Derwent Bridge is the geographical centre of our lovely state, and it certainly has a lot of heart, with inspiring tales of hardship and grit at its centre. These are the deep, rugged parts of the Central Highlands where the elusive Tasmanian Tiger once roamed free. At around a 2.5 hour drive from Hobart, it’s a great base to explore the wilderness from, or stop overnight on the way through to the West Coast. Here are three top things to do around enthralling Derwent Bridge.
The Wall in the Wilderness
A truly unique and ambitious art project, Greg Duncan’s Huon pine-panelled sculpture depicts the history, hardships and inspirational stories of the people who shaped the Central Highlands region, from the indigenous people through to timber harvesters, pastoralists, miners, and Hydro workers. The artist has a reputation for bringing uncanny realism to his work, and the hardship and grit etched in the individual faces of the wall is moving. It’s hard to resist the urge to reach out and give these people a pat on the back. At 100 metres long and 12 years in the making, the project is now in its final stages.
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Explore Lake St Clair
Derwent Bridge is on the doorstep of the world famous Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Lake St Clair is the deepest lake in Australia and is two million years in the making, having been carved out by ice during several glaciations. There are some beautiful walks to embark upon in the area, ranging from easy strolls to overnight bushwalks. You can also hop on the ferry and take a walk through giant Myrtle forests or climb one of the peaks.
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Lake St Clair National Park
Go Trout Fishing at Lake King William
If you’re into fishing, Lake King William nearby is worth a visit. You can even camp overnight and, with a bit of luck, wake up to a stunning sunrise. Bring your thermals!
Misty mornings on Lake St Clair…✨💙 We had such a wonderful stay at @pumphousepoint. It has been one of my favourite accommodations to experience – filled with so much history in the middle of the wildernesses. We stayed inside this building and it felt like sleeping on water… @tasmania #DiscoverTasmania
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This, to me, is paradise 🌲💚🌲. Yesterday we took the ferry from Cynthia Bay to the northern end of Lake St Clair to Narcissus Hut where we collected several walkers who had come off the iconic Overland Track (many choose to end the journey here after 6 days rather than take an extra day and complete the final 5-7 hour leg along the lake back to Cynthia Bay). The Overland Track has been on my radar for a while and now that I have seen the beauty of the area I think I need to do it sooner rather than later 😊👍
Camped at Lake King William last night and woke up to the sun painting the sky pastel pink and the mist rolling over the lake. Pretty special place to wake up with @jackrsutton #lakekingwilliam #sunrise #reflections #camping #discovertasmania #hobartandbeyond #instatassie #seeaustralia
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