Although our recent trip to Tasmania wasn't our first, we've fallen in love with the island all over again. Tasmania represents a mini-Australia for us, offering the amazing range of landscapes found in Australia all within its coasts, not to mention the thriving art and design scene.
The pristine waters, the local produce and the friendly islanders make the place worth returning to again and again. We're already planning our next trip so here are some of the gorgeous places we stayed at during this trip, and a few we intend on booking for our next sojourn.
Arthouse Salamanca effortlessly balances high-end style with a welcoming mish-mash of art and objects that makes you feel like you're in a special space while still right at home, making it the perfect base from which to discover Hobart and the bustling Salamanca district just down the road.
All the design details are beautifully thought-out and make for a memorable experience, such as the cave-like archaeological room for hunkering down and watching dvds, the large bath and integrated cabinetry within the bedroom, and the beautiful open lounge that showcases the original convict stonework. We could easily live here.
Bruny island is an isolated place about an hour's drive from Hobart and one of our favourite places to visit for the day. The only access is via ferry and it can take a little longer than the last ferry time to really get a feel for the island. We haven't stayed overnight yet, but when we do it'll be at Bruny Shore.
Designed by Beachhouse Architecture, this beautiful treehouse-like structure is sympathetic to its surroundings and capitalises on the real draw of the place - the view. We have this place earmarked for our next trip.
The Bay of Fires is one of the most striking landscapes in Tasmania and its the perfect accompaniment to the vineyards in the area which happen to be some of the best on the island. When we visit this beautiful end of the world we love staying at the Arthouse Bay of Fires.
Owned by Arthouse Salamanca owner Genevieve, her quirky yet luxe style runs through both properties to create beautiful, effortless spaces that feel worldly and chic while letting you feel completely at home. Pick up a bottle of Arras blanc de blanc to share with someone on the terrace.
Hatherley Birrell Collection in Launceston is an unique space where architecture, art and luxury overlap to create beautiful spaces connected by great design. Several different accommodation options sit alongside an architecture and design studio, beautiful park, and residential home. It's a veritable compound of fabulous design.
Our favourite spaces on the site are the two pavilions with private outdoor baths but the whole complex is a giant exercise in working with heritage as the different rooms and communal spaces flow easily from one to the other while integrating and maintaining the beautiful original building into the overall design. Impressive.
It's impossible to think of Tasmania without thinking of the Museum of New and Old Art - MONA. It's one of our favourite museums in the world, has its own winery, beer brewery and upscale restaurant, and its own collection of gorgeous pavilions.
Each pavilion is designed by Fender Katsalidis architects and has its own theme based on a prominent Australian artist or architect such as Brett Whiteley and Esmond Dorney. The finishes are immaculate and each structure possesses the bespoke individuality that defines the rest of MONA owner David Walsh's visions. Superb.