Discover boutique hotels in Central Highlands, Australia
When to go
If you’re here to fly-fish, time your Central Highlands visit with the Tasmanian summer when the bugs are thick across the streams and the trout are biting. The fish get a breeding break from May to July, when the rods retreat. In fact, unless you’re here to write a brooding romance novel or enjoy shovelling snow, Highlands winters are best avoided (cold, dark and melancholy). Autumn here (March to May) is also lovely, with drawn-out dusks and luscious leafery.
PlanesTasmania’s Central Highlands are a one-hour drive north of capital city Hobart | which has a recently upgraded domestic airport with international aspirations (+61 (0)3 6216 1600; www.hobartairpt.com.au). Domestic flights from other Australian capitals (Melbourne | Sydney | Adelaide) and several regional centres also fly into Hobart.
AutomobilesExploring the Central Highlands under your own steam is definitely the way to go: take your time | stop off to ogle the view and scoot back to your accommodation when the chilly dusks descend. Pick up a hire-car at Hobart Airport (all the big-name operators have desks there) | or in Hobart itself. From Hobart it’s about an hour’s drive north to Bothwell in the southern Central Highlands.
TaxisThis is pretty much a taxi-free zone – it’s unlikely any city taxis will be willing to make the trip, but you could try Taxi Combined Services in Hobart and Launceston (13 22 27). Closer to the region, Derwent Valley Cabs (+61 (0)3 6261 2257) operate out of New Norfolk.