By JOHN ROZENTALS
TRAVEL: 09 OCTOBER 2016
Paradise exists ... and it's at Lemonthyme, in the wilderness of Central Tasmania
So, what do you do when you’ve reached a paradise seemingly at the end of the world?
At Lemonthyme Wilderness Retreat, tucked away in the remote temperate rainforest of Central Tasmania, you might start with an indulgent spa bath, in complete privacy while overlooking a forest of tall eucalypts that stretch from the veranda at your fingertips to the horizon and, as you know from maps, well beyond.
Or you might go on one of the resort’s clearly marked trails through that temperate rainforest trails which range from the easy stroll of the 30-minute Fernglade walk to the two-hour return hike to Lake Cethana, rated as hard because of the steep uphill slog coming back.
At quite modest additional cost, staff will prepare a sumptuous picnic to take with you, complete with backpack and rug.
We tackle the resort’s Big Tree Loop, which is still rated as easy but offers a great chance to wander among towering eucalypts, some about 600 years old, in a forest that receives 1000ml-plus of rain per year.
The resort’s notes estimate a 40-minute period for the walk but you can easily double that by stopping to really soak up this absolutely wonderful environment. And yes, though not quite a stroll in the park, it really is just so easy.
Or you might choose just to ramp up the gas fire, fill a glass or two with fine local wine and enjoy the scenery, the relaxation and the luxury.
And luxury in one of Lemonthyme’s spa suites is there in abundance. They tick all the boxes in terms of what you’d expect from any modern accommodation and then add an X-factor that will easily trump that of most destinations.
Part of that X-factor is in the quality of the furnishing and uniqueness of the interior design, but much of it rests on the private setting within one of the world’s great wilderness areas.
This is Romance, very much with a capital ‘R’.