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The idea of staying in a deserted mining town may not be immediately appealing, but Corinna isn't just any historic mining town. It's located in the pristine Tarkine rainforest on the banks of the Pieman River in western Tasmania.

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In spite of its remote location, Corinna expanded rapidly at the end of the 19th-century when gold was discovered there. These days, visitors can choose from a variety of accommodation including four original miner's cottages and fourteen new wilderness retreats built in the original style.

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Things are a little more luxurious than they were back in gold rush times. Each cottage features a verandah, heating, comfortable beds, en suites with hot showers, and fridges.

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They're also solar-powered and gather rainwater in tanks, and are close to the general store and its communal barbecue. 

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So you get all the benefits of living in a remote mining town – without giving up the comforts of home. RM

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