Luxury eco-lodge opens on a Tasmanian truffle orchard

Guests can spend the day kayaking, fly fishing or wildlife watching on a walk through the truffle orchard before returning to the on-site restaurant to feast on local Derwent Valley wine and produce.

A new luxury glamping property opened this week on the banks of Tasmania’s Derwent River. The 12-acre riverside property is home to one of Australia’s first truffle orchards as well as a hectare of hazel trees and riverside gums, with a thriving population of possums wallabies, wombat, echidnas and platypus.

Each tent is 81 square metres, with floor to ceiling drapes and recycled wooden furniture.

Guests can stay in one of the five African-style safari tents, each equipped with a king bed, lounge area, private riverfront balcony and bathroom housed inside a converted water tank, with a hand carved freestanding wooden bath and separate rain shower. A raised wooden walkway connects the tents to three communal pods; the Lounge and Dining Room with a large outdoor deck area and the Reception and Bar pod with a wood burning outdoor fireplace.

Truffle Lodge will operate from October to May with rates starting from A$525.


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Summer in Tasmania is between December to February, with temperatures between 12 and 21 degrees Celsius and the occasional spike into the 30s. Autumn is a good alternative to the busy summer season, running from March to May, with temperatures ranging from 9 to 17 degrees. The weather is generally calm and sunny, providing an ideal climate for touring and walking. Between June and August Tasmania experiences its coldest temperatures and highest snowfall. 


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Known for its rugged wilderness and remarkable parks and reserves, Tasmania is a favourite among travellers looking to immerse themselves in nature. Secluded lodges and isolated eco-retreats are common outside the capital, while Hobart offers a a modest selection of luxury and design hotel options, seeped in the local history of the area. To ensure you experience the very best on offer on your visit the writers at Luxury Travel magazine have compiled their independent list of the best hotels to stay in Tasmania. See the full list of the best places to stay in Tasmania here.

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