Bernacchi Lodge up for sale

Posted 8 Jun 2012, 11:54am

A piece of Tasmania's Antarctic heritage in the Central Highlands has been put up for sale.

Bernacchi Lodge was built on the shores of Lake Augusta in the 1970s as a training base for the Australian Antarctic Division.

For 25 years travellers would stay at the lodge preparing for the harsh Antarctic conditions.

But in 1999 the lodge was closed.

Former expedition leader Rob Easther says it was due to a lack of snowfall.

"It's not really like Antarctica, it's more like Macquarie Island," he said.

The lodge has sat empty ever since and it has now been put up for sale through the State Government's tender process.

Chris Emms from the Parks and Wildlife Service says the area is popular with bushwalkers and fishermen.

"It's a pristine environment, and that's what attracts people."

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