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“At home in the wilderness alright!” 3 of 5 bubbles
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Corinna Wilderness Experience
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7 reviews
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“At home in the wilderness alright!”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2012

We spent 3 nights at Corinna in a great self contained villa. We did not quite know what to expect and due to it's listing as a 'retreat' expected something a little more luxurious however we still enjoyed our time there.
The closest towns are around an hour away and the only way in/out are dirt roads and a barge if coming if from the south so check running tines if coming late at night etc.
The villas are great value and very private with fully equipped kitchenettes (so come prepared with all your food so you can cook your own meals!), couch with small stand alone fireplace, a small table to eat at and comfortable bedding! The bathroom was very minimal/clean and hot water/electricity runs off solar however we had no problems with that. There is absolutely no room service or housekeeping!
There are plenty of bushwalks mapped out from 15 minutes to 9 hours + and the surroundings really are beautiful. You can kayak up and down the river for $40 but other than that there is not alot else to do!
While we were at corinna temperatures reached 38 degrees inside making it far too hot to spend time in the sun so we read books all day!
There is a very small restaurant that is a little pricey considering the food ($28 for a main) that serves Aussie food - steaks, fish, chicken with chips, salad, mash etc. They mention on the website that there is a general store but this is not completely true. You can buy pasta, canned tomato, tuna, baked beans, milk, chocolate, chips and minimal vegetables (no fruit!) so definately come prepared with your own food because I wish we had!
If you like spending time outdoors, in the bush or on the river and you enjoy bushwalking Corinna is a beautiful spot to stay. However if you are looking for a 'retreat' perhaps look elsewhere...
I suggest coming in spring or autumn because a really hot day in the middle of the bush with no where to swim is not fun!

  • Stayed December 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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5 Thank Samandem
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Hobart
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2012

I have read the positive reviews about Corinna, so I feel rather apprehensive about bucking the trend, but in truth I was a little disappointed by my experience there.

The website states that "while the cabins have a certain rustic external appearance, the experience inside is in contrast". This is certainly true. The cabins are supposedly "individually themed". The theme in ours - a two bedroom cottage (No 6) - was "suburban drab". It did not afford us any sense that we were in the wilderness, and was entirely devoid of rustic charm. One could quite as easily have encountered the same drab white plasterboard interior with tokenistic prints on the wall, and ubiquitous bare furnishings, in any cheap suburban motel. The brochure mentions something about "sinking into" the comfortable beds. The mattresses were hard; the beds and linen far from comfortable.

The cabins are also very close to one another which further detracts from the "Wildnerness Experience." We had to keep the blinds down in the bathroom because the neighbours would have been able to look directly into our toilet.


I get that this is an 'eco-retreat' and that it's quite (but not very) far away from any source of supplies. We have stayed in far more remote locations in Australia - motels that are hundreds of kilometres from the nearest supermarket (as opposed to 55), so it's hard to see why the "general store" on site is so poorly stocked, or why it should be necessary for the store to charge $5 for a single AA battery. (You only have to look at places like the Pink Roadhouse on the Oodnadatta Track to understand what "remote" really means, yet they offer travellers a very wide array of provisions).

Corinna is in an extraordinary location. The Pieman River is magnificent, as are the surrounding forests. It's almost impossible to believe that the area is not World Heritage Listed. And Corinna is well situated to provide visitors with access to the delights of this region, whether you prefer to walk, take a kayak or embark on a leisurely cruise on the MV Arcadia to marvel at the primal beauty of this magnificent spot.

But I got the sense that the motel is only too aware of the lack of alternative accommodation for travellers. I understand that it's an "eco-retreat" and that it has to operate without the amenities (like mains electricity etc) that other accommodation providers take for granted. I get that you don't visit places like this in order to sit around and watch TV, or catch up with friends on Facebook. But we were hoping for some sense of "getting away from it all" as we sat in our cabin after a hard day of walking, and swimming in the river. Instead, I looked around and pondered what we were actually getting for our $250 per night. No TV, no phone (not even a public pay-phone), no mobile reception, no internet, barely a cake of soap in the bathroom, very uncomfortable beds, no water pressure in the shower, no sense of privacy or remoteness at all, no view of the areas's primary feature (the river), no fan (even though it was 32 degrees), no toaster (or bread available from the shop to use in a toaster) and a sign on the wall asking guests to accept the scratchiness of the toilet paper on the grounds that it is made from recycled paper. Hell! even my bum had to suffer!

In summary, it's great location, but Corinna over-promises on the accommodation front.

