The sun is low in the sky, the air is cool and crisp, and we have a hottie or two warming us up in bed (hot water bottle, that is!)… It’s beginning to feel a lot like winter! Don’t fear the long nights and drop in temperature – embrace everything the season has to offer and head to one of the coldest places in Tasmania. We’re talking about Miena! Pack the hotties – let’s go to the snow!
What is this magical winter wonderland?
In winter, the small lakeside town of Miena boasts a beautiful snow-covered landscape. The town looks pretty all dressed up in white and the surrounding mountains look splendid wearing caps of snow. The Great Lake is cold and still like a mirror, reflecting the beauty around it. When the mist descends, it cloaks the lake and surrounding trees in a veil of mystery.
I want to go to there… How do I find it?
Picturesque Miena is located in the heart of Tasmania’s Central Highlands, 132km north from Hobart. It takes around 1 hour and 40 minutes in the car (the road gets windy, so allow plenty of time and drive carefully). The popular shack village can be found on the shores of the majestic Great Lake, which is 1km above sea level.
What is there to do at Miena?
Great Lake is the main attraction at Miena and holds a bounty of fresh fish for eager anglers. It’s the second largest freshwater lake in all of Australia, so if you’re looking for a quiet spot to cast your line out you’ll be spoilt for choice. Step out for a bushwalk around the shores of the lake and try your luck at bird watching. At the end of the day, get cosy inside, warm your toes by the fire, and crack open a good book.
Is there anything I should check out nearby?
Visit Waddamana Power Station Museum for a glimpse of life in the Central Highlands in the early 20th century, with photographs, machinery, memorabilia and artefacts on display. Mountain bikers, equestrians and hikers, check out the Tasmanian Trail, a long distance multi-use trail with a large part in the Central Highlands (from the Central Plateau beyond the Great Western Tiers, through Miena, Bronte Park, Victoria Valley, Ouse and Ellendale). In nearby Liawenee, the recently opened Thousand Lakes Lodge offers a uniquely serene and comforting experience.
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