A home of stone, steel or ancient rainforest timbers, the cottages around Tasmania are immensely appealing to travellers who want to soak up the history and natural surroundings of Australia’s southernmost state. So snuggle up in front of the fireplace in one of these 10 cosy coast and country cottages.
1-Westbury Gingerbread Cottages
A short drive west from Launceston, Westbury Gingerbread Cottages oozes old-world charm.
Decorated with period furniture and memorabilia, these five cottages are themed along the lines of the original colonial cottages of the 1850’s. You can choose from the Gingerbread Cottage, Old Bakehouse, Corner Cottage, Servant’s Quarters and Apple Tree Cottage.
Cottages have kitchens and breakfast provisions can be arranged. Accommodation ranges from one to three bedrooms. Some have spa baths.
The Great Western Tiers is a protected World Heritage Area with waterfalls, lakes, walking and driving trails. There are wineries, museums, restored colonial buildings and antique shops. The region also has excellent farm gates offering tastings from cheese to raspberries and honey.
2-Catherine Lodge Farm Gate
Discover the heart of southern Tasmania at the Catherine Lodge Farm Gate Cottages, home of the Eaton family since 1985. There are two cottages and a cherry orchard on this charming property on South Arm Peninsula.
Catherine Lodge is located in a picturesque area between the beach and rolling green farmland. It’s even prettier when the cherry trees flower and the landscape is dappled in gorgeous tones of pastel pinks.
Each cottage can house up to six people, has a self-contained kitchen and a wood heater (firewood provided). The setting is just perfect for curling up on a comfortable lounge.
While in the region, explore the wild Southern Ocean. The bays around the area have intriguing names like Storm Bay, Frederick Henry Bay, Pipeclay Lagoon and Ralphs Bay.
It’s also a popular area for sailing and golfing. The nine-hole South Arm Golf Course is nearby and serious golfers are only a 20-minute drive from Hobart’s golfing greens.
3-Corinna Wilderness Experience
Located at the southern end of the Tarkine, in northern Tasmania, Corinna was originally a historic mining town. It’s a remote and beautiful part of the world. The Corinna Wilderness Experiences offers visitors an intimate back to nature escape. This exquisite region of Tasmania has dense forests and windswept beaches. There are several accommodation options at Corinna, including the Roadman’s cottage and the pub (which offers guest house accommodation).
Located on the banks of the Macquarie River, Somercotes is worthy of a night’s rest when on your journey from Hobart to Launceston. You can stay in an original stone cottage that has been modernised.
Tasmania’s famous lake region is a Mecca for trout fishing, bush walking and bird watching (commonly seen are hawks, wattle birds and green rosellas). It’s also worth popping into the Tasmanian Wool Centre in Ross, which is one of the state’s best heritage villages.
5-Tin Dragon Trail Cottages
A stay at Tin Dragon Trail Cottages in the Ringarooma Valley will have you unwinding in Tasmania’s stunning countryside, with farm animals at your back door.
Breakfast on fresh eggs, courtesy of the local hens, while in the evenings you can watch the resident pademelons and possums come out to play.
6-Giant’s Table and Cottages
There are seven self-contained cottages, including three with spas and a restaurant.
The farmyard has a menagerie of animals including chickens, quails, calves, sheep and ponies. Look closely in the creek early in the morning or late in the afternoon and you might even spot a platypus!
The cottages are a 10-minute drive from Mount Field National Park, where Russell Falls is an enchanting spot. It’s also close to the entrance to the Styx Valley of the Giants, which the cottages are named after.
The sleepy town of Dover in southern Tasmania is a tranquil spot to escape from the city and Driftwood Cottages is a charming place to base yourself while exploring the Huon Valley and southern Tasmania.
Hastings Caves is definitely worth visiting and Ida Bay Railway is a 14km train ride and Australia’s southern-most railway. The train is powered by a World War II locomotive and the trip travels through the forest to Deep Hole.
Escape to Stanley, a seaside village in Tasmania’s North West and stay in one of three Touchwood Cottages. Each cottage is stylishly decorated with memorabilia and there’s a café, gallery and gift shop. The gallery has displays of wood, pottery, glass and pewter art work.
9-Pelican Point Sanctuary
Located in St Helens in north east Tasmania, Pelican Point Sanctuary is a hidden treasure for wildlife lovers. There are two- and three-bedroom cottages with cute names like Blue Wren cottage. Pelican Point Wetlands Retreat is on the river. It has a golf course, veggie patch with resident chooks. The ambience offers a chance to relax and unwind.
10-Alice’s Cottages and Spa Hideaways
Not far from Launceston is the wickedly wonderful Alice’s Cottages. Themed cottages include the English, Scottish, Irish, Welsh, Camelot and Boudoir Cottages. Each cottage is furnished with antiques and decorated to suit the theme.
Danielle Lancaster travelled to Tasmania as a guest of Tourism Tasmania