Lodge tops world

Lonely Planet praise for High­lands re­treat

The Gazette (Derwent Valley) - - FRONT PAGE - HE­LEN KEMP­TON

AN iso­lated wilder­ness lodge in the Cen­tral High­lands has won a ma­jor global ac­co­lade, be­ing listed as the third best place to stay in the world by Lonely Planet.

The lodge, owned by for­mer rac­ing car star Mar­cos Am­brose, was listed be­hind the Silo Ho­tel in Cape Town and the Float­ing Cap­sule Ho­tel in Ja­pan as the best places to lay your head in 2018.

The lodge, at Lake Au­gusta, opened last year and has since hosted 1500 guests from around Aus­tralia and the globe.

Lonely Planet said the lodge pro­vided vis­i­tors with a chance to “ex­plore the rugged and iso- lated beauty of the UNESCO-listed Tas­ma­nian Wilder­ness World Her­itage Area”.

“Trans­formed from a for­mer train­ing fa­cil­ity for Antarc­tic ex­pe­di­tions, the nine-room Thou­sand Lakes Lodge is an in­cred­i­bly wel­com­ing [and warm­ing] place to base your­self for hik­ing, fish­ing, moun­tain bik­ing and wildlife watch­ing on the beau­ti­ful high­land plains.”

It stands in good com­pany.

The Silo Ho­tel in South Africa of­fers views of Ta­ble Moun­tain and ac­cess to the new Zeitz Mu­seum of Con­tem­po­rary Art Africa, while guests at the soon to be com­pleted Float­ing Cap­sule Ho­tel can sleep in a glass dome which trav­els across 6km of wa­ter dur­ing the night to ar­rive at a new is­land ad­ven­ture re­sort in the morn­ing.

“Any recog­ni­tion is fan­tas­tic for an emerg­ing busi­ness like ours, but to make the top three for Lonely Planet in the world is a tremen­dous sur­prise for ev­ery­one in­volved in the busi­ness,” Am­brose said.

“We are blessed with a great story be­hind our build­ing, fan­tas­tic staff . . . and of course the

stun­ning UNESCO-cer­ti­fied World Her­itage wilder­ness sur­round­ing us.

“The wilder­ness here is unique in its char­ac­ter — raw, but most im­por­tantly, still ac­ces­si­ble which at­tracts Tas­ma­ni­ans, in­ter­state guests and in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tors who like to fish, walk or just sim­ply im­merse them­selves in na­ture.”

Mr Am­brose said he was ex­tremely ex­cited to be back in Tas­ma­nia and in­volved in the tourism in­dus­try.

“I am a proud and pas­sion­ate Tas­ma­nian. I love Tas­ma­nia and I am putting the same energy I did into race car driv­ing into de­vel­op­ing Thou­sand Lakes Lodge.

“We know that Tas­ma­nia is a hot des­ti­na­tion at pre­sent and we are proud to part of the state’s tourism growth. Wilder­ness tourism will be a ma­jor driver of Tas­ma­nia’s eco­nomic en­gine in years to come.

“We be­lieve Thou­sand Lakes Lodge is an ex­am­ple of sen­si­ble and sen­si­tive de­vel­op­ment in­side Tas­ma­nia’s wilder­ness.”

Thou­sand Lakes Lodge gen­eral man­ager Lynette Pol­ley said the ini­tial av­er­age stay of one night had ex­tended to 2.5 since the lodge opened in Oc­to­ber last year and had at­tracted guests from France, Ger­many, Aus­tria and Asia.

“We are now work­ing on some ex­cit­ing wildlife ex­pe­ri­ences and great walk­ing prod­ucts which will be avail­able soon,” she said.

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