Thousand Lakes Wilderness Lodge is like nowhere else
Sitting atop Tasmania's Highlands and wrapped in the World Heritage Area
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Thousand Lakes Wilderness Lodge sits atop Tasmania’s Central Highlands, wrapped in the World Heritage Area. It’s a place like nowhere else – otherworldly, remote and barren yet beautiful and unique. It’s a place that offers a myriad of experiences from alpine walking to fishing, bird-watching, exploring the many trails and lakes or simply making the most of being far, far away from life’s busyness.
Built as an Antarctic training facility on Hydro Electric Commission land at isolated Lake Augusta in 1980, Bernacchi Lodge, as it was then, was left to deteriorate amid the fierce natural elements in 1999.
Fast forward to 2016 and the Lodge has been carefully re-developed by five investors with Australian motor racing legend, Marcos Ambrose, leading the project. Marcos retired from a glittering car racing career in 2015 and decided to invest in his home state where the booming tourism industry seemed like a good fit.
Inside the Lodge
With a vaulted ceiling, a roaring double fireplace, and a larder of fine treats and Tasmanian craft beer and wine, guests can gaze at the rugged highland plains from within the warm comforts of the Lodge or read the stories of the surrounding alpine region and rich history of vibrant characters and those hardy early pioneers.
Inside that jam-packed larder lay all sorts of tasty treats: an array of cheeses, European inspired cold cut and smoked meats, and terrines, all individually portioned for you to create your ideal charcuterie plate or a quick snack.
Saint John Craft Beer Bar (located in Launceston) is renowned for its selection of craft beers and has put together a fine collection of Tasmanian and International craft beers and ciders for the Lodge. Along with Tasmanian produced wines and spirits, and locally roasted coffee, guests will enjoy the selection after a day of adventure.
Outside the Lodge
Venture outside and you’ll be rejuvenated: smell the crisp air, feel spongy moss underfoot, taste the fresh stream water, touch the ancient dolerite boulders, and see the wildlife and ever changing weather.
Step outside and be immersed in the remote wilderness environment. Whether it is to explore the many alpine tarns, walk the trails of the World Heritage Area, or to simply soak up the pristine air and wide open skies of Tasmania, this place will awaken the soul.
Keen anglers have a choice of a thousand stunning lakes and many alpine tarns, formed by glacial action some 8,000 - 20,000 years ago, in which to try their luck. The trout in Tasmania's premier wild fishery are arguably the purest strain in the world, the area having been a famous trout fishery for over 100 years.
In the World Heritage Area so walkers are not confined to boardwalks or set trails so are free to explore and discover as much or as little the of highlands as they like. There are numerous trails weaving to streams, lakes and huts in the area, ideal for exploring and uncovering even more remote parts of the alpine landscape.
Thousand Lakes Lodge is the perfect place to unwind and escape. Step outside on a calm day and nature is all that can be heard under the big open sky. Inside, indulge with a book by the roaring fire, gaze outside and watch the world go by. A truly remarkable place to unplug and switch off from the world.
Explore the western lakes of the Central Plateau World Heritage area on e-bikes. Also known as “Fat Bikes,” they are the perfect way to unleash your adventurous spirit whilst still enjoy the comfort of a luxury spring seat and full front suspension. They can roll over any terrain: sand, loose rocks, even snow and are adjustable to suits all fitness levels and you can always dial up the power!
How to get there:
- Fly to Launceston or Hobart or take your car on the Spirit of Tasmania from Melbourne to Devonport.
- Take the stunning drive 90 minutes from Launceston, 2 hours from Hobart or about 1 ½ hours from Devonport.
For more information and to book go to www.thousandlakeslodge.com.au
- Midlands, Central and SW (TAS)
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