Welcome to Tarraleah


Hydro sold off most houses for removal in the 1990s, then put the remainder of the village up for sale. In 2002 Tarraleah was purchased by a family from Queensland (‘The Family that Bought a Town’, as the tabloids tagged them). They poured in buckets of cash, then sold the whole shebang to private interests who’ve spent further millions.

Tarraleah still feels like a ghost town if you visit outside peak season. But history is palpable, and even in the mists of July it's curiously engaging. Learn more at www.tarraleah.com.


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$489.17 Multi-day & Extended Tours

5-Day Lap of Tasmania Tour from Hobart

Day one: Russell Falls, Lake St Clair & Mount Field National Park: An epic day in spectacular World Heritage wilderness with impressive waterfalls, stunning mountain top views and Tasmanian wildlife – in the wild! Lunch at Lake St Clair, take in Tasmania’s hydro heritage at Tarraleah and watch the sunset over Lake Rosebery. Overnight: Jump House Tullah (dorms and shared bathroom rooms), Tullah Lakeside Lodge (ensuite rooms) Day 2: Montezuma Falls, Strahan & Henty Dunes: This is one of the only tour operators that takes you to Montezuma Falls, Tasmania's tallest waterfall. Wander through ancient rainforests, enjoy lunch in beautiful Strahan and then run wild on the giant Henty sand dunes. Best jumping photos ever! Overnight: Jump House Tullah (dorms and shared bathroom rooms), Tullah Lakeside Lodge (ensuite rooms) Day 3: Cradle Mountain, Sheffield, Honey & Salmon Tasting: Cradle Mountain is spectacular - and you have plenty of time to enjoy it. Take it in with a quiet stroll or choose a more challenging hike – the choice is yours. Sheffield, the town of murals, is the lunch stop. Later on you taste honey and sample delicious hot smoked salmon. At the end of the day we visit Launceston's beautiful Cataract Gorge. Overnight – Launceston Backpackers (dorms and shared bathroom rooms), Batman Fawkner Hotel (ensuite rooms)  Day 4: Bay of Fires, Cheese Tasting & Bicheno: The Bay of Fires has to be seen to be believed – consistently rated as one of the world's best beaches, it's a place that everyone loves but few have visited. On the way there you will taste some great local cheese from Pyengana. Later you'll have a chance to try some fantastic Tasmanian oysters. Tonight you can walk to the beach to see little penguins come ashore. Overnight: Seaview @ Bicheno (dorms), Silversands (double/twins and ensuites) Day 5: Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park & Kate's Berry Farm: Today you'll have the opportunity to visit a wildlife sanctuary to see the rescued animals, including the Tasmanian Devil (extra cost). After that you visit the Freycinet National Park and famous Wineglass Bay. With hours to explore, you can go up for a dramatic view or down to the gleaming white beach. In the afternoon you drive down the coast, with a stop at famous Kate's Berry Farm.

$670.34 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Tasmania 7-Day Tour: Bruny Island, Cradle Mtn, Wineglass Bay

