Historic Tasmanian town Tarraleah for sale for $11 millionThe entire township of Tarraleah is up for grabs at around $11 million. Photo: Supplied

Historic Tasmanian town Tarraleah for sale for $11 million

Kirsten Robb

An historic Tasmanian township has been listed for sale — cows and all.

For about the same price as a beachfront Bondi bolthole in Sydney or a Toorak manor in Melbourne, buyers can make a 145.5 hectare piece of the Tasmanian Central Highlands their own.

Knight Frank agent John Blacklow is guiding about $11 million plus for the township of Tarraleah, about two hours from Hobart.

The quaint township has been fully renovated.

The quaint township has been fully renovated. Photo: Supplied The quaint township has been fully renovated. Photo: Supplied

Tarraleah Village was originally built in the 1920s and 1930s for the 2000 workers of Hydro Tasmania, the state’s largest renewable energy company and one of Tasmania’s largest employers in past years.

But the entire township is now largely devoted to tourism; hosting weddings, conferences and functions.

Mr Blacklow said the current owner, businessman and property developer Julian Homer, had painstakingly renovated Tarraleah after buying it in 2003 in a rundown state.

The deal also includes the town’s Highland cattle and a trout and salmon damn. Photo: Supplied The deal also includes the town’s Highland cattle and a trout and salmon damn. Photo: Supplied

“It was his dream, he’s a perfectionist,” Mr Blacklow said.

“But he’s a developer and now it’s been fully developed, he doesn’t want to be an operator.”

The package, spread across six different titles, comes with a church, a fully renovated lodge and cafe, art deco cottages, a caravan park and a cricket pavilion. The deal also includes the town’s highland cattle and a dam brimming with trout and salmon.

Tarraleah Village currently turns over about $2 million per year from tourism. Photo: Supplied Tarraleah Village currently turns over about $2 million per year from tourism. Photo: Supplied

The township turns over about $2 million a year in revenue, according to Mr Blacklow, with many workers living on site.

Mr Blacklow said he had already received a diverse range of interest in the town, but said most calls had come from buyers in the tourism sector.

“It would suit a company retreat, religious groups or general tourism,” he said.

The historic town of Tarraleah is now used for weddings and other functions. Photo: Supplied The historic town of Tarraleah is now used for weddings and other functions. Photo: Supplied

“We haven’t had any international interest just yet, but we only listed last week, so I’m sure that will come too.”

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