With new accommodation popping up across the island and exciting new collaborations between some of our most loved tourism experiences, it's time to take a fresh look at Tasmania in summer.
The rugged mountain bike trails of Blue Derby just outside Launceston are world-class, but recently the offering went next level with the Blue Derby Pods Ride opening for bookings. Join a three-day riding adventure with experienced guides who will reveal over 90km of trails and then unwind each night with Tasmanian food and wine in a purpose-built hub, blending in with the surrounding Tasmanian Blackwood forest by the Cascade River. Guests retreat to their own accommodation ‘pod’ to rest their weary bones each evening. Bookings available from April.
Why stay in a standard hotel when you can live like a luxe-loving Hobart local in a purpose-built suite with ever-changing views of Mount Wellington? At Quarry House Luxury Retreat, choose from two one-bedroom suites - the Lark or the Alcorso, named after two pioneers of Tasmania's world-renowned whisky and wine industries. With premium inclusions like Lark Whisky, Boag’s Beer and local eggs and bacon, access to bikes to ride to nearby Mona and Glaetzer-Dixon winemakers next door, this is a great base for exploring the best of Hobart.
Remote and barren. Raw and silent. On the banks of Lake Augusta in the Central Plateau World Heritage Area, between the Great Lakes and the Walls of Jerusalem, sits the superb Thousand Lakes Lodge. Opening recently after a $1.3 million refurbishment, Thousand Lakes Lodge is 90 minutes from Launceston and two hours from Hobart. There’s a range of comfortable rooms, larder lunches, carefully selected craft beer and wine lists, as well as a two or three course dinner each night. Guided packages will keep keen anglers out searching for wild brown and rainbow trout.
Get in touch with nature while exploring your wild side with Tasmanian E-bike Adventures. Take in the natural beauty of Bangor, a privately-owned working farm located less than an hour from Hobart. On this fully guided tour you will traverse 25kms of foreshore, beach, coastal forest and farmland on state-of-the art electric pedal-assisted ‘plus tyre’ mountain bikes enabling you to unobtrusively share space with the wedge-tails, wombats and other wildlife – including the famous Bangor Merinos! The guides are passionate story tellers who will deepen your appreciation of the natural environment and provide insights into the area’s intriguing history. With a maximum of eight guests on each adventure, you’re assured of a personal and bespoke experience including a delicious morning tea, shared gourmet picnic lunch and afternoon refreshments using the best Tassie produce before returning to Hobart.
New multi-day wilderness experience, Wild Pedder is a dream realised for two young Tasmanian entrepreneurs - best mates Cody McCracken and Lou Balcombe. They met while guiding the Bay of Fires, and have turned their unique balance of qualifications and knowledge into a truly unforgettable wilderness experience in South West Tasmania, near Lake Pedder. With a start and finish in Hobart, small groups enjoy guided hiking and kayaking, Tassie produce and beverages, as well as overnight accommodation at the comfortable Pedder Wilderness Lodge.
With point blank views of the pink granite rises of The Hazards and surrounded by the ever-changing ocean, Picnic Island is a private island paradise just off the coast at Coles Bay. Sleeping up to ten people, the copper clad building, designed by Tasmanian architect John Latham, is an incredible place to spot birds and wildlife (there’s even a penguin colony on the island!), catch fresh seafood and swim, or just relax. A true adventure retreat amongst the wildlife with all the comforts of a modern home.
There’s a new adventure rolling into the West Coast. Strahan ATV Adventures is an exciting new buggy tour taking guests out among the Henty Dunes and Macquarie Heads. Brand new Polaris RZR 570 buggies are great for all abilities and comfortable for families, couples, singles and disabled. Get behind the wheel or just be a passenger, traversing the dunes or dipping in and out of forestry plantations to Macquarie Heads. Experienced guides will help you feel the roaring 40’s wind in your hair, share historic stories of the area and let you burn around the epic dunes. Book a sunset ride and watch the sun go down after your awesome adventure.
Is there any better way to see Bruny Island than sailing? We think not! From the helm of Ubique of Hobart, a 32-foot Bristol Channel Cutter built in Tasmania from local timbers, the Sail Bruny team are now taking guests to North Bruny Island. In the waters of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel, Sail Bruny offer a half day introduction to sailing, a day sail past historic landmarks and anchoring for lunch at pristine beaches, through to group charters for up to six people. Feel the drive of the wind in the sails and let the fresh Tasmanian air work its wonders.
Feasting at Fat Pig Farm - now doesn’t that sound like the perfect way to spend a Friday afternoon? Gourmet Farmer Matthew Evans and his family have opened their farm near Cygnet, south of Hobart, for a weekly feasting session featuring the best of their farm produce and sharing it around the big farmhouse table. Spots are $130 per person including a farm tour, long, lazy lunch and matched drinks. The cookery school is a hands-on workshop experience, over one or two days - you’ll get to visit the pigs, raid the garden, and then bring the bounty back to the kitchen to cook it up and share together. Plus this summer they are taking feasting outdoors - $85 gets you a tasty hamper and the best of the farms bounty cooked on the BBQ. Grab yourself a picnic hamper and settle in for a leisurely afternoon of farm kitchen goodness.
