Touring the Central Highlands

Touring the Central Highlands

Tasmania’s Central Highlands offers visitors a unique combination of heritage and natural beauty. It is a landscape of picturesque farmland fringed by snowcapped mountains, colonial homesteads and heritage villages.

The area is renowned for its trout fishing, and anglers from around the world fly in for the experience. The highland lakes are also a popular location for shacks and weekend getaways for families.

Taking the driving journey on the Highlands Power Trail provides visitors with a detailed insight into the industrial heritage of Tasmania’s hydro-electric schemes. While you are in the area, ensure you allow plenty of time to enjoy the many other attractions in the region.

Bothwell is home to the Australasian Golf Museum, Ratho Farm with Australia’s oldest public golf course set in the traditions of Old Scotland and Nant Distillery where you can enjoy tours and whisky tastings.

The Highlands Bushfest is held in Bothwell over a November weekend annually, and provides an enjoyable two days of activities for tourists and locals.

The historic township of Hamilton offers an array of antique and gift stores, cafes, the historic Hamilton Inn and farming experiences.

If travelling through to Derwent Bridge towards the West Coast, don’t miss the Wall in the Wilderness and Lake St Clair National Park.

Some helpful links for planning your trip to the Highlands Power Trail and Waddamana Power Station Heritage Site:

Central Highlands Council tourism information

Ratho Farm

Curringah Farm

28 Gates

Thousand Lakes Lodge

Bronte Park Village

Tarraleah Village

Bothwell Caravan Park

Waddamana Cottages (Mobile 0407 873 131)

Inland Fisheries Service Tasmania (for information on recreational fishing, including short term and annual licences)


Photo in banner image: Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office