Driving a 316km (4 hrs) away from Hobart might turn you off but trust me, it is worth a visit and should be included on your “must do list”.
I would suggest hitting the place especially if you are going to visit either Bridestowe Lavender Farm and Binalong Bay, range between an hour to an hour and a half drive away. In our case, we included it in our Great Eastern drive (see our Freycinet trip). A link on this 10-hrs drive return is provided on the link or alternatively, visit our St Helens Tour and Surrounds guide for more info.
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. There is a portion of a winding road so caution for those having motion sickness.
Now, don’t be fooled by the lake’s colour, it’s not actually blue as the name suggest, it’s more of a greenish-blue or turquoise colour. It is such an intense turquoise that’s pretty amazing when you see it. 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.
Due to the high mineral content of the water, swimming is not recommended, although there were some people swimming when we were there. Instead, pack a picnic and enjoy the beautiful view! Take note, there is no signal and no barbeque facilities within the area so pack your lunch. There are paths to follow around the lake for different viewpoints and plenty of places to sit and relax.
The little blue lake is also a great place to try your luck at gem hunting (if you have time), with topaz, smokey quartz and amethyst being found in the area.
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