With a name like ‘Malibu on the Beach’ you know you’re in for a summery, beach stay. When we say beach, we mean smack bang, right on the sand of Four Mile Creek Beach, on Tasmania’s superb East Coast. The architect-designed timber, concrete and glass house enjoys sweeping ocean views and sleeps up to six guests in three king-sized bedrooms, each with large private en-suite, across two spacious wings. Children are welcome, as well as everyone else.
The Helmsman and the Writer - sounds like the start of a star-crossed romance right? Well at Frenchman’s River, owned by TV drama creator, Posie Graeme-Evans (she’s the brains behind McLeod’s Daughters), it’s almost true - these are the names of two beautifully furnished houses now open for bookings. The Helmsman’s House boasts two bedrooms, a proper cook’s kitchen (necessary in these parts with the abundant local produce in the Huon Valley) and a seriously knockout view to Cygnet Bay. The Writer’s House is an adults-only oasis with designer furniture, Tasmanian artwork, a cook’s kitchen and herb garden. Free wifi, Netflix and a short walk into town sweetens the deal.
Evoking scenes of 1930’s-style grand touring with a healthy dose of luxe camping, Wington’s Glamping is the newest way to immerse yourself in Tasmania’s natural environment. On the banks of the Tamar River, three majestic golden safari tents house luxurious queen size beds dressed in the finest Egyptian cotton linen. Vintage steamer trunks and Persian style carpets will transport you back in time to when camping was all about the glamour, complete with your own roaring fire.W:wingtons.com
Now here’s an impressive list of features. Polo field and airstrip, club house and bar, stage and kitchens, rambling gardens and boardroom, butchers shop, workshops and smoke house. All of this awaits at The Creech - a 100ha property for guests to be inspired by horses, food and the incredible landscape perched beside the Evercreech Forest Reserve between Launceston and the East Coast. With comfortable accommodation ranging from Shearer’s Quarters through to the four-bedroom River Cottage, The Creech caters for every budget. Also keep an eye out for events on the property.
The award-winning four day Maria Island Walk has met its love match with Saffire-Freycinet. They’ve teamed up to create the Maria Saffire Experience. The package combines the four day Maria Island Walk with a two night stay at ultra-luxe Saffire-Freycinet, named in the Boutique Hotel Awards as the Best Relaxation Resort in the World in 2015. On the final day of the walk, guests transfer direct to Saffire-Freycinet either by chartered plane, helicopter, executive transfer service or private car hire.
The Turvey family has farmed Twamley Farm on Tasmania’s East Coast near Orford since 1833, with five Turvey’s currently sheep farming and growing wool. Locally known for their hospitality, the family has opened the doors to the farm for day trips ($10 per person) as well as comfortable overnight stays in converted outbuildings and brand new ‘pods’. Choose from The Stable or the Farm Pod on the property, or The Storekeeper’s five minutes down the road in Buckland. Enjoy hiking, mountain biking (you can borrow a bike), fishing or just relaxing on the farm.
Conquering the wild, wild west in Tasmania isn’t as hard as you might think. This summer, Par Avion introduce their Wild West Coast Tour - taking guests on a scenic flight from Hobart over the central highlands, over the epically scaled Macquarie Harbour and down into Strahan. Guests then jump aboard a luxury catamaran with the award-winning Gordon River Cruises to travel through Hell’s Gates then up the famous Gordon River, part of Tasmania’s UNESCO Wilderness World Heritage Area. Stop to breathe in the cleanest air in the world and witness the majesty of 2000 year old Huon Pine trees. After a chef-prepared lunch, there’s a guided tour of Sarah Island, a once-feared penal colony, before returning by air from Strahan back to Hobart.
On a 50-acre bush property outside Launceston in the foothills of Mt. Arthur, lies The Trig – sustainable, solar and hydro powered boutique accommodation. Choose from The Container, a recycled eco-luxe shipping container inspired by the tiny house movement or The Studio, a one bedroom architect -designed studio with contemporary furniture designed and crafted in Tasmania. Guests enjoy a complimentary breakfast hamper which they can add fresh eggs from the property’s chooks, then wander through the many local bushwalks or head to nearby wineries or Barnbougle golf courses. Local chef, Dan Alps, can also stock the fridge with local gourmet produce to keep your sustenance up.
Hold on to your hats art lovers, this is the itinerary to end all itineraries. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Freycinet Experience Walk, they’ve teamed up with Mona and sculptor Peter Adams to create Art in Nature. First up is a night at the Mona Pavilions soaking up everything art. Mona is closed to visitors on Tuesdays so guests will enjoy a special and rare moment in the gallery practically alone, before enjoying drinks in The Void bar and dinner at The Source restaurant. Day two starts with an hour long flight to Freycinet Peninsula to check into the off-the-grid Friendly Beaches Lodge before a day of guided walking. Day three is full of art exploration as sculptor Peter Adams hosts guests at his property Windgrove, an art filled 100 acre coastal property bordering wild Roaring Beach, with views across Storm Bay to the Antarctic.freycinet.com.au
For a full and up-to-date listing of Tasmanian events, and information on travelling to Tasmania, visit the Discover Tasmania website www.discovertasmania.com.au.