Southern Eco-Retreat

Holiday house in Ida Bay

In the Far South of Tasmania, the forest parts to reveal a spectacular open buttongrass plain. Your modern 2 bedroom self-contained cabin is a comfortable eco-experience.

$385.00 - $385.00
2 bedrooms
1 bathroom
6 guests
Book from $385.00 per day Low commission
2 bedrooms 1 bathroom Max. 6 guests (2 included) Min. 1 night

You will receive a reply to your request confirming pricing & availability prior to payment.

Please enter the check-in and check-out dates for your stay as well as the number of adults/children checking in. We will check the availability and confirm the total price including any applicable fees and taxes.



In the Far South of Tasmania, the forest parts to reveal a spectacular open buttongrass plain. Your modern 2 bedroom self-contained cabin is a comfortable eco-experience.

The spacious living/kitchen is flooded with light. Every window frames a different picture. Furnishings are bold and comfortable.

Self Catering Facilities at Button Grass Retreat: Enjoy nature in Far South Tasmania

Important note: A place to retreat to nature:

Buttongrass retreat is a place to escape from the hassles of modern life for a few days. Get away from television, phones and 240 volt electricity and enjoy some peace and quiet. 12 volt solar electricity operates the lights and music. There is usually limited 240 volt electricity, enough to charge a mobile phone or camera but not sufficient to run a laptop computer for more than an hour a day.

Well Equipped Kitchen

  • Full gas range with oven
  • Additional wood fired oven
  • Quality utensils, pots, pans, knives, stirers, baking trays etc ( but no 240 volt appliances)
  • Quality crockery
  • Full sized refrigerator
  • 6 seat dining setting

Spacious Living Area

  • Two large sofas
  • CD Player
  • Views across buttongrass moreland to southern ranges
  • Cosy wood heater
  • Selection of books and games

Eco-Responsible Features

  • Ample twelve volt solar and wind generated electricity operates lights.
  • Limited 240 volt electricity runs CD and DVD players. You can charge phones, computers etc but you cannot run hairdryers, sleep machines etc. Overloading the electric system will blow the fuse and you will have no 240 volt power for the rest of your visit.
  • Hot water is principally from solar and wood heating. There is gas backup incase of extended cloudy periods.
  • Cooking is by the gas hotplate/oven
    or on the wood hotplate/oven
  • Water is predominantly from natural sources. We do not add chemicals. During summer you might need to be gentle with water usage.

Two Bedrooms to Suit, Two Couples, a Family or Several Singles

Master Bedroom

  • Queen sized bed
  • Views across open mooreland to Southern Ranges

Second Bedroom

  • Queen sized bed
  • Two rollaway single beds


  • DVD and CD players (incase you just can't stand the tranquility). Please note, electricity is limited. This is not the place to watch DVDs all day.
  • Selection of Tasmanian and nature themed books
  • And don't forget the spectacular views!


  • Walk in shower (level access, no lip)
  • Composting toilet
  • Basin, mirror
  • Fully sealed commercial vinyl wet area floor and walls


  • Hand wash trough
  • There is no iron, washing machine or dryer

Full length Outdoor Deck

  • Huge deck runs full length of building
  • Barbeque
  • Outdoor dining setting
  • Outdoor bath
  • Amazing views


  • Pets not allowed
  • No smoking
  • BBQ - Gas
  • Kitchen
  • Stereo
  • CD Player
  • Accept VISA
  • Accept MasterCard
  • Linen supplied
  • Log fires
  • Bath
  • Ensuite
  • Balcony
  • Bath towels provided
  • Cooking facilities
  • Courtyard
  • Fireplace
  • Gas stove
  • Heaters provided
  • Level access
  • Parking
  • Patio
  • Secure parking onsite
  • Train nearby
  • Eco-Friendly


Arrival Directions:

Be sure to contact us 03 6264 2233 a day or two before your arrival, to get your key code. Do not leave it until you are standing at the key box.

Getting to our property is your responsibility. We are not responsible for road closures, flight changes or government restrictions.

About 1.7 hours south from Hobart City:

From Hobart city centre, follow Davey Street to the A6 Southern Outlet. Follow the signs to Huonville, crossing 3 big hills, until you arrive in the Huon Valley at the village named Grove (petrol, basic groceries etc).

Continuing on the A6, continue south through Dover, ( bypass Southport ) throyugh Lune River to the village of Ida Bay. Imediately two metres north of the Ida Bay Railway line is our driveway. Look for the discrete sign "Buttongrass Retreat". Enter your code to obtain your keys.


Location map

House rules

· By law all of our accommodation is non-smoking indoors. Additonal charges will apply for evidence of smoking indoors, candle wax removal, excess or deliberate damage or breakages greater than fair wear and tear.
- Prices are calculated for two people in one bed or four people in two beds. Extra people or extra beds can be added at $40/nt if necessary.

A True Retreat

We live up to our name as an eco-retreat. Eco-friendly facilities include carbon neutral wood heating, natural water and composting toilets. Electricity is 12-volt solar, there is no 240 volt electricity. Phones and cameras can be charged at reception. A CD player and radio is provided. Rooms are free from technology such as TV, WiFi, phones, aircon, electric blankets, microwaves and hairdryers. Most Telstra and Optus mobile phones work fine. Water comes from natural sources. We do not add any chemicals.

You will be surrounded by wildlife of all sorts, including birds, mammals, arthropods and reptiles. Animals do sometimes enter the cabins and tipees (Arachnophobes and Allergics might prefer a city hotel).

If this eco-experience sounds good to you, read on. If you would prefer conventional town based accommodation, you can find lots of choices elsewhere.

Check-in & check-out times

Check-in: 14:00:00
Check-out: 10:00:00

Terms & conditions

Payment Process:
1: Your Aura booking fee will be charged immediately by Aura. This will hold your accommodation pending full payment. This booking fee is non-refundable.
2: The accommodation property will contact you within 36 hours for payment of the remaining amount by Vist or Mastercard
3: You then have 24 hours to make the payment to the property.
4: Once payment is received, your booking is fully confirmed. The property will send you a confirmation. However, if you do not make payment within 24 hours, your booking will lapse and you will forfeit your Aura booking fee.

Changes and refunds:

When you book with us, we hold the accommodation for you so if you cancel we have to charge you.

On discounted rates, full payment within 24 hours of booking. No refunds, no changes.

On full price bookings, cancellations will incur a minimum $50 administration fee. We will try to resell. The earlier you advise us, the better the chance that we can resell. If we resell at a lower price, we additionally charge you the difference.

Cancellations over 1 month in advance, we charge you:
- a flat $50 administration charge.

Less than 1 month but more than 7 days, we charge you the lower of either:
- 50% of reserved services if unable to resell, or
- the $50 administration fee plus the difference if we resell for a lower price.

Less than 7 days, we charge you the lower of either:
- 100% of reserved services if unable to resell, or
- the $50 administration fee plus the difference if we resell for a lower price.

No Show, we charge you:
- total cost of reserved services.


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