Bay of Fires Bush Retreat
At the Bay of Fires Bush Retreat, salty hair and sandy feet are encouraged, preferred even. We offer relaxed, simple-yet-stylish communal accommodation – an enticing place to rest your head. The Retreat is only minutes’ drive from the stunning sights of the Bay of Fires and is the perfect base from which to explore this iconic area.
The Retreat offers three main accommodation options:
The Bell Tents; The Bunk House (group accommodation); The King Room. All guests will have access to our beautiful hand-crafted amenities block only a short stroll from the accommodation areas. Bedding and towels are provided with all options.
The Bush Retreat has a fully equipped kitchen ready for guests to cook up an evening feast, a lounging lunch or a big brekkie before a day of exploring. For those who would prefer to take a more relaxed option, we have dinner platters and breakfast that can be ordered prior to arrival. Our kitchen comes with everything you need to get cooking including a communal fridge, pots and pans, plates, cutlery, utensils, platters and a washing up area. Food supplies can be purchased on the way in the nearby township of St Helens where you will find two IGA supermarkets and the East Coast Village Providore. We also specialize in group catered options with a range of food experiences on offer. The Retreat has its very own live-in chef – Thomas Dicker. Tom is the former head chef and co-owner of two acclaimed restaurants: Angasi at Binalong Bay and Drift Café Restaurant in Devonport. Tom is passionate about quality Tasmanian produce and his relaxed nature is reflected in his cooking style.
Created in one of Australia’s first truffieres, Truffle Lodge boasts absolute river frontage and views to the mountains. Styled to resemble an Aussie Bush Camp, it sits comfortably in its Australian landscape, with a fun overlay of Tales of the Arabian Nights meets Steampunk. The spacious tents overlook the sparkling Derwent River, rich in platypus and trout. Guests can swim in some of the purest water on the planet, and raft or kayak down boisterous rapids through towering cliffs to meadows and farmland. The tents are linked with timber walkways to the riverfront lodge, where luxurious lounges and wood fires await. Truffle Lodge’s dining is based on local Tasmanian produce and is supported with wines and beers, including some of the best produced locally in the Valley.
Wingtons Glamping offers a unique and exclusive holiday experience in the heart of the Tamar Valley. Beautifully appointed large canvas bell tents only meters away from the shores of the river, give you the opportunity to escape everyday life and get close to nature. Each bell tent has been fitted out with European wood fires to keep you cozy and warm at night, queen size beds dressed with fine Egyptian linen, antique steamer trunks and Persian style carpets to create an atmosphere that could only be described as absolute luxury. Also included are some of life’s modern conveniences such as an ice box to keep your wine cool, electric lighting, Bose Bluetooth speakers to create the mood and the ability to charge your mobile phone or laptop.
The sites come with your own private outdoor kitchen; a Weber Baby Q BBQ and teak dining suite will make cooking your fresh Tasmanian produce a treat. To make the sites even more convenient they have created unique private ‘tipi style’ bathrooms with flushing toilets, hot showers and of course luxury eco-friendly bathroom products and plush Turkish bathrobes. On arrival make your way to Westwynd Cottage reception to check in. Your hosts will be onsite at all times to assist with your queries and can be reached by phone.