Tasmanian Gin Academy

Held onsite at the idyllic Thousand Lakes Wilderness Lodge, located in the stunning Tasmanian Central Highlands World Heritage Area, this 2-night retreat offers you an exciting opportunity to become your own Gin  Distiller!

Join our exclusive, hands-on series of workshops to discover the skill of gin making using your own recipe and personal mini stil! 

Led by Master Distiller Bill Mc Henry, from Mc Henry's Distillery Tasmania the retreat offers an extensive program, inclusive of Cocktail Class, Blending Class and Distillation Academy.

The fun part is you see your gin cooking up to begin with, and taste/learn about the changing flavour profile with the different volatility levels of the botanicals.

Everyone leaves with their own 500ml, personally labeled bottle of gin! How cool is that!!

2019 dates to be confirmed!!

                                                             (check in day 1, 2pm, checkout final day 10am)

For enquiries or to book, call 0418 342 694 or email info@thousandlakeslodge.com.au


What's included?

  • Two nights accommodation at the stunning Thousand Lakes Wilderness Lodge

  • All meals with a seasonal focus using Tasmanian produce.

  • Cocktail Class - Become a master mixologist and learn how to make 4 of the most popular Bar cocktails.  Learn the tricks of leading barman and create the perfect martini !

  • Gin Blending Class - Hands on flavour and blending class where you understand the different flavours driving modern Gins and work with a range of flavours to create your own bespoke blended Gin.

  • Gin Distilling Class - Become and expert Distiller! Learn the process of distilling and then , with your own still, become a distiller for the afternoon.  Select from a wide range of botanicals and distill your own unique Gin.  At the end participants will have a 500mL bottle of their own unique Gin!

  • Chat with one of Tasmania's leading distillers - Bill McHenry, was it really his name that got him in the game?

Places are limited.

Prices from $930.00 per person Twin Share.


A few comments from the previous attendees:

An amazing story goes with this lovely off the grid hide away in the Tasmania highlands. What a privilege to get to stay in such comfortable surroundings under the attentive care of Tim and Katie. 
The rooms are very comfortable and bathroom spacious and spotless. Beds are lovely and welcoming without being too firm or soft.
Two huge fireplaces (perfect for a snowy winter stay) keep you toasty and cosseted.
I loved the honesty bar as well.
Food was honest, country fresh, tasty and generous in itsi portions. 

We visited for the McHenry gin appreciation weekend run by Bill McHenry and his side kick Bill 2. An amazing weekend spent discovering as much as I will ever want to know about gin. And they converted my wife to gin.... They were good...

Get there. Is a one in a million place



Inaugural McHenry’s Distillery Gin Weekend…

  • Friday night, dinner was lovely, gin was lovelier!

  • Saturday was a splendid experience, taught by the VERY knowledgeable B1 and B2.

 Tim, Katie, you guys are terrific. Many thanks for a great weekend.

Nigel W


McHenry’s Gin Making Weekend..

Amazing experience – loved every minute. Ambience, comfort, food, company, and GIN!

Thanks so much Katie and Tim, Bill 1 and Bill 2.

Highly recommend! - Kerry



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