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15-Day Ultimate Tasmania Road Trip

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Discover the best of Tasmania with this exclusive road trip designed by Luke Tscharke, one of Australia's most celebrated photographers, and a proud Tasmanian. From tranquil beaches to rugged mountains, the beautiful island will leave you lost for words.

Luke Tscharke, a celebrated landscape photographer, has collected his favourite Tasmanian experiences in this self guided itinerary. Drive around in comfort and experience the best of the regions, including spectacular accommodation experiences at Pumphouse Point and Bay of Fires Bush Retreat, a Bruny Island cruise, a magical sunset penguin tour and railway experience, a travel guide with Luke's favourite photography locations, and more.

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:

• 15 days Nissan X-TRAIL SUV hire
• Bruny Island Coastal Retreats (2 nights)
• Pumphouse Point (2 nights)
• Strahan Village (2 nights)
• Stanley Seaview Inn (2 nights)
• Platypus Park Country Retreat (2 nights)
• Bay of Fires Bush Retreat (2 nights)
• Freycinet Lodge (2 nights)
• Bruny Island Cruises
• West Coast Wilderness Railway (Wilderness Carriage)
• Low Head Sunset Penguin Tour
• The Freycinet Paddle
• Return ferry to Bruny Island
• 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

PLUS:

• An exclusive travel guide with photography tips, hikes and essential pit stops
• A Tasmania print by Luke Tscharke, to hang in your home

Price per person (twin-share).

From: $5,240 AUD
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Luke Tscharke

Luke is an award-winning Australian landscape, nature, and travel photographer based in Hobart, Tasmania. His major passion is inspiring people to respect and connect with the natural beauty in the world around them. Originally trained as a Quality Assurance professional with a Bachelor of Science degree, Luke worked for some of the world’s largest food and beverage companies to ensure the quality and integrity of their products. This same meticulous approach has been instilled in his photography, where he strives to create memorable natural landscape images from locations across his beloved Tasmania, wider Australia, and other parts of the world. The quality of Luke's work has been recognized by awards in many photography competitions, publications in books, calendars, and magazines, and work with corporations and charities.
What's included

Included

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:

• 15 days Nissan X-TRAIL SUV hire
• Bruny Island Coastal Retreats (2 nights)
• Pumphouse Point (2 nights)
• Strahan Village (2 nights)
• Stanley Seaview Inn (2 nights)
• Platypus Park Country Retreat (2 nights)
• Bay of Fires Bush Retreat (2 nights)
• Freycinet Lodge (2 nights)
• Bruny Island Cruises
• West Coast Wilderness Railway (Wilderness Carriage)
• Low Head Sunset Penguin Tour
• The Freycinet Paddle
• Return ferry to Bruny Island
• 8 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 2 dinners

PLUS:


• An exclusive travel guide with photography tips, hikes and essential pit stops
• A Tasmania print by Luke Tscharke, to hang in your home

Excluded

Package Excludes:

• Flights (unless otherwise included)
• Travel insurance
• Alcohol (unless otherwise mentioned)
• Visas

itinerary

DAY 1

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Day 1: Hobart to Bruny Island

Welcome to Tasmania! Pick up your X-TRAIL from Hobart Airport and take the ferry from Kettering to Bruny Island for a stunning Tasmanian wilderness experience. You will stay at Cloudy Bay Villa for two nights, a spectacular two-story house on a gentle rise over Whalebone Point with some of the best views in Tasmania.

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Pick up your Nissan X-TRAIL

Pick up your rental car at Launceston Airport and ride high in this world class family size SUV. Designed to get you from here to there, and everywhere in between, the Nissan X-TRAIL is made for adventure. The perfect car for your Heartlands road trip, with room for 2 adults and up to 3 children. We are proud to partner with Drive Car Hire, a 100% Tasmanian-owned family business. Known for their second to none level of service, their goal is to make renting a car an easy, hassle-free experience.

Ferry to Bruny Island

Take the ferry from Kettering to Bruny Island for a stunning Tasmanian wilderness experience. The island has some of Tasmania's most beautifully preserved natural environments with abundant wildlife and stunning clifftop views. Also take time to enjoy the famous local produce — Bruny is home to producers specialising in oysters, cheese and chocolate.

