Highland trout fishing heaven
If you’re a keen angler, Miena is a small fishing village in the central highlands where you’ll want to stay a while. Just for one more bite. It sits on the shores of the Great Lake, which happens to be Australia’s second largest freshwater lake. At around 22 kilometres in length, that means there’s plenty of room for all the keen fly fishers to find a quiet patch.
The small lakeside town brims to capacity with holiday shack owners during the warmer months, and requires a good few layers during winter. As one of the coldest places on the Tassie map, the pretty village enjoys snow-capped mountains during winter.
Those who are not into fishing can enjoy other activities around the lake including some lesser-known bushwalking trails. Who wouldn’t enjoy walking through an area coined the Land of a Thousand Lakes? With World Heritage Wilderness on Miena’s doorstep, there’s a little something for everyone from bird watchers and mountain bikers, to those who want to meditate on the Great Lake shore.
The Aboriginal name, which is pronounced “my-enna” means “lagoon-like”. Back in 1897, the Great Lake Post Office opened, likely on a chilly morning. Today, the lake is renowned for its speckled brown trout and laid back holiday feel.
Accommodation at Miena includes lakeside lodges and self-contained options. The town is about a 1 hour and 40 minute drive from Hobart. Make sure you allow plenty of time as the road does get windy as you enter the central highland area.
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