TAS: Tarkine Wilderness Lodge - Maree Jenkins
Maree Jenkins is the owner of 'Tarkine Wilderness Lodge', a property located approximately 35km south west of Wynyard. 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 Bennetts wallabies (Macropus rufogriseus), ringtail (Pseudocheirus peregrinus) and brushtail (Trichosurus vulpecula) possums, spotted-tail quolls (Dasyurus maculatus), Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii), common wombats (Vombatus ursinus tasmaniensis), giant freshwater lobsters (Astacopsis gouldi), platypuses (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) and a wide variety of microbats, birds and reptiles.