Lodge tops world
Lonely Planet praise for Highlands retreat
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.