To keep the spirit of travelling alive while I’m home I love to explore the area where I live. Being lucky enough to live in beautiful Tasmania I’m always looking out for day trips from Launceston to see more of this incredible island state. Little Blue Lake is the perfect place for a day trip, not to mention an excellent place for a picnic!
Why is it Blue?
The vivid blue colour of the little blue lake is a result of mining that used to take place in the area. The high mineral content, mainly consisting of tin, gives the lake its distinctive blue colour.
How to Get There:
From Launceston, follow the A3 towards Scottsdale. Turn right out of Scottsdale, still on the A3, and head towards Derby. Continue straight through Derby, before turning off onto the B82 towards Gladstone. Continue on this road until you reach the sign for the Little Blue Lake.
Be sure to stop off at Sideling Lookout in Scottsdale for a beautiful view of the countryside.
What to See/Do:
Due to the high mineral content of the water, swimming is not recommended. Instead, pack a picnic and enjoy the beautiful view! There are paths to follow around the lake for different view points and plenty of places to sit and relax. Little blue lake is also a great place to try your luck at gem hunting, with topaz, smokey quartz and amethyst being found in the area.
On the drive back to Launceston, be sure to stop off at Ralph Falls. There are signs to lead the way. Follow a short track through pristine forest before reaching the cascading falls and a view of the surrounding farmland.