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Tarraleah is a highland village with an industrial past that's been transformed into a unique resort on the edge of Tasmania's beautiful wilderness.

Once home to workers on one of Australia's first hydro-electric schemes, Tarraleah has been restored as an idyllic village with original cottages that were hand-built in the 1930s. Each of these homes is now holiday accommodation with 21st century comforts.

The Lodge is the jewel in Tarraleah's crown, lovingly restored to the Art Deco grandeur of its early days and now a small luxury hotel showcasing beautiful Tasmanian art and craft, with an amazing selection of wines and whiskeys. The village also has a friendly pub and cafe and offers a range of spa treatments for a truly relaxing break.

There are plenty of outdoor activities, including fly fishing and high-altitude golf on a course tended by the local wallabies. a range of accessible nature walks and guided tours, from treks through the wilderness to kayaking, cycling and four-wheel-driving adventures.

The striking views from the town are dominated by massive steel water pipes that run down the sides of the mountain side; a powerful reminder of the sheer force of nature that creates hydroelectricity and the reason Tarraleah was created in the first place.

Tarraleah is a 2-hr drive (114 km) north-west of Hobart.

To do

  • Walk to nearby Tarraleah Falls
  • Take an all-dirt road bike ride tour through bush that commands beautiful views, dense bush, a waterfall and the biggest 'syphon' you'll ever see
  • Take a guided fishing tour in the highland lakes during the fishing season (September to April).