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“Truly a retreat to return to ... with good wheelchair access facilities” 5 of 5 stars
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Huon Bush Retreats
3.5 of 5 Cabin/Campground   |   300 Browns Road | Ranelagh, Huonville, Tasmania 7109, Australia   |  
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Adelaide, Australia
Senior Contributor
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“Truly a retreat to return to ... with good wheelchair access facilities”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

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.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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PaulHBR, Owner at Huon Bush Retreats, responded to this review, March 22, 2012
It is always nice when people return to us at Huon Bush Retreats. About 1/3rd of our guests are either repeat or word of mouth referrals. So thank you for your two visits (so far...).

Also glad that you found the wheelchair facilities suitable. During the design stage, we struggled with the dilemma of making the site completely wheelchair accessible or having private, nature focused campsites. Looks like we got the mix about right :)

Dont forget that we do have one full wheelchair standard cabin as well. It is a large 2 bedroom cabin, but for our wheelchair guests Sunday to Thursday, we only charge the studio cabin rate if there are just 2 people.

Hoping to see you again next Tassie trip.

Cheers

Michael and Paul
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2011

We headed off from Hobart after a week of work and got exactly what we wanted. A very comfortable modern cabin nestled very privately in the trees. A great potbelly fire that we needed one cold morning and nice walks in the fresh air of the forest.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Robina, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2011

an amazing place very very well organised. bush walking magic in the middle of the rainforest. you must go if you are in Hobart area. p.s. Matt the maintenance guy is gorgeous...

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Launceston, Australia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2011

We felt a little ripped off, after arriving for a nights accommodation. Charged $175 for the night, in September. Normally I ask to view accommodation, before committing, but unfortunately relied on the brochures. No one else booked in any of the cabins that we knew of. Overpriced for this time of the year. Can imagine paying that in peak season! Would be a rip off if paying any more than that even in peak season tho for a studio cabin! Yes it was clean, and yes the guys have put in a fair amount of work in establishing the surroundings. A long steep drive on gravel, heading up to retreat! Disappointed I couldn't plug in to a hair dryer or charge the mobile in the cabin, as there were no powerpoints. I think the brochures look great, but we were a bit disappointed. Understand it is "eco" but it lacked what I think are some basics! We have stayed in many retreats, including eco, and found this to be overpriced, even for Tassie. Sorry to say.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Hobart, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2011 via mobile

Huon Bush Retreats is a really nice set up. cabins are all spread apart so you have complete privacy. The only other living creatures to see being the possums and wallabies that we hand fed from our door. Cabins are comfortable and spacious.
The downer: the stereos in the room dont have iPod connection and the cd supply wasn't so hot.
This sounds trivial, but when you're on a girls weekend away, there is no music or tv and you're in the wilderness, it's a big deal. Lucky we had a packet of cards!!
All in all, I'd recommend the Retreats for a cosy weekend getaway with your hot boyfriend. I wouldn't take kids there nor would I return for a girls weekend.

  • Stayed July 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Hobart
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2011

We enjoyed our 2 nights stay. It was very relaxing and invigorating. The bed was comfortable and we slept deeply. No outside noise and a warm cosy fire. We had lots of visits from birds, possums and wallabies, and we appreciated the effort that the owners have gone to, to effect a minimal impact of the village on the environment.

  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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PaulHBR, Owner at Huon Bush Retreats, responded to this review, June 25, 2011
Hi paravionHobart,

So glad you enjoyed your visit:)
When we began planning Huon Bush Retreats, we set out to provide exactly the experience that you have described, so it is always rewarding when guests value what we offer.

Thanks for staying with us

Michael and Paul
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Hobart, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2011

My fiance and I arrived late afternoon and to my surprise my partner loved the eco friendly environment. We enjoyed the walks which were amazing and informative. (It was hard to believe that we were not hours from civilization), espacially with the amount of wildlife that we met along the way. The accomodation was extremely well heated, clean and most importantly "inviting". We enjoyed the bath tub experience on the balcony in complete seclusion and tranquility. We were visited by much wildlife including possums, bats and the like. The experience was a most fantastic, romantic getaway. Well done Huon Bush Retreats.

Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 300 Browns Road | Ranelagh, Huonville, Tasmania 7109, Australia
Location: Australia > Tasmania > Huonville
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 3 Specialty lodging in Huonville
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Huon Bush Retreats 3.5*
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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