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Bruny Island Coastal Retreat - Cloudy Bay Villa

Cloudy Bay Villa will offer you a unique experience on secluded Bruny Island. This spectacular two-story house on a gentle rise over Whalebone Point offers some of the best views in Tasmania. This light-filled beach house is cosy, comfortable and welcoming. The view dominates both upstairs and downstairs, with multiple living areas and a sheltered outdoor deck on the first floor. Downstairs, an open, well-appointed and modern kitchen looks out to an expansive dining and living area with a huge dining table. Afterwards, you can retire to the leather couches in front of the gas log fire. Each of the three bedrooms is comfortably appointed, with queen beds, ensuite bathrooms and luxury linen. An outdoor dining setting at the front makes the most of the ocean view and the rolling, open grassland leading down to the beach.

DAY 2

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Day 2: Bruny Island

Wake up in Cloudy Bay Villa and enjoy the beautiful coastal views. This morning, you will go on a thrilling wilderness cruise to explore the rugged coastline of Bruny Island. Cruise alongside some of Australia's highest sea cliffs, beneath towering crags and drift up close to listen to the awesome 'Breathing Rock'. This will be one of the highlights of your trip.

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Pennicott Wilderness Journeys - Bruny Island Cruises

Experience an award-winning 3-hour wilderness cruise to explore the rugged coastline of Bruny Island in southern Tasmania with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys. Cruise alongside some of Australia's highest sea cliffs, beneath towering crags and drift up close to listen to the awesome 'Breathing Rock'. Enter deep sea caves, pass through the narrow gap between the coast and 'The Monument' and feel the power of nature at the point where the Tasman Sea meets the might of the Southern Ocean.

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Bruny Island Coastal Retreat - Cloudy Bay Villa

Cloudy Bay Villa will offer you a unique experience on secluded Bruny Island. This spectacular two-story house on a gentle rise over Whalebone Point offers some of the best views in Tasmania. This light-filled beach house is cosy, comfortable and welcoming. The view dominates both upstairs and downstairs, with multiple living areas and a sheltered outdoor deck on the first floor. Downstairs, an open, well-appointed and modern kitchen looks out to an expansive dining and living area with a huge dining table. Afterwards, you can retire to the leather couches in front of the gas log fire. Each of the three bedrooms is comfortably appointed, with queen beds, ensuite bathrooms and luxury linen. An outdoor dining setting at the front makes the most of the ocean view and the rolling, open grassland leading down to the beach.

DAY 3

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Day 3: Bruny Island to Lake St Clair

Take the ferry back and drive to Lake St Clair, where the atmosphere is moody and ethereal. Carved out by glaciers over millions of years, Lake St Clair is Australia's deepest freshwater lake. You will stay at Pumphouse Point for two nights, a unique adults-only retreat poised mysteriously on the glacial lake and surrounded by century-old myrtle forests. Get ready for an amazing experience.

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Pumphouse Point - Ground Floor

Pumphouse Point is a luxury wilderness retreat, offering a unique Lake St Clair accommodation experience inside the Tasmanian World Heritage Area. Located on the ground floor of the Pumphouse, your room sits just over the water with its own unique character and connection to the lake. With the lounge and bar nearby, it's only a few steps from your room to Pumphouse bliss. According to Luke Tscharke, this will be the highlight of your trip. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, as well as complimentary e-bikes, rowboats and a few tipples.

DAY 4

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Day 4: Lake St Clair

The Aboriginal name for Lake St Clair is leeawuleena, meaning ‘sleeping water’. After your first night here, you can probably appreciate the origins of this name. The area around Lake St Clair offers a range of walks, from easy 45 minutes strolls to longer bushwalks, as well as beautiful forests to explore.

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Pumphouse Point - Ground Floor

Pumphouse Point is a luxury wilderness retreat, offering a unique Lake St Clair accommodation experience inside the Tasmanian World Heritage Area. Located on the ground floor of the Pumphouse, your room sits just over the water with its own unique character and connection to the lake. With the lounge and bar nearby, it's only a few steps from your room to Pumphouse bliss. According to Luke Tscharke, this will be the highlight of your trip. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are included, as well as complimentary e-bikes, rowboats and a few tipples.

Day 5

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Day 5: Lake St Clair to Strahan

Drive to Strahan, a harbour-side village with a dark and fascinating convict past. Nestled on the shores of Macquarie Harbour, Strahan is the gateway to the World Heritage listed Franklin–Gordon Wild Rivers National Park. You will stay in a charming Waterfront Cottage at Strahan Village for two nights. From your cottage, it’s just a short walk to one of Strahan’s historic pubs, filled with character and stories.

