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Glamping under the stars, rustic, stone-clad cottages with ocean views and luxurious shipping containers – unexpected abodes are all part of a Tasmanian escape. Make your nights as memorable as your days by staying in some of the island’s more curious accommodations.
Our pick of hotels in Tasmania are:
- Pumphouse Point
- Glamp Sandridge
- Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm
- Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions
- Red Feather Inn
- Piermont Retreat
- MACq 01
- Frenchman’s River
- Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
- Thousand Lakes Lodge
1 Lake St Clair Road, Lake St Clair 7140
One of the main reasons people travel to Tasmania is to escape busy routines and immerse themselves in soul-enriching wilderness. There are few places more isolated than Pumphouse Point, a hotel set in a converted hydroelectric station. You have the choice of three abodes to unwind in: the coastal ‘Shorehouse’, the ‘Pumphouse’ (which involves a 250-metre walkway over Australia’s deepest lake) and the hidden-away private ‘Retreat’.
Floor-to-ceiling windows take in stunning landscapes: the lake on one side and forests on the other, often covered in snow during winter. Pumphouse spoils guests with honesty bars, libraries and communal dining rooms where guests can meet each other and swap notes on Tasmanian adventures, or you may prefer to take to the hiking trails or borrow the dingy for a day’s rowing.
191 Sisters Beach Road, Boat Harbour 7321
Hidden away in Tasmania’s north-west, close to the world’s cleanest air, is a glamping experience like no other. Sandridge Estate provides you with one of eight luxury tents in its forest retreats; and when we say luxury, we mean it fits a queen-size bed with plenty of space to spare. The biggest tent even has its own copper bath with forest views, a king-size bed and a log fire!
Get together with friends (new or old) at the fire pit, take in the coastal views or stay quiet and hope to see wombats and other local wildlife in their natural habitat at dusk and dawn.
Barnbougle Dunes and Lost Farm
425 Waterhouse Road, Bridport 7262
Barnbougle is the perfect spot for golf lovers, with the Lost Farm Lodge just a short stroll from the first tee. The course has 20 holes – with two options for holes 13 and holes 18, depending on how you’re feeling on the day. The course is one of Australia’s most beautiful, created in harmony with the sand dunes, the coast and the river.
If that’s not enough, you can also book lessons with a pro, go to the driving range, make use of the putting greens or go to the chipping greens.
Not into golf? Don’t worry, there are still nine excellent choices left on this list to choose from.
Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions
Freycinet National Park, Coles Bay Road, Coles Bay 7215
One of Tasmania’s must-see places is Freycinet National Park, with its stunning coastal vistas, a huge selection of hiking trails and some of the most serene swimming spots in Australia.
Freycinet Lodge gives you a great base to explore the area. It’s also one of the most romantic getaways imaginable. Separate from the main lodge, newly added pavilions are secluded in the coastal scrub – which makes the outdoor bathtub even more alluring. Along with that, you have a large deck with oversized hammocks to laze in – perfect after a long day of hiking and exploring.
Depending on your preference, you can book either forest views or coastal views, giving you a round-the-clock view of the surrounding landscape.
Red Feather Inn
42 Main Street, Hadspen 7290
In Hadspen, on the outskirts of Launceston and its famous wine-making region, the Tamar Valley, is the Red Feather Inn. This historic inn has a mix of Georgian and French inspiration infused into eight accommodation options – from private suites, to converted stables and cosy cottages.
Red Feather Inn sets itself apart from its rivals by offering cooking courses to its guests (extra costs apply). These courses change depending on the time of year you visit, but they range from sausage making classes through to learning to cook for vegans. They also offer regular tuition in baking, butchering, Thai food and pasta dishes.
12990 Tasman Highway, Swansea 7190
Not far from Freycinet National Park, but a smidge closer to Hobart, is Swansea and the secluded seaside cottages of Piermont Retreat. Each cottage has access to two private beaches where you can swim, laze or even take a pre-prepared picnic for sunset dining.
For high energy guests, you can take one of the property’s kayaks to the water, play tennis or visit the resorts polo horse in the stable. There’s also the dense forest surrounding the retreat where you can amble, hike or take a mountain bike for a spin. It’s one of the most unique accommodations in Tasmania for those who love adventure.
18 Hunter Street, Hobart 7000
MACq 01 sits on Hobart’s illustrious waterfront, a spot with a long and colourful history. For thousands of years, this spot was fished by the Mouheneenner people before Europeans landed and took over. Today, the hotel tells the stories of this past, with each room and suite recalling the tales of the people who have shaped this island. The stories of these legendary locals are told throughout the hotel in the interior of each room, in books and even the mini bar. Hanging in each room is a unique and colourful artwork that depicts the character, and floor-to-ceiling windows take in views of the bustling Hobart waterfront. Join the hotel’s storytelling guides to explore the hotel, and uncover the stories behind the characters. Continue the tour into the streets of Hobart to learn Hobart’s colonial history.
Set right in the heart of Hobart, it’s easy to take a stroll and enjoy the best the city has to offer. However, with an in-house butler service, the option to order in-room massages and an open fire in the lounge, you may spend more time in the hotel than you originally planned.
130 Winns Road, Cygnet 7112
An hour south of Hobart is Frenchman’s River, a farm with two self-catering houses to tuck yourself away in: the two-bedroom Helmsman House and the one-bedroom Writers House. Each house is stocked with the essentials: breakfast provisions, baking ingredients and dry foods, as well as complimentary wines from the local area.
The main appeal is the acres of space you have all to yourself, perfect for a stroll before you cosy up with a book from the well-stocked library in the Writers House, or snuggle by the double sided Chimineé Philippe wood fire in the Helmsman’s House. Once the fire is crackling, step outside and look to the skies, because in this southerly location there’s a good chance you’ll see the Southern Lights (Aurora Australis), the lesser-known brother of the Northern Lights.
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
4038 Cradle Mountain Road, Cradle Mountain 7306
Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania’s natural hotspots, with walking routes galore and one of the best places to see Tassie devils in their native environment. Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is an iconic wilderness experience, giving you a great spot to explore the area and a relaxing haven at the end of the day. For the ultimate in indulgence, book a cabin with a wooden hot tub, and rest your weary limbs after a heavy day’s trekking.
The lodge provides many other ways you can explore the area, such as guided walks, a native animal tour, horse-riding treks and scenic helicopter flights.
Thousand Lakes Lodge
1247 Lake Augusta Road, Liawenee 7030
Located in the heart of Tasmania, Thousand Lakes Lodge sits by Great Lake in an area known for its natural beauty. To many, this is the real Tasmania. If you’re interested in nature, solitude and getting active, this is the perfect spot.
There are plenty of ways to explore the area. You can head out for a walk by yourselves or as part of a guided tour, try fly fishing under the guidance of experienced trout fishing guides, explore the western lakes on an e-bike or unwind and take in lodge life.
As day turns to night, many of the local animals come to life. Keep your eyes open and you may spot wild quolls, Tasmanian devils, wombats, wallabies and more.