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Looking south at the Great lake
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Road through the Tiers
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Looking north at the Great Lake
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Miena Dam on the Great Lake
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Miena Dam on the Great Lake
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Great Lake Hotel
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Pencil pines on Pine Lake
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MIENA, POATINA, Pine Lake, Ouse River & Liawenee

GREAT LAKE is a very large, hydro lake in northern central Tasmania. The Lake is very popular with Tasmanian fishermen and there are many fishing settlements around it. The Lake can also be very beautiful under certain natural conditions and it is interesting to just drive around the Great Lake.

It is located south west of Launceston and due south of Deloraine. The main settlement is the fishing hamlet of MIENA on the southern side of the Great Lake. There are a number of other fishing settlements spread around the shores of the Great Lake and other nearby lakes. The only facilities and public accommodation are at Miena and Poatina.

From MIENA you are 40 minutes from DERWENT BRIDGE WADDAMANA and DELORAINE.

Nearby places are described in the CENTRAL MOUNTAINS REGION, WADDAMANA, DELORAINE, DERWENT BRIDGE, FRENCHMANS CAP and BOTHWELL information pages.


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FACILITIES: There is a general store, petrol pump and cafe, plus a hotel at Miena. There is a shop and cafe at Poatina.

There is some accommodation around the GREAT LAKE. There is also accommodation at the fishing settlements around the Great Lake at Breona, Doctors Point, Reynolds Neck, Liawenee, Tods Corner, Flintstone and Cramps Bay, but this will have to be by private arrangement with the owners.

TOURIST information is at the MIENA GENERAL STORE. The telephone is (03) 6259 8104

SIGHTS: The Great Lake and other highland lakes are famous for their fishing, but they are still very interesting places from the point of view of photographers. The Great Lake is a huge expanse of water surrounded by mountains that can be misty, blanketed with clouds and even snow covered. There are many good places to capture these effects from around the Lake. The specific attractions of the area include the;

ROUTES: MIENA is a hamlet on the southern edge of the Great Lake. It is just east of the A5 Highland Lakes Highway, which begins in DELORAINE. You reach it by driving south from DELORAINE.

From LAUNCESTON you drive south to LONGFORD and join B51 Cressy Road and follow this south, until it reaches the A5 Highland Lakes Highway. You then drive west a short distance to Miena.

POATINA is north east of the Great Lake. It is just east of the B51 Highway that runs east of the Great Lake.

LIAWENEE is just west of the A5 Highland Lakes Highway that runs west of the Great Lake.

PINE LAKE is north west of the Great Lake on the A5 Highland Lakes Highway.

Click to see the LARGER PHOTO GALLERY.

  • GREAT LAKE
  • Miena
  • Poatina
  • Pine Lake
  • Pine Lake 2
  • The Tiers
  • Liawenee
  • Ouse River

 

Great Lake Tasmania

1/ The Great Lake is in central Tasmania. This view shows the Great Lake as you drive south from the Great Western Tiers mountain range.

Great Lake Tasmania

2/ The Great Lake is famous for its fishing, however, you do need to have a licence.

Great Lake Tasmania

3/ Cramps Bay on the eastern side of the Great Lake is one of many areas, where you can launch your boat.

Great Lake Tasmania

4/ This is the Cramps Bay fishing settlement. There are many such settlements around the Tasmanian lakes.

Great Lake Tasmania

5/ This is Pensock Lagoon, which is south of the Great Lake. It is a famous fishing spot.

 

Miena Tasmania

1/ Miena is on the southern shore of the Great Lake in Central Tasmania. The general store is the place to get everything, including information, on the Great Lake. It is on the south western edge of the Great Lake on the corner of the B11 Marlborough Highway.

Miena Tasmania

2/ Next to the Miena general store is the Great Lake Hotel. Beyond this is the southern edge of the Great Lake.

Miena Tasmania

3/ The settlement of Miena is spread out to the east of the general store on the A5 Highland Lakes Highway.

Miena Dam Tasmania

4/ This is the famous Miena dam. This was built to form a water source to generate hydro electricity.

Miena Dam Tasmania

5/ This photo is looking west across the Miena dam. The water really is dark blue when the sky is blue.

Miena Dam Tasmania

6/ The Miena dam's embankment was about 20 metres above the plain to the left. It reminded me of the dykes, I once saw in Holland.

Miena Dam Tasmania

7/ This is the view from the embankment looking south.

Miena Dam Tasmania

8/ This is the Miena dam's control tower. It makes an interesting study in line photography.

Great Lake Tasmania

9/ This looking across the Great Lake from the south east corner near Todd's Corner.

Miena Tods Corner Tasmania

10/ This is a typical shore of the Great Lake.

 

Poatina Tasmania

1/ Poatina is a hamlet that is located just north east of the Great Lake. It is still in a time warp of the 1950s, when it was built to service the hydro electric station. Walking around the hamlet reminded me nostalgically of when I was a child. Everywhere was the new architecture of the Post War Era.

