The road less travelled across the central highlands delivers quirks of history, including the origins of Tasmania's hydroelectricity scheme and Australia's oldest golf course.
Ratho Farm / Lusy Productions
Settled in the 1820s by Anthony Kemp, a Rum Rebellion mutineer and pioneer of the Tasmanian wool industry, Kempton is lined with handsome colonial buildings that served this busy 19th-century coaching stop. The annual Kempton Festival Big Day Out features the unmissable Tasmanian Sheep Racing Championship.
Tartan street signs indicate Bothwell's Scottish heritage, and the handsome town has more than 50 heritage-listed buildings. Take a walk through its streets, stopping at St Michael's and All Angels Church to find the rarest of ecclesiastical features - a fireplace.
Overnight at Bothwell. Take your place in history at Ratho Farm, with guestrooms in convict-built barns and stables, and at Bothwell Grange B&B, an old sandstone coach house.
Steppes Sculptures / Sarajayne Lada
Tee off at Ratho Farm, featuring Australia's oldest golf course, built in 1822. The farm's sheep do much of the green-keeping work.
Gather lunch provisions in Bothwell and head north into the Central Highlands, Tasmania’s “lake district”.
Back on Highland Lakes Road, stop at the curious Steppes sculptures, a stone circle populated with bronze sculptures of Tasmanian native animals. The Steppes Homestead, connected to the sculptures by a short walking trail, was home to the Wilson family for 112 years from 1863.
Stop for dinner at the Great Lake Hotel, a classic country pub on the shores of Great Lake in Miena.
Overnight in wilderness luxury at Thousand Lakes Lodge, a converted Antarctic training centre inside the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Liffey Falls / Sarajayne Lada
Spend a morning fly fishing with a guide at Thousand Lakes Lodge. If fishing doesn't hook you, grab one of the lodge's e-bikes and pedal to Lake Ada, or take a walk around the surrounding lakes.
Linger at the lodge for a lunch of standout Tasmanian produce.
Detour into wide Liffey Falls, which pour through the rainforest slopes of the Great Western Tiers. Take a 45-minute walk from the picnic ground to the base of the falls.