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Central Highlands
Wc Piguenit - Mount Olympus, Lake St Clair, Tasmania, the source of the Derwent - Google Art Project.jpg
Mount Olympus depicted by W.C. Piguenit in 1875.
Population 2,141
LGA(s) Central Highlands
State electorate(s) Lyons
Federal Division(s) Lyons
Localities around Central Highlands:
North West Tasmania Northern Tasmania North East Tasmania
West Coast Tasmania Central Highlands Midlands
South West Tasmania Southern Tasmania East Coast Tasmania

The Central Highlands is a region in Tasmania, Australia where geographical and administrative boundaries closely coincide. It is also known as The Lake Country of Tasmania.

Geographical region

The mountains of Central Tasmania are mainly found in four different conservation reserves:

Administrative region

The Central Highlands Council incorporates most of the highland region.

Former Hydro communities

Early power developments by Hydro Tasmania in the Central Highlands included the communities of workers who were employed in construction. Significant numbers of the communities were migrants to Australia

The Tarraleah community was one established in 1934 which was a significant early community for the Upper Derwent Power Development. The part of Tarraleah known as Ticklebelly Flat - the area of the married quarters of the community - has become a part of Hydro history, being utilised in the most comprehensive history of the Hydro to date, Heather Fenton's book Ticklebelly Tales


Due to the large number of waterbodies in the Central Highlands, fishing is a long-standing popular activity in the area.

Tasmania heartland

The combined councils of the Central Highlands and the two Midlands councils - the southern and the northern have had for almost a decade a web based portal which combines the areas to a name of Tasmanian heartland.


Many lakes are found in the Central Highlands - giving the region the tourist feature of the 'Lakes Region'; they include:

  • Arthurs Lake
  • Bradys Lake
  • Bronte Lagoon
  • Great Lake
  • Lagoon of Islands
  • Lake Augusta
  • Lake Binney
  • Lake Crescent
  • Lake Echo
  • Lake King William
  • Lake Sorell
  • Little Pine Lagoon

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Tierras Altas Centrales (Tasmania) para niños

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