Great Western Tiers near Poatina Tasmania

2/ Poatina is near the top of the Great Western Tiers mountain range. These rise suddenly from the northern coastal plain. This photo shows Billop Bluff, which is just east of the Poatina hamlet.

Poatina Tasmania

3/ This photo of Poatina has all the icons of the 1950s, including an Ampol petrol station, except for the telephone booth, which is of a later era. If you replaced the modern cars, then this could be the 1950s.

Poatina Tasmania

4/ This balcony shows the clean lines of the 1950s seen in the architecture of Poatina.

Poatina Tasmania

5/ This is the spacious view across the lawn to the Poatina commercial centre.

Poatina Tasmania

6/ This old gum tree can remember a time before Poatina.

Poatina Tasmania

7/ The large brick town hall of Poatina was every towns desire in the 1950s. It would have seen many happy moments.

Poatina Tasmania

8/ This street looks towards the Poatina Chalet.

Poatina Tasmania

9/ These 1950s homes look towards the majestic Tiers beyond Poatina.

Poatina Tasmania

10/ These pylons take the electricity to the north from Poatina.

Poatina Tasmania

11/ This is the view from Poatina towards the northern coastal plain.

Poatina Tasmania

12/ This photo shows the Poatina power station.

Poatina Tasmania

13/ Water from the Great Lake above comes down this pipeline to the Poatina power station.

 

Pine Lake Tasmania

1/ Pine Lake is north west of the Great Lake on the A5 Highland Lakes Highway in central Tasmania. The path to Pine Lake is a very easy, raised walkway all the way to the forest by the lake. This photo shows the lake and forest in the distance.

Pine Lake Tasmania

2/ The Pine Lake area is noteworthy for the extreme differences in vegetation that occur as you move away from the lake. The lack of trees is indicative of periodic, extreme cold.

Pine Lake Tasmania

3/ This view shows the bolster zone before the forest of Pine Lake. It was full of ponds and bogs.

Pine Lake Tasmania

4/ This view shows ancient, pencil pines growing amidst a scree field at Pine Lake.

Pine Lake Tasmania

5/ This view shows the bog zone nearest Pine Lake followed by the bolster and forest zones. The bog zone is too cold and wet for trees to survive in.

Pine Lake Tasmania

6/ This is the view from the start of the forest zone looking down towards Pine Lake below.

Pine Lake Tasmania

7/ Pencil pines are a very ancient tree that survived from the very, ancient time when Tasmania was part of the Gondwana super continent that was joined to Antarctica.

Pine Lake Tasmania

8/ A small creek feeds into Pine Lake. Note the clumps of trees around this water source.

Pine Lake Tasmania

9/ A strange, three part pencil pine nestles against Pine Lake. Many of the trees were noteworthy for their strange appearance. Beyond is a hill with its scree field below.

10/ This is another view of the scree field just beyond Pine Lake. Again note the extreme differences in vegetation that the whole area is noteworthy for.

 

Pine Lake

1/ Pine Lake is in central northern Tasmania, just north of the Great Lake. This gallery shows photos made on a club trip beyond Pine Lake in the winter of 2012. The other Pine Lake gallery just covers the Pine Lake area. This image looks from Adams Peak towards the south east at Pine Lake.

Pine Lake

2/ This image looks west past pencil pine trees across the frozen Pine Lake.

Pine Lake

3/ This image shows our party walking north around the edge of Pine Lake towards Adams Peak.

Pine Lake

4/ This is the view looking south west at the frozen Pine Lake.

Pine Lake

5/ This image was taken as we ascended Adams Peak. It looks north towards the edge of the Great Western Tier mountains.

Pine Lake

6/ This image was taken from the top of Adams Peak. It looks north towards the edge of the Tiers.

Pine Lake

7/ This image looks south from Adams Peak towards the Great Lake, which is just visible on the left.

Pine Lake

8/ This is another view of the frozen hills and valleys west of Adams Peak.

Pine Lake

9/ This view as taken from south of Adams Peak in the summer of 2012. In the distance you can see the Great Lake.

Pine Lake

10/ The Central Plateau is replete with tarns and puddles like this one. Note the strange alpine vegetation surrounding it.

Pine Lake

11/ Even when they die, pencil pines make interesting shapes.

Pine Lake

12/ This is the view from the west towards Pine Lake. Passing near Pine Lake is the Highland Lakes Highway, which leads to the Great Lake. It was taken in the summer of 2012.

 

Great Western Tiers Tasmania

1/ The Great Lake is beyond a range of mountains called the Great Western Tiers. This area is located in central Tasmania. This is a photo of the steep, rugged mountains that separate the central mountains zone from the northern plains. The following are shots from the lookout on the Highland Lakes Highway.

