Luxury Travel to Tasmania
The island of Tasmania lies of the southern coast of Australia, the state encompassing the central island as well as 334 smaller landmasses that surround it. It is widely known for its vast expanses of unspoiled wilderness, diverse landscapes that range from rugged mountains and highland lakes to rainforests, cascading waterfalls and a dramatic coastline.
Over one third of the state is national park, reserve or world heritage protected wilderness, areas that host fascinating endemic species, most famously the Tasmanian devil, and experiences that draw outdoor enthusiasts from far and wide. Whether hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, wild swimming, sailing or fishing, if you are after an Australian adventure, Tasmania is the place to be.
There’s also a vibrant culture and rich heritage to discover. The city of Hobart, Tasmania’s state capital, was founded in 1804, and is a place where the old meets the new. Victorian portside warehouses and historic gardens are mixed with cutting edge restaurants, galleries and cafes, Australia’s oldest brewery contrasting with ultra-modern wineries, a vibe encapsulated at the incredible MONA (Museum of Old and New Art). Mingle with the locals at the weekly Salamanca Market where you’ll find fine local produce, artisan crafts and antiques.
Places to stay here reflect this diversity and include some of the finest luxury lodges in the country, often in sublime locations, and a handful of super hip art hotels, with something to suit all inclinations.
When to go
Summer, from December to February, is the best time to visit Tasmania, with warm weather and plenty of outdoor activities. Autumn and spring are a cooler, with spring a little wetter, and winter, from June to August, is cool and can see snowfall.
What to do
- Explore the beautiful national parks
- Hike to the summit of Mount Wellington
- Visit the picturesque Bay of Fires
- Check out the MONA (Museum of Old and New Art)
- Pick up some crafts and local produce at the Salamanca Market
Itineraries including Tasmania
Accommodation in Tasmania
Here are some of our travel designers' favourite options
Saffire FreycinetDesigned to embrace its stunning surroundings, Saffire is a natural treasure tucked away on Tasmania’s undisturbed shores. Located on what was once a caravan park site, a great deal of time has been spent revegetating the site with 30,000 native plants to encourage a return to its natural form. This boutique lodge has been showered in praise since opening in 2010. Its unique stingray-shaped design was carefully crafted to blend into the surrounding environment while creating a modern and ultra-luxe getaway. Its 20 luxury suites boast unadulterated views across Great Oyster Bay to the Hazards Mountain Range, all from the comfort of absolute luxury. The décor throughout is warm and earthy and the premium suites have spacious living areas, a private kitchen and dining room where the chef can come and cook for you. They also have private courtyard plunge pools. Saffire has an emphasis on supporting the local environment and uses local, seasonal and organic produce in the restaurant that is grown in the chef’s garden. The lodge also works with the Save the Tasmanian Devil program, set up in response to the decline of more than 80 percent of the native marsupials due to an infectious cancer. In a one-hectare, free-range devil enclosure, Saffire provides mature devils with a safe environment and also gives guests the rare opportunity to see the devils in a natural habitat. As well as learning about conservation efforts in the region, Saffire guests can indulge in a multitude of complimentary experiences, from visiting a working oyster farm to sample Pacific oysters and regional wines to guided vineyard tours, canoeing, bird watching or nature walks. If that all sounds a bit much, then you can always just head to the state-of-the-art spa for the ultimate pampering.