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Strahan Village Waterfront Cottage

The Village Waterfront Cottages have been tastefully decorated to reflect the heritage of Strahan and the West Coast and are located within a short stroll of all of Strahan's main attractions. These cottages are set behind white picket fences on the Esplanade and offer stunning views of the harbour and fishing boats.

DAY 6

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Day 6: Strahan

Step back in history and take a breathtaking train journey deep into the heritage of the Tasmanian wilderness this morning with West Coast Wilderness Railway. The extraordinary engineering achievement of this railway will be evident as you cross historic bridges, including Iron Bridge, and see the remains of the 244-metre trestle bridge at Quarter Mile. You’ll visit some of the stations along the line, and have the chance to walk in the rainforest.

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West Coast Wilderness Railway

This morning, you are going on the River & Rainforest tour, a half day diesel journey that takes you from the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the ancient rainforest and mountains of Tasmania’s rugged west coast. Stopping at remote train stations, you will visit Lower Landing and Dubbil Barril before returning to Strahan. From Strahan's Regatta Point Station, soak up the stunning views of the harbour as you travel along the foreshore and enjoy tales of days gone by from your local guide. You will be a passenger in the Wilderness Carriage and enjoy a welcoming glass of sparkling wine on boarding and a light lunch plus complimentary hot beverages during your journey, along with access to the open balcony to get up close to the rainforest and take those magical images.

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Strahan Village Waterfront Cottage

The Village Waterfront Cottages have been tastefully decorated to reflect the heritage of Strahan and the West Coast and are located within a short stroll of all of Strahan's main attractions. These cottages are set behind white picket fences on the Esplanade and offer stunning views of the harbour and fishing boats.

DAY 6

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Day 6: Strahan

Step back in history and take a breathtaking train journey deep into the heritage of the Tasmanian wilderness this morning with West Coast Wilderness Railway. The extraordinary engineering achievement of this railway will be evident as you cross historic bridges, including Iron Bridge, and see the remains of the 244-metre trestle bridge at Quarter Mile. You’ll visit some of the stations along the line, and have the chance to walk in the rainforest.

- Included

West Coast Wilderness Railway

This morning, you are going on the River & Rainforest tour, a half day diesel journey that takes you from the shores of Macquarie Harbour into the ancient rainforest and mountains of Tasmania’s rugged west coast. Stopping at remote train stations, you will visit Lower Landing and Dubbil Barril before returning to Strahan. From Strahan's Regatta Point Station, soak up the stunning views of the harbour as you travel along the foreshore and enjoy tales of days gone by from your local guide. You will be a passenger in the Wilderness Carriage and enjoy a welcoming glass of sparkling wine on boarding and a light lunch plus complimentary hot beverages during your journey, along with access to the open balcony to get up close to the rainforest and take those magical images.

- Overnight

Strahan Village Waterfront Cottage

The Village Waterfront Cottages have been tastefully decorated to reflect the heritage of Strahan and the West Coast and are located within a short stroll of all of Strahan's main attractions. These cottages are set behind white picket fences on the Esplanade and offer stunning views of the harbour and fishing boats.

DAY 7

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Day 7: Strahan to Stanley

Welcome to Stanley, a town with well preserved colonial buildings, elegant cafes and quality B&B cottages, all sheltering in the imposing shadow of the Nut, an immense flat topped, volcanic plug rising 150 metres straight up from the water's edge. Soak up in the glorious views of Stanley from the Nut and visit the Highfield Historic Site.

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The Nut

A hot travel tip by Luke — soak up in the glorious views of Stanley and the surrounding farmlands at the top of the Nut, the remains of an ancient volcanic plug with a large, mostly flat surface that can be circumnavigated on foot. Bring your camera and decide if you prefer to walk, or opt for the chairlift. The walking track is short, but is for those who like a challenge since it is rather steep and you will be climbing the full 152 meters to get to the summit. Alternatively, go for the chairlift option and enjoy the beautiful views in a more relaxing way. At the top, you will be greeted by 360 views of the surrounding area and can explore the plateau. Capture breathtaking views of Stanley, the neighboring farmland, Bass Strait, and the Rocky Cape National Park.

Highfield Historic Site

For the history buffs, as well as a great photo opportunity, Highfield Historic Site offers a historically accurate vision of a 'gentleman's home' and farm of the 1830s. Remarkably intact, the house sits on a hillside overlooking the lands the manager would have once controlled, with views across to Stanley, the Nut and Bass Strait beyond. Take a step back in time and visit the Highfield Historic Site and the lavish gardens.

