Central Highlands (Tasmania)

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The Central Highlands is a region in Tasmania, Australia where geographical and administrative boundaries closely coincide. It is also known as The Lake Country of Tasmania [1]

Geographical region[edit]

The mountains of Central Tasmania are mainly found in four different conservation reserves:

Administrative region[edit]

The Central Highlands Council incorporates most of the highland region.

Former Hydro communities[edit]

Early power developments in the Central Highlands included the communities of workers who were employed in construction. Significant numbers of the communities were migrants to Australia [2]

The Tarraleah community was one established in 1934 which was a significant early community for the Upper Derwent Power Development. The part of Tarraleah known as Ticklebelly Flat - the area of the married quarters of the community - has become a part of Hydro history, being utilised in the most comprehensive history of the Hydro to date, Heather Fenton's book Ticklebelly Tales [3]


Due to the large number of waterbodies in the Central Highlands, fishing is a long standing popular activity in the area [4]

Tasmania heartland[edit]

The combined councils of the Central Highlands and the two Midlands councils - the southern and the northern have had for almost a decade a web based portal which combines the areas to a name of Tasmanian heartland [5]


Many lakes are found in the Central Highlands - giving the region the tourist feature of the 'Lakes Region'; they include:

Further reading[edit]

  • Cullen, Philip J.(1995) Land degradation on the Central Plateau, Tasmania : the legacy of 170 years of exploitation Hobart, Tas. : Earth Science Section, Parks and Wildlife Service, Dept. of Environment and Land Management. ISBN 0-7246-1930-5 Occasional paper (Tasmania. Parks and Wildlife Service) ; no. 34.
  • Jetson, Tim.(1989) The roof of Tasmania: a history of the Central Plateau Launceston, Tas.: Pelion Press. ISBN 0-7316-7214-3
  • McKenny, Helen. (2000) A guide to vegetation management issues in the Central Plateau region, Tasmania Hobart, Tas. Dept. of Primary Industries, Water and Environment, ISBN 0-7246-6238-3


  1. ^ Royal Society of Tasmania conducted a symposium at Poatina, 11–12 November 1972 with the symposium of that title: Banks, M.R. (editor) (1973) The Lake Country of Tasmania Hobart, Royal Society of Tasmania - with the Keynote Address by Dr. A.B. Costin Characteristics and Use of Australian High Country - map one p.2 being of interest as it shows relative distribution of Alpine (6000 ft in imperial measurement) and Sub Alpine regions in south east Australia
  2. ^ Quirk, Marilyn; Arts Tasmania; Hydro Tasmania (2006), Echoes on the mountain : remarkable migrant stories from the hydro villages of the Tasmanian central highlands, Marilyn Quirk, retrieved 26 November 2014 
  3. ^ Felton, Heather; Hydro Tasmania (2008), Ticklebelly tales and other stories from the people of the Hydro, Hydro Tasmania, ISBN 978-0-646-47724-4 
  4. ^ http://www.tasfish.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=35&Itemid=26- In fresh water Tasmania has a world class trout fishery. The Central Highlands boasts over 3000 lakes and tarns, most of which hold trout. and 10 Best Inland waters by catch rate - The top ten still waters fished in 2007-08 (in descending order) were Arthurs Lake, Great Lake, Penstock Lagoon, Little Pine Lagoon, Woods Lake, Four Springs Lagoon, Bronte Lagoon, Bradys Lake, Brushy Lagoon and Meadowbank Lake.
  5. ^ http://www.tasmaniacentral.tas.gov.au Midlands Initiatives for Local Enterprise Inc, 2002 Gateway to online information on all aspects of life, including local government, in Tasmania's heartland. The portal is a joint initiative of the Northern Midlands, the Southern Midlands, and the Central Highlands Councils

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