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  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank JustmeHobart
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seaham
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2011

My husband and I stayed at Corinna Wildnerness Resort in Pete's Cabin (old roadman's cottage) in early December on our way from Arthur River to Srahan. We really enjoyed our time there and were sorry we didn't have more time to spend as we had previously booked on an overnight cruise on the Gordon River. The cabin was spotless, the staff were friendly and helpful and we would love to be able to revisit at some time. We spent over 3 weeks in Tasmania and felt that Corinna was certainly one of the highlights.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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4 Thank grace028
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Gold Coast
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2011

We recently hired 2 cabins for 4 nights at theCorinna Wilderness Cabins with friends, and were surprised at the wonderful place it is.
We have made multiple visits to Tasmania and love it,but this was the first place to offer a wilderness experience on the West Coast (have stayed at Cradle Mountain Lodge and Lake St Clair Wilderness Resort)-- and we loved it. The staff are lovely and very helpfull with possible walks,trips etc, the hotel is a comfortable refuge at the end of the day with a drink in front of the fire and the meals are varied but all excellent if you wish to treat yousself.
The cabins are all 'stand alone' and are modern and very warm and comfortable,plenty of room and great kitchens and bathrooms-- not much food to do your own thing, so bring whatever you want to self cater.
There are a number of good walks around the site,as well as activities on the Pieman river.We originally were planning a trip on the 'ARCADIA' but opted for a small guided tour from the same operators in a small boat which was very informative (thanks DALE) and included access to a beautiful waterfall.
It is also close enough to do a day trip to Cradle Mountain (have lunch in the Lodge's bar) with a coffee stop at Waratah with a large waterfall in its main street.
If you want to get away from it all (no tv or mobiles) like animals and lovely rainforest,then we can highly recommend.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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7 Thank benthebeagle
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Launceston, Australia
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32 reviews
12 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2011

It's a long winding road in and the weather was atrocious but corinna is a fantastic place. The service was amazing, thank you Corrina, we'll be back :)

  • Stayed July 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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3 Thank JanetandJimOnHols
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SUNSHINE COAST AUSTRALIA
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226 reviews
134 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 175 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2010

We stayed here for 3 nights prior to my commencing work in Tasmania.As others have said the Corinna website gives an accurate view of the facilities.only one disagreement-they say some think the white silica road is better than a sealed road-no way.it is narrow and quite winding in parts,however little traffic though you could meet a mining truck.Take it slowly and you will be fine.
We stayed in the new cottages.considering you are in the wilderness these are very good value however there is cheaper accommadation by the room as well as campsites.Although there is a "general store"it carries a limited range.Best to bring supplies you need.
The Tannin restaurant was very good-prices consistent with better restaurants in other towns in Tasmania yet this is in the wilderness and transport costs must be higher.Service was good and friendly.Food was of a good standard.They were willing to change sauces for mky wife who does not eat chilli.The wallaby shanks,scallops,steak were very good but the lamb cutlets coated with bush herbs was sensational.
We also did the Arcadia 2 cruise and felt it good value.Unfortunately the adventure tour via 4WD from Pieman heads to Granville Harbour did not operate whilst we were there.
We were going to kayak-$35 per half day but the wind came up and a bit chilly for Queenslanders.Good weather for walking.However if older or some mobility problems(I am 63 with a d*cky knee)then nearly double the suggested times as can be very uneven ground.
Lots of wildlife and birds seen.But the best part was the "serenity".Very quiet at night and we slept like logs.Rather than keep on I will add photos.Thoroughly reccomended..

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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10 Thank rojaan1
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Sydney
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109 reviews
53 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2009

We had a great time - it was however totally enhanced by the weather and the fact that we had boats with us that enabled us to go down to the Pieman Heads which are wild. If not taking a boat then check to make sure that the Arcadia is operational as it was nto when we were there and going to the heads is a highlight.

There are several very nice walks around the place but am not sure if I would want to go there quite so much if the weather was bad. The cabins are quite basic but comfortable with a heater. Cannot remember which one we stayed in but it was not near the BBQ shed (be advised as we were a large group and we had a BBQ one night that if you are near this shed it could be quite noisy!). We ate there at the pub on the second night which was OK but as were were a large group and the place was full they were not doing the a la carte menu but a "gourmet" BBQ. It was OK but nothing special and although $30 is not much thought that the food could have been a bit more "gourmet" for that. Sti

  • Stayed November 2009, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank wub100
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Property: Corinna Wilderness Experience
Address: Corinna Road, Corinna, Tasmania 7321, Australia (Formerly Corinna, at Home in the Wilderness)
Location: Australia > Tasmania > Corinna
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Corinna
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Corinna Wilderness Experience 3*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Corinna is an historic town that is now a wilderness retreat nestled in the rainforest alongside the Pieman River. There is a range of accommodation at Corinna, including queen and family eco cabins, original miners cottages and camping. Facilities include a restaurant and bar. There is plenty to do with river cruises, hiking and kayaking to name a few popular activities.Corinna Wilderness Experience holds an advanced eco accreditation for the accommodation and river cruise. ... more   less 
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