Imagine a gay-owned eco retreat at the end of the world. It does exist!
St Patrick’s Head Pinnacle is located in the Tasmanian State Reserve of the same name at the east end of the lovely Fingal Valley, close to the tiny village of St Mary’s. Not many tourists come this way, so add this one to your list if you’re an afficionado of the wilderness and want to get away from the increasing numbers of people traveling these days. The great coastal views from the summit and a vigorous short climb, combine to make St Patrick’s an undiscovered little gem.
Rainbow Retreat overlooks the Bay of Fires, providing the most sensational Ocean panorama in all of Tasmania, the retreat sits within St Patricks Head Private Nature Reserve, you can see for 230km along the expansive eastern coastline of Tasmania. It was voted the best eco retreat and Private Nature Reserve in Tasmania.
Rainbow Retreat Wilderness Eco Lodge & Cabins is only minutes from Freycinet National Park, Wine Glass Bay, Ben Lomond National Park, and the beautiful Douglas Apsley National Park. Here you can stay on the sun coast, the warm region of Tasmania, the local holiday destination for many Tasmanians.
The property has been proclaimed by the Tasmanian government, as a Private Nature Reserve, the highest conservation listing available. They were able to achieve the privilege of such a listing as the property is home to wildlife including the Tasmanian Devil, Spotted Tail Quoll, Eastern Barred Bandicoot, White Goshawk, Wedge Tail Eagle, Bennetts Wallaby, Tasmanian Pademelon, Tasmanian Bettong, Long-nosed Potoroo, Eastern Pygmy Possum, White-footed Dunnart, and the Unique Blind Velvet Worm and several other endangered native wildlife species.
Rainbow Retreat Eco Cabins offer a very exclusive and unique accommodation experience. This is an oasis snuggled below a knobbly outcrop mountain known as St Patricks Head. If you are expecting a resort, you will be disappointed, they are a nature based retreat, and prefer to cater to travellers who appreciate the beauty of staying in a true eco retreat.
They offer three very comfortable solar powered eco-cabins with the most sensational ocean panorama in all of Tasmania, located 700 metres above sea level on the historical St Patricks Head Private Nature Reserve. The open plan cabins are timber-lined and appointed with a queen-size bed and fold-out double futon, there is a full kitchen and fridge, spacious en suite bathroom, the cabins run on 12-volt solar and are fully self-contained. There is a pot-belly stove, dining suite, and LED colour TV. Guests can prepare their own meals or enjoy the convenience of choosing a speciality dish from their in-house menu. Meals are prepared by their resident chef, delivered fresh to your cabin and the retreat is fully licensed and stocks a range of Tasmanian and Australian wines.
Enjoy the free-roaming wildlife, encouraged by the owners who are wildlife rescuers, appreciate the natural surroundings from your cabin, centrally located between Freycinet National Park, Douglas Apsley National Park, the Bay of Fires, Mt William National Park. Rainbow Retreat is a well-positioned base to explore the east coast of Tasmania.
They are located just minutes away from the most beautiful beaches in Tasmania. There are numerous walks surrounding the property including St Patricks Head, South Sisters, and Blue Tiers. Guests are able to interact with several hand reared, Wallabies, Possums, and Walter the Wombat. Most guests stay multiple nights as Rainbow Retreat is the perfect base to explore the east and north coasts of Tasmania.
All along the coast, bright beaches blaze, and the distinctive blue-green East Coast sea washes the shores. Grey-green sheoak trees dapple the ground with cool shade. In the ocean beyond, whales follow ancestral migration routes, dolphins frolic, and sea birds wheel on the wind. Inland, rainforest clings to steep mountain passes, and the steep rock buttresses of Ben Lomond frown over the rich farmlands of the Fingal Valley.
The region boasts an array of fine fresh farm an ocean produce consistent with the State's claim to fame as a food lover's paradise. Many of the well known Tasmanian wines are produced here and the winemakers and growers can frequently be met at the vineyards.
The East Coast is also home to scallop, abalone, oyster, and wakame (seaweed) farms. The clear cool waters of the Southern Ocean provide the perfect environment for these delicacies to be grown for Tasmanian, Interstate and International markets
Discerning nature loving guests stay at this retreat, as it is quiet and relaxing, set on a Private Nature Reserve with sensational ocean views.