Sunrise over a  frozen lake on the Central Plateau
A frozen lake on the Central Plateau (photograph: Dan Broun)
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Closed area: Lake Augusta Road - Annual Road Closure
Applies from 4/5/2022

As the 2021-22 fishing season has now closed, the boom gate on Lake Augusta Rd just beyond Bernacchi (Thousand Lakes Lodge) has been closed for the winter period as of 03/05/2022. Reopening of the boom gate will be on the 1st of October 2022 (approximately), subject to inspections determining road conditions are suitable for vehicular traffic.

Vehicle access to Lake Pillans, Double, and Talinah Lagoons has also been closed today with the plan to reopen on the 1st of November 2022 (approximately), subject to road inspections determining conditions are suitable for vehicular traffic.

The annual road closure ensures damage to the 19 Lagoons road network as a result of vehicles driving on wet/boggy, snow, and frost heave affected roads is greatly reduced.

If conditions are not conducive to the opening of any road or track by the due date, the Parks and Wildlife Service will undertake regular inspections (preferably weekly and at least fortnightly) and communicate information on closure status and likely opening timeframes to you after each inspection until the road or track is opened.

For any further information please contact the Great Western Tiers Field Centre on 6701 2104

Last reviewed 4/5/2022 08:29 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 referred to 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.

Those who take the 'Lake Highway' (Highland Lakes Road), 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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