Population 104

Miena is on the shores of Great Lake on Tasmania's Central Plateau and has been popular with anglers since brown trout were released into the lake in 1870. The Aboriginal name (pronounced 'my-enna') translates to 'lagoon-like'. The surrounding region, known as the Lake Country, can become very cold, with snow and road closures, even in summer.

Visitor Information

Great Lake Hotel, Great Lake Hwy; (03) 6259 8163.

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

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Fishing The 22 km Great Lake is the second largest freshwater lake in Australia and has excellent trout fishing. But Arthurs Lake, 23 km E, is said to be even better. The Highland Dun mayflies that hatch in summer generate an abundance of speckled brown trout, drawing fly-fishing enthusiasts. West of Liawenee (about 7 km N) are more locations for fly-fishing in isolated lakes and tarns of the Central Plateau Conservation Area (4WD recommended for several lakes, while some are accessible only to experienced bushwalkers). Lakes are closed over winter.

Bushwalking: along the shores of Great Lake.

Circle of Life: bronze sculptures by Steven Walker, each representing an aspect of the region's history; Steppes; 27 km SE.

Waddamana Power Museum: housed in the first station built by the Hydro-Electric Corporation, it includes history of hydro-electricity in Tasmania; 33 km S.

Lake St Clair: a boat service from Cynthia Bay provides access to the north of the lake and to the renowned 85 km Overland Track, which passes through Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park; see Sheffield; 63 km W.

Fishing spots near town

Great Lake 3 km

A year-round trout fishery, Great Lake is one of Tasmania’s best known waters and a thriving centre for holiday homes. Brown trout were first released here in 1870 and they still dominate the fishery with an... Find out more

Little Pine Lagoon 11 km

Little Pine Lagoon is not much to look at, but is highly regarded by fly-fishers for its springtime tailing trout and summer dun hatches. Some anglers rate it Tasmania’s premier fly-fishing water. This small water... Find out more

Arthurs Lake 13 km

Tasmanians claim that ‘even novices can catch trout in Arthurs Lake’. This probably explains why this waterway is Tasmania’s most popular trout fishery, hosting more anglers than any other water... Find out more

Bronte System 30 km

Trout anglers probably already know that Tasmania’s Central Highland lakes are among the best in the world. Many offer fly- fishers an opportunity to sight-fish for tailing trout around the lake margins.... Find out more

Lake River 32 km

‘Tasmania is in drought, we simply don’t have enough water,’ said my guide Roger Butler as we departed Hobart for Lake River, which joins the Macquarie River south of Launceston. We reached our... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek 54 km

One of the most respected and long-running wildlife parks in Tasmania, Trowunna is involved in conservation, education and rehabilitation. There is a wide range of wildlife on display, including devils, reptiles, quolls... Find out more

Tarkine Trails 56 km

Delve deeply into the temperate rainforest of the Tarkine Wilderness on a multi-day bushwalk with Tarkine Trails. Unashamedly made up of conservation activists, the company is keen to show you why the Tarkine area should... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town

Great Lake Hotel

A long day stalking the wild trout of Tasmania’s central highlands can work up quite an appetite. Whether your skill (or luck) lands you a catch or not, the dining room of this lakeside hotel is just the place... Find out more

Campsites around town

Little Pine Lagoon Lakeside Reserve camping area 9 km

The lagoon is right beside the Marlborough Hwy (B11), 7 km west of Miena, in Tasmania’s central highlands. From the highway, it is a further 500 m to the grassed camping areas located along Cricket Pitch Shore... Find out more

Pumphouse Bay camping area 12 km

This beautifully maintained, scenic campground beside Arthurs Lake has open, grassed areas among the trees that are perfect for larger rigs. The lake is not just for anglers: campers of all kinds love this place,... Find out more

Jonah Bay camping area 15 km

Most of the camping is around the boat ramp but there are also some more isolated campsites on the edge of the scrub at the other end of Jonah Bay, accessed via a track 100 m from the ramp. Turn east along Gunns Marsh Rd... Find out more

Woods Lake camping area (bush camping) 27 km

There are bush-camping sites between the boat ramp and the dam wall, as well as around the north-eastern edge of the lake. No facilities are provided, so you need to bring firewood and water. Because this is a popular... Find out more

Bronte Lagoon camping area 30 km

Bronte Lagoon lies amid sub-alpine woodland beside the Lyell Hwy (A10). Its tussocky shallows offer some of the most treasured fly fishing in Tasmania and its waters are reserved for artificial lures and flies. Camping... Find out more

