What's new in Tasmania – Spring Edition
A suite of new stays have launched around the island just in time for Spring. Here’s our pick of new places to rest and revive in Tasmania:
Devil’s Lair Cabin, Tasman Peninsula
Starry nights, with spirit
Deni Cupit, Devil's Lair Cabin, Tasman Peninsula
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 Tasman Peninsula highlights: Port Arthur Historic Site, the Three Capes Track, and plenty of beaches. .
Eton Beach House, Swansea
East coast retreat
Adam Gibson, Eton House, Swansea
Secluded Eton Beach House is 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 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, King Island
Fit for a King
Madeleine Roberts-Thomson, Taraki Lodge, King Island
Bass Strait views and rugged coastline don’t come any more dramatic than at Taraki Lodge, high in the dunes on King Island’s 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.
Vaucluse Estate, Campbell Town
To the manor born
Ness Vanderberg, Vacluse Estate, Campbell Town
One of Tasmania’s grandest colonial-era estates has thrown 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.
The Stand Alone, Eaglehawk Neck
Standing alone, together
@SlowStays, The Stand Alone, Eaglehawk Neck
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 and 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.
Salt Box Hideaway, Strahan
West side story
@TheBlackHen, Salt Box Hideaway, Strahan
Designed for romance, Salt Box Hideaway 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.
Luna Lodge, Wattle Hill
Luxury farm stay with the stars
Shannyn Chisolm, Luna Lodge, Wattle Hill
Stargaze from bed in a geodesic “eco-dome” at Luna Lodge, a luxury farm stay set on 16 hectares of pasture and bushland in a quiet valley just 30 minutes’ drive east of Hobart. By night, lie back and view a constellation of stars beneath a panoramic skylight or from an outdoor tub carved from rock. By day, explore the Tasman Peninsula or relax at home, with a barbecue and a deck for lounging and dining. And roll up sleeves at dusk and brush the farm’s friendly Highlander cattle.
Seaforth Shack, Strahan
Fishing shack with the lot
Image supplied, Seaforth Shack, Strahan
Tucked away in four hectares of bushland, Seaforth Shack is a classic wooden fishing shack on the west coast. Take in extensive mountain views from the large deck or wander down to the water. The shack has been renovated with a mix of recycled, new and natural materials and features an outdoor shower, toasty wood heater, and an outdoor firepit. The shack sleeps four guests in one king bedroom and one queen bedroom.