Levelling out at 1050m above sea level in the Central Highlands (technically a large plateau), yingina/Great Lake is the largest natural freshwater lake in Australia. In 1870 brown trout were released here and it soon became a fishing fantasia. Rainbow trout were added in 1910 and thrived. Trout have now penetrated most of the streams across the plateau.
In the seminal days of hydroelectric ambition, a small Great Lake dam was constructed to raise water levels near Miena. Yingina/Great Lake is linked to nearby Arthurs Lake by canals, and a pumping station supplies water to the Poatina power station on its northeastern shore.
This part of Tasmania is still wild – expect dirt tracks, lots of mud (and snow!), and very few places to stay and eat.