Tasmania’s midlands are famed for their agricultural and heritage values. The major towns – Oatlands, Campbell Town, Ross and Bothwell – are among Australia’s prettiest Georgian era villages. Most of these towns were created as stopping points where travellers between Hobart and Launceston could rest and change horses. Tasmania’s nearby Central Highlands, consisting of a series of mountains and lakes in the Great Western Tiers range, are largely contained in the Cradle Mountain-Lake St. Clair National Park. The spectacular scenery and easy bushwalks make it one of Tasmania’s most popular destinations. The Lakes region is a trout fishing paradise, with Great Lake and Arthurs Lake being particularly popular.
The Best Time To Visit:
November to April is the peak season in Tasmania. Summer brings warm days and mild evenings from December to February, while winter can be stormy with snow on the mountains from June to August. The weather is most stable from the end of summer to autumn (February to April). One of the best times to visit the highlands is from March to May when the days are fine and still, though it is warmest during Summer (December to February).
How To Get There:
By car, Spirit of Tasmania ferry from Melbourne to Devonport. Drive south from Devonport towards Hobart. From Hobart, drive noth on the Midlands Higheway or approach the Bothwell region and the highlands to the north via New Norfolk and Bothwell. By coach, Tassielink Coaches services all major centres throughout Tasmania.