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Stanley Seaview Inn - Suite

Welcome to the Stanley Seaview Inn, a multi-award winning accommodation in Stanley. The hillside location provides your spacious room with magnificent views over Stanley, the Stanley Nut and the surrounding beaches. Relax in the large corner spa in your bathroom with glass walls set into a large room with high ceilings and bay windows that look out over the beautiful landscapes. Your room also has windows looking south with garden views. Enjoy a drink on one of the balconies or at happy hour in the lounge bar after a great day of sightseeing.

DAY 8

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Day 8: Stanley

Today we recommend to explore the charming town of Stanley. Perhaps you feel like a nature river cruise today? Relax in your Stanley Seaview Inn Suite with magnificent views and have a drink on one of the balconies.

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Leven River & History Cruise

Leven River Cruises recently won the People's Choice Tourism Gold Award, and we understand why. This is a fun, relaxing river cruise with a running commentary on the natural environment and cultural history. Come aboard the boat Jus’Leven, with a 6 maximum passenger capacity. The Jus’Leven Vessel is a small, flat bottom which makes the boat ideal for navigating the tidal river and venturing in and out of lettlets around the shallow river banks for viewing special features of the estuary. On this tour you will receive commentary on the local river history, river environment and surrounds, look for the sea eagles, the very rare Tasmanian azure kingfisher, the goshawk, swamp harrier hawks along with many other species of birds and you may spot the elusive platypus in its natural surrounds.

Stanley Seaview Inn - Suite

Welcome to the Stanley Seaview Inn, a multi-award winning accommodation in Stanley. The hillside location provides your spacious room with magnificent views over Stanley, the Stanley Nut and the surrounding beaches. Relax in the large corner spa in your bathroom with glass walls set into a large room with high ceilings and bay windows that look out over the beautiful landscapes. Your room also has windows looking South with garden views. Enjoy a drink on one of the balconies or at happy hour in the lounge bar after a great day of sightseeing.

DAY 9

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Day 9: Stanley to Bridport

Drive to Bridport. You will stay at Platypus Park Country Retreat, a boutique B&B with very special guests — you might spot a platypus in the creek! The Bridport Walking Track is a great way to discover the area's breathtaking showcase of natural foreshore, beaches, wildflowers, forest and river landscape.

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Bridport Walking Track

Bridport's walking track is a breathtaking showcase of natural foreshore, beaches, wildflowers, forest and river landscape. And, as you can tell by Luke's image, a great place for photography. Walk, run, ride and ramble along the 11 kilometre circuit which takes you through ancient forests, wildflower reserves, native grasslands, tidal estuarine and river environments. You will also travel along a natural foreshore with granite rocks and many secluded beaches. The fauna and flora are rich and varied with many species of high conservation value. Along the way enjoy special places of tranquillity and the significant periods of human occupation in the area. The Bridport Walking Track is an unforgettable place of natural beauty to experience.

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Bridestowe Lavender Estate

Bridestowe Lavender Estate runs over 260 acres and is the world’s largest privately-owned lavender farm. With an estimated 650,000 plants, the lavender rows stretch for about 200 kilometres in total. Get lost in the purple flowers, clean air and open spaces of the farm. The purple scenery is absolutely mesmerising and a great place for photos. Bridestowe grows true French lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, the only lavender variety suitable for use in perfume and cooking. As a result, Bridestowe Lavender Estate is one of the few farms that is truly paddock to plate. We recommend the lavender ice cream!

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Platypus Park Country Retreat - Lavender Cottage

Platypus Park Country Retreat is a boutique B&B set on a gorgeous 40 acre property in Bridport. The Lavender Cottage is a one bedroom spa apartment, the perfect base after a day of exploring north east Tasmania. Have a leisurely walk around the garden, or the greater rural property, and relax on the sunny verandah. Sofie, the kelpie cross dog, will take you for a guided walk to the river or farm dams to try to spot a platypus. This comfortable one bedroom spa apartment has everything you need for a few days away, including a two person spa bath. The kitchen is fully equiped ready for you to prepare your meals, which will allow you more time to unwind and relax in your cosy home. Daily breakfast is included.

DAY 10

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Day 10: Bridport

Surrounded by bushland reserves, white sand and the sloping vines of Pipers Brook wineries, Bridport is the ideal place to relax. Today we suggest to visit iconic Barnbougle to play golf or visit Lost Farm Restaurant for an unforgettable dining experience. This evening, you will meet the little blue penguins for a fully guided sunset tour.

