Lewis Pass Scenic Reserve, Tops track.

Image: Chloe Riddell | Creative Commons


The Alpine Nature Walk in Lewis Pass provides an opportunity to break up a long drive while enjoying spectacular scenery and beech forest.

Track overview

800 m loop

Walking and tramping

20 min Easiest: Short walk

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


This is a 20 minute loop track at the start of the St James Walkway. It leads through an alpine wetland, with views of Gloriana Peak and the Spenser Mountains. Picnic tables make it a great spot to stop while on a longer drive.

Getting there

The Alpine Nature Walk can be accessed from the St James Carpark 400 m east of the Lewis Pass on SH7 (Lewis Pass Highway).


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