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Tasmania: Derwent Valley and Central Highlands
North of Hobart the highway snakes through the Derwent Valley towards mountains and wilderness. Decades ago explorers, bushmen, farmers and dam-builders carved a living in this wild and rugged country. From New Norfolk, with Australia's oldest Anglican church, to Salmon Ponds where brown trout have been hatched for 150 years to provide some of the world's finest fly fishing. The historic towns of Hamilton and Ouse are the centre of the surrounding farming area. Onwards the highway crosses rivers harnessed for hydro-power and reaches the stark beauty of the Central Plateau. Ten thousand years ago glaciers carved out Lake St Clair, Australia's deepest lake.