About us

Our business details

Huon Bush Retreats

Trading name blackynbrilly Pty Ltd

ABN 74 655 029 726

bsb 633000 acc 188478390

Huon Bush Retreats (HBR)  was set up in 2004 by Michael Higgins and Paul Dimmick but is now being run by Michael Brill and Pamela Black

HBR is the business branch of the greater reserve and delivers guest services on a day to day basis.

Michael Higgins

Michael and River

Michael has a long history in hospitality venues in Tasmania.

River is one of our orphaned animals that we raise from time to time. She is very friendly and might even greet you at reception.


 Paul Dimmick

Paul at Lookout

Paul was a full time activist in the successful campaign to save the Franklin River and various other environmental and community campaigns.


Accredited as a provider of quality nature-based tourism experiences.

Click here for full membership and accreditation details.

How to find us

Huon Bush Retreats is just fifty minutes south from Hobart, and ten minutes from Huonville. Huon Bush Retreats is the perfect place from which to explore the Huon Valley and Far South.

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Our Ethics

    • Protecting the natural values of Mt Misery Area and encouraging better protection of the environment everywhere
    • Treating guests and staff with equality and respect, regardless of race, sexuality, political persuasions or religion
    • Sharing our vision for a community where people live in close harmony with their natural surroundings
    • Supporting community groups with environmental or social equality policies.


Mount Misery Habitat Reserve

Reserve-infrastructure-layer-Mt Misery Habitat Reserve is a loose community conservation effort, where about many neighbours have co-operatively protected some eight square kilometres (1,600 acres) of private land plus the intervening public lands.

Many of the properties (including HBR) are protected in perpetuity by conservation covenants. Covenants are attached to the title and the conditions apply to all future owners. Most of the covenants in this area allow people to use 20% of each title, leaving 80% protected for nature.

Several reserve residents were unsuccessfully sued by Gunns Ltd (the Gunns 20), based on their involvement in the successful campaign to stop the logging of lands adjacent the north eastern side of the reserve at Lucaston. After several years of legal argument, Gunns dropped the law suit as being baseless.