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When your friends hear you’ve nabbed a reservation for wildly beautiful Satellite Island, they’ll be vying for an invite. This 34-hectare island is available only for exclusive hire and sleeps eight guests at a time in its Boathouse, Summer House and luxury tent. And if you long for more company – or a restock of produce – Bruny Island is a speedy five-minute boat ride across the D'Entrecasteaux Channel.
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Rustic, grand and incredibly private, Thalia Haven’s four stone-built bedrooms surround courtyards dotted with olive trees on the edge of Tasmania’s east coast, about an hour’s drive from Hobart. You’ll have five kilometres of coastline to yourself – including a white-sand beach – and a show-stopping bathtub on the deck that’s positioned to take in views of the crashing waves of Great Oyster Bay. The property, on a 52-hectare peninsula, is self-sufficient: water, electricity and heating are all derived from renewable sources.
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Luxurious white bell tents are set amid verdant forest at Bay of Fires Bush Retreat, a 2.5-hour drive from Launceston. At night, the camp is illuminated by fairy lights and glampers are warmed by the communal firepit. Spend your days exploring the Bay of Fires, just minutes away by car, and Binalong Bay, where kilometres of sandy beach are gloriously empty.
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Claim a little slice of Tasmania as your own at Dragonfly Lodge, located on Tasmania’s east coast, about a 1.5 hours drive from Hobart, two hours from Launceston or just 15 minutes from Swansea. A masterpiece of Modernist architecture, the holiday house features high-end touches such as heated bathroom floors and a double-sided stone fireplace in the open-plan living space. Can’t tear yourself away from the comforts inside? Stay by the fire and take in the view of the Tasman Sea towards Schouten Island and Freycinet National Park through the floor-to-ceiling windows.
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Nestled between the Hazards mountain range and the deep blue of Great Oyster Bay, Freycinet Lodge is within Freycinet National Park, about a three-hour drive from Launceston. The timber cabins and pavilions are linked by raised boardwalks that take full advantage of the vista from every angle. Ask for a Bay View Coastal Pavilion, which looks out at the ocean through floor-to-ceiling windows and has a balcony complete with bathtub.
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A former hydroelectric station in the middle of Lake St Clair, just over 2.5 hours drive from Hobart, Pumphouse Point offers a unique kind of luxury: think pouring your own wine from the honesty bar and shared-table meals with other guests. Choose your sleeping space from the Shorehouse, situated by the lake; the Pumphouse, set 250 metres offshore; or the Retreat, hidden within the bush. The majority of the rooms boast views of the surrounding World Heritage-listed wilderness and the glacial lake.
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This copper-clad lodge on a private island within Freycinet National Park may just be Tasmania’s most secluded private stay. To get there, you’ll need to drive about 2.5-hours from Hobart or Launceston, then take a 10-minute boat transfer. By day, you’ll watch dolphins and seals frolic; as the sun sets, you’ll witness the penguins flocking back to shore. Fishing enthusiasts can catch squid and flathead or go diving for abalone, while bookish types may prefer to look up every now and again to gaze across the water at the Hazards mountain range from a spot by the fire in the cosy lounge room.
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Each of Adventure Bay Retreat’s accommodation options – The Lodge, The Cottage, The Studio and The Lair – is a self-contained retreat on the north east coast of South Bruny Island. A short ferry ride from the Tasmanian mainland, Bruny is renowned for its wildlife and rugged landscapes – see the beauty of the coastline on a wilderness cruise or hike a trail through South Bruny National Park. Don’t neglect the island’s other famous delights: incredible cheese, seafood and wine.
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Situated on the edge of one of the Apple Isle’s most famous wilderness regions and just under two hours from Launceston by car, Cradle Mountain Lodge is the original Tassie alpine resort. In winter, frequent snowfalls turn the timber-clad lodge and the surrounding bush into a magical retreat. Inhale fresh mountain air while exploring the hiking trails through the nearby Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park and pristine Dove Lake by day; at night return to the fireside comforts of the lodge and its excellent Highland Restaurant.
