18 June, 2021

Seven Tasmanian stays you’ll never forget

Make the place you lay your head a holiday highlight: these are Tasmania’s unique places to stay.

From private islands to shipping-container pods, and historic houses of heritage grandeur, make your next Tassie escape even more memorable with a stay at these unique accommodations.

Corinda. Photo: Corinda.

Heritage charm in Hobart

There aren’t many accommodation hosts who can invite you into the house built by their great-great grandfather. That’s not the only remarkable thing about Corinda though.

This 1870s Hobart house gorgeously recreates the era’s opulence with countless period antiques and artworks (ask about the 19th century drawing depicting the adjacent clock’s arrival in Hobart!), lavish textiles, from rugs to curtains, and a gracious formal garden. Contemporary comforts blend with period charm – including in the Alfred Crisp room, named after that remarkable great-great grandfather.

Corinna. Photo: Corinna.

Eco-luxe in the wilderness

Not to be confused with Corinda, Corinna could hardly be more different. Immerse yourself in Tasmania’s western wilderness at this former mining village converted into a simple but comfortable eco resort. A mix of original structures and sympathetically built new ones, with solar power, rainwater on tap and no phone or internet connection, this is a great wilderness escape.

Walk in the surrounding temperate rainforest, kayak on the Pieman River, get on board one of Corinna’s two laidback sightseeing cruises, try fishing or photography, and relax at the pub.

Pumphouse Point. Photo: Emilie Ristevski.

Adults-only luxury on Lake St Clair

A solitary structure at the end of a long pier in the middle of Lake St Clair, with bushland and mountains beyond: this is Pumphouse Point. This is one of just two 1940 hydro-electric station buildings converted into truly unique accommodation notable for understated luxury.

Explore the surrounding wilderness on foot, e-bike or rowboat, then kick back with fine food and wine beside wood fires at this peaceful, kid-free retreat. Pump up the Pumphouse Point indulgence by booking The Retreat. In this exclusive suite the property’s refined style sings, and the only difficulty is choosing between the indoor or outdoor bath.

Coastal Pods Wynyard. Photo: Kevin O'Daly.

Coastal retreat

On the north-west coast, where the Inglis River meets Bass Strait, decommissioned shipping containers have been up-cycled into stylish self-contained accommodation. Wynyard’s Coastal Pods include everything you need for a great getaway, from the ensuite bathroom’s rain shower to laundry facilities, a reading nook to outdoor fire pit. They’re even fully wheelchair accessible.

Whether opening your pod on a beautiful day or cosying up behind the big glass sliding doors, enjoy cruisy vistas of passing yachts and fishing boats unloading their catch.

Picnic Island. Photo: Luke Tscharke.

Island retreat

Fancy staying on an island that’s exclusively yours? You’ll love these Tasmanian isles offering distinctive experiences for friends, families and indulgent couples who want to get away from it all.

From Picnic Island’s copper-clad lodge, watch birds including resident penguins, passing marine life such as dolphins, and the majestic Freycinet Peninsula beyond.

Exploring Darlington Probation Station. Photo: Stu Gibson.

Historic stay

Maria Island won’t be exclusively yours, but this national park’s only accommodation (other than tents) is part of a UNESCO World Heritage convict site. Yes, you can sleep in Darlington penitentiary, constructed by and for convicts back in the 1830s. It’s basic bunkbed rooms, and there are no shops or eateries, but you’ll have way more fun than the convicts did.

Hike or cycle around, exploring 19th century ruins and natural wonders like the Painted Cliffs. You’ll meet lots of wildlife, including fat wombats grazing on your doorstep.


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