The small island of Tasmania is Australia’s most southern state. Famous for its rugged wilderness, award winning local produce, ever evolving food and wine scene, and a sex and death museum carved into the side of the River Derwent.
Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart sits under the often snow covered Kunanya / Mt Wellington, which offers views equally as captivating whether you’re looking up admiring the mountain, or standing atop it looking down on the small but vibrant city below. On Saturdays the historical Salamanca precinct buzzes with its weekly market offering unique local produce. From there wander along to Brooke Street Pier and catch a high-speed catamaran to Hobart’s cultural icon, MONA.
Where to Stay: The Tasman, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Hobart
This historic hotel spans three eras across its buildings, from the heritage rooms designed around the sandstone walls of a former hospital, to the deco wing, and the modern pavilion building. Staying at The Tasman allows guests to choose their own luxurious adventure.
The seaside town of Coles Bay on Tasmania’s East Coast offers some of the state’s most iconic views, from the pink granite mountain ranges known as The Hazards, to the view of Wineglass Bay from the walking track above. Hiking and water based activities are a popular way to enjoy the beauty of Coles Bay, known for its crystal clear water, white sandy beaches and native wildlife.
Where to Stay: Saffire Freycinet
Renowned as Tasmania’s most premium accommodation offering, Saffire was designed to connect guests with the surrounding landscape, offering striking views across Great Oyster Bay to The Hazards. The intimate all inclusive lodge offers only 20 suites, allowing a true sense of seclusion and one-on-one experiences and service.
Tasmania’s second largest town enjoys the fruits of surrounding farmland, home to many of the state’s best wineries. Enjoy the cellar door at Josef Chromy, or the popular restaurant serving local produce. A daytime stroll along Seaport Boardwalk takes you from the cafes and restaurants on the marina, to surrounding parkland. For an evening bite and carefully curated wine list you can’t go past Havilah on Charles Street.
Where to Stay: Stillwater Seven
Originally the site of a flour mill along the side of Cataract Gorge, the 180 year old building was converted into Launceston dining institution, Stillwater. Years later the owners further developed the property to add seven suites, offering luxury accommodation where attention to detail and service are paramount, and the minibar is not to be missed.
The quaint fishing village of Stanley on the north west coast is most famous for The Nut, an ancient volcanic plug that sits along the coastline, with the village tucked in below. The main street is lined with colorful cottages, many with eye-catching gardens and views to the ocean. Visitors are spoilt for choice with fish and chip shops offering local produce, just a short walk from the waterfront where fishermen bring in their hauls.
Where to Stay: Ship Inn Stanley
Like the rest of the town, Ship Inn Stanley feels like stepping back in time. The historic building was first built in 1849 as an inn, and has been thoughtfully restored as nine suites, each with a unique design and story to tell.
The lush green pastures and striking blue ocean surrounding King Island look endless, scattered with cows from local farms, and fishing boats dotting the horizon. Home to two of Australia’s top 20 golf courses, an abundance of walks, wild coastal beaches, and the famous King Island Dairy, visitors to the island can enjoy as much or as little activity as they like.
Where to Stay: Kittawa Lodge
Without a doubt the most luxurious stay on the island is Kittawa Lodge, two private retreats on a coastal 96 acre property, with views to the horizon perfect for stargazing. Local produce is delivered to your door thanks to owners Nick and Aaron, who are on property to cater to guests needs. Enjoy a bath while gazing out to the ocean and don’t be surprised if a wallaby peers in the window.
Lake St Clair
Situated in the south of the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park, Australia’s deepest lake is part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Numerous walking trails are accessible from the area, and for those looking for an indoor activity, sculptor Greg Duncan’s decade long project The Wall is a breathtaking three meters high and 100 meters long lifelike sculpture carved in Huon Pine.
Where to Stay: Pumphouse Point
Offering a truly unique wilderness experience, the nineteen room property offers accommodation both on shore, and in the iconic Pumphouse building, 240 meters out on Lake St Clair with mountain views surrounding. Enjoy bush walks, picnics, rowboats, e-bike riding or simply lounging by the fire with a local pinot.
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