Starting from the car park off Hansen Bay Road, Cervantes, this walk takes you on a circuit around Lake Thetis. Lake Thetis is a lake that hosts thrombolites which are amazingly formed by cyanobacteria over billions of years. These organisms used to be very common, but there are only a handful of places you can see them currently. They are prominent examples of the earliest living organisms in the world and give an insight into the long history of life on Earth. There is also a picnic table towards the middle, which is suitable for walkers to have a small lunch looking over the open view the lake offers. The first 300m of the boardwalk is universally accessible; the texture is a hardened or compacted surface for the first half and is followed by a flat dirt track afterwards. 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.
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 started From the car park off Hansen Bay Road (830 metres northwest of Hansen Bay Lookout), pass through the bollard and head towards the slanted "Welcome to Lake Thetis" sign along the concrete path. Turn right here and head along the concrete track (as you keep the lake to your left) to continue along Lake Thetis Circuit (counterclockwise).....
Directions & comments
Find the Lake Thetis at the start.
The starting point of an optional sidetrip. This little side trip takes you closer to the water via a boardwalk. To start this optional side trip veer left here. On returning from this side trip turn left when you get back to this intersection. Details below.
After another 225 m continue straight.
After another 630 m pass the "Lake Thetis".
After another 480 m continue straight.
Then pass a seat (10 m on your left).
After another 100 m continue straight.
Then pass the picnic table (15 m on your right).
After another 20 m pass the picnic table (20 m on your right).
After another 5 m continue straight.
After another 40 m come to a car park.
This little side trip takes you closer to the water via a boardwalk.
Directions & comments
After another 45 m come to "Lake Thetis".
Continue another 0 m to find Lake Thetis at the end.
Turn around and retrace your steps back the 45 m to the main route.
Know the Hills, grading & facilities
Lake Thetis Circuit
20 min to 40 min
Quality of track
Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Flat, no steps (1/6)
Clearly signposted (1/6)
Generally useful facilities (such as fenced cliffs and seats) (1/6)
No experience required (1/6)
Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)