Bradys Lake camping area (bush camping) 33 km

The camping sites at Bradys are at the northern end of the lake from Whitewater Point (near the boat ramp), around Claypit and Kangaroo bays to the Dee Tunnel inlet. All are undeveloped bush-camping sites, but suitable... Find out more

Lower Liffey camping area 33 km

Liffey Falls is a series of beautiful waterfalls – all of which can be viewed from observation decks – cascading through dense myrtle rainforest on the edge of the Great Western Tiers. Access is via Lake Hwy... Find out more

Lake Binney camping area (bush camping) 37 km

Lake Binney’s main camping area is at Camp Corner between the boat ramp and the dam wall, just off the highway. There are also bush sites along the North Shore across the dam wall. The whole area is Hydro Tasmania... Find out more

Laughing Jack Lagoon camping area 39 km

Popular with anglers during the Aug–May season, there are sites in the bush to the left of the dam wall and additional sites across the bridge. You can stay for up to 7 days and it is advisable to bring portable... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Lake St Clair Lodge 48 km

This park, on the southern shores of Lake St Clair, is 5 km from Derwent Bridge. It has basic national park-style amenities and is located next to the interpretive centre within the park boundary. A national park permit... Find out more

Wayatinah Lakeside Caravan Park 48 km

This is a neat lakeside park with basic facilities at a budget price and suitable for a night or two. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Deloraine Apex Caravan Park 51 km

With good facilities, this park is about a oneand- a-half hour drive to Cradle Mountain and about half that to Great Lake. There are good bushwalks in the area. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Longford Riverside Caravan Park 55 km

This park, with good amenities, is located on the banks of the Macquarie River, only a few hundred metres from the centre of town. Bookings are required in peak periods.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Central Highlands Lodge

Surrounded by world-class trout fisheries, Miena is the centre of the universe for fly-fishing enthusiasts. With a fully stocked bar, fishing library and fly-tying corner, this lodge offers comfortable unit accommodation... Find out more

Great Lake Hotel

On the southern shores of Great Lake, this welcoming hotel has ensuite rooms, angler’s cabins and family apartments, all just a few steps from the water’s edge. There are groceries, fuel and fishing supplies... Find out more

Shannon Rise Lodge

Overlooking Great Lake, this self-contained lodge accommodates up to seven in a brick and timber-lined cabin with cathedral ceilings, verandahs and views over the southern reaches of Great Lake. Named for the famous... Find out more

Skittleball Plain Homestead

The perfect place for an angling weekend off the beaten track, this isolated rustic cabin at Little Pine Lagoon is five minutes’ walk from one of the world’s greatest wild brown trout fly waters, famous for... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Little Pine Lagoon Camp Area 9 km

T/O at Miena via Marlborough Highway

Small camping area located 12 kilometres south-west of Miena.

NOTE: Access road part unsealed.

Pumphouse Bay camping area 11 km

T/O 13km SE of Miena (L) or 43km NW of Bothwell (R)

On the edge of a lake 6km (partly unsealed) north of the highway via Poatina Rd.

Jonah Bay camping area 15 km

T/O 13km SE of Miena (L) or 43km NW of Bothwell (R)

Among trees on the edge of a lake 10km (partly unsealed) north of the highway via Poatina and Gunns Marsh rds.

Lagoon of Islands rest area 23 km

T/O at Steppes

On the shores of a lake 4km (unsealed) east of the highway.

Blackburn Creek rest area 26 km

29km SE of Miena (R) or 27km NW of Bothwell (L)

Among a few trees adjacent to the highway.

Bronte Lagoon rest area 28 km

28km SE of Derwent Bridge (R) or 21km N of Tarraleah (L)

Adjacent to the highway on the shores of the lagoon.

Bradys Lake camping area 33 km

36km SE of Derwent Bridge (L) or 13km N of Tarraleah (R)

On the shores of the lake, 1km (unsealed) off the highway.

Nive River rest area 41 km

44km SE of Derwent Bridge (R) or 5km N of Tarraleah (L)

Adjacent to the highway and on the riverbank.

Pub With No Beer rest area 52 km

3km SE of Bothwell (R) or 18km NW of Midland Hwy (L)

Among a few trees adjacent to the highway.

Ouse rest area 56 km

At Ouse

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees at Grace Nicholson Apex Park. On the east side of town.

Perth park area 59 km

At Perth

Adjacent to the highway. In the middle of town.

Bethune Camp Area 61 km

T/O 7 km SE of Ouse (R) or 7 km NW of Hamilton (L)

Large grassed area 2.3 kilometres south-west of the highway via Dawson Road.

NOTE: Self-contained vehicles only.

Conara rest area 62 km

At Conara

Just off the highway at the turn-off into town.

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