Central Highlands (Tasmania)

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Central Highlands
Wc Piguenit - Mount Olympus, Lake St Clair, Tasmania, the source of the Derwent - Google Art Project.jpg
Mount Olympus depicted by W.C. Piguenit in 1875.
LGA(s)Central Highlands
State electorate(s)Lyons
Federal division(s)Lyons
Localities around Central Highlands:
North West Tasmania Northern Tasmania North East Tasmania
West Coast Tasmania Central Highlands Midlands
South West Tasmania Southern Tasmania East Coast Tasmania

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.[2]

Geographical region[edit]

Pine Lake in the Central Highlands region of Tasmania

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 by Hydro Tasmania in the Central Highlands included the communities of workers who were employed in construction. Significant numbers of the communities were migrants to Australia[3]

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.[4]


Due to the large number of waterbodies in the Central Highlands, fishing is a long-standing popular activity in the area.[5]

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.[6] The Central Highlands Council has been organising the annual Bushfest which includes various outdoor activities such as fishing, camping, hunting and adventure sports.[7] The event started in 2014 and witnesses a gathering of nearly 4000 people every year.[8]


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Central Highlands (M), 2016 Census QuickStats". Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS). Retrieved 13 October 2021.
  2. ^ 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
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Felton, Heather; Hydro Tasmania (2008), Ticklebelly tales and other stories from the people of the Hydro, Hydro Tasmania, ISBN 978-0-646-47724-4
  5. ^ "In fresh water Tasmania has a world class trout fishery. The Central Highlands boasts over 3000 lakes and tarns, most of which hold trout". 10 Best Inland waters by catch rate. Tasfish. Archived from the original on 24 December 2008.
  6. ^ "Gateway to online information on all aspects of life, including local government, in Tasmania's heartland". A joint initiative of the Northern Midlands, the Southern Midlands, and the Central Highlands Councils. Midlands Initiatives for Local Enterprise Inc. 2002. Archived from the original on 18 May 2009.
  8. ^ "Tasmania to showcase outdoors at Highlands Bushfest". The Examiner. 11 November 2017.

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