• Hiking Thousand Lakes Lodge
  • Thousand Lakes Lodge in Spring
  • hiking central plateau tasmania

Raw and rugged alpine wilderness meets comfort and luxury at Thousand Lakes Lodge in the Central Plateau region of Tasmania's UNESCO World Heritage Area.

Includes

  • 4-star accommodation (2 nights)
  • Meals: 2 x breakfasts, 2 x lunches, 2 x three course dinners with Tasmanian wine
  • Complementary use of E-Bikes and helmets
  • Complementary use of fishing rods
  • Professional fully guided experience
  • Hobart CBD hotel and airport pick up and drop offs
  • from $1495pp
  • Hobart
  • 3 Days

HOBART > CENTRAL PLATEAU WILDERNESS 

Departing Hobart, we travel north along the Heritage Highway. Should you wish, we’ll stop at the magnificent Shene Estate which dates to the early 1800’s for optional tastings of fine single malt whisky or gin (own cost), and wander around the impressive convict built and heritage-listed Georgian sandstone buildings. Continuing through Tasmania’s heartlands, we will stop in the colonial town of Bothwell, gateway to the Central Highlands. Eventually we climb up into the alpine plateau, part of the Tasmanian World Heritage Area; welcome to the land of a thousand lakes, with its sub-alpine tarns and wild rivers, brimming with trout. Arriving at Thousand Lakes Lodge nearby Lake Augusta, settle into a place of divine comfort, with time for a short nature walk should you desire, or simply relax and enjoy the log-fire and array of the finest Tasmanian cheese, wine and spirits on offer (own cost).  Delight in a three-course dinner with local wines and allow your guide to lay out the many options for your day tomorrow, with consideration for your personal preferences and ideally suited to the local conditions. Tonight, take a stroll by torchlight looking for wildlife, or on a clear night, turn out the lights and enjoy stargazing at the Milky Way above.    

Overnight:Thousand Lakes Lodge, Central Highlands

CENTRAL PLATEAU WILDERNESS 

After a hearty breakfast, a day of exploring the vast alpine landscape awaits you. The World Heritage Area is a designated ‘free walking’ zone, so you may wish to wander among the lakes and tarns on foot. Your guide can recommend several terrific routes of varying lengths, with a picnic lunch of refreshments at a tranquil spot by a lake or lookout can be set-up by your guide, waiting for you when you arrive. Or, you may wish to cycle out to Lake Ada on well-formed gravel tracks, a 27km return trip made easy under the power of your E-bike. Explore the lagoon and nearby tarns, or relax at Ibbott Hutt, an alpine fishing hut on the very edge of tranquil Lake Ada, with views to peaks of The Walls of Jerusalem National Parks in the distance. Perhaps, you’ll want to try your hand at catching some of the finest brown and rainbow trout in the Western Lakes? A professional guide can be arranged in advance, or you can utilise the Lodge’s rods (complimentary). If you prefer to relax in the comfort of the lodge, take advantage of the luxurious lounge area with perhaps the best fireplace in any wilderness lodge in Tasmania. 

Overnight:Thousand Lakes Lodge, Central Highlands

CENTRAL PLATEAU WILDERNESS > HOBART 

Prepare to enjoy another half-day of adventure in the rugged and beautiful alpine highlands of the Central Plateau. Having heard the stories from your guide on the history of the area, including the Big River aboriginal tribe, first settlers including graziers and fur trappers, and later Hydroelectricity pioneers, you’ll look upon the now World Heritage protected landscapes with a new appreciation for the people who came before, and the harshness and conservation-value of the environment. Your guide will offer options today, weather permitting, that might include exploring by E-bike or walking around Carter Lakes. You might also like to hike up to Split Rock Lookout and nearby Allison Hut, a restored shepherds hut, and imagine the rugged life of a high- country grazier in the early 1900’s. After lunch, it’s time to leave the land of a thousand lakes, and we’ll depart the Central Plateau to make our journey south. As a final stop, you may wish to indulge in Devonshire tea or more gin and whisky tastings (own cost) at an 1840’s country manor, the Old Kempton Distillery, before returning to Hobart mid-afternoon.