Tasmania has an abundance of historic and enchanting cabins and cottages. Here are 10 cosy places to stay in Tasmania.
1-Three Capes Track Cabins
Tasmania’s Three Capes Track is a 46km walk that will take your breath away. Starting and ending at World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site, the four-day walk offers panoramic views of some of Tasmania’s best scenery.
Part of the experience of the Three Capes Track is each night you’ll sleep in a communal cabin, where you’ll get the chance to make new friends around the dining table. Cabins have been thoughtfully designed to reduce the impact on the environment.
Initiatives include facilities to collect rainwater for drinking, cooking and hand washing to windows that slope downwards to avoid the risk of bird strike. Communal areas are equipped with gas cooktops and pellet heaters that utilise waste timber.
Combine the walk with Pennicott Wilderness Journeys Tasman Island Cruise for an unforgettable experience.
2-Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse
A boutique hostel that is an easy walk to the city, Battery Point and Salamanca, Montacute Boutique Bunkhouse is housed in a beautifully renovated 1895 property.
The family run hostel has a home-away-from-home feel. Antony and Rose live on site with Antony’s 10-year-old daughter, Eve, and a menagerie of furry friends (miniature Australian Bulldogs, Lily and Tuxi, and fluffy Tortoiseshell cat).
The hostel has queen rooms, two-bed bunkrooms and shared four-bed bunkrooms. And you simply can’t fault the location. Battery Point is packed with top-notch eateries, such as Jackman & McRoss and the Jam Jar Lounge.
It’s a short walk to the Salamanca Markets, which you shouldn’t miss if you happen to be visiting Hobart on a Saturday. Another fun way to explore Hobart while staying here is to hire a bike from the hostel and cycle to the local galleries and museums.
3-Hurlfield Farm Cottage
This is a treasure for those looking for accommodation in northern Tasmania. Over 100 years old, Hurlfield Farm Cottage is a short drive from the township of Sheffield. Situated on a family farm, there are animals to interact with and daily farm activities.
Attractions nearby include Tasmazia, Trowunna Wildlife Park, Mole Creek Caves and Lake Barrington. Food lovers are covered, with Anvers Chocolate, Ashgrove Cheese and other favourite north west treats nearby.
Hit the road for the ultimate foodie adventure along the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail.
4-Fonthill Log Cabin
In Tasmania’s midlands, a 20-minute drive from Oatlands, Fonthill Log Cabin is a restored 1830’s log cabin with four-bedrooms, a modern kitchen, bathroom and fireplaces.
Situated on the grounds of Fonthill Homestead, one of Tasmania’s finest merino sheep properties, guests have the opportunity to see farm activities like shearing and lambing.
Other things to do while staying here include bushwalking and there’s plenty of wildlife to interact with such as Tasmanian Devils, quolls, wedge-tailed eagles and kangaroos.
Oatlands, one of Tasmania’s oldest settlements, has an impressive collection of 150 sandstone buildings including a Court House built by convicts in 1829.
Within the heart of Hobart, Corinda’s Cottages was where convicts were sent to look after a vegetable garden. Since then a series of buildings were erected in the typical Victorian style of the time: the Coach House, Servant’s Quarters and Gardener’s Cottage.
Winning a National Trust Preservation award for the restoration of Corinda, owners Matthew Ryan and Wilmar Bouman have restored the property and its gardens.
These days, it’s a lovely spot to enjoy convict-style accommodation with modern-day amenities. The garden has colour co-ordinated flowers beds, English Box Topiary and native animals roaming around.
Explore the heart of Hobart while staying in this quaint self-contained cottage. Crescentfield Cottage is one of Hobart’s landmark heritage-listed homes.
The 1880’s sandstone cottage is located in a area once known as “Crescent Fields” and was one of the first homes with orchards and market gardens. Produce from these gardens supplied a fast-growing Hobart town.
The cottage is not far from the Farm Gate Market, which is delightful to explore on a Sunday on Bathurst Street. The market offers organically grown produce and homemade goods.
Crescentfield Cottage sleeps up to eight and is a good choice for families or groups of friends. It has Wi-Fi and other mod cons, such as electric blankets, laundry, cots and high chairs.
For a fabulous meal while staying here head to the Roaring Grill, where you can dine on Cape Grim beef and lamb, Wagyu beef from Robbins Island and seafood from Bruny Island.
Watch sheep shearing and farm dogs rounding up sheep and learn about best-farming practices. There are four cottages on the 300ha property. Farm tours are available and the farm is open daily for travellers from September to April, from 10am to 4pm.
8-Darlington Probation Station Cottages
Travel to Maria Island and discover Darlington Probation Station, which was once another of Tasmania’s convict settlements. The buildings protected within the site are considered today some of the best architectural examples of early European settlement.
At its peak, Darlington had 492 convict prisoners.
Today you can sleep in the 1830s convict Penitentiary, prepare your meals in the Mess hall and hike along one of the many convict roads.
Maria Island is a National Park with wombats, Cape Barren geese and kangaroos for company.
9-Keefer’s Cottage, Swansea
Looking for somewhere to stay while exploring Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay?
Keefer’s Cottage, which dates back to 1850, is a stone cottage with a fireplace, double spa and private gardens. It’s the perfect couple’s accommodation for a night or two half way between Hobart and Launceston.
There are secluded beaches, the historic town of Swansea, fishing and nature to discover.
A cottage designed for wellbeing of mind, body and soul, Harmony Hill Wellness and Organic Spa Retreat in Margate, is south of Hobart.
The two-storey cottage has views of the river and mountains, a deck and spa enclosed in a glassed sun room.
The eco-friendly accommodation retreat uses certified organic Harmony Harvest spa products created in Tasmania. It is solar heated and recycles its waste water, adding to Tasmania being Australia’s most eco-friendly estate.
It’s a lovely spot to be spoilt, rewind, rejuvenate and relax.