Epic Derwent Descent

Back by Popular Demand

Hobart Luxury Accommodation Kayaking Experience



It’s back – The Epic Derwent Descent Package


By popular demand, we have brought back our popular Derwent Descent Package for 1 or 2 persons twin share.


The Derwent Descent is a luxury experience near Hobart, Tasmania. A soft-adventure guided kayak trip with guests transferring from one luxury hotel to the next.




We currently have definite availability for:

  • 4,5,6,7 January
  • 19,20,21,22 January



Only through our websites


We have partnered with the best kayaking providers to create a truly memorable package. This package is exclusive to Truffle Lodge & The Woodbridge and can only be booked directly through these portals.



What is the deal?


This epic adventure has you staying up-river at Truffle Lodge for the first two nights.


On Day 3, after breakfast, you will kayak down river to The Woodbridge for the second part of your stay.

While you are on the river in transit, you may see platypus and sea eagles, and will cross several low-medium grade rapids. Your guides are highly experienced and all equipment is provided.


The kayaking experience is approximately 5 hours.

While you are on the river, you will be treated to a riverside hot tea, morning tea and light lunch breaks.

Various pick-up points are planned along the river. You will be collected from the river and taken to check in at The Woodbridge.


Before you left Truffle lodge, staff will have asked you to prepare a small bag with a change of clothes. Staff will transfer this to your room at The Woodbridge so you can freshen up.


After all that activity, you will be peckish. So, after a shower & change, you will enjoy afternoon tea under the almond trees.


Maybe then a quick snooze?


When you are ready, we will arrange to get you back to Truffle Lodge to collect your car. (Despite the course meandering for 5 hours on the river, it is only a 15 minute drive)



How hard is the Kayaking?


The kayaking is all downstream with the current, and is easy going. Most will be able to manage it but:

  • you do have to be able to get in and out of the kayak
  • you must be able to swim


Guides are fully accredited, insured and experienced. Everything is provided:

  • tandem or 2 person kayaks are available on request
  • wear warm lightweight clothes. Waterproofs and lifejackets will be worn over the top.


This package is a minimum 4 night stay. You can extend the stay at either or both properties for a long as you wish, subject to availability.

This package may also be combined with any other package at either property.

We can also add additional experiences for either property to your package.

Check other Truffle Lodge experiences here

Check other Woodbridge Experiences here



This package Includes :


  • Set-menu Breakfast each morning during your stay at both properties
  • Set-menu 2++ course Dinner each night during your stay at both properties (beverages additional*)
  • Kayaking experience with Morning tea & Lunch on the river
  • Afternoon Tea under the almond trees on arrival at The Woodbridge
  • All equipment for kayaking

(*not all guests drink alcohol, so we have elected to make beverages additional rather than have an all inclusive package)



What we will need to do


We will first need to:

  • ask you to select which room you would prefer at The Woodbridge
  • check that our guides are available, and we will then contact you when everything is ok to go.


This is a soft adventure nature package. So guests must be prepared for what nature serves up – rain, sun, cold etc.  The kayaking guides will determine if bad weather or river conditions warrants cancelling a trip or not. Package costs will be refunded if the guides calls the trip off.

Our experience providers are carefully selected with your safety and satisfaction in mind. The guides are affable, highly experienced, and have full accreditation and insurance.


4 night Derwent Descent Package from $1310.00  per person, Twin share.

Minimum 2 person per reservation required.

Rates vary with room choice and date.

Available selected dates November – March.


Rates vary depending on dates and which room you choose at The Woodbridge. The Package will be available for the following rooms at The Woodbridge. Check these room choices on The Woodbridge website here

  • Three Bridges Suite
  • Alloway Banks Suite
  • Arches King or Twin room
  • Sarah Schaw Room
  • Sharland Room

Day 1: Welcome to TRUFFLE LODGE


3.00-6.00pm Enjoy complimentary tea or coffee while you check into TRUFFLE LODGE

6.45pm Make your way to The LODGE

7.00pm Dinner in The Lodge overlooking the river


Day 2:


8.00am Breakfast in The Lodge

Day exploring of chilling out. We will be happy to book other experiences in advance for you.

6.45pm Pre-dinner drinks & seating in The Lodge

7.00pm Dinner on The Lodge


Day 3: Descent and Welcome to The Woodbridge


8.00am Breakfast in The Lodge

After breakfast you will set out on the kayaking descent of the mighty Derwent river

Morning Tea and Picnic Lunch somewhere lovely

Pick up from river mid-afternoon and drive to The Woodbridge to check in. Shower and rest before afternoon tea under the almond trees overlooking the river.

Snooze? Or start exploring The Woodbridge using your self directed e-booklets of the History, the Restoration and the private Art collections.

6.30pm Pre-dinner drinks & seating

7.00pm Dinner in The Pavilion overlooking the river.

After dinner Port & Sherry in The Ballroom


Day 4:


8.00am Breakfast in the Pavilion

Full day to do whatever you want. Antique shopping, lunch at the renowned Agrarian Kitchen. Pre-book our chauffeured Cellar Doors tour – loads of vineyards, distilleries and micro-breweries. We are happy to pre-book wildness walking, fly-fishing, seaplane or helicopter experiences for you.

6.30pm Pre-dinner drinks & seating

7.00pm Dinner in The Pavilion overlooking the river.

After dinner Port & Sherry in The Ballroom


Day 5: Checkout – The Woodbridge Tasmania


8am Breakfast in The Pavilion

10am Checkout

Guests arriving at Woodbridge’s private river pontoon.

We can also arrange on your behalf:

  • Chauffeured Airport transfers. Charges apply.
  • Helicopter transfer to Truffle Lodge from airport or other helipad.
  • Hire Car to be waiting at either property for you, Truffle Lodge on arrival, The Woodbridge on departure.
  • Seaplane or Helicopter transfers from The Woodbridge.
  • Seaplane or Helicopter sight seeing or Heli-lunch
  • Paddle Boarding lesson and session
  • Guided Tours:
    • Tailored Sightseeing tours
    • Wilderness Walking tours
    • Fly Fishing
    • Helicopter or seaplane expeditions

How to Book


Pick your dates, check which room you prefer at the Woodbridge and then PHONE US or EMAIL US HERE