Go fly fishing on pristine private lakes, chase trout in a glacial lake, or help with the chores at your hillside farmstay; there's plenty to keep the avid fishing enthusiast busy in this itinerary.
Mainland Australians think of Tasmania as a speck in the ocean, so it can come as a surprise to realise the state is almost as large as Scotland – and much of its terrain is just as dramatic.
On the rough road ahead is the dark shape of an animal, running away at full pace. In the dim dawn light, it looks a little like one of the wallabies that bound about the scrubby plains of Tasmania's Central Highlands. But no, it's far too short and shabby, moving more like a mangy dog. I pedal faster on my bicycle for a better look. Suddenly, the creature stops and turns its head, bares its teeth and growls.
Thousand Lakes Lodge is located on the edge of a pristine World Heritage Tasmanian Wilderness. Sitting more than 1000 metres above sea level, the rugged, beautiful region is dotted with crystalline lakes and ancient dolerite boulders. As soon as the sun sets, the sky reveals millions of stars impossible to see in most cities.
Just seven months after opening its doors, the refurbished Thousand Lakes Lodge in Tasmania’s central highlands is proving to be another gem in the crown of the state’s tourism industry.
Let’s start this winter escape in style. Fly into Launceston airport and in less than two hours driving time, arrive at the brand new Thousand Lakes Wilderness Lodge near Liawenee. Swing open the car door and the crisp alpine air will be an immediate reminder of the season. The former Antarctic training base has been transformed into a premium lodge by five investors, led by race car legend Marcos Ambrose. Spend the afternoon exploring the World Heritage Area.
Thousand Lakes Wilderness Lodge sits atop Tasmania’s Central Highlands, wrapped in the World Heritage Area. It’s a place like nowhere else – otherworldly, remote and barren yet beautiful and unique.
The stunning glacial and alpine landscape of Tasmania's Central Highlands is characterised by prolific native wildflowers, scattered boulders and flat, expansive plains – and as of this month, a very special hotel.
The stunning glacial and alpine landscape of Tasmania’s Central Highlands is characterised by prolific native wildflowers, scattered boulders and flat, expansive plains – and as of this month, a very special hotel. Thousand Lakes Lodge is an intimate nine-suite retreat in a former abandoned fishing lodge, surrounded by World Heritage wilderness.
When people refer to the Western Lakes they are talking about a vast area of the central plateau that contains hundreds if not thousands of lakes. This area is made up of the central plateau conservation area and the Walls of Jerusalem National Park. This area and its fishing is truly unique in the world.
Thousand Lakes is a place like no other. It is almost otherworldly, remote and barren yet beautiful and unique. Wrapped inside Tasmania’s World Heritage Area, Thousand Lakes Lodge is your base to explore the lakes and lagoons of this unique alpine wilderness, and discover the real Tasmania.
A new wilderness stay has been officially opened in the Central Highlands with a former Antarctic training facility transformed into an eco-lodge.
Exploration: After European settlement, the first overland journey through central Tasmania was attempted by Lt Thomas Laycock in 1807. Searching for agricultural lands with a group of men, he passed through the midlands along Lake River near the Central Plateau.
The Tasmanian Aboriginal people, or Palawa, settled Tasmania at least 35,000 years ago but possibly far longer. Palawa is a term used by Tasmanian Aboriginal people when referring to themselves and is derived from the name of the ‘first man’ in Aboriginal culture who was created by a spirit from a kangaroo.
A wide-ranging variety of heath plants grow on the Central Plateau in different habitat types. From micro-heath just centimeters high to tall heaths up to 2 meters, some species are plain while others display a range of vibrant colors.
The alpine and subalpine areas on the Central Plateau are home to significant Tasmanian flora with many endemic plant species. Some plants are descended from when Australia was part of the ancient supercontinent, Gondwana, which broke apart millions of years ago.
Thousand Lakes Lodge was recently mentioned in the December edition of the Cond'e Nast Traveller Magazine in a movie review, shot throughout Tasmanian and New Zealand's South Islands. Click here to view the article.
You know what they say. You wait years for a new hotel and then a whole collection come at once. Australia’s in that position at the moment, with more new boutique hotels then you can count. Interesting ones. Thoughtful ones.
There are eleven species of frog that can be found in Tasmania. Some of the Tasmanian frogs that you are more likely to see in the central highlands area are the Brown Tree Frog, Common Froglet and Tasmanian Froglet.
There are seventeen species of lizard found in the Tasmanian bush and of these seven are endemic to Tasmania. Lizards use external sources of heat to warm their bodies and become active, usually absorbing warmth from the sun or heated rocks.
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