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History of the Central Highlands of Tasmania

The mountains of The Central Highlands of Tasmania are divided into three distinct regions, Cradle Mountain, the Walls of Jerusalem, and the Central Plateau. Both Cradle Mountain and the Central Plateau of Tasmania are very significant for me for several really good reasons. The Walls of Jerusalem are less significant because I never went there. You have to walk in and camp and that’s not something we did a lot of.

Central Highlands of Tasmania

My dad worked for the Hydroelectric Commission, or the Hydro as we call it, early in his career setting up the infrastructure on the Central Plateau, which resulted in Tasmania being 100% powered by Hydroelectricity. My brother also completed his apprenticeship with the Hydro. We went fishing religiously and caught lots of big Trout in the lakes that power the Hydro.

My dad working at the Hydro
Fishing up the Lakes
Still top rod, why is he? Why is he!

I went bushwalking with my mother and sister at Cradle Mountain every week for quite a while and I’m pretty sure we walked almost every single track in the Cradle Mountain World Heritage Area. It is our favourite place on this earth.

Tracey and I bushwalking at Cradle

My sister also lived and worked at the Cradle Mountain Lodge and I was very jealous, because living and working amongst all that beauty would be so amazing.


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Dane McCormack
Dane McCormackhttps://danemccormackauthor.wordpress.com/home/
Dane McCormack was born and raised in Tasmania. He escaped to the mainland to pursue his career and has worked as a Business Transformation specialist for several of the world’s biggest companies including Boeing, Lockheed Martin, and KPMG. His love of writing was reawakened as he explored how he survived and thrived through a recent cancer journey. After being given 24hours to live several times and losing his long-term memories, he set out on a mighty quest to find them and wrote his autobiography. It emphasised just how important history is because it made him who he was, which helped him survive and thrive. It left him determined to leave a legacy for his family. He’s now sharing his stories, to help others dealing with tough times and develop their careers. He is also exploring his family and friends’ history in more detail.

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