Australian Traveller Magazine’s 100 Great Australian Holiday Homes This airy construct of glass and steel on an ocean-fronted hilltop along the wild and woolly Freycinet Peninsula won Hobart-based architect Craig Rosevear twin awards in 2005. The Royal Australian Institute of Architects jury of the time called it a perfect balance between land and sea, ground and sky.

Overlooking Great Oyster Bay, three-bedroom Avalon is comfortable for two couples – three at a stretch – and is full of delights, from gourmet provisions for a high-class BBQ to fascinating locally made sculptures and paintings. Freycinet National Park is your playground here, with wildlife observation tours and lonely beaches yours to explore.

Details // Rocky Hills, Swansea, Tas. From $770 per night. www.avaloncoastalretreat.com.au, 1300 361 136.

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