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Low Head Penguin Sunset Tour

A truly magical experience this evening — you will meet the little blue penguins. Arrive at the Coastal Reserve, Low Head, for a fully guided sunset tour. The cover of darkness brings the fairy penguins out of the ocean abyss and back to the beach for bedtime in their burrows. This comprehensive tour takes you to the nesting site to watch these wonderful waddlers. Commentary on penguin behaviour is provided, as well as the maritime and colonial history of the area. The number of penguins you will see will vary depending upon the season. Between November and February up to 200 penguins will come ashore each night. Between March and October, up to 100 penguins.

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Platypus Park Country Retreat - Lavender Cottage

Platypus Park Country Retreat is a boutique B&B set on a gorgeous 40 acre property in Bridport. The Lavender Cottage is a one bedroom spa apartment, the perfect base after a day of exploring North East Tasmania. Have a leisurely walk around the garden, or the greater rural property, and relax on the sunny verandah. Sofie, the kelpie cross dog, will take you for a guided walk to the river or farm dams to try to spot a platypus. This comfortable one bedroom spa apartment has everything you need for a few days away, including a two person spa bath. The kitchen is fully equiped ready for you to prepare your meals, which will allow you more time to unwind and relax in your cosy home. Daily breakfast is included.

DAY 11

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Day 11: Bridport to Bay of Fires

Drive to Binalong Bay for a spectacular stay at Bay of Fires Bush Retreat. The Retreat is only a short drive from the stunning sights of the Bay of Fires and is the perfect base to explore this iconic area.

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Binalong Bay

The Bay of Fires Bush Retreat is located at the southern entrance to the Bay of Fires, 2 minutes drive to the township of Binalong Bay, and 10 minutes from St Helens, Tasmania. Travel North from the retreat along the Gardens Road to find the iconic white sand beaches, crystal blue water and the orange hued granite boulders the Bay of Fires is so famously known for. Travel south towards the coastline to find the Binalong Bay township, more white sand beaches, rock pools, snorkelling and diving nooks, and a lagoon that serves as the perfect location for kayaking and stand up paddleboarding.

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Bay of Fires Bush Retreat - Luxury King Bell Tent

Bay of Fires Bush Retreat is a boutique accommodation located in a beautiful bush setting, only minutes drive from the stunning beaches of the Bay of Fires and Binalong Bay. The retreat has shared bathroom and kitchen facilities and is a perfect base to explore the Bay of Fires and surrounding area, including the mountain bike trail networks at St Helens, the Blue Tier, Weldborough and Derby. Your styled bell tent has a king size bed, power and shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. A delicious daily breakfast is included.

DAY 12

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Day 12: Bay of Fires

Enjoy a delicious breakfast at your retreat. Today we recommend exploring the area. Travel north to find the iconic white sand beaches, crystal blue water and orange hued granite boulders. Travel south to find more white sand beaches, rock pools, snorkelling and diving nooks, and a lagoon where you can kayak or stand up paddleboard.

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Bay of Fires Eco Tours

Explore the southern half of the Bay of Fires with a Gardens Explorer tour, a unique boat tour operated by Bay of Fires Eco Tours. Witness white sandy beaches, acqua clear waters, hidden bays and striking headlands of the breathtakingly beautiful coastline. The history and natural beauty will be highlighted as you traverse your way north along the Bay of Fires Conservation Area.

wukalina Walk (+4 days)

wukalina Walk is a four-day/three-night First Nations owned and guided journey of cultural activities, bush tucka, traditional foods and two days of hiking. The tour takes place within the magnificent landscape of wukalina/Mount William and larapuna/Bay of Fires in north east lutruwita/Tasmania – traditional homelands of the palawa/pakana. The award-winning wukalina Walk is entirely different to anything else in lutruwita or, in fact, anywhere in the world. This is a truly special experience you can add to this trip.

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Bay of Fires Bush Retreat - Luxury King Bell Tent

Bay of Fires Bush Retreat is a boutique accommodation located in a beautiful bush setting, only minutes drive from the stunning beaches of the Bay of Fires and Binalong Bay. The retreat has shared bathroom and kitchen facilities and is a perfect base to explore the Bay of Fires and surrounding area, including the mountain bike trail networks at St Helens, the Blue Tier, Weldborough and Derby. Your styled bell tent has a king size bed, power and shared bathroom and kitchen facilities. A delicious daily breakfast is included.

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