Perched atop a nine-storey office tower overlooking Hobart’s Salamanca Wharf is this: the newly-opened Avalon City Retreat. But it’s more than just your standard penthouse – please, this is a fully self-contained omnipod; a modular design that can be lifted and relocated to, well, anywhere. Not that there’s anything portable-looking about the interior. Two king-sized bedrooms with custom-made beds, ensuite bathrooms and a fully-stocked kitchen (we mean fully – with everything from wines and whiskies to seriously gourmet pre-made dinners if you don’t feel like venturing out). And while the art collection has been thoughtfully curated, and the complimentary champagne...
The design of Hobart’s newest hotel draws inspiration from the icy region of Antarctica, but does Stephanie Williams encounter a warm reception? Here’s something you probably didn't know about Hobart: it’s full of adventurers. And not the ‘weekend warrior’ kind who boast about that one walking trip they took years ago – the real deal. Hobart is the last port of call before the freezing waters hit, so it’s also the last port of call for the extremists who study and play in them. In fact, this city boasts the largest concentration of Southern Ocean and Antarctic scientists in the world. So...
Hotel hideaway for the landed gentry Villa Howden, Hobart, Tas With bubbles on arrival, antique furnishings, self-playing pianos and manicured gardens with croquet sets, Villa Howden is no ordinary boutique stay. “I wanted to buy everything in my room. Loved it!” says Rowntree, scoring it 10. Prev<<<< Milk Beach, Sydney, NSW Next >>>> Bouddi National Park, NSW Villa Howden...
We countdown the ultimate Australian destinations where you can really unwind and indulge - #1 In Australia? Saffire Freycinet, Coles Bay, Tasmania WHAT TO EXPECT Still the new kid on the luxury lodge block, Saffire opened in June 2010. Since then, it’s the place everyone’s talking about – even Southern Ocean Lodge, the stunning Kangaroo Island resort to which Saffire can most closely be compared, hasn’t been lauded to quite the same degree as this by our readership. So I felt compelled to check Saffire out and see why it’s getting such great word-of-mouth. The first thing you’ll notice about...
Small luxury hotels are The Thing in Hobart, and throughout Tasmania for that matter. Here are five of the best: 1 MONA Pavilions: Cutting-edge self-contained villas at Moorilla Estate. 655 Main Rd, Berridale, Hobart. (03) 6277 9900; www.moorilla.com.au/pavillions. 2 The Henry Jones Art Hotel: A waterfront haven that’s the favoured hang-out for cashed-up hipsters. 25 Hunter St, Hobart. (03) 6210 7700; www.thehenryjones.com. 3 D’Entrecasteaux: A luxe traditional French provincial-inspired chateau, which is 15 minutes outside of Hobart in Howden. Currently closed for renovations, it is due to re-open in March. 77 Howden Rd, Howden. (03) 6267 1161; www.dentrecasteaux.com.au. 4 The Islington: A...
Saffire on Tasmania’s Freycinet Peninsula is a masterpiece in Australian Luxury Lodges. Like any masterpiece it’s the sum of the parts that delivers an extraordinary experience. The AT Verdict Just six weeks old Saffire is already a top three Australian Lodge experience, expect it to be on on par with the leader Southern Ocean Lodge in 12 months. Surprisingly for a luxury lodge, the pictures don’t do it justice. It’s a strange quirk that $32 million worth of inspired design cannot be accurately captured by camera. It’s not the camera’s fault, Saffire and its surrounds, the inspiring and photogenic Hazard...
Experience No.072 in Australian Traveller Magazine's 100 Greatest Australian Gourmet Experiences. Australian crayfish is considered some of the world’s best. And the King of Crayfish is considered the Southern Crayfish. Fishing for these monsters is a big part of the Tasmanian economy, as they thrive in the pure waters of the Tasmanian coastline. The world’s largest freshwater crayfish (Astacopsis gouldi) is an endangered species found in Tasmania. It can weigh in excess of 5kg. The beautiful and award-winning Henry Jones Art Hotel at the Hobart waterfront has developed a gourmet experience to sample these wonderful crays and get a feel...
