you'd want to be tucked up it's the luxurious Pumphouse Point.
Opt to sleep in the fully-restored pumphouse that sits 250m from the shoreline for a truly unique way to cap off a visit to Lake St Clair.