THOUSAND LAKES WILDERNESS LODGE 1247 Lake Augusta Road, Liawenee, Central Highlands, Tasmania; thousandlakeslodge.com.au Verdict: A comfortable, cosy base from which to head out and explore the stark beauty of the Central Plateau; a great place to return for dinner, having worked up an appetite on a full-day bushwalk. Score: We rated: The location of this lodge is unique – an island of civilisation in the middle of nowhere. If you’re looking for a cosy refuge from Tasmania’s often harsh elements in front of a roaring fire, this is it. We’d change: The rooms are just a little bit functional – lacking the warm feeling of the lounges. Notes: We paid $345 dollars a night for a Lodge Queen Premium Room, which includes a continental breakfast. There is also the option to hire e-bikes: electric-boosted mountain bikes to explore the area.