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Tassie's 14 Most Scenic Hotels

Pumphouse Point DO NOT USE
Freycinet Lodge DO NOT USE
Saffire DO NOT USE
Edge of the Bay DO NOT USE
Henry Jones DO NOT USE
Cradle Mountain Lodge DO NOT USE
Pedder Wilderness Lodge DO NOT USE
Lodge of Tarraleah DO NOT USE
Country Club Tasmania DO NOT USE
Stewarts Bay Lodge DO NOT USE
Mountain Seas DO NOT USE
Eagles Nest DO NOT USE
Bay of Fires DO NOT USE
Harpers on the Beach DO NOT USE

Tassie's 14 Most Scenic Hotels

story by: Tom Ricketts

1. PUMPHOUSE POINT
Perhaps the most spectacular setting in Tasmania belongs to Pumphouse Point, an old pumping station suspended on the end of a wharf in the middle of Lake St Clair. Built in 1940, the five storey pumphouse transferred water from Lake St Clair to nearby St Clair Lagoon as part of Tasmania’s hydro system. Mothballed in the 90’s, the pumphouse stood empty until early 2015 when it was converted into 18 pretty pumping awesome rooms.


2. FREYCINET LODGE
On the east coast of Tasmania on a narrow peninsula jutting out into the Tasman Sea is Freycinet National Park, known for its rugged mountains, crystal clear waters and pristine white sandy beaches. Wedged between the Hazards Range and the beach on Great Oyster Bay is Freycinet Lodge, an award winning eco lodge. Specially designed wooden cabins are dotted throughout a natural setting, some with spas, perfect for relaxing in after a day out hiking in the park.


3. SAFFIRE
Just across Great Oyster Bay is Saffire, a super luxury lodge. Designed to reflect its surroundings, the impressive building is an architectural triumph. Inside, the rooms are equipped with modern, stylish furniture with all the mod cons, and most importantly, amazing views. Your tariff includes gourmet breakfasts, lunches and dinners daily; and of course, there’s an extensive wine cellar. Spend your days out on a tailored sightseeing experience, or relaxing in the day spa.


4. EDGE OF THE BAY RESORT
Also located on Great Oyster Bay, but offering much more reasonably priced rooms than Saffire, is Edge of the Bay Resort. The self contained suites are simple, but modern and comfy. Even though the rooms come with kitchens, there’s a popular restaurant onsite, plus plenty of recreation facilities​; if you can pull yourself away from the view.


5. HENRY JONES ART HOTEL
Hobart’s premier hotel is located right on the harbourfront in a series of beautifully preserved historic buildings and warehouses. The hotel has the distinction of being Australia’s first ‘art hotel’, and has over 500 pieces of art displayed throughout the premises, most of which are available to purchase.


6. PEPPERS CRADLE MOUNTAIN LODGE
One of Tasmania’s iconic hotels, the Cradle Mountain Lodge has a beautiful location in the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. Surrounding the lodge are miles and miles of walking tracks with staggeringly beautiful scenes at every turn. The rooms come with a fireplace which is especially good in winter when the region is dusted in snow.


7. PEDDER WILDERNESS LODGE
This is pretty much as far away from civilisation that you can get in Tasmania, over 100 kilometres to the west of the main drag and smack bang in the centre of the World Heritage listed Tasmanian Wilderness. Pedder Wilderness Lodge only offers standard motel style accommodation, but more than makes up for that with absolutely superb lake views.


8. THE LODGE AT TARRALEAH
The Lodge is a distinctly Art Deco style building, built of course, in the 1930’s. It was originally built for hydro engineers who were controversially building dams everywhere in Tassie at the time. When they got shut down, the building became abandoned. The building was restored in 2006 and is now home to a mere nine suites which are dwarfed by the number of public rooms available including a grand lounge with fireplace, library, and an amazing cliff top spa.


9. COUNTRY CLUB TASMANIA
There’s not just one golf course at the Country Club Tasmania, there’s three! Set over 300 acres, these courses are considered the finest on the island. The club also offers not just one style of accommodation, but two. Pick from the fully serviced hotel style rooms at the resort, or your own one, two or three bedroom private villa. All of this is only a ten minute drive from Tasmania’s second city, Launceston.


10. STEWARTS BAY LODGE
Perched in a bushlike setting overlooking the azure blue waters around the Tasman Peninsula is Stewarts Bay Lodge. The modern, well furnished cabins have magnificent views through the trees to the ocean, and super large balconies to enjoy it from. The perfect place to chill with some wine and cheese after a day walking the nearby ruins of Port Arthur. Or maybe take in the view from your spa?


11. MOUNTAIN SEAS ARTS AND WILDERNESS RETREATS
This unassuming little B&B is located adjacent to 40,000 acres of national park on Flinders Island, a remote, windswept island with staggering natural beauty in the middle of Bass Strait. Owners David and Lila host regular art and wellness retreats at the property, and it’s a great place to spot local wildlife such as wombats.


12. EAGLES NEST RETREAT
From the very first glance you will immediately see the main design feature of this property, oversized two story windows arc up at one end affording glorious views of dramatic Mount Roland. The three rooms each have their own quirky design with fireplaces, huge standalone baths and a spa bath being features. All are self contained and designed for longer stays.


13. BAY OF FIRES LODGE AND FORESTER BEACH CAMP
These exclusive spots are only available to guests doing the four day Bay of Fires Walk. You’ll discover unique flora and fauna, wander along deserted white sand beaches, and kayak the calm waters of the Ansons River. The Forester Beach Camp is permanent tent style accommodation right on the beach, only separated from the wild ocean by a single sand dune that also keeps the wind at bay. And at Bay of Fires Lodge, your timber and glass pavilion opens out onto a large balcony jutting out 40 metres above the idyllic coastline below. Two truly unique spots.


14. HARPERS ON THE BEACH
This cute wee B&B is reminiscent of your typical Kiwi bach and sits right on its own deserted white sand beach, just ten minutes from Port Arthur. Each of the three rooms have their own private balcony with views out over the ocean.

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