Sunrise over a  frozen lake on the Central Plateau
A frozen lake on the Central Plateau (photograph: Dan Broun)
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Track closure: Lake Augusta - side tracks closed due to rainfall
Applies from 8/2/2021

​​Due to heavy rainfall vehicular access to Lake Pillans and Talinah Lagoons closed on 8 February 2021 until further notice. Please be aware and drive to the conditions as there are a number of road hazards in this area.

Inspections will be carried out weekly to determine when conditions are again suitable for vehicular traffic to return. The closure will ensure damage to the 19 Lagoons Road infrastructure is minimised and to ensure visitors safety is managed appropriately in the wet and boggy conditions. Tracks remain open to people on foot.

PWS apologises for any inconvenience this may cause visitors. For further information please contact Great Western Tiers Field Centre on Tel. (03) 6701 2104.​

Last reviewed 1/4/2021 10:49 AM


​The Central Plateau Conservation Area is a wild place of sub-alpine moorlands and a myriad of ​tarns on the northern edge of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. It is in the isolated heart of Tasmania and is un-serviced by the State’s major road network other than the A5 which forms the eastern boundary. Flanked on the east by Great Lake and the west by the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, it is also known as the Land of a Thousand Lakes.​

​​​Anglers and bushwalkers are frequent visitors to the Central Plateau Conservation Area and, luckily for them, they have the interior of this vast tract of watery wilderness to themselves. Generally, travellers in Tasmania stay on the main traffic routes - the Great Eastern Drive on the East Coast, the Heritage Highway through the Midlands, or the Western Wilds (A10). ​

Those who take the Lake Highway into the heart of the State rarely deviate from it.  It's a scenic route following the shore of Great Lake and offers spectacular views. Only the curious or those equipped with fly fishing or bushwalking gear turn west at Liawenee and head for Lake Augusta (a hydro-electricity storage dam), Lake Ada or a myriad of other lakes and tarns (known as Nineteen Lagoons) dotting the remarkable landscape of the Central Plateau Conservation Area. On a clear day most of the well-known peaks of the Overland Track​ can be seen from here.

​World-class wild trout fisheries are a feature of the conservation area. The wily nature of the trout, the diversity of the waters and the variability of the weather has led to a reputation of demanding trout fishing. 

Some small lakes in the Nineteen Lagoons area, around Lake Augusta, are stocked with trout by the Inland Fisheries Service.

Horse riding​ is permitted for experienced riders with mounts used to travelling in rough country. Horse riders must register with the Greater Western Tiers field centre. Some areas require permits and have number limits. ​

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