Speciality Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
Forest Walks Eco Lodge is a small intimate guesthouse located in a mountain valley near Deloraine in northern Tasmania. It was built by husband and wife team Sean Cadman and Rosemary Norwood, whose passion is to share Tasmania’s wonderful forests and wildlife with guests and visitors. The lodge is surrounded by mountains, birds and wildlife. Each bedroom offers a palette of ever changing skies and mountain views. Sean, our chef, produces amazing meals with local fresh Tasmanian produce. The Tasmanian equivalent of a Japanese Ryokan or French Pensionne.
History and Heritage
The lodge is situated in the valley of Jackeys Marsh which has played a significant role in the history of Tasmania from prehistoric times to the present. The valley was used by Tasmania’s first people for thousands of years as a travel route between the lowland plains and central plateau. This route was replicated later by English and Irish settlers taking their stock to the highlands for summer grazing. You too can follow the same trail today.
Your hosts arrived in the valley in 1980 and immediately fell in love with the tall forests and open grasslands. Very quickly they became caught up in a campaign to protect the significant old growth forests of this unique area. The 1980’s and 90’s were a heated period in Tasmania’s conservation history due to the competing interests of clear fell forestry and conservation. After multiple environmental surveys our valley and the surrounding mountains of the Great Western Tiers have been protected as part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. We are proud of this achievement. These days we enjoy sharing this special place and our stories with our guests.
Forest Walks Lodge is a short 1 hour drive from Launceston and Devonport airports and a handy stop on the way to or from the spirit of Tasmania. It is located on the Great Western Tiers just south of Deloraine in central Tasmania, halfway between Hobart and Cradle Mountain.
Voted one of the top 25 small hotels in Australia for 2016
Our meals are hand prepared for our guests every evening with fresh vegetables straight from the garden and locally sourced meat, fish, cheese and eggs. We preserve fruit in season for deserts, thus ensuring full flavour. We have access to local venison, organic lamb, free range pork, fresh wasabi and truffles in season.
Evening meals typically consist of three courses, an entree, main course and desert or cheeses. Our chef will discuss the menu with you before preparing the meals to discover your preferences. All meals are prepared individually with whatever ingredients are to hand at the time. There is no set menu and we have experience with a range of diets including vegetarian, gluten free, lactose free and low fat.
We have a small cellar of Tasmanian wines, chosen annually, to compliment our food. Local vinyards that feature regularly on our wine list are Velo, Three Willows Vineyard, Ghost Rock and Stoney Rise. We also stock Tasmanian beers and cider as well as non alcoholic drinks.
Breakfasts feature a full range of fresh and home preserved fruits, breads, cereals, yoghurt, as well as hot dishes such as eggs, bacon and tomatoes.
Lunches are either a picnic hamper or a soup and salad combination with fresh home-baked bread and local cheese.
The Great Western Tiers provides a wide range of walking opportunities for guests. Walk from the door into pristine rainforest during a 2 hour walk from the Lodge or drive to the base of the Tiers and ascend into the alpine wilderness areas on top. There are walks for children, octogenarians and adventure seekers. Two of Tasmania’s most visited waterfalls are close by, Meander Falls and Liffey Falls.
An underground wonderland awaits the more adventurous. The western end of the Tiers contains an elaborate system of limestone caves and underground streams. Tours are available.
The streams in the valley of Jackeys Marsh contain brown trout and plenty of opportunity for experienced fishermen and women to try their skills. There are also larger rivers and lakes within a short drive. We can arrange for a guide if we have enough notice.
History and Mystery
Forest Walks Lodge is a labour of love by owners Rosemary and Sean, enthusiasts of Tasman’s history, heritage and gastronomic offerings. Nestled into the hidden valley of Jackeys Marsh on the Great Western Tiers and on the edge of the Wilderness World Heritage Area, Forest Walks Lodge gives guests a glimpse of breathtaking mountain scenery while also offering picturesque walking trails. Other activities on offer include fly-fishing and bird tours ensuring that guests see as much of this unique environment as possible.
Architect-designed, Forest Walks Lodge is a solar-passive house built with the comfort of guests in mind. Guests will enjoy a stay quite removed from your average hotel or motel experience and revel in being unplugged and closer to nature in serene surroundings. A stay at Forest Walks Lodge involves getting back to basics, with homegrown organic food, self-generated power, and its own water supply. Ultimate peace and quiet is the goal with no mobile phone cover, no TVs and no hairdryers to distract you from your natural surroundings.
Your hosts enjoy sharing their stories of the history and mystery of the northern Tasmanian region. A more comprehensive story is to be enjoyed in the company of good friends, drinking nice wine and eating good food in the comfortable surroundings of Forest Walks Lodge. Well deserved after an enchanted walk in the forests themselves.
Tasmanian Short Break Holiday
From Melbourne or Sydney Tasmania is the perfect place for a short break, away from it all. Time to refresh and re-energise, connect with friends and family, enjoy peace and serenity and commune with nature. Pick up a car at the airport and in one hour you are at the base of the Great Western Tiers with food, water, wine and walks at your fingertips. We can cater for all meals for a single person or a group of up to nine in three separate bedrooms, each with ensuite.