In Tasmania, forget staying in a regular ol’ hotel. The state is home to all kinds of quirky stays, many of them allowing you to truly experience its stunning nature — without ever having to change out of your PJs or, in some cases, even leave bed.
So, ahead we’ve rounded up some of those places. From an empty, 15m-high shipping container-turned-cabin, to Nordic-style accommodation that lets you experience the Danish ‘hygge’ way of living, these are our picks for the best of Tasmania’s unique accommodation.
CNTNR, Upper Scamander
Located on Tasmania’s East Coast, a two-hour drive from Launceston, CNTNR (pronounced ‘container’) is housed in a once-bare, 15m-high converted shipping container. But don’t be fooled by its humble roots — this accommodation, now called Rivercabin, is luxury. Every corner of its interiors feels like an edgy boutique hotel. Spend an afternoon soaking in its patio tub, taking in the bush surrounds.
The Granary, Richmond Hill
The Granary in Richmond Hill is great for groups, families or even a couple celebrating a special occasion. A commanding sandstone building, a 20-minute drive from Launceston Airport, The Granary is now a three-bedroom accommodation, sleeping up to six. Spend your stay here cooking in a sun-lit kitchen, strolling along the Macquarie River or trying your hand at trout fishing. Pick up food supplies along the way, and you won’t ever have to leave during your stay.
Hunter Huon Valley, Glen Huon
Hunter Huon Valley can be found a 45-minute drive from Hobart, set on 14 hectares of bushland. It comprises three design-forward cabins, each equipped with linen by Cultiver, a wood fireplace and a deep stone composite bath, as well as a kitchen and deck overlooking the untouched nature. Breakfast and your first night of dinner is included in the nightly rate.
Still at Freycinet, Coles Bay
Try the Danish ‘hygge’ way of living at Nordic Retreat-style accommodation Still at Freycinet at Coles Bay. An architecturally stunning property, it features three bedrooms that sleep up to 10 guests, as well as a reading room with a pull-out queen sofa for any extra guests. To make your stay here even more special, book a private chef, yoga class or meditation or pop-up picnic that’ll see someone come setup beach chairs, an umbrella and a food platter.
Provider House, Lenah Valley
A cruisy 15-minute drive from Hobart, three-level Provider House in Lenah Valley blends Japanese design with Australian bushland. Many of the items in the home, like the kitchen knives, frypans, bath salts and home décor ceramics, are available to buy from Provider Store’ online shop. Spend your afternoons here, sitting on the home’s deck, admiring its Zen garden, or soaking in its Ryokan-style tub, listening to the rushing water of its nearby river.
Pumphouse Point, Lake St Clair
Pumphouse Point is an adults-only retreat on a glacial lake, surrounded by century-old myrtle forests, a 2.5-hour drive from both Hobart and Launceston. Arrive by car, helicopter or seaplane. With just 18 rooms across two heritage buildings, you’ll barely see any other guests throughout your stay. Though, the property has communal lounges and honesty bars with wood fires in both buildings should you wish to meet other guests. A stay here is all-inclusive.
Thalia Haven, Little Swanport
Chances are you’ve seen the bathtub of Thalia Haven on Instagram. The standalone tub is set on a deck overlooking Great Oyster Bay. And set on a 53-hectare private peninsula, you can soak in the tub in complete privacy. The accommodation here is set in four ancient-stone bedrooms that sleep up to eight, surrounded by olive tree courtyards. Relax on the property or take an easy day trip to Wineglass Bay, Freycinet, Douglas-Apsley or Maria Island.