In the heart of Tasmania are the Central Highlands, a region of rugged peaks,dense forests and crystal lakes. The major attraction is the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, part of Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness Area. The park has exceptional hiking, with opportunities for climbing expeditions in summer and skiing in winter. Besides the park itself, there are large tracts of untouched wilderness to the west and East. The Walls of Jerusalem National Park lies directly to the East, and the Wild Rivers National Park to the South.
Fishing enthusiasts also head to the Central Highlands for trout, and the area has an interesting history as the site of Tasmania’s earliest hydroelectric schemes. Included in their section are the Midlands, the area directly East of the Highlands through which the main road runs from the North to the South. Many of these towns are well preserved from colonial days, and would be of interest to those interested in Australia’s European heritage.