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Discover Tarraleah

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Published July 13th 2014
You'll feel like you've entered another world
Tarraleah in Tasmania's Central Highlands is not what you might expect.

It's a former Hydro Electric Commission township, and was built in the 30s to house workers who manned the local station. And it's still got all of the evidence there towering electricity pylons and huge steel pipeways. But it's also quite a magical place. Long closed down as a hydro township, the entire village has been purchased by a secret and media-shy investor who has transformed the town into a luxury accommodation and retreat centre that gives more than a nod to its retro 30s history.

The Lodge Tarraleah
The Lodge has luxury accommodation. Image from

Tarraleah is located 126km north of Hobart so it's far away enough to get away from it all without having to spend your whole weekend driving. On your way in, you'll cross through some stunning Tasmanian rainforests, gorgeous and remote mountains, and pass some impressive alpine lakes.

It's had a multi-million dollar facelift, so these days Tarraleah is far from being a working-class town. It was essentially a ghost town once the hydro workers left, but these days you're more likely to encounter in-love couples wanting a romantic weekend away. There are a range of accommodation options from the budget Scholars House, the lovingly-restored art deco cottages, or the 5-star rooms at the Lodge.

The Lodge Tarraleah
The rear of the lodge as sun sets.
Tarraleah view
A lovely view as night creeps in.

Tarraleah, Aboriginal for "Forester Kangaroo" (which by the way, is the largest of Tasmania's marsupials) really is a nice place to escape to. You're likely to spot platypus, quolls, wallabies, wombat, devils and echidnas. There are plenty of places in the village to wander around, and activities offered include trout fishing, secret lake kayaking, golf, massage, wildlife tours, bird-watching, murder mystery nights, cooking classes, or visiting one of the cliff-top spas.

Cliff top spa Tarraleah
One of the cliff-top spas. Image from

There's a bit of a Scottish theme at Tarraleah too there are highland cows on site for you to visit, and there are also whisky tasting events on offer.

Highland cow Tarraleah
A friendly highland cow. Image from

Tarraleah is really quite charming and makes a lovely getaway in comfort while enjoying Tasmania's stunning natural environment.
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