Tasmania is a place of unique beauty and charm, so anywhere you stay is already going to be special.
However, there are some specific places which are extra special, so we have grouped them together to make the ultimate list of the top 10 unique stays in Tasmania.
Piermont Retreat is set against the tranquil Great Oyster Bay in Tasmania’s remote east coast. Envisioned 25 years ago by a German forester, the retreats small community of sustainably built lodgings and a 180-year-old Homestead encapsulate the wild Tasmanian landscape they are surrounded by, to create a haven that is all at once wild untamed and peaceful. There are 15 charming cottages, perched high on the hill, that have expansive spa bathrooms that seem to float over the treetops. The cottages include a log fire, spa bath, full kitchen, laundry and beachfront deck. On site is the Homestead Restaurant, which creates dishes that utilise local produce and create using French techniques infused with subtle cues to Piermont’s Argentinian heritage.
Piermont Retreat – 3km South of Swansea, Tasman Hwy, Tasmania 7190
How does a private island all to yourself sound? Satellite Island has opened fairly recently as an experience for those who want access to a secluded secret hideaway which is yours alone to explore. Having your own island to explore is certainly unique and certainly very rare. If you’re going to do it anywhere, however, we suggest Tasmania. You have the beach for when it’s warm and sunny, and the cosy fireplace with beautiful ocean views for when it is cold. Satellite Island has walking tracks, kayaks, fishing from the boathouse jetty and the opportunity to shuck your own oysters from off the rock shelf. Getting to the island includes getting a ferry to Bruny Island and then the Island Keeper will meet you and transport you to your private island (for the night).
Satellite Island – Satellite Island, Tasmania
The MACq01 Hotel, located in Hobart, is made up of 87 rooms, 27 Suites and 114 unique character stories. The rooms were thought out with an underlying emphasis on quality and designed to be linked to a Tasmanian character which is picked up in the emotion behind their underlying character traits. The individual characters are divided into five personality traits and its these five personalities that have inspired the designs by Pike Withers. The designs include comfortable and quirky, grounded yet exceptional, fighting believers, curious and creative and hearty and resilient. The end result is a beautiful amalgamation of rooms that overlook Hobart and its harbour, which is complete with the funky and modern furnishings of the rest of the hotel.
MACq01 – 18 Hunter St, Hobart Tasmania 7000
A house suspended over water in a natural wonderland. That sounds pretty nice to us. Pumphouse Point, located in Lake St Clair, well actually, on top of Lake St Clair, is entirely unique as it combines a beautiful surrounding landscape and a completely unique location. In 1940, The State’s Hydro Electricity Scheme built a five-storey pumphouse, 900 feet out in the lake, to house enormous water turbines for their hydropower system, which was eventually recommissioned in the 90s, and in 2015 saw its first visitors. We aren’t at all surprised that from then the experience has been popular, because it is truly something remarkable.
Pumphouse Point – 1 Lake St Clair Rd, Lake St Clair, Tasmania 7140
Thalia Haven is set on a private 130-acre wooded peninsula which is surrounded by five kilometres of secluded coastline of Great Oyster Bay. Built to fit up to eight people, Thalia Haven is unique because of its incredible views, spacious land and very well-placed bath. The accommodation is in four ancient-stone bedrooms that surround olive-tree courtyards on the ocean’s edge. The residence works off what the landscape provides, as the water, electricity and warmth are drawn from the land, breeze and sunshine.
Thalia Haven – Between the towns of Orford and Swansea
Is one of these lists complete without glamping? Well, it certainly wouldn’t be complete without Sandridge, because, as they are the first to point out, they are no ordinary glamping experience. When you have exposure to wombats, wallabies, wine, cheese, fairy lights, cute weird little stoves, Bass strait, the Milky Way and 500 acres of private forest to explore, ordinary glamping seems trivial. Glamp Sandridge is an eco-village of eight luxury tents, all of which have a queen-size bed, luxury linen, a fireplace, a bath (in the Bridezilla tent) and on-site bathrooms and toilets.
Glamp Sandridge – 191 Sisters Beach Rd, Boat Harbour TAS 7321
Coastal Pods Wynyard
Unique accommodation is right up the Coastal Pods Wynyard alley. The pods have been upcycled from decommissioned shipping containers and lovingly constructed to provide maximum comfort and energy efficiency, whilst retaining a design nod to the industrial beach foundation of the development. Situated on the banks of the Inglis River in north west Tasmania, the view is beautiful while the pods have everything one needs while on holiday, as well as some little luxuries. These include the central atrium, the glass doors, the private deck area and a reading nook. The pods are a great way to experience something different whilst enjoying beautiful views and proximity to the local town.
Coastal Pods Wynyard – 1 Goldie St Wynyard, Tasmania 7325
Picnic Island, in Freycinet National Park, is the second private island experience on this list, but very different from the first. Situated in Freycinet National Park, Picnic Island is available for different activities throughout different times in the year. These include booking the island exclusively for up to 10 people, hosted retreats focusing on activities such as kayaking, hiking, yoga, art and cooking, and overnight trips to view the penguins and shearwaters. Dolphins, seals and even whales regularly visit, so there’s no doubt you’ll get to know your neighbours quite well. There is nothing like having a whole island to yourself, so what are you waiting for?
Picnic Island – Picnic Island, Freycinet, Coles Bay TAS 7215
Cradle Mountain Highlanders Cottages
Cradle Mountains Highlanders Cottages are family owned and run, offering secluded and self-contained cabins near Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park. Each of the cabins are individually designed and made from Tasmanian timber in a rustic style to complement the natural world they are placed in. The cabins are cosy and either made for two or for a family/small group. The accommodation is obviously made so unique by how close it is to Cradle Mountain, perfect for accessing, appreciating and enjoying the mountain year-round.
Cradle Mountain Highlander Cottages – 3876 Cradle Mountain Rd, Cradle Mountain Tasmania 7306