Thousand Lakes Lodge is in Tasmania’s remote Central Highlands, a beautiful conservation area with a ‘middle of nowhere’ feel.
Launceston is the closest airport; flights from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane land there daily. It takes 90 minutes to drive from the airport to the lodge. The other option is Hobart, which has similar flight options and is a two-hour drive from the lodge. The Smith24 team can arrange flights and transfers; call anytime, day or night.
Most people come to the lodge to hike, fish and cycle in the surrounding wilderness, but if you want a car to get you a little further when you’re out exploring, Smith24 can arrange hire. It’s worth opting for a four-wheel drive if you plan to leave the the main roads.
Helicopter transfers are possible – there’s a helipad 15 kilometres from the lodge. Once you’ve touched down, a driver can collect you for the final leg.
Worth getting out of bed for
When you’re surrounded by miles of untouched landscape, you’ll probably want to spend most most of your time in the thick of it. As well as the lakes, grasslands and rocky hills, you can expect to see wombats, wallabies, ringtail possums and the long-nosed potoroo – sometimes only meters from the front door. The entire World Heritage area is a free-walking zone too, meaning you can roam across the bushland as and where you please, increasing your chances of seeing all that it has to offer. The staff can recommend a wide variety of walking routes, from 30-minute strolls to full-day expeditions; for experienced walkers, an outing to the Walls of Jerusalem is not to be missed. If you’re hoping to cover more ground, hire one of the lodge’s e-bikes, which have electric motors, sprung seats and enormous 26-inch off-road tires, making it easy to tackle rocky and hilly trails. You can dial the power of the motor up and down as you like, giving yourself a workout in the morning then cruising home in the afternoon with minimal effort. As you might have guessed, the Thousand Lakes area is also pretty well known for its fishing, with many anglers making the trip to seek out the wily Tasmanian fighting trout. There are various guided fishing packages available, and the lodge can provide the necessary kit should you need it.
The main attraction of the lodge is that it’s so far off the beaten track. If you’re committed to dining out during your stay, it’ll involve a considerable drive in each direction; the closest town with a few good options is Deloraine, an hour’s drive away. A favourite among locals, the Deloraine Deli has a seasonally changing menu, with dishes always making use of the region’s best – be it Tasmanian beef, barramundi or brown trout. Another Deloraine favourite is the Cruzin’ in the 50’s Diner, which is chock full of Fifties Americana, including old petrol pumps and a statue of James Dean. Hamburgers, hot dogs and shakes are the order of the day at this slightly eccentric eatery.