The Great Lake in Tasmania is the second largest freshwater lake in Australia. Set right at the heart of Tasmania and surrounded by conservation areas, hundreds of smaller lakes and countless hiking trails, the Great Lake is a must-visit destination.
When you get there, make sure you check out these three remarkable spots.
1. Liffey Falls
Liffey Falls, often considered one of the prettiest waterfalls in Tasmania, are located within the Liffey Falls State Reserve north of the Great Lake. The temperate rainforest that covers the Great Western Tiers is comprised of trees like myrtle, sassafras and leatherwoods, their leaves shading visitors passing under the canopy.
The falls themselves are a series of cascading pools with viewpoints at each one. At the lower end of the falls you can picnic and swim when the water is high enough. The walk will take you about 45 minutes for the return trip and the path is well-paved. You will probably spot some birds along the way, including pink robins and green rosellas!
Miena might be one of the coldest places in Tasmania, but it's a hot destination. The little village is one of the most popular places to stay around the Great Lake and is a magnet for keen fishers and anyone looking to escape from city life for a while. Set in the wilderness, Miena is a hub for outdoors activities like bush walking, trout fishing and bird watching.
In the quieter winter months, the glorious landscapes are blanketed in snow, while in summer the population swells with holiday-makers.
3. Central Plateau Conservation Area
This area in the middle of Tasmania is also known as the land of a thousand lakes. The sub-alpine moorlands sit right at the northern edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Anglers have been coming here for a long time to snare themselves wild trout, but it is also a great place for hikers and explorers to see a wilder side of the island state.
The rugged landscape is punctuated by glacial lakes and steep mountains, and a lot of the flora you'll see here is unique to Australia, making this prime hiking country.
The Great Lake and surrounding attractions are about 100 kilometres north of Kempton. If you are driving up from Hobart, take a break and pop into Mood Food to refuel on a hearty meal and some good coffee.