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Sunday 18 October 2020

Head for Tasmania's Tarkine wilderness for a different travel experience

Guests take a step back in time at the Corinna Wilderness Experience - a delightful abandoned former mining town deep in the Tarkine wilderness on the edge of the Pieman River in remote Tasmania.

There is no phone signal here, no wifi, no TV signal and no mains electricity (meaning no microwaves and no hairdryers) – making it the perfect spot to chill out from the stresses and strains of daily life and breathe in some of the freshest air in the world.

Set among 447,000 hectares of forest, wild rivers, exposed mountains, magnesite cave systems and extensive coastal heath, the Tarkine has the largest tract of temperate rainforest in the southern hemisphere and has sacred significance to Tasmanian Aboriginal custodians. 

Corinna Wilderness Experience is one of only four Tasmanian destinations to be awarded Advanced Ecotourism status by Ecotourism Australia.

The eco-friendly township is solar powered, uses captured rainwater and ensures all waste is removed. 

That means an "unplugged" experience in remote and beautiful surroundings that are also rich in history and heritage. 

Corinna is the perfect base for visitors seeking an authentic wilderness stay.

Activities include Pieman River cruises. kayak hire, fishing and bird watching, as well as a number of short, medium and long walks. 

These include the Huon Pine Walk, the Whyte River Walk, and the Savage River Walk, all of which start from Corinna. 

There are even more options a few minutes’ drive away, including the Mt Donaldson, Middleton Creek and Philosopher's Falls walks. 

The region surrounding Corinna has abundant fauna and flora and the breathtaking sights of the Tarkine rainforest.

Accommodation at Corinna includes the original Roadman’s cottage with its double bedroom, the old pub, which is now a group stay guesthouse with single and double rooms, and 16 wilderness retreats (one or two bedroom cottages). 

These are rustic but very comfortable with heated rooms, comfortable beds, hot showers, fridges and cooking facilities. 

The general store, old pub and original buildings bring the history of Corinna to life and are the starting point for guests’ wilderness adventures. Accessible by most 2WD motor vehicles, the town is reached from the south by crossing the Pieman River on the legendary Fatman barge.

The Tarkine Hotel and Tannin Restaurant are gathering points for the local Corinna community and serve Tasmanian wines and beers all year round. In summer, visitors can enjoy lunch and dinners created from local produce. 

Winter visitors self cater and can order chef-prepared frozen meals delivered to their accommondation. I can't wait to return.  

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