The Weekend Australian - - THE NATION -

1 HARTZ MOUN­TAINS Hartz Peak (1254m) is the ‘win­dow into the south­west wilder­ness’, of­fer­ing breath­tak­ing views of re­mote moun­tain ranges at the bot­tom of Aus­tralia. Part of Tas­ma­nian Wilder­ness World Her­itage Area. 1h 20m drive from Ho­bart. 2 LAKE PEDDER Stun­ning 242sq km lake where tan­nin-stained wa­ters mir­ror sur­round­ing gi­ant quartzite peaks. Lodge and res­tau­rant at Strath­gor­don. 2hr 15m drive from Ho­bart. 3 BEN LOMOND Loom­ing over the northern mid­lands, im­pos­ing, craggy moun­tain in­cludes Tas­ma­nia’s sec­ond-high­est point (Legges Tor­sum­mit, 1572m). Vast alpine plateau, pre­cip­i­tous cliffs, snow­fields. 1hr 40m drive from Launce­s­ton. 6 4 MT ROLAND Dra­matic 1233m moun­tain rises from lush farm­land. Walk­ing tracks to sum­mit that pro­vides sweep­ing 360-de­gree views to Bass Strait, Cra­dle Moun­tain and Barn Bluff. 1hr 20m drive from both Burnie and Launce­s­ton. 5 RECHERCHE BAY One of Aus­tralia’s most im­por­tant but least known na­tional her­itage sites. A beau­ti­ful, tran­quil bay near the south­ern tip of Tas­ma­nia. Site of two ex­tended vis­its by a French voy­age of dis­cov­ery un­der the com­mand of Bruni d’En­tre­casteaux, in the early 1790s, in­volv­ing friendly en­coun­ters be­tween the French and lo­cal Abo­rig­ines. 1hr 55m drive from Ho­bart.

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