Tasmania is a character in itself, with beauty and charm and a pioneering spirit.
You don’t have to travel far to find fascinating natural attractions, arts and cultural experiences in Tasmania. There’s everything from small artist-run spaces to world class museums, cutting edge contemporary art galleries and a calendar of festivals for almost every possible interest.
New and unique holidays options have risen during the pandemic. Take a look through some of the delightful new digs to try on the Apple Isle.
At Devil’s Lair Cabin on the Tasman Peninsula, enjoy Starry nights with spirit and raise a dram to Australia’s southernmost whisky distiller from this new cabin – on-site at McHenry Distillery.
Better still, enjoy a dram and an evening of dark sky stargazing from the distillery’s new observatory inside a converted barley silo.
The one-bedroom Devil’s Lair sits on a hilltop surrounded by forest, and close to the Tasman Peninsula, highlights the Port Arthur Historic Site, the Three Capes Track, and plenty of beaches.
Eton Beach House, an East coast retreat in Swansea, is a secluded luxurious stay, just a few minutes’ drive from the seaside town of Swansea, on Tasmania’s east coast, and only 50 steps from the ocean.
With big views of Great Oyster Bay framed by low local-bluestone walls, Eton is made for slow mornings and unwinding with your favourite people.
It sleeps six stylishly in two wings, offering plenty of space and privacy for a gathering of friends and family, with an expansive living area bringing the household together.
Take long beach walks, cook feasts, sleep long, talk late.
Taraki Lodge on King Island is fit for a King. With Bass Strait views and rugged coastline, it doesn’t come any more dramatic than this conic lodge, high in the island’s dunes on the west coast.
The lodge has four king-size bedrooms with ensuites, stylish living areas and a commercial kitchen made for entertainers.
Outdoors, there are more living and dining areas. But the ‘wow’ factor lies in a new cedar outdoor hot tub and a wood-fired sauna with spectacular views. Stay toasty with the indoor fireplace or outdoor firepit. Or both.
Born from greatness, the Vaucluse Estate in Campbell Town is one of Tasmania’s grandest colonial-era estates, now throwing open its doors as boutique accommodation.
Vaucluse Estate, established in 1825, can sleep up to 24 people comfortably, with nine individually styled rooms in the main house and more in the three-bedroom Coach House just a short stroll down a garden path.
Wander the grounds, surrounded by pasture and grazing sheep, retire to the library, relax in a lounge, or catch views over the South Esk River and across to mighty Ben Lomond from the homestead’s wide, wrap-around verandas.
Close to the geological wonder of the Tessellated Pavement and Eaglehawk Neck on the Tasman Peninsula, The Stand Alone is a private bush retreat for two with direct access to the beach below.
Bathe outdoors in a bath, shower surrounded by forest, and warm up indoors by a cosy wood stove. Wake to birdsong and feel the serenity as you connect with nature and your closest companion.
Designed for romance, Salt Box Hideaway in Strahan sits on the water’s edge at historic Lettes Bay, overlooking the rainforest of Mount Sorell on the west coast.
The restored cabin teams its original rustic exterior with a modern, luxe interior, perfect for a couple. It comes self-contained with a fully stocked larder, a deck overlooking the water and a firepot to keep stargazers warm.