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A residence and eco-accommodation as well as a dedicated wildlife rehabilitation site and sanctuary


Maree Jenkins is the owner of Tarkine Wilderness Lodge, a property located approximately 35km south west of Wynyard, Tasmania. The property is a dedicated wildlife sanctuary offering eco-friendly accommodation. It is Maree's intent for the sanctuary to continue to be used for the benefit of the local environment, with the Lodge investing in renewable energy and utilising solar power as its main source of electricity. The sanctuary is also used for wildlife rehabilitation and Maree plans to build pre-release enclosures in the future. The property is also a member of Land for Wildlife and Gardens for Wildlife.

Tarkine Wilderness Lodge covers approximately 80 hectares and is described as 'an island in the rainforest' due to its location on the edge of the Tarkine – one of the world's most significant remaining tracts of temperate rainforest. Vegetation types include buttongrass plains and temperate rainforest containing leatherwoods (Eucryphia lucida) and tarkine myrtles (Nothofagus cunninghamii).

Wildlife known to inhabit the area include Bennett's wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus), ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) and brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) possums, spotted-tailed quolls (Dasyurus maculatus), Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii), bare-nosed wombats (Vombatus ursinus tasmaniensis), giant freshwater lobsters (Astacopsis gouldi), platypuses (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) and a wide variety of microbats, birds and reptiles.

This sanctuary is featured in Wildlife Lands 18!

Tarkine Wilderness Lodge is situated on the northwest coast of Tasmania, on the northern edge of the largest tract of temperate rainforest in Australia, the Tarkine. Our sanctuary is known to support at least 64 threatened species of flora and fauna. 


My partner and I built the Lodge as tourism accommodation, offering guided rainforest walks to give people from around the globe the opportunity to visit the forest and to recognise how special it is and how it should be protected for the next generation. The Lodge is eco-accredited and built with sustainability in mind, and we invested in renewable energy to offset carbon emissions from the get-go. Rain water is collected from the roof and supplies all internal taps, showers and vanities while dam water is used for the surrounding garden and all toilets. Our sanctuary utilises solar power as its main source of electricity, significantly reducing our greenhouse emissions.


The Lodge is also a secondary release site for orphaned and injured wildlife, which I enjoy meeting and helping to adapt to their natural environment. Some of the wildlife released here in the past includes tawny frogmouths, pademelons, Bennett’s wallabies, possums and wombats who still visit occasionally. I feel privileged to live in such a wonderful environment with so many amazing native animals including wedge-tailed eagles, giant freshwater lobsters, Tasmanian devils and spotted-tail quolls, to name just a few.


I am very excited to have become a member of Wildlife Land Trust because I think it is important to have as much protection for our native plants and animals as possible. I have lived on this 81 hectare property for 28 years now and have seen many changes to its surrounds over the years, watching farm land converted to plantation timber and clear felling of magnificent old growth forests. Such changes place a huge amount of pressure on our native wildlife, mainly through loss of habitat. It is such a wonderful concept to be able to have sanctuaries all around Australia that protect our wildlife and conserve the places they live. For more on Tarkine Wilderness Lodge, visit www.tarkinelodge.com 

Property Name Tarkine Wilderness Lodge
Property Size 80 hectares
Property Features Land For Wildlife, Wildlife Release Site, Sanctuaries You Can Stay
Owners Maree Jenkins
Member Since 2016
Website https://tarkinelodge.com/