The largest of hundreds of lakes in Tasmania���s Central Plateau. Fishing is the area���s greatest appeal, and apart from attracting the country���s best trout fishermen, it has over the years drawn such personalities as George Harrison and that other well known fishing enthusiast, Malcolm Fraser.
Miena, the region���s major town, which stands on its shores, is often covered in a blanket of snow in winter. Nearby towns Liaweenee and Miena are popular holiday shack destinations for local tourists, despite the area���s reputation as being one of the coldest in the generally mild-weathered state.
During the winter months when the weather is hardly conducive to camping, the population of these two small towns drops to two or three hundred. The Lake Highway runs along the west side of the lake. The Lake���s original size was much smaller; it has been dammed at its southern outflow for hydro-electricity production. It is Australia���s second largest freshwater lake (Lake Pedder is considered to be the largest), 1,030 metres above sea level. The lake has an area of 114 km2.
Arthurs Lake Arthurs Lake is on the edge of the Central Plateau, east of Great Lake. It is a popular angling location and has good facilities for boat launching and camping. Weather in the highlands can change fast, making boating conditions dangerous. Please carry all required safety equipment and check local weather forecasts before you launch.
Bronte and Dee Lagoons, Bradys Lake and Lake Echo are members of a group of lakes on the southern rim of the plateau offering fine trout fishing opportunities and boat launching facilities. Accommodation is available nearby at Bronte Park and Tarraleah.