Tasmania wins big at Australian Tourism Awards
Pumphouse Point – ‘New Tourism Business’
If you’ve piqued the interest of the well-informed folk at Travel + Leisure, you know you must be doing something right. The proprietors of Pumphouse Point, recently voted one of the best new hotels on the planet by the esteemed publication, are enjoying success locally as well, with the Lake St. Clair dual property taking out the award for New Tourism Business.
Situated at the end of a pier out on Australia’s deepest lake and surrounded by lush myrtle forests, the mid-century inspired Pumphouse contains 12 luxurious rooms over three levels. With modern furnishings, large bay windows, relaxing lounge areas and a stylish help-yourself bar, you'll feel like you've positively happened upon nirvana.
There’s also the stunning art deco Shorehouse located on the lake’s edge. Once a Hydro substation, the property now boasts large tranquil dwellings and an uber-cosy dining room complete with lounges and a log fire.
It’s not all about putting your feet up though. The bushland at your doorstep, all World Heritage Listed, is begging to be explored; numerous trails lead off from Pumphouse Point, taking you through towering canopies, vast moorlands and sheltered lagoons. Keep an eye out for the varied wildlife—including wombats, possums and wallabies—that call this picture-perfect pocket of the world home.
Tasmanian Walking Company – ‘Ecotourism’
One of the best ways to experience Tasmania is with your own two feet. The state has over 2,800 km of managed walking tracks and over 880 separate walks throughout national parks, reserves and conservation areas, so you’re certainly not deprived of choice.
The proud recipient of a string of industry awards, including two consecutive Ecotourism gongs, Tasmanian Walking Company continues to raise the bar when it comes to environmental sustainability. Each of their itineraries is designed to limit the impact on the natural surroundings; the guides follow designated trails and remove all waste from camps and lodgings. The company has forged a strong relationship with the Tasmanian National Parks and Wildlife Service, with whom it works closely to ensure its practices are up-to-date.
On these specially designed walks, visitors get to experience the very best of what Tasmania has to offer—spectacular terrain, pristine beaches and an unmatched array of flora and fauna. Choose between the Bay of Fires Lodge Walk, the Cradle Mountain Huts Walk or the Wineglass Bay Sail Walk. The latter walk may well be our pick: over four or six days, you can witness the wonders of Maria Island, Freycinet Peninsula, Schouten Island and the Tasman Peninsula. Equally as enjoyable is your transportation between these impressive sights: the grand Lady Eugenie, a 23-metre luxury classic ketch.
Curringa Farm Tours and Accommodation – ‘Hosted Accommodation’
For a slice of rural charm, drive an hour out of Hobart to Curringa Farm, located near Hamilton in the lovely Derwent Valley. Here you’ll meet Tim and Jane Parsons, both 6th generation farmers and proud owners of this 300-hectare, ECO-Certified family farming property.
These gorgeous fully self-contained farmstay cottages provide the ultimate country retreat experience. All have spa baths, gas barbecues and spacious decks from which to take in the views. Whether you’re after a romantic getaway or a night’s stopover with friends or the whole family, rest assured you’ll be well catered for. With picturesque Lake Meadowbank close by, the lodgings are a perfect spot for swimming, boating, trout fishing or simply lazing in the sun.
Curringa Farm gives visitors a taste of life on a working sheep farm and a better understanding of wool production, sheep husbandry and cropping activities (bookings essential). It’s also an ideal location from which to set off and explore the nearby Rivers Run region or the wider central Tasmania area.
Avalon Coastal Retreat – ‘Self-contained Accommodation’
Avalon Coastal Retreat is a multi-award-winning contemporary waterfront dream home, perched on the headland overlooking Great Oyster Bay. The deluxe hideaway, designed by renowned Australian architect Craig Rosevears, is an architectural blend of steel, glass and timber. The property contains three spacious queen-size bedrooms, comfortably accommodating six people.
When you’re at Avalon, you don’t plan your day so much as let it unfold. Simply curl up with a book from the shelves, swim at the secluded beach at the bottom of the path, drop a line in the water, collect shells along the shore or head to Swansea or Freycinet to complete the east coast experience. Be sure to look out for the white bellied sea eagle that passes overhead each morning!
Come nightfall, light the fire, pour a glass of selected Tasmanian wine and watch the moon rise over the Freycinet Peninsula or gaze longingly at the stars. You can watch a DVD from Avalon’s library or just snuggle up on the lichen-inspired orange sofa.
The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel – ‘Deluxe Accommodation’ & ‘Business Events’
One of Hobart’s pride and joys picked up not one but two awards at this year’s ceremony. The 4-star hotel has gone from strength to strength, and is considered among business and leisure travellers to be one of the country’s most relaxing inner-city accommodations.
Built behind the National Trust-listed facade of one of Hobart’s best-known old buildings, the Robert’s Limited wool store, The Old Woolstore Apartment Hotel is a masterful example of how historic values can be preserved in the context of a truly contemporary development.
The property boasts an enviable central location mere blocks from Hobart's buzzing waterfront. From here it's just a gentle stroll to Salamanca Place and its famous market, as well as some of the city’s best bars and restaurants.
The hotel offers of a variety of fully serviced apartments and rooms. The furnishings are modern and the rooms immaculately presented. All 242 rooms are individually air-conditioned, featuring free Wi-Fi, 32 complimentary television channels, DVD player, mini bar, plus kitchen and laundry facilities.
Bruny Island Cruises – ‘Tourist Attraction’
It really isn’t fair when you think about it…Bruny Island Cruises continues to blow its competition out of the water in the tourism awards department—the proprietors have now reaped nine of the last eleven gongs for Best Tourism Attraction in Tasmania. They were also featured in Travel + Leisure’s 100 Greatest Trips of the World, and recently made our list of Top Ten Tassie Must-do's!
Robert Pennicott and his family have been operating Pennicott Wilderness Journeys since 1999. Bruny Island Cruises is the original and most famous of their offerings, a three-hour wilderness cruise that charts the spectacular coastline of the South Bruny National Park.
Departing from Adventure Bay on Bruny Island, you’ll travel along 50 kilometres of coastline to The Friars and back. The custom-built yellow boats take you up close to the awesome 'Breathing Rock', into deep sea caves and through the narrow gap between soaring cliffs and 'The Monument'. Hold onto your hat, for you’ll feel the power of nature at the point where the Tasman Sea meets the mighty Southern Ocean. Albatross, dolphins, seals and migrating whales are just a few of the abundant wildlife calling the coastline of Bruny Island home.
The distinctive yellow boats are safe, comfortable and sea-kindly vessels. Purpose-built for the rugged coast of southern Tasmania, their unmatched manoeuvrability gets you closer to cliff faces and deep sea caves than anywhere else.
Bruny Island Cruise’s three-hour wilderness cruise departs daily all year round—except Christmas Day—from Adventure Bay, Bruny Island at 11am. Afternoon cruises also often run in peak times. Drive yourself to Adventure Bay and meet the tour bus at Kettering. Full day tours also run from Hobart (from 8am) and include a guided bus tour, ferry crossing to Bruny Island, morning tea, three-hour cruise and lunch.