From Swansea's picturesque Piermont to D’Entrecasteaux Channel's jaw-dropping Satellite Island, these are the most romantic getaways in Tasmania.
Hobart Hideaway Pods
If you’re looking for an eco-friendly retreat with a bucolic feel, this bed and breakfast about 20 minutes south of Hobart is a good bet. It has two beautifully decorated freestanding studio apartments – The Vanilla Pod and The Pea Pod – that cantilever off a foothill. Slide open the glass doors and let the fresh breeze rush in or go for a leisurely walk on the one-hectare property bordered by paddocks. You’ll find sheep grazing lazily on the hill behind and alpacas and hens occupying the pen in front. At its core, the B&B is all about eco-sensitivity; built using sustainable materials, it features composting toilets, enviro-friendly amenities and an on-site dam to collect rainwater. So while you enjoy the modern conveniences – comfortable bed, ensuite, fully equipped kitchenette – you can relax, knowing that your stay is approved by Mother Nature.
You’ll love this: The property offers panoramic views of the Derwent River.
Private island. Two of the best words in the English language are made even better by the fact that this jewel off Tasmania’s Bruny Island is an exclusive hire (translation: no other guests). Aside from a couple of apple-eating deer, the only other inhabitant is the island’s manager, who will take you five minutes across the water to Bruny for sightseeing or act as a kind of seafaring butler to procure oysters, abalone, crayfish and sea urchin for your dinner. Exertion here extends as far as choosing your quarters: the lovely three-bedroom Summer House (right) perched on the cliff or, hugging the ocean rock-shelf, the two-bedroom Boathouse that’s been renovated into a glossy-magazine-worthy hangout with a broad deck, fire pit and fishing gear. Oh, and there’s a gorgeous safari tent that sleeps two as well, should the mood to channel Out of Africa strike.
Two pantries are filled with gourmet supplies, such as eggs from the island’s chooks and smoked trout. Grab bread, cheese and life’s essentials – including ale and wine – at the Bruny Island Cheese Co. on the way to the jetty. Then grill seafood over the fire on the Boathouse deck.
You’ll love this: Drink a glass of Tassie’s House of Arras sparkling (a complimentary bottle is left for guests) and shuck oysters on the deck while you wait for the flathead to bite.
With their pitched roofs and exposed-stone chimneys and walls, Piermont’s 15 cottages are a picture of storybook perfection. But that’s just half the tale. The other half is the setting – the cottages sit amid swaying she-oaks and gum trees on Tasmania’s dramatic East Coast, where the wind-battered landscape meets the calm waters of Great Oyster Bay. There are two private beaches, an outdoor pool and a tennis court, as well as kayaking and mountain-biking right at your doorstep. Active types can pick up bikes and other sports gear from reception to explore the scenic surrounds; the less adventurous might make their way to the property’s polo field to mingle with the resident horses and ponies. Then head back to your cottage, with its fully equipped kitchen, heated floors and spa bath – just what you need to relax those tired muscles.
At the heart of the property is a 180-year-old homestead – site of the award-winning restaurant where fresh Tassie produce is transformed into decadent meals, morning, noon and night.