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The proposed Great Lake Adventure Trail is designed to be a community asset. For that reason, we are deeply committed to engaging with the community at every stage of the process.

In the coming weeks we will be kicking off detailed public consultation, to both inform the community of our plans and to receive critical feedback which will help to guide the trail design.

The Great Lake Adventure Trail is a proposed 100km mixed use track around Great Lake, catering for a wide range of users including fishers, walkers and adventure cyclists.

Our vision is to make the trail free for everyone, to drive increased visitation and economic activity across the Central Highlands and surrounding towns.

The Great Lake Adventure Trail is not a mountain bike trail in the style of Derby, Maydena, Wild Mersey, St Helens or Queenstown. As such, it is not intended to compete with, but complement, those attractions.

The route is being designed by renowned trail builders, World Trail, to be unique in Australia, providing safe, family friendly recreation on the western side of the lake, and a back country adventure route to the more remote eastern shores which border the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.

We have engaged tourism industry experts BDA Marketing Planning to conduct an independent demand assessment and economic analysis of the trail. This will build on the 2020 feasibility study which estimated the trail would attract around 15,000 users a year by 2025 and create 45 jobs during the construction phase alone.

The proposed trail would be built almost exclusively on Hydro Tasmania land at the high water mark of Great Lake. We are in close discussions with Hydro as they conduct a preliminary assessment of the trail, which will inform final route design and the necessary approval pathways. It is important to note that the approval process will involve multiple opportunities for public comment.

As the proponents of the trail, we have had a long association with the Central Highlands community and we want to work with locals and shack owners to provide a much-needed economic boost to the region.

If you wish to be involved in the public consultation process, please register your interest with Timmins Ray at

James Johns and Jason Garrett are the owners of the Great Lake Hotel and the proponent of the Great Lake Adventure Trail.