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Sink into Rocky Hills Retreat’s custom-built huon pine bathtub at dusk and marvel at your view: an emerging blanket of brilliant stars, a deep-green forest and glittering Mayfield Bay. From its position high on a hill, the designed-for-two retreat, about a 1.5-hour drive from Hobart, overlooks Schouten Island and 100 hectares of native bushland. Inspired? It also has its own art cabin, where guests can sculpt, draw or paint.
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Glamp Sandridge at Sandridge Estate, on Tasmania’s north-west coast, a two-hour drive from Launceston, is a collection of eight bell tents set amid 200 hectares of native forest that’s home to Tasmanian devils, platypuses, quolls and mountain dragons. But you won’t have to rough it: sit by the firepit, glass of local red in hand, gaze at the Milky Way and listen to the crickets – then retire to your well-appointed tent with its copper tub, queen-sized bed and log fire.
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If getting away from it all means no roads, no TV and no wi-fi, then book yourself a seat aboard the Southwest Wilderness Camp’s seaplane for a 50-minute flight from Hobart to the Southwest National Park – this five-cabin camp within 4500 square kilometres of World Heritage-listed marine reserve can’t be reached by car. The three-day experience includes local wine and food, a boat ride to Balmoral Beach and trips to Port Davey’s white-quartzite cliffs and an Aboriginal art site.
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Explore the east coast’s stunning beaches, wild islands and tangle of bushland on Saffire Freycinet’s Signature Schouten Island Experience, just one of the extra-special excursions offered by this retreat. A 2.5-hour drive from Hobart, the main lodge and suites, a series of stone and timber buildings, are a masterclass in understated luxury and the famous Palate restaurant and superb on-site spa are almost as incredible as the ancient landscape.
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On the wind-lashed west coast not far from Strahan, a 3.5-hour drive from Launceston, sits what can best be described as a dream retreat. The renovated former shack is the work of stylist Sarah Andrews: whitewashed walls, artfully piled cushions, vintage art and seaside tableaux perfectly framed by antique windows. There’s just one bedroom – a linen-clad idyll that looks out onto the old jetty. It’s a self-catering set-up so stock up en route and don’t forget the wine.
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Set on a sprawling 39 hectares of King Island in the Bass Strait, your only company at Kittawa Lodge is the population of local red-necked wallabies. Each self-contained lodge is positioned to take full advantage of the surroundings: a skylight lets the starry night sky in; the enormous windows look out to sea; and the deep concrete bathtub is angled to take advantage of the vista.
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This luxurious inn, in Stanley on Tasmania’s east coast, has a colourful history. Built 170 years ago, the weatherboard building has at various times been an inn frequented by sailors, a roller-skating rink, a beloved local pub and a private home. Today, there are seven sumptuously decorated suites, each with their own kitchenette stocked with local produce. Fling open your windows each morning to let the salty sea air in, then set about exploring the quaint nearby village and local natural wonder, The Nut.
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This remote sanctuary lies on the east coast of Tasmania, three kilometres south of Swansea. Small, sustainably built cabins surround the central 180-year-old homestead, where the restaurant offers exquisite local seafood and produce in dishes such as freshly shucked Tasmanian Pacific oysters and pepper crusted kangaroo accompanied by views over Great Oyster Bay. There are two private beaches to the east of the retreat and Freycinet National Park is a short drive away.
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Whale-watch from bed at this spectacular seaside stay in Falmouth, around two hours’ drive from Launceston on Tasmania’s east coast. Floor-to-ceiling windows show off 180-degree ocean views and each room boasts its own vantage point – as does the heated plunge pool on the deck. There are four bedrooms, each with an ensuite, a kitchen and butler’s pantry, plus plenty of outdoor space for long, lazy afternoons in the fresh air.