A reinterpretation of the classic Aussie beach house – earthy linens, a barefoot vibe, a surfboard transformed into an outdoor shower – Shore House on Tasmania’s King Island is designed to both embrace the elements and provide a cosy, double-glazed fortress against them.
Where is Shore House?
Sitting on dunes above Little Porky Beach on the west coast of King Island, Shore House is a five-minute drive from the airport – a hire car is essential for getting anywhere on the sparsely populated island.
What’s near Shore House?
Set midway up the coast, Shore House is within easy reach of everything King Island has to offer. The road to the property cuts through King Island Dairy, the famous cheese factory. King Island is also home to two of Australia’s top-ranked golf courses – the links-style Cape Wickham and Ocean Dunes. Walkers will gravitate south to the Calcified Forest and the island’s highest cliffs at Seal Rocks.
The two-level Shore House is an exclusive hire for up to eight people and all four bedrooms are located upstairs. The entire house is aligned to maximise the coastal views but the outlook is best downstairs, where the window-lined living area leads onto a weathered wooden deck that all but merges into the coastline.
Restaurants and bars
The well-equipped kitchen and butler’s pantry will likely lead to long dinner parties involving King Island’s celebrated beef, cheese and seafood. Heading out? Cross the island to fine-diner Wild Harvest, on a rise overlooking Grassy Harbour and Bass Strait. Small Oleada has the air of an Italian osteria and serves up local meat and produce, wild-caught fish and a range of Tasmanian gins. Suitable to this isle of farms, King Island Brewhouse is a craft brewery inside a well-designed shed in a paddock, with wood-fired pizzas on Friday nights.
A light touch comes easily on King Island, where half the island’s power is generated by wind turbines. Shore House features double-glazed windows to keep in the warmth (and keep out those winds), with the afternoon sun providing passive solar heating. An efficient wood fire comes to the rescue in the evening. Trapped rainwater provides the house’s water supply.
Travel for work
There’s slow wi-fi and a faint phone signal (Telstra only) in the house but this is a place designed as an escape from work. If you can’t switch off, look at the view and try again.
Spa and sauna
There’s a gravitational pull to the deck, largely because of the red-cedar spa, which is right on the beach, and the barrel sauna set above the spa. The views from both are as therapeutic as their water and steam.
What you need to know
The corner master bedroom is by far the pick of the rooms, with its panoramic ocean view.
Best for: Group of friends or family
Design: Modern beach house
Ambience: Isolated and quiet
Number of rooms: Exclusive hire, four bedrooms
Rates: From $1300 per night
Wi-fi: Free but slow
Parking: Free on-site parking
Address: 135 Barnes Road, Loorana, King Island, Tasmania
Telephone: +61 (0) 417 580 550
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Image credit: Marnie Hawson