The best in Hobart hotel accommodation, dining, conference facilities, music & casino entertainment for business & holiday travel in Tasmania. Wrest Point A spectacular location on the sparkling River Derwent, first-class award-winning accommodation, exceptional dining options and a range of entertainment – Wrest Point is a destination in its own right and the perfect choice for a memorable stay in Hobart. 1800 030 611 www.wrestpoint.com.au
One Of Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes Built in the 1890s and overlooking the Hobart CBD and Derwent River, Kinvara House is an example of a superbly tasteful, modern restoration. Surrounded by pretty gardens, the stately fully self-contained home has four bedrooms and sleeps up to ten in grand comfort. A cute table setting on a private sundeck is the perfect spot to devour your provided gourmet breakfast provisions, or of course the bustling docks and café scene of Salamanca Place are only a short stroll away. From the polished floorboards to the deep claw-foot bath to...
Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes Sitting on land that was once a convict-run vegetable garden in one of the oldest and quaintest areas of Hobart are three historical and National Trust-classified cottages, surrounded by lovingly tended gardens. Originally serving as servant’s quarters, gardener’s house and coach house to the residence of a local wealthy timber merchant (who later became mayor), Corinda’s Cottages have been immaculately restored, delightfully decorated and today serve as three intimate and fully self-contained holiday homes. The property is also famously the second home of a local family of gorgeous fantail doves, who are...
Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes A classic pastoral homestead set amid restful rolling hills, orchards and fields of cattle, Villa Talia is in southern Tasmania’s Huon Valley, just 600m from the banks of the Huon River. The house is gracious and simple in design, blending beautifully with its tranquil surrounds. From the wrap-around verandah there are views to the south of the Hartz Mountains and the southwest wilderness, with the Sleeping Beauty mountain range visible to the north. Inside, the villa is tastefully decorated in a contemporary international style, with French and Italian furnishings. French doors open...
Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes This incredibly cute property just over an hour south of Hobart is called The Peninsula for a very good reason: it’s set on your very own private peninsula, known to locals as “Blubber Head”, but identified on any map as Esperance Point. The 200-acre property has views over the D’Entrecasteaux Channel and Port Esperance Bay, as well as to the Huon River, Bruny Island and the distant Hartz mountain range. The lodge itself is a stunningly restored early 1900s farmhouse, and any impressions you gain from the outside as to its modest...
Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes A lovingly restored shipwright’s cottage on the outskirts of the pretty rural/port town of Cygnet around 60km south of Hobart, Fair Light Tasmania is all about lazy days spent in charming, unfussy, scenic splendour. A dozen boats bob just offshore, idly viewed from the wicker chairs on your front verandah. Close-cropped lawns envelop the three-bedroom heritage home of stone and wood. Furniture carved from Tasmanian timber invites you to spend a while in front of the open fire. Local artworks hang throughout. A deep bath is on hand for immediate soaking relief...
Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes Sitting on land adjacent to the Wielangta Forest, a landscape once ravaged by over-felling of trees and still the centre of ongoing conservation efforts of Senator Bob Brown and others, this three-level, three-bedroom property is a 40-acre, eco-friendly holiday house constructed predominately of recycled polished timber. Its high arched ceilings are more reminiscent of a cathedral than an ordinary bush hut and heating during winter is via an old-fashioned woodfired stove. The property is a member of the Tasmanian Land for Wildlife scheme and inside its borders runs an array of wildlife...
Justin Wastnage puts his eternal soul at risk with a weekend stay in Hobart’s quirkiest hotel, Pendragon Hall – a deconsecrated church with beds for pews, pillows for pulpits, and perhaps the world’s only ensuite confessional-cum-water closet . . . Heaven on Earth Waking up with visions of Jesus and his disciples is something either to be cherished or psychoanalysed, depending on your faith. Waking up with a Technicolor Jesus projected from behind your head onto a wall some 50m away with the entire room bathed in celestial blue is something quite different indeed. If that’s not weird enough, try gazing...
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