Beyond five-star, Tasmania’s Truffle Lodge offers a million stars with its luxury under canvas glamping experience on the banks of the Derwent River.
Situated on just 39 km from Hobart, this lodge makes you feel a million miles away without sacrificing the comforts of home. Styled to resemble an Aussie Bush Camp, it sits comfortably in its Australian landscape, with a fun overlay of Tales of the Arabian Nights meets Steampunk.
Truffle Lodge’s luxury safari-style en-suite tents cater for every creature comfort and are naturally socially distanced – all eight tents are located right on the Derwent River and are at least 15-20m apart.
Under the canvas
When it’s time to head indoors, guests can relax and unwind in luxurious safari tents that are as memorable as the bush around them. Each Truffle Lodge tent is double-walled and triple roofed for maximum comfort. They feature a handmade wooden bath, rain shower, extra-large and deep double beds, a coffee machine, tea making facilities, a bar fridge and more little surprises to , and many more thoughtful touches.
Breakfasts, drinks and two-course evening meals are served in Truffle Lodge’s communal areas, which can include a long table in the orchard or dinner cooked in the fire pit. The set menu dinner each evening features hand-made dishes prepared using seasonal local produce wherever possible, accompanied with local wines, some of which are exclusive to Truffle Lodge. There is a resident echidna under the dining pod who ventures out to supervise regularly.
Life outside the tent
Guests can enjoy a range of eco-friendly outdoor activities within moments of stepping outside their tent, include exploring the lush surroundings, hiking to local vantage points to take in stunning bush vistas or cooling off with a refreshing dip in the River Derwent.
Try some fly-fishing (tailored to the participants’ experience level), take a platypus-spotting kayaking adventure, board a seaplane flight to a vineyard for lunch or take a helicopter drive combo to Maria Island.
At the end of a busy – or not so busy – day, sit back with a glass of local wine and count the stars from the privacy of the tent’s riverfront deck. On a clear night, you just may witness the magical Southern Lights of the Aurora Australis.
Truffle Lodge is a proud Land for Wildlife sanctuary, with pademelons, wombat, echidna, possum and native birdlife abound. There are sea eagles nesting nearby, and a family of kookaburra call the lodge home. Guests have also mentioned sightings of a wombat and Tasmania devil.