Tasmania's people-free Central Highlands area is spiked with steep mountains and perforated with glacial lakes, waterfalls, abundant wildlife and unusual flora, including the ancient pencil pine. The plateau’s northwestern sector is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. The region is also known for its world-class trout fishing and for its socially divisive hydroelectric schemes, which have seen the damming of rivers, the creation of artificial lakes, the building of power stations and the construction of massive pipelines arcing over rough terrain like giant metal worms.
On the western edge of the Central Plateau is the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, a perennial favourite with bushwalkers and cross-country skiers. Experienced bushwalkers can hike across the Central Plateau into ‘the Walls’ and also into Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Meanwhile, quirky highland-fringe towns like Bothwell and Hamilton prove to be unexpectedly interesting.