HM looks at the newest accommodation offerings in Tasmania.
Quarry House Luxury Retreat
At Quarry House Luxury Retreat, a purpose-built suite with ever-changing views of Mount Wellington, guests can 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.
Thousand Lakes Lodge
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.
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.
Malibu on the Beach
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.
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 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.
The Trig on Mt Arthur
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.