Tasmania, for a small island state of Australia, packs a lot of punch for it’s size. It took me more than 40 years to take my first visit and have now been four times. Each time a new and varied experience. The most recent an unplugged getaway to the north west corner of Tasmania for an unforgettable and unique adventure at Corinna Wilderness Experience.
This place is rugged, rustic and off the grid situated on the south end of Australia’s largest temperate rainforest - the Tarkine. No phone reception, no television coverage and certainly not any wifi - this is an unplug and breathe in the air kind of vacation.
We flew into Launceston on the new direct Virgin route from Adelaide and made our way North West visiting Brickendon Estate and Cradle Mountain on our itinerary before weaving our way through the windy dirt road through thick forrest to reach the Pieman River which can only be crossed via the Fatman’s Barge - yes that’s what it’s called - I thought the barge operator was solid but I wouldn’t have called him fat!
Corinna Wilderness Experience consists both camping and cottage accommodation and has a restaurant/bar/general store. And apart from that there is a river to kayak on, fish to be caught and forests to be hiked.
Corinna was settled as a gold mining town in the 1880’s - according to census surveys at the peak it was populated by some 2000 people. However women, indigenous, children and migrants were not counted so the population was likely much higher
The accommodation are refurbished original cottages from the old mining town with an old post office, general store and butcher’s store amongst the historical offerings sharing the site with 16 wilderness retreat cottages built to replicate the original town. Much of the history is told through story plaques scattered across the property so if you are a history buff there is plenty of information to soak in.
The old cottages offered great balconies to take in the sunsets and enjoy sundowners while the local wildlife, mostly pademelons, came up to the lawns to feed.
The site is powered by an eco friendly solar system and as you don’t have mobile phone reception the accommodation does not exactly encourage you to power up all your tech while staying there. Power points were notably lacking - there wasn’t even a power point in the kitchen to boil a jug or a hair dryer in the bathroom - prepare to go eco friendly here.
If you like hiking then you will love this location - there are a range of walks to take through rainforest, along boardwalks, up hills and along the river. From short strolls to three hour treks there is a great range for all levels and the location is well worth discovering on foot.
If you are keen to hit the water there are kayaks to hire and plenty of idyllic locations which provide breathtaking scenery down the Pieman River.
And you can’t leave this location without taking the historic Arcadia 11, a 17m craft built from Huon pine in 1939, for a leisurely cruise down the Pieman River to Pieman Heads. On the edge of Western Tasmania - venture directly west from here and you won’t hit land until you reach South America!
The return trip offers a leisurely commentated cruise down spectacular river flanked by forest and wildlife - quite a peaceful and memorable experience to fill a day at Corinna.
If you are looking for something different - whilst absolutely spectacular! - when in Tasmania we highly recommend adding the Corinna Wilderness Experience to your itinerary.
Itchy Feet Family
Itchy Feet Family stayed at Corinna Wilderness Experience as a Guest. More details of the resort including rates can be found at their website www.corinna.com.au