My partner and I have stayed here twice - December 2009 and December 2011 - camping with our tent in the Car Camp South site. Our experience in 2009 was so good that we jumped at the chance to return this Christmas for another, longer stay. We were attracted originally by the availability of wheelchair accessible bathroom facilities, but the privacy and solitude of campsites, plus the sheer beauty of the site, brought us back.
The campsites are private and secluded, without being isolated. You know there are other campers nearby, but you won't necessarily see them unless your paths cross in common areas. Signs encourage respecting each others' privacy. Non-human residents, however, are less observant of signage - you can expect plenty of visits from rufus wallabies and possums.
The wheelchair accessible bathroom facilities are excellent - best I have seen at a campsite - roll-in shower, toilet with handrails and a sink with easy access. The only missing element is a seat or chair for the shower. A plastic garden chair is available for the shower, but this won't suit everyone. It is a steep walk from the Car Camp South site to the bathroom, so we drove up to the bathroom each morning to save my partner's legs and back. There are campsites closer to the bathroom facilities, but these are more suited to camper vans. The toilets are of the composting variety and power comes from solar panels plus gas for hot water and cooking at the camp kitchen. The hosts will, however, charge mobile phones etc at reception. Surprisingly, I found that I got reasonable wireless broadband connectivity on site with Telstra 3G for my iPad.
The Huon Bush Retreats feel like a world away from civilisation - the steep, windy 4km drive from the 'main' road through dense forest certainly encourages a feeling that you are leaving civilisation behind. However, Huonville is only 15-20 minutes drive away (at least half of which is spent navigating the steep, windy 4km drive to the main road), and has supermarkets, a bakery, butcher, petrol stations etc, so it's easy to replenish supplies. Cafes and restaurants in Cygnet and Franklin provide options for eating out when you get tired of self-catering.
We love camping here and hope to return again soon.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Self contained cabins, tipees and campground in an extensive private habitat reserve, 50 minutes south from Hobart. Relax, explore, experience, nature. We live up to our name as a true retreat. Privacy is protected by 4km winding gravel road, 12 volt solar electricity, interpreted bushwalks and wildlife onsite. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Huon Bush Retreats Huonville, Tasmania