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Tarkine Wilderness Lodge
Newhaven Track, Meunna
Tasmania, Australia

The Tarkine Wilderness Lodge provides ecologically sustainable accommodation on the Northern edge of the largest temperate rainforest in the Southern Hemisphere, the Tarkine. The Tarkine is the largest tract of unprotected wilderness in Tasmania. On a global scale, the Tarkine contains one of the world's most significant remaining tracts of temperate rainforest, second only in size to those in western Canada, a relic from the ancient supercontinent Gondwanaland. Temperate rainforest is the rarest of the rainforests, and more highly threatened even than tropical and subtropical rainforests. The Tasmanian Tarkine, with its rugged coastline, grand and wild rivers, waterfalls, plateaus and cave systems, is truly a unique ecosystem of international importance. The Tarkine is home to 56 threatened and endangered species, such as the Giant Freshwater Crayfish - the world's largest freshwater invertebrate - and the Tasmanian Wedge Tailed Eagle, the largest eagle in Australia. At the Tarkine Wilderness Lodge our experienced guides can make sure that you have every opportunity to observe this wildlife in a low-impact encounter which does not disrupt or harm the fauna and its habitat.


Our aim is to leave the smallest ecological footprint possible. To this end The Lodge has adopted various environmentally sound practices such as; renewable energy, rainwater collection, materials efficiency, waste reduction and recycling to reduce our carbon footprint and provide guests with an ecologically sound holiday. Tarkine Wilderness Lodge and our Rainforest Tours are Advanced Ecotourism Certified by Ecotourism Australia.

The Lodge itself is a unique work of art, made from locally sourced materials and recycled timbers, it gives the sense of grandeur whilst still being inviting and comfortable. All three private rooms are luxuriously appointed; all with en-suite; and all boasting magnificent views of the surrounding forests. The Lodge is fitted with locally hand crafted furniture and supports many Tasmania photographers and artists by using, displaying and selling their wares at The Lodge. Tarkine Wilderness Lodge purchases fresh food products that are locally grown and from local businesses, such as local growers at the farm gate, the Farmers Market, green grocers and quality, local butchers. Detergents, cleaning products and soaps for our guests are all non-toxic, biodegradable and free of petrochemicals and phosphates; also made and purchased locally. The onsite presence of a private apiarist provides us with magnificent ecologically sustainable Leatherwood honey. The Lodge also has an impressive collection of Tasmanian Wines for our guests to chose and enjoy. We also grow our own organic vegetables, berries, provide free range eggs for breakfast and make our own jams and chutneys, for guest’s enjoyment.

Our commitment to the environment and the Tarkine is second to none and we have ensured that this piece of Tasmania’s Wilderness will be accessible, sustained and conserved for generations to come.

See "About Us" on our website: tarkinelodge.com.au for more information

2013 Wildforests Awards