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Exploring Tasmania's Inland Jewels: The Great Lakes Van-Odyssey

Greetings, fellow adventurers! Prepare to be enchanted as we embark on an extraordinary journey from Hobart into the heart of Tasmania's inland hidden gems—the Great Lakes. Our trusty van is our vessel for this aquatic escapade, promising serene landscapes, pristine waters, and the untamed beauty of the Great Lakes region.

Lake Burbury on a beautiful windless day. the water is mirroring the mountains nearby
Credit: We are Explorers

Day 1: Hobart to Great Lake


Embarking on our expedition from Hobart, we head towards the captivating Central Plateau, nestled in the heart of Tasmania's picturesque landscapes. We chose to do tis trip with lutruwita, a luxurious van that can keep us fully off grid and very warm at night. The journey takes us through rolling hills and lush forests, providing glimpses of the diverse wildlife that calls this region home.

On our way up, we stop at Arthurs Lake, known for its crystal-clear waters and vibrant birdlife, we have the opportunity to explore its serene expanse by boat or kayak. Navigate the tranquil waters, marveling at the reflections of eucalyptus forests on the glassy surface. Whether you're an avid birdwatcher or an angler, Arthurs Lake offers a haven for both pursuits.


Continuing our expedition, we make our way to the Great Lake, the largest natural freshwater lake in Australia. Against a backdrop of majestic mountains, the expansive beauty of the Great Lake unfolds. Here, you can cast a line for trout fishing or simply unwind by the tranquil shores as the sun dips below the horizon, casting hues of orange and pink across the water.

Crotty Dam, Lake Burbury
Credit: Jason Charles Hill

As the day progresses, we conclude our journey at the Little Pine Lagoon Campsite, nestled in a pristine wilderness setting. This out of the world spot provides a comfortable retreat, allowing you to relax and rejuvenate after a day of exploration. Enjoy the evening under the starlit sky, surrounded by the sounds of nature, recounting the day's adventures.


Day 2: Great Lake to Lake Burbury

As the sun rises over the Great Lake, our expedition continues towards the next destination: Lake Burbury, stopping on our way at Lake St Clair & Nelson Falls. Leaving behind the tranquil shores of the Great Lake, we embark on a scenic journey through Tasmania's captivating landscapes. The drive unfolds through picturesque terrain, offering glimpses of rolling hills, dense forests, and the natural beauty that defines Tasmania. The road meanders, revealing the diverse flora and fauna that make this region unique, creating a serene backdrop for our adventure.

Lake St Clair


Arriving at Lake St Clair, you'll be captivated by the charm of this secluded destination. Lake St Clair is known for its peaceful ambiance and the opportunity for outdoor activities. Whether you're interested in hiking along the scenic trails that surround the lake or prefer a more leisurely day of birdwatching, Lake St Clair has something for every nature enthusiast.

Lake St Clair, Overland Track
Credit: Blake Lisk - Pillar Creative

Embarking on a boat tour on Lake St Clair presents a captivating opportunity to explore the secluded beauty of this enchanting destination. Gliding serenely across the glassy waters, surrounded by lush greenery, the tour offers a unique perspective on Lake St Clair's pristine landscape. With the gentle pace of the boat, travelers can appreciate the clear waters, glimpse aquatic life below, and enjoy the tranquil ambiance.


Nelson Falls


Embarking on a scenic drive from Lake St Clair to Nelson Falls offers a mesmerizing journey through Tasmania's pristine wilderness. As you navigate the winding roads, the landscape transforms, revealing towering trees and dense foliage. A must-stop on this route is Nelson Falls, a hidden gem nestled within the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.

Nelson Falls on a frsh morning near Queenstown
Credit: Stu Gibson

A short walk from the parking area leads you to the captivating sight of Nelson Falls cascading gracefully over moss-covered rocks. The air is filled with the soothing sounds of rushing water, creating a serene atmosphere in the heart of the rainforest. The viewing platform allows you to marvel at the falls from a vantage point, surrounded by lush greenery. The mist from the falls adds a refreshing touch, creating a perfect moment to stretch your legs and connect with the natural beauty that Tasmania so abundantly offers. Nelson Falls becomes a delightful pause in your van journey, promising not only a visual feast but a tranquil interlude in the midst of the Tasmanian wilderness.


Lake Burbury


Embarking on the journey from Nelson Falls to Lake Burbury transforms your drive into a picturesque adventure through Tasmania's diverse landscapes. As you wind through the scenic roads, the surrounding wilderness unfolds, offering glimpses of dense forests and the rugged beauty that characterizes this region. Upon reaching the shores of Lake Burbury, the expansive waters framed by rolling hills create a breathtaking scene. Setting up camp along the lake's shores provides an opportunity for a serene retreat in nature.

Burbury Lake Bridge on a sunset over still crystal clear waters wit no cars on the road.
Credit: She Who Explores

The tranquil ambiance of Lake Burbury, with its reflections of the surrounding landscape, offers a peaceful setting to relax and unwind. Pitching your camp at Linda Creek Campsite by the water's edge allows you to bask in the tranquility of the evening, perhaps with a campfire crackling under the starlit sky. It's a moment to immerse yourself in the solitude of the Tasmanian wilderness, surrounded by the soothing sounds of nature, making Lake Burbury a captivating destination for a memorable camping experience.

Day 3: Lake Burbury to Montezuma Falls


suspended bridge going to montezuma falls
Credit: Jess Bonde

Embarking on the journey from the tranquil shores of Lake Burbury to Montezuma Falls, your van drive becomes a captivating expedition through Tasmania's varied landscapes. Leaving the serene beauty of Lake Burbury behind, the road leads to the historic town of Queenstown, renowned for its unique mining heritage. As you navigate through Queenstown's distinctive landscape marked by rugged hills and mining relics, take a moment to explore the town and enjoy a local meal.


Continuing the drive, the road takes you to the iconic Montezuma Falls, one of Tasmania's highest waterfalls. Arriving at Montezuma Falls, the culmination of your road trip, is an awe-inspiring experience as you stand in the midst of Tasmania's pristine wilderness. The trail leading to the falls winds through ancient rainforest, immersing you in the symphony of bird calls and the rich scent of damp earth.


As you approach the falls, the sheer height and power of Montezuma become evident, making it one of Tasmania's most impressive natural wonders. The roaring cascade plunges over moss-covered rocks, creating a captivating display that echoes the untamed beauty of the surrounding landscape. Standing at the base of Montezuma Falls offers a refreshing mist and a profound connection with the raw energy of nature.

Montezuma Falls after a heavy rainfall day
Credit: Jess Bonde

It's a moment to appreciate the untouched majesty of Tasmania, making the journey from Lake Burbury to Montezuma Falls a remarkable exploration of the island's diverse and breathtaking terrains. As our roadtrip adventure through Tasmania's Inland Water Jewels concludes, we reflect on the untouched beauty, pristine waters, and diverse landscapes that make this journey truly unforgettable. From the expansive Great Lake to the tranquil Arthurs Lake, the majestic Lake St Clair, and the iconic Montezuma Falls, each destination reveals a unique facet of Tasmania's natural wonders. Until the next aquatic odyssey, may your travels be as boundless as the Great Lakes themselves!

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