The first private lodges in Tasman National Park, in Tasmania's south-east, are models of low-impact beauty and eco-architecture: Tasmanian hardwood, solar and wind power, state-of-the-art recirculating showers. But all eyes are on the great outdoors.
"We wanted to create lodges that had all the comforts of a boutique hotel," says Tasmanian Walking Company co-owner Brett Godfrey, "but the star attraction had to be the wilderness itself."
Godfrey and business partner Rob Sherrard have added the Three Capes Lodge Walk to their portfolio, which includes the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, Wineglass Bay Sail Walk and Cradle Mountain Huts Walk. Lodge walkers with guides tackle the 46-kilometre Three Capes public track by day and spend nights at two private lodges, designed by Sydney architect Andrew Burns.
Comforts include Tasmanian wines and treatments in a relaxation pavilion with an outdoor bath.
The four-day Three Capes Lodge Walk operates year-round and costs from $2,790 per person. taswalkingco.com.au