Central Highlands, Tasmania

Tasmania's Central Highlands boast glorious scenery and dramatic built heritage dating back to the early 19th century. It is the birthplace of Tasmania’s Hydro-Electric power system and home to the best trout fishing in the southern hemisphere. The Central Highlands covers 8,010 sq km, or 12 per cent of Tasmania’s land mass, has a permanent population of over 2,000, many of whom own shacks in the communities around the region’s numerous spectacular lakes and mountains.

The Central Plateau Conservation Area is a wild place of sub-alpine moorlands and a myriad of ​tarns on the northern edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. It is in the isolated heart of Tasmania and is un-serviced by the State’s major road network other than the A5 which forms the eastern boundary. Flanked on the east by Great Lake and the west by the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, it is also known as the Land of a Thousand Lakes.​

​​​Anglers and bushwalkers are frequent visitors to the Central Plateau Conservation Area and, luckily for them, they have the interior of this vast tract of watery wilderness to themselves. Generally, travellers in Tasmania stay on the main traffic routes - the Great Eastern Drive on the East Coast, the Heritage Highway through the Midlands, or the Western Wilds (A10).