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Wednesday 20 June 2018

Truffle Lodge in Tasmania takes glamping to new heights

Camping? No thank you. Getting tangled in tent ropes? Using primitive drop toilets? Cooking baked beans over a campfire?

Thankfully, Tasmania's new glamping experience, Truffle Lodge on the banks of the Derwent River, offers camping with a difference - and the level of luxury matches the beauty of the setting.

Truffle Lodge, set next to a hazelnut orchard, planted in 1998, is a luxury camping resort set on 12 acres of absolute river frontage dotted with eucalyptus trees that provide much-needed habitats for the endangered swift parrot. It is promoted as "five-star luxury under canvas".

Calling Truffle Lodge’s canvas-topped lodgings tents is, however, something of an understatement. With hand-carved wooden baths, rain-showers, king-sized beds, coffee machines and heating, the tents are better equipped than your average hotel room. 

Plus, each tent has river frontage and a private deck from which to watch the water rush by.

All sleeping accommodations are at least 81 square metres; large safari tents furnished with ceiling-to-floor drapes, canvas, leather and recycled wooden furniture, deep luxurious beds, large decks with hammocks and rocking chairs looking out over the river. 

Breakfasts and dinners (both surprisingly good) are available in Truffle Lodge's communal areas. The Lodge also has comfortable fireside lounges, decks and fire pits, and is connected to the tented rooms by a boardwalk. 

Tasmania’s chilly weather means Truffle Lodge is closed right now for a winter break, but it will reopen when the mercury rises and co-owner Laurelle Grimley is promising the second season will be even better than the sell-out first season. 

We are delighted that so many guests indicated that they wanted to come back,” said Grimley.
The new season will feature more luxury en-suite tents, an open tented pavilion, bush bath, river beach and daily activities programs including yoga, local storytellers, truffiere tour, bocce and dinners in the orchard.

Food will also be taken to a new level with three-course dinners and a new list of local wine, including “just about impossible-to-find small vineyard wines”.

Truffle Lodge is at 3411 Lyell Highway, Gretna. 0417 996 305.

# The writer was a guest of Truffle Lodge  

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