Central Highlands, Australia

Thousand Lakes Lodge

Rates per night from$213.53

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 60 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (AUD295.45), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Highland thrills

Setting

Wild Western Lakes

Miles from the nearest town, boutique hotel Thousand Lakes Lodge is a cosy outpost set in a beautiful but rugged stretch of Tasmania’s Central Highlands. Testament to the remoteness of the location, the lodge used to be an Antarctic training post before it was upgraded with king-size beds, leather sofas and a custom-made stove. The star attraction, however, is the landscape, an expansive World Heritage site that guests spend their days hiking, fly-fishing and biking around. After a long day in the great outdoors, evenings tend to end around the liberally-stocked honesty bar, which showcases the best of Tasmania’s wines, beers and spirits – all of which help to give the evenings a glow, no matter how wild it gets outside.

Smith Extra

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One day’s e-bike hire for two or a bottle of Tasmanian wine

Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Nine.

Check–Out

10am, but flexible, subject to availability. Earliest check-in, 2pm.

Rates

Double rooms from $213.53 (AU$295), excluding tax at 10 per cent.

More details

Room rates usually include breakfast, a Continental spread accompanied by one or two hot à la carte dishes that showcase the local produce.

Also

If you're planning on using the e-bikes, be sure to book them the night before. The lodge does have satellite WiFi, but there’s a monthly quota, meaning you can’t count on having access. The good news is that it strengthens the case for a digital detox…

At the hotel

Lounge with a log-burning stove, flatscreen TV, honesty bar and library; laundry; limited satellite WiFi access. In rooms: bath products by Sukin.

Our favourite rooms

The most luxurious stays are the Lodge King Premium rooms, which have comfortable king-size beds and heated ensuite bathrooms with a bath tub.

Packing tips

Your most rugged outdoor gear. The Central Highlands gets ice cold in winter, but the weather can change rapidly even in the height of summer.

Also

The lounge, dining area and other ground-floor common areas are wheelchair accessible. One of the Lodge King Rooms has a specially-adapted bathroom.

Children

All ages welcome; cots are available on request. There’s a good range of children’s books, games and DVD’s in the lounge, as well as outdoor toys, bicycles and helmets for kids.

Eco‐friendly

The lodge is entirely off-grid and very eco-friendly. They use solar energy (and a top-up/back-up generator) for power, sort and recycle all waste, use energy-saving bulbs and have eco-friendly bath products. Half of the timber used in the building was recycled or reclaimed.

Food and Drink

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Top Table

Meals are usually served at the tables in the main lounge, but guests can request a private dinner in the library.

Dress Code

Guests come here for the landscape and wildlife – no-one’s going to fuss over what you’re wearing.

Hotel restaurant

There’s no restaurant as such, but the lodge does have a dining area where breakfast, a simple larder lunch and a set-course dinner are served. The hotel are devoted to using produce that’s both seasonal and local, meaning there’s no fixed menu. Guests opt for either a two- or three-course dinner, which they can pair with Tasmanian wines.

Hotel bar

The lodge’s honesty bar is off to the side in the lounge, topped with a thickly-cut piece of varnished timber. There’s a well-stocked wine rack, a shelf of spirits and a fridge filled with beers and ciders. The emphasis is on showcasing the best of Tasmania’s tipples, including wines from the Goaty Hill and Ghost Rock wineries, regional spirits such as Hellyers Road whisky, and a selection of local craft beers curated by the Saint John Craft Beer Bar in Launceston.

Last orders

Breakfast is served from 7.30am to 9.30am, lunch from noon to 2pm, and dinner from 6.30pm to 8.30pm

Location

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Address
Thousand Lakes Lodge
1247 Lake Augusta Rd
Liawenee, Central Highlands
7030
Australia

Planes

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.

Automobiles

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.

Other

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.

Local restaurants

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.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Every hotel featured is visited personally by members of our team, given the Smith seal of approval, and then anonymously reviewed. As soon as our reviewers have returned from this boutique hotel in Tasmania and unpacked their bottle of Hellyers Road Tasmanian whisky, a full account of their wilderness break will be with you. In the meantime, to whet your wanderlust, here's a quick peek inside Thousand Lakes Lodge in Tasmania… 

There’s off the beaten track, and then there’s Thousand Lakes Lodge, which is in a region of Tasmania so rugged that it was once used as a training ground for Antarctic expeditions. Thankfully, things are little less testing ever since Tasmanian racing driver Marcos Ambrose domesticated the lodge, creating a year-round destination for those who can’t get enough of the great outdoors. And they certainly have plenty of that: bushland, hills and lakes surround the lodge as far as the eye can see, attracting hikers, bikers and anglers alike. Nature lovers are equally well provided for, as although it’s miles to the nearest town, you’re unlikely to have walked more than a few hundred metres before you encounter one of the hardy locals, namely the wombats, wallabies and Tasmanian devils that call this place home. And when the exploring is done for the day, you’ll find guests in kicking back in the lounge, enjoying a warming Tasmanian whisky as the sun sets on this untamed land.

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Thousand Lakes Lodge’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The isolated location, alpine air, crackling fire, comfy lodge, good food, great walks, fascinating alpine flora fauna, great books and quiet time.

Don’t expect

Entertainment... 

Rating

Stayed on 2 Mar 2018