2 January 2017
Destination : Central Highlands, Tasmania
They say one of Tasmania’s greatest assets is its diverse natural beauty, and this New Year’s Eve I immersed myself in it, spending time on the island’s central plateau soaking up the sights of the Highland Lakes.
Unlike England’s Lake District there appear to be myriads more, each largely untouched by commercial development and in my (possibly biased) opinion, better. At the most, you’ll find a scattering of private shacks set amongst the raw environment and the occasional pub and petrol station here and there.
As the weather is currently summer in Australia, the weather was hot during the day, attracting activity on and around the lakes but cool at night. Visit in winter, there's a high chance you'll encounter snow.
Things you should know:
- The temperature can plummet during the day and especially at night, so pack warm clothing
- There’s limited phone reception and internet access and some areas of the lakes are very remote
- Some shacks in the area are powered by solar power or generators so torches are always a handy item to pack
- Depending on where you’re basing yourself, be mindful that the nearest supermarket and other day-to-day facilities could be a little distance away
- The summer heat can also attract tiger snakes which are highly venomous so be careful where you tread. Read more about First Aid for snake bites here
- Transiting along the main roads around the Highland Lakes is easy enough in a standard vehicle but it is worth noting that many roads are unsealed and extra care should be taken when the conditions are icy or it snows. If you’re wanting to go off road and get properly lakeside, you’ll need a 4WD
I stayed: At a small shack close to Liawenee. There are also shacks for hire on Air BNB and other accommodation options in the Central Highlands area.
I visited: The Great Lake and Arthur’s Lake.
My highlights: Finding quiet fishing spots, setting up on a private patch of pebbles by the lake and enjoying a picnic of locally sourced produce.