Derwent Retreat

Derwent Retreat is a fully furnished self contained house built in the late 70's with absolute waterfront to the Derwent river and great views of the Derwent, yachts at anchor and Mount Direction. The configuaration includes a Queen, Double, 2 Single and 3 folding beds. A portacot and high chair are available on request. The base rate is for 2 people with an extra person charge. There is no charge for internet, TV, DVD, fishing gear, bikes, canoes etc.

The property is in high demand and we may suggest slight date changes to you to avoid stranded nights for us. Rest assured however that we will try and fit in with your requirements. Normally the minimum stay is 2 nights and during peak periods 3 or more. Cleaning fees may be charged for shorter stays at our discretion. Discounts may be offered for longer stays by negotiation. Please note that we reserve the right to refuse a booking without giving a reason. Weekend nights are Friday and Saturday. Bookings are not confirmed until a deposit is paid and you are notified they are confirmed.

12 Austins Ferry Road
Austins Ferry
Tasmania 7011




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John Harrison
Waterside Accommodation
12 Harbinger Lane
Austins Ferry
Tasmania 7011
Phone: +61 (0)413 993911 (John)
(Please text if no answer)

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Check in and Check out

Check in is after 2pm. Check out is prior to 10am.

Please phone us when you arrive so we can meet you or tell you where we have left the keys.

When you leave all doors and windows must be closed and locked, heating/cooling turned off and keys left on the table near in the hall next to the guest book unless otherwise arranged.

Should you find you have accidently taken your keys with you please contact us straight away.


Indicative Discounted Rates (subject to change without notice)

Our current discounted rates for 2 people are 20% under rack rate. Normally the minimum stay is 2 nights and during peak periods 3 or more. One night stays are at our discretion and may attract an additional fee. Cleaning fees may be charged if our properties are left in a mess or for shorter stays at our discretion. Discounts may also be offered for longer stays. Extra persons attract a nightly charge as in the table. Please note that we reserve the right to refuse a booking without giving a reason. Weekend nights are Friday and Saturday. Bookings are not confirmed until a deposit is paid and you are notified they are confirmed. Trade cards attract rack rate.

Room/Bed Configuration

Sleeps 6, with folding beds 9+
Master Bedroom - Queen size bed with en suite shower/toilet
Bedroom - double bed
Bedroom - two single beds
Two king single and one smaller single folding beds
The sofas are very comfortable!
Portacot on request (Babies stay for free)
Second bathroom (shower/bath), separate toilet
Living, dining, kitchen and laundry.
Barbeque on deck

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Bathrooms and Toilets

Master bedroom ensuite with shower and toilet
Second bathroom with bath and shower
Separate toilet

Business Facilities

Computer and desk supplied. Cable and wireless broadband are available at no charge.


A book swap library. CD's and videos available..

Facilities of the Elderly and Physically Handicapped

The property is not fully wheelchair accessible according to Australian standard AS 1428. It may suit people with limited disabilities depending on whether assistance was available from others in the party. There are two steps to the front door with a bannister rail on the right side. The foyer and living room are on this level and then there are two steps down again to the dining, kitchen, bathrooms and bedrooms which are all on the one level and a bar rail is provided on the adjacent wall. The front door and both showers have entrance lips and no bars. The showers are not suitable for wheel chairs and shower heads are not removable. Hand rails are installed in the main toilet. All door frames are standard size.

Other Facilites

The property has a modern fully equipped kitchen with microwave, hotplates, stove and fridge. The laundry has a washing machine and dryer. There is a separate barbeque area with a second dining table and chairs. There is a TV, stereo, wireless internet access etc. Heating is underfloor and wall mounted and the property also has numerous spare heaters.

There is a large garden with many natural rock features and small basketball hoop for relaxation.


Linen, crockery, tea, coffee, sugar, milk and more are all supplied. Fishing gear is supplied at your risk.

Available on Request

At your risk:

Bicycles, canoes and sail board (if available)
High baby chairs. Portacots.

Children and Infants

Children are defined as under the age of 12. There is no charge for infants sleeping with their parents or in a cot that are below the age of 2 years. All children are charged at adult rates

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be by email with read receipt, by telephone or in person during business hours. No refund is available for the base rate. The balance may be refundable at our discretion depending on how close to the booked date cancellation accompanied by application for refund is made. Any amount paid is available for an alternative booking date if available. Charges we have incurred are never refundable.


The property boundary is the river and there are steep banks and rock ledges. There is a railway 75 metres to the north and a main road around 600 metres to the west.

Terms of Rental

Young mobile children or others that require supervision must be supervised by an adult. Our properties are not designed for wheel chairs.

Pets are not allowed inside at any of our properties.

Smoking inside is prohibited. If evidence of cigarette smoke is discovered inside, the guest will be evicted without refund or recourse and a cleaning charge of $ 250 applied.

Full terms of rental are available here