Tasmania - north east
Below is a list of all the pages on this website which concern places in the north east of Tasmania, including the Great Lake area. See map at bottom of page for locations.
Tasmania boasts many beautiful scenic drives. One of my favourites is the road which ascends from Deloraine, in the north, up the side of the central plateau. Steep climbs, hairpin bends, lush forest and panoramic views make for a pleasant driving experience.
Where is the best place in Australia to enjoy the scenic magic of a frosty morning? Most inland areas can experience frost in winter, but few places have frequent sub-zero nights year-round. Tasmania's central plateau, which includes Great Lake, has the altitude and conditions to give it some of the coldest nights in the country and regular frosts for most of the year. It may not be the frostiest part of the country, but as this photo gallery shows, it can put on a good show.
In the middle of Tasmania lies a plateau dotted with lakes, and next to the biggest lake sits the Great Lake Hotel. In the quiet of winter it is a great place to shelter from passing snowstorms.
Halls Falls is a modest but picturesque waterfall in the north east corner of Tasmania. What it lacks in sheer size it makes up for in quiet beauty, and the charm and tranquillity of its lush forest setting.
Sometimes a drive is enjoyable purely because of it's scenery. Other times the nature of the road itself is as much of a feature as the scenery. The latter is the case with a section of zig-zag mountain road known as Jacob's Ladder in northeast Tasmania. While the scenery is lovely, it is the drama of ascending a series of hairpin turns up the steep side of a plateau which makes the ride a memorable one.
Tucked away in a tranquil northern Tasmanian valley lie the beautiful Liffey Falls. The waterfall itself is what draws visitors, usually via the more direct upper track. The longer and less-used lower track, however, is a worthy attraction in its own right, and could be one of the most pleasant forest walks in the region.
The last ice age left behind hundreds of alpine lakes on Tasmania's central plateau. Pine Lake is a picturesque example which boasts a collection of Tasmania's rare pencil pine trees. It is also a very accessible lake for anyone using the high road between Deloraine and Miena.
Bronze sculptures on a circle of stone blocks - not what you might expect in an isolated patch of bush in Tasmania’s highlands. But there they are, with a historic homestead nearby. Both make for an interesting and probably unexpected stop for travellers on the high road across central Tasmania.
If you're travelling Tasmania by caravan or campervan, and looking for somewhere to stay which is out of the way and right on a good beach, Tomahawk Bay may be an option. It's in a part of the far north east which gets little visitor traffic, and is a good spot to chill out in coastal peace.
Location map - TAS north east
The symbols on this map mark the locations of places I've written about.
- Clicking on a symbol makes a label pop up
- Each label contains a link to my web page about that place