This special little place came as a complete surprise to us. We had decided to stay overnight here, not knowing anything about it other it being a convenient stop between Strahan and Hobart.
This gorgeous little town was once home to hundreds of Hydro pioneers and their families. The thriving hydro village reached its peak in the1950's to 1970's and was once home to 2000 people. Once the hydro work died due to improved technology, work dried up and the population plummeted. Much of the town was sold off for removal and the remainder was put up for sale in 2002.
Today, Tarraleah makes a handy stop over between Hobart and The West Coast, with confortable accommodation and wilderness activities. In peak holiday time as well as enjoying mountain biking, bushwalking , golf, fishing, kayaking, birdwatching there is the pleasure of the lodge's cliff top spa or cooking classes focusing on local produce. There is an array of accommodation and dining venues here for the tourist, in a town which was lovingly converted and restored by the new owners, a family who literally bought a town. After spending a lot on the town they sold the whole shebang to private interests.Read more