Deloraine Bed and Breakfast Accommodation
Walk in ancient rainforest and alpine trails.
Fly fishing streams and cycling trails.
Forest Walks Eco Lodge is a small intimate guesthouse located on the edge of Tasmania’s heritage forests near Deloraine. It is surrounded by forests, birds and wildlife. The splendid mountain views from all rooms come with comfortable accommodation, good food and wine, and excellent walking opportunities. We offer dinner, bed and breakfast packages as well a guided walks. The Tasmanian equivalent of a Japanese Ryokan or French Pensionne.
Situated near the historic town of Deloraine in Northern Tasmania it is a short drive from Launceston and Devonport airports. Located on the Great Western Tiers there are many varied walking trails for all ages. As well, the pristine waters and rich agricultural soils provide the clean, green produce for the meals cooked specially for guests. “Its like having your own personal chef”, as more than one guest has commented.
Voted one of the top 25 small hotels in Australia for 2016
The Forest Walks Lodge experience brings you to an area on the edge of the wilderness in the valley of Jackeys Marsh. This valley has played is significant in the history of Tasmania from prehistoric times to the present. It was used by the Pallittorre people for 5 thousand years as a travel route between the Meander plains and central plateau where the food was plentiful in summer. This was replicated later by the early settlers taking their stock to the highlands for summer grazing.
Jackeys Marsh became the first flash point for the Tasmanian forest wars when plans to clear most of the forest from the valley were revealed in 1980. Following a 35 year campaign the forests on the slopes of the valley are now all protected in the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.
Today the area is enjoyed by locals and their visitors, fishermen, hikers and birdwatchers. The original route to the highlands, rebuilt as a stock route by the men of Jackeys Marsh in the 1880’s, mostly wild Irishmen, has been recently upgraded for hikers to enjoy today.
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.
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.
Every evening we prepare meals, for those of our guests who decide to dine in, with local produce from the region. We grow most of the vegetables and source venison, pork, fish, eggs and lamb from local farmers and fish outlets. Fruit for breakfast and deserts is eaten fresh in season or alternatively preserved in season. Bread is made daily on the premises and homemade jam and local honey is available at breakfast. We believe in slow food and share a philosophy with many others of sourcing food with low food miles.
If you would like to experience one of our dinners please book before you arrive. You can book on the web when booking your room, or call or email us before you arrive.