Day 1: Richmond, Port Arthur and Tasman PeninsulaStart in Richmond, then travel to the Tasman Peninsula and the former prison settlement of Port Arthur, where you will spend three hours with a walking tour and harbor cruise. Admire the view of Eaglehawk Neck and enjoy walking to the Tasman Arch, Devil’s Kitchen & Waterfall Bay in the Tasman National Park. On the way back to Hobart taste delicious Federation Chocolate. Overnight – Hobart Hostel Day 2: Russell Falls, Lake St Clair and World Heritage WildernessThe highlight today is the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area, with walks to Russell Falls and panoramic views at Donaghy’s Hill. Lunch at Lake St Clair, take in Tasmania’s hydro heritage at Tarraleah and watch the sunset over Lake Rosebery. Overnight: Jump House Tullah (dorms & hostel doubles), Tullah Lakeside Lodge (motel rooms) Day 3: Montezuma Falls, Strahan and Henty DunesVisits Montezuma Falls, Tasmania's tallest. Wander through ancient rain forests, enjoy lunch in Strahan and run on the giant Henty sand dunes.Overnight: Jump House Tullah (dorms & hostel doubles), Tullah Lakeside Lodge (motel rooms) Day 4: Cradle Mountain, Sheffield, Honey and Salmon TastingEnjoy the Cradle Mountains on an easy walk or a challenging hike. Stop for lunch in Sheffield, the town of murals.Taste honey and sample delicious hot smoked salmon, then visit Launceston's beautiful Cataract Gorge.Overnight :Launceston Backpackers (dorms & hostel doubles), Batman Fawkner Hotel Day 5: Bay of Fires, Cheese Tasting and BichenoThe Bay of Fires is consistently rated as one of the world's best beaches. On the way there taste delicious cheese at Pyengana. Walk to the beach to see penguins come ashore.Overnight: Seaview at Bicheno (dorms), Silversands (double/twins and motel rooms) Day 6: Wineglass Bay, Freycinet National Park and Kate's Berry FarmVisit a wildlife sanctuary to see rescued animals, including the Tasmanian Devil (own expense). Visit famous Wineglass Bay, in the Freycinet National Park. Walk up Mt Amos or down to the beach, then visit Kate's Berry Farm. Overnight: Hobart Hostel Day 7: Bruny Island to HobartTaste Bruny Island cheese and walk to the Neck Lookout at the center of the island for panoramic views. At Cape Bruny, walk to the lighthouse and watch the surf. At Adventure Bay, choose between a Bruny Island Cruise (own expense) or the Fluted Cape walk. On the way back to the ferry, there is an opportunity to purchase fantastic local oysters.Please Note: The order of touring may vary depending on day of the week.

$83.34 Cultural & Theme Tours

Western Wilderness

We travel West on this tour day, heading straight towards the magnificent wilderness.  Our drive takes us alongside Tasmania’s Hydro-Electric history giving us a bird’s eye view of some massive man-made feats of human engineering skills!  We stop along the way in the quirky village of Tarraleah for some great views from the local lookout (keeping our eyes sharp for the Scottish highland cattle along the way).Our scenic drive takes us into the southern end of the Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park.  Here at the Lake St. Clair end of the National Park we stand beside Australia’s deepest lake an area carved out by ice during several glaciations over the last two million years.  Lake St. Clair is the southern end point of the Overland Track a 6 Day hiking adventure starting in the north from Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain.We have a range of short walks on offer to explore, stretch our legs and breathe the fresh mountain air.   A panorama of mountains and wild forests form the backdrop to this spectacular lake. Our short walks here offer beautiful forests to explore, wild rivers and if we are lucky at Platypus Bay the shy Platypus can sometimes be seen in the lake feeding around the shoreline.  Alternatively you can relax lakeside, enjoy the scenery, indulge in some photography and take in the spectacular setting.After our Lake St. Clair experience we continue driving west and enter the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.  The scenery here is breath-taking as we are surrounded by the Tasmanian world-heritage wilderness.We walk along the edge of the Franklin River surrounded by Tasmanian temperate rainforest.  This is one of Tasmania’s “60 Great Short Walks”.  A beautiful and wild river our Tour Guide will share with you the stories of the area and the fascinating piece of Australian political history that played out on this river.Then it’s onwards to what we rank as one of,  if not the best, of  Tasmania’s “60 Great Short Walks”!  A short uphill hike (around 30 minutes) takes us to Donaghy’s Hill Wilderness Lookout where we have 360 degree views of mountain after mountain.  Wild rivers, forests, button grass plains, 30,000 years of Tasmanian Aboriginal history – as far as the eye can see.  A stunning and awe-inspiring view of one of the world’s greatest wild areas that survives today.  This is a humbling and inspiring place to stand taking in our surroundings.We retrace our steps and begin the return trip to Hobart.  After a full day out west, we arrive back to Hobart around 6.30pm.