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“Great forest, lovely swamp” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tarkine Forest Adventure

Tarkine Forest Adventure
26059 Bass Highway Togari, Smithton, Tasmania 7330, Australia
(03) 6456 7199
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Ranked #4 of 5 Attractions in Smithton
Type: Tours, Adventure
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Canberra, Australia
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“Great forest, lovely swamp”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

If you have any sort of back injury or pain do not go on the slide, it is rough and fast. Other than that say 'have fun, kids!' and walk down and meet them at the bottom. The cafe there is great, their chocolate log is decorated to look like an actual log! Realistic, fun, and yummy. Good other food, friendly service. Ample parking, lovely tall trees, lovely ferns, very interesting flora and fungi, many kinds of mosses and fungi. You won't need a hat but will probably need a jacket. I didn't see the crayfish but the photos of it look very interesting. How cool to go play at a swamp. It used to be called "Dismal swamp" and I preferred that name, it was awesome, but some marketing person must have thought that wasn't saleable enough. You'd think kids would like to go play in a swamp given they love Shrek and all! Haha. There are walk ways about the swamp, and it's quite lovely and a nice, peaceful place.

Visited April 2013
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Caboolture, Australia
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“GIVE IT A MISS.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2013

Nothing of interest at all.
Seems like an attempt by Forestry Tasmania to make a few dollars on the side.
Way too expensive as really very little to see. There is far better Tarkine wilderness to be seen for free. The slide is not suitable for anybody at all.
We tried to book the Tassie Devil viewing with dinner but nobody seemed to be aware if it was on or not and then it was subject to numbers.
Eventually we gave that part a miss, way too hard when your on holidays. .
Suggest you do the same.
Better and free view elsewhere.

Visited May 2013
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“Dismal Swamp not so dismal”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

A trip to Stanley in Tasmania saw my husband and I venture 40 mins west to Tarkine Forest Adventures and Dismal Swamp. We thoroughly enjoyed the total experience of the largest sinkhole in Australia and the only blackwood forest sinkhole in the world, complete with maze walks and art work along the way. Not to mention the 110 m long slide over and through the treetops! Not quite as fast as usual due to the misty rain, but still an enjoyable experience. Watch out for the burrowing crayfish as you walk the boardwalks through the wooden spines. Make sure you rest a while and look out from the stand alone chair at the end of the path.....peaceful! Lunch at the restaurant was delicious after our walk around the boardwalks and back up the hill. I'd recommend this experience to Tasmanians wanting to get in touch with their 'backyard', as well as any visitors to the state.

Visited April 2013
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“Dismal swamp”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

I recently went to Dismal Swamp and found the place to be interesting. Lots of different artwork and sculpture to admire.
The ride down the slide was good as well. the only draw back with the slide is that if it is a wet or humid day you will be slowed down by the moisture.
The meals were a bit on the expensive side so i would think twice about having a meal there again. I had fish and chips and they were average only, cost $17.50.

Visited April 2013
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MeshelleG, Owner at Tarkine Forest Adventure, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
I am please that you enjoyed your visit. I have set a standard to maintain fresh Tasmanian produce. As you visited us you would be aware that it is 36 km out of Smithton. Unlike Ulverstone we are not fortunate to have a shop next door. We drive 72km to pick up fresh milk, vegies and meat.
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Melbourne, Australia
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“Dismal Swamp is aptly named”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

Extremely disappointed after all the hype I have heard abou Dismal Swamp. Way over priced for a walk in the forest. We didn't want to do the slide but still had to pay $20 each. You should be able to get a discount for not using the slide. Staff were unfriendly and seemed to disinterested in tourists. Don't know how it is still operating. Wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

Visited April 2013
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MeshelleG, Owner at Tarkine Forest Adventure, responded to this review, May 7, 2013
Discounting and commentary like yours resulted in the place closing in April 2010. There was a lot of uncertainty and concern in the circular head area as it is an iconic attraction that draws at lot of attention. My current staff are new to tourism and in fact new to the work force. I support our local community and Tasmania. You should too!
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