Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations – unknown
On holidays? Time to road trip it around Tassie!
We spent an epic 4 days travelling the Central Highlands and West Coast of Tasmania. There was a fair bit of driving involved, but totally worth it.
First stop Bronte Lagoon:
Overlooking Bronte Lagoon is a monument signifying the centre of Tasmania. The true centre of Tassie is actually a couple of kms down the road, but this place was easier to access and on the main tourist strip. It also overlooks a nice little lake, and there is a picnic table where you can eat. We travelled into Bronte and grabbed some chips at the local takeaway and brought them back here.
Next, we travelled further down the road to explore the beautiful Lake St Clair:
There are number of short walks you can tick off from here. We chose to do the Shadow Lake Circuit, a nice leisurely walk which takes around 1.5 hours.
The walk leads through a beautiful enchanted forest, on a well-maintained track, and once again a fairly secluded walk. We managed to snag a gorgeous sunny day and basically had the track to ourselves.
From here you can see Mt Rufus where you can take another track leading up to it. We chose to stick to the Shadow Lake as we were heading to Queenstown.
I don’t know what type of fungi this is, but it’s pretty!
Most of the track was boarded, so it’s easily accessible for all fitness abilities
The lake itself was nothing fantastic, and if we had more time we could have sat down for a nice picnic lunch. As it was, we wanted to get to Queenstown before dark so it was a rushed snap and back on our way!
I would recommend staying in Queenstown for the night. It’s easy to get AirBnB here and there is a lot to explore.