At Tasmania’s Forest Walks Lodge there’s no television, but who needs it with this cinematic view? In every direction there’s bush, mountains and hills. Step from the property and you’re almost immediately into World Heritage-listed forest.

One of northern Tasmania’s most prominent mountains, Quamby Bluff, rises behind the lodge, and through the windows there’s a western – the craggy line of the Great Western Tiers – that plays every day.

Read more: Walking Tassie’s wild forest trail with writer and photographer, Andrew Bain.

Andrew Bain

A walk in the forest with Sean Cadman, Great Western Tiers Forest Walks, Short Walks Tasmania

My wife and I stayed here for two nights in September (2018), it was ideal for a peaceful and relaxing stay and lived up to expectations in every respect. We found our hosts, Sean and Rosemary, very welcoming and good company, they are both excellent cooks, the food and wine were delicious including fresh produce from their own garden, and the conversation fascinating. We had the end room furthest from the dining area; it was spotlessly clean, comfortable and well furnished, with a small patio and a view down the valley to distant mountains. The lodge itself is an interesting building; architect-designed to ecological standards. Sean is an ecologist with an extensive knowledge of the local environment which he and Rosemary have campaigned tirelessly to conserve, without them and their fellow campaigners it would have been destroyed years ago. Our walk with him in the very beautiful local forest and his detailed explanation of its ecology was one of the highlights of our trip. There is good birding in the surrounding woods and fields, and pademelons (like small wallabies) can be seen by day, possums by night and there are wombats in the forest. Jackey’s Marsh is a beautiful place – long may it remain so.

Reviewed by Miles F
Oct 18, 2018

Forest Walks Lodge - Great Western Tiers Forest Walks, guided walks.
We had such a lovely time here. It took Sean and Rose 30 years to save this great forest and we understand now why they did it. It is a beautiful place and not touristic at all. We walked the meanders waterfall loop and only saw two other couples. Even if you are not a walker you have to visit the lodge for the Sean’s excellent cooking. The food was so fresh and good from their own garden and the meat was butchered just before we arrived from on of their neighbours…. can’t be fresher! And then when you are full after dinner Sean surprised us two nights with his own made desserts. We hope to back soon to taste all his other meals! Marnix April 19


Forest Walks Lodge usues fresh organi food from the garden.

Fantastic stay in Forest Walks Lodge. Very quite escape near the big forest and amazing great western tier mountains. It is so glad to stay with Sean the knowledgeable ecologist and Rosemary the kindest hostess and prepared us delicious breakfast and dinner. We will definitely come back. Jenny UK Feb 2020.

Simply Wonderful
We have had a trip around Tasmania and this was our first stop. What a magical beginning. The location is beautiful amid wonderful forest and with the opportunity to see plenty of wildlife. Sean and Rosemary are most hospitable hosts, the lodge is immaculate and so comfortable, and Sean cooks delectable meals. We could not have wished for more. And then we had a really interesting guided walk in the forest which was marvellous. I am running out of superlatives….