Great Western Tiers Tasmania

2/ This shows the stark cliffs of the Great Western Tiers.

Great Western Tiers Tasmania

3/ In this view you can see the northern coastal plains on the distant horizon.

Great Western Tiers Tasmania

4/ This is a close up to show you the extreme contrast between the Great Western Tiers and the northern plains in the distance.

Great Western Tiers Tasmania

5/ The mountains around you are a series of steep, dolomite cliffs. Note the red soil below the trees.

Great Western Tiers Tasmania

6/ This dead tree adds a good contrast to the cliff beyond.

Billop Bluff in the Great Western Tiers Tasmania

7/ This photo shows Billop Bluff. This is looking south from the northern coastal plain towards the Great Western Tiers.

Mount Blackwood in the Great Western Tiers of Tasmania

8/ This photo shows Mount Blackwood. This is also looking South from the northern coastal plain.

 

Great Lake near Liawenee

1/ Liawenee is a locality on the western shore of the Great Lake. It is located on the A5 Highland Lakes Highway. I went out to see what was at Liawenee, as it is often mentioned in the weather reports. Liawenee is located in a very flat plain. There is a police station at Liawenee and a few houses. Liawenee is the point where the Liawenee Canal joins the Great Lake. A road from Liawenee leads west to Lake Augusta, Lake Ada and other lakes. This photo shows the Great Lake near Liawenee, as a freezing blizzard came over the Central Highlands.

Liawenee Canal

2/ This is the Liawenee Canal looking to the east towards the Great Lake.

Liawenee Canal

3/ This is another view of the Liawenee Canal looking towards the west. The road runs parallel to the canal in this section.

Liawenee Canal

4/ This is the Liawenee Canal near the police station at Liawenee. The Great Lake is about a kilometre to the east of the hinter, brown roofed building.

Liawenee

5/ This is a hut built by the Hydro Electric Commission, when they were building the canal. These huts are now used by fishermen and hunters.

Liawenee

6/ This view looks north from near the above hut. There was plainly the concrete foundation of a large building in front of the dead tree in the centre.

Liawenee

7/ This photo shows a forest near Liawenee as a freezing blizzard swept over the Central Highlands. This blizzard was in November, which is early summer in Tasmania.

scrub near Liawenee

8/ This photo shows the flat scrub lands near Liawenee. The scrub dominates this landscape, because this area is too cold for trees to grow. In winter this area is a lovely, snow covered plain.

Lake Augusta

9/ This is the Lake Augusta Dam near Bernacchi. Lake Augusta is an artificial reservoir used to generate hydro electricity. Lake Augusta was quite empty, when I visited it in November 2014. A road on top of this dam takes you deep into the mountains and forests of the Central Highlands.

Lake Augusta

10/ This view is looking west across Lake Augusta to the peaks of the Central Highlands.

Bernacchi

11/ This is the Bernacchi Chalet. It is the only building near Lake Augusta. It is used by the Australian Antarctic Commission, as a primary training school for aspirants going to Antarctica. This area is swept by blizzards and can get very cold, very rapidly.

Lake Augusta sluice feeding the Liawenee Canal

12/ This is the sluice on the Lake Augusta Dam that feeds into the Liawenee Canal. This photo looks to the east.

Lake Ada

13/ This photo shows the road from Lake Augusta to Lake Ada. It looks towards the mountains to the north.

Lake Ada

14/ This view shows part of the wall of the Lake Augusta Dam. Note the flooded area beyond the dam wall.

Lake Ada

15/ This is the shore of the Lake Ada. Lake Ada is a natural lake that is popular with trout fishermen.

Lake Ada

16/ This is another view of Lake Ada looking across the lake towards the mountains of the Central Highlands.

Lake Ada

17/ This is the start of the Talinah Track. This track penetrates deep into the very isolated Central Highlands. The Talinah Track is strictly for 4WD and ATV vehicles only. Further only people who understand survival in freezing weather should use these kinds of tracks.

 

Ouse River

1/ The Ouse River is in central northern Tasmania in the Central Plateau area. It runs from west of the Great Lake near Liawenee into Lake Augusta. This gallery shows a trip made to the Ouse River in 2014. This view shows the steep banks of the river. These steep banks are a sign that this river occasionally floods.

Ouse River

2/ This image shows our party approaching the Ouse River. Note the steep sides of the river bank. The vegetation visible is typical of areas that regularly flood.

Ouse River

3/ This image looks down from the bank and shows the typical countryside around the Ouse River.

Ouse River

4/ In the recent past, the vegetation of the Ouse Valley was used for grazing. This is a rough shelter used by the cattlemen of old.

Ouse River

5/ The Central Plateau is a wet area that contains thousands of puddles and tarns.

Ouse River

6/ The trip ended at the Bernacchi chalet on the edge of Lake Augusta. This image shows the chalet in the soft colours of sunset.

 

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