As often as I travel overseas, I love that exploring my own backyard can be as exciting and pleasantly surprising. Tasmania, located 240 kilometers off the mainland of Australia, is an island like no other. Known for its rugged, world-heritage listed wilderness, historical towns, and world-class food and wine, it is, in my opinion, the most diverse and breathtaking place I’ve ever visited in Australia. I recently spent ten days exploring Tasmania. During my visit I sought out the most unique and picturesque accommodation options across the island. I’ve gone through and selected my top six picks on the very best places to stay in Tasmania.
6 of the Best Places to Stay In Tasmania
For a luxurious yet personalized experience
The Islington is a delightful boutique hotel situated in South Hobart. It’s a far cry from the generic experience often received at accommodation of this calibre. Built around an elegant, 150-year-old manor house, you can choose between 11 rooms, five in the original home and six garden rooms in the modern extension.
For a contemporary luxury hotel, it has remarkably managed to retain the cosiness and charm of its original state. From the opulence of the chandeliers hanging in the hallway to the uniqueness of the artworks embellishing every wall (each an original collected by the owners), the Islington manages to strike a perfect balance of quirkiness and class.
We stayed in a garden view room, which had smart, tasteful decorations. It also offered the most magnificent view to wake up to everyday. We enjoyed a view of the gardens with a backdrop of the mighty Mount Wellington. Our hosts served us a breakfast of homemade muesli and Eggs Benedict in a sunny room overlooking the herb and kitchen garden.
Besides the stunning views and sumptuous food, the personal touches really made staying at this hotel a special experience. From the moment we arrived, we felt welcomed. The staff warmly greeted us by name and offered to assist us with anything we needed.
Every morning we woke up to the smell of freshly baked treats wafting into our room, free for the taking throughout the day. Every night, we came home to a tray laden with herbal tea and chocolate treats on the bed. The manager even made the effort to come and and bring me champagne on my birthday! Each of these personal touches seems to differentiate the Islington from an average high-end hotel and puts it high on my list of the best places to stay in Tasmania.
For a superior wilderness experience
Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge isn’t considered one of Australia’s most iconic wilderness experiences for no reason. This unique accommodation overlooks a shimmering lake and an endless expanse of the hinterland, which is abundant with wildlife. (This was apparent from the moment we arrived and found ourselves greeted at reception by a brush-tail possum!) Offering cabins and luxury suites, a day spa, and a fine-dining restaurant featuring local food and wine, Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge makes for an idyllic nature-based getaway.
Located on the edge of the world-heritage listed Cradle-Lake-Claire National Park, you can take a short shuttle from the accommodation and be at the start of some of the most incredible hikes in Tasmania. In fact, one of Tasmania’s best short walks is literally at the doorstep of the lodge. Aptly named the “Enchanted” walk, this stroll through a magical old-growth rain-forest next to a cascading river seriously feels like a fairy tale.
We stayed in a Pencil Pine Cabin, which is among the most basic types of accommodation on offer at Cradle Mountain Lodge. Upon first impression, the cabin looked from the exterior like something you would stay in on a school camp. Thankfully, there were no bunk beds when we entered the room! The interior was simply and tastefully decorated. The best parts were a nice little gas-fuelled fireplace in the corner and a view looking over bushland. However, the bare white walls of the room for me lacked the cosy, alpine feel that I crave for when I’m up in the mountains.
Luckily, all this was redeemed when entering the main lodge, where log-walled rooms were equipped with crackling fires and a plethora of comfy couches. The included breakfast buffet at the main restaurant every day was fairly generic. However, the view we nabbed every morning overlooking the pond was far from average and made dining a truly magical experience.
For a secluded and peaceful experience
Designed as a place for people to relax and feel one with nature, Piermont Retreat is truly a secluded paradise. Set on a huge 230 acres of property, Piermont Retreat offers luxurious, ecologically-sustainable cottages and suites bordering two private beaches. This unique accommodation is just a short 5-minute drive from the town of Swansea. It’s also a great base for exploring the famous Freycinet National Park.
We stayed in one of the self-contained cottages. It turned out to be my favourite accommodation in terms of the interior of the room. The cottages are made from all-natural materials, and are complete with stone walls, a timber-slate roof, and my favourite part- the log fireplace. The bedroom, living room, and kitchen all flowed on to each other, and somehow this layout actually felt very cosy and homely.
The best part of our cottage was being just steps away from the private beach. Each morning I could watch the sunrise from our balcony. In the evening, I could stare up at a magnificent sky full of stars.
Along with its stunning accommodation, Piermont Retreat offers a full recuperative experience. It includes the free use of kayaks, mountain bikes, a swimming pool, and a tennis court all within the property. The onsite restaurant also offers breakfast and a fine-dining dinner. Basically, it is the kind of place you can come and stay at happily, without feeling the need to leave the premises. (Although I wouldn’t recommend doing this as there are so many stunning places to explore nearby!).
For an authentic country experience
The Hamlet Downs Bed and Breakfast is an example of Australian country hospitality at its best. Set amongst the stunning Tasmanian countryside just a short drive from the famous Mount Field National Park, staying at Hamlet Downs is like staying at a home away from home. The property is very small and only offers two rooms. This means you’ll receive VIP treatment from the very friendly owners.
The room we stayed in may have been a little reminiscent of my great aunt’s house, but hey, the kitschy nature of the place is all part of the BnB experience. Attached to our room was a gorgeous enclosed patio, which overlooked colourful autumn trees and the mountainous countryside.
The highlight of the place has to be the food! The owners served both breakfast and dinner for us on the patio. It was home-cooked, hearty, and mostly sourced from the property’s backyard. A refreshing change from eating out at restaurants!
On the Wishlist:
I didn’t have time to stay at these incredible places on my recent trip. However, I’ve jotted them down for next time.
Located in the heart of world-heritage wilderness, Pumphouse Point is located in one of the most incredible settings I’ve ever seen. Offering sleek, modern rooms situated 300 meters out on Lake St-Claire, accommodation doesn’t get much more nature-immersed than this!
Set amongst 130 acres of woodlands, Thalia Haven offers rustic stone-cottage accommodation looking out over the crystal-blue waters of the famous Oyster Bay. The biggest draw of staying here has to be the opportunity to soak in the most picturesque outdoor bathtub ever! Serious bathroom goals right there.
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- Canon 6D Mark II
- Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 ii
- GoPro Hero Black 7
- DJI Mavic Pro
- ONA Camps Bay Backpack
- ONA Bowery Bag
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