Hottest places to play and stay
2018 is shaping up to be a brilliant year of new openings and new products in Tasmania - from hotels and retreats to completely new ways to learn about our history and our future.
The Tasmanian Aboriginal (palawa) people's distinctly different culture has evolved in isolation for over 10,000 years. The wukalina Walk is a journey across the larapuna/Bay of Fires area (through wukalina/Mt William National Park) as well as a 'never before' exploration of this unique landscape, culture and history. Tasmanian Aboriginal owned and operated, the Walk offers two nights within the National Park in architecturally designed - culturally inspired huts, and one night in the restored Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage at larapuna. Led by qualified guides and with the chance to spend time with palawa elders and craftspeople, this is a guided walk like no other. The walk opens on 7th January, 2018.
Three Capes Lodge Walk
In September 2018, the Three Capes Lodge Walk opens, taking guests to the edge of the world on a fully guided walking experience along the dramatic Tasman Peninsula. With the Southern Ocean as your constant companion, the 46 kilometre adventure runs over four days and three nights. Starting with a boat voyage, and trekking past dolerite spires and craggy cliffs covering 37,000 years of history, each night is spent in comfortable architecturally designed lodges. As the daily walk draws to a close, the lodge appears offering afternoon tea, a beautiful deck for enjoying a Tasmanian wine under the stars, three course dinners, even restorative bathtubs on the last two nights. Bookings are open now.
Woolnorth Aerial Experience
There's nothing like seeing a region by air to give a true perspective on how spectacular a place really is. The Woolnorth Aerial Experience starts with a scenic flight from Stanley with Osborne Aviation over the iconic Nut, out to the trio of Robbins, Three Hummock and Trefoil islands and onto Woolnorth Station. Once guests are back on terra firma, a personal guide will conduct a behind-the-scenes tour of the Van Diemen's Land Company, Woolnorth Wind Farm's first installation at Bluff Point and a visit to Cape Grim. After the tour, guests will enjoy a three course lunch of local produce such as Cape Grim Beef, Cape Grim Water, Robbins Island Wagyu Beef, Bolduans Bay Oysters, local seafood including crayfish, abalone and calamari, matched with Josef Chromy Wines, all within the historic grounds of Woolnorth.
Pumphouse Point - The Retreat and The Shorehouse Dining Room
Pumphouse Point at Lake St Clair has just extended their wilderness offering with the opening of The Retreat, a private space designed to show off the raw beauty and unpredictability of the lake via some pretty gorgeous designer digs. Built for two, The Retreat features locally crafted furniture, ceramics and bath products and an abundant larder with local produce, wines, craft beers, ciders and spirits. Farmhouse dinners are included, served privately in The Retreat, or at shared tables in The Shorehouse Dining Room. Inviting togetherness, couples can relax to the sound of water gently lapping at the shore, with privacy in spades. There are even two deep tubs for soaking, one of them under the stars. Now that's a spot for quiet contemplation with a glass of Tasmanian sparkling. The Shorehouse has also been extended with a contemporary wing housing the dining room, honesty bar and cellar, and a new menu in partnership with Coal River Farm featuring the best of Tasmanian produce. Bookings are open now.
Freycinet Lodge Retreat
Nine new Coastal Pavilions are set to open at Freycinet Lodge in March 2018, as environmentally sensitive suites, nestled in the Freycinet National Park landscape. Curved glass, warm Tasmanian timbers and beautifully tactile textures will come together to showcase the natural beauty of the site. Outdoor baths on the expansive decks and lounge spaces taking in the framed views will add to the grounded luxury offering. Each stay includes breakfast, local sparking wine, and refreshments on arrival, as well as a cheeky Tasmanian nightcap to send guests into perfect slumber. Later in the year will see the addition of a lift and a gorgeous accessible suite in the main Lodge building, and six new rooms with floor-to-ceiling views of The Hazards mountain range. Bookings are open now.
Launceston Peppers Silo Hotel
After a $25 million development, Launceston's 108-room Peppers Silo Hotel will open in May 2018 under the Mantra Group banner. Peppers Silo Hotel features the repurpose of the Kings Wharf grain silos, first erected in 1960 and will be the first hotel development to open in Launceston since 2010. The history of the soaring 35 metre silos is incorporated into the interior, with historic photographs and artefacts playing a role. 52 rooms will reside in the silo barrels, with a new North Tower built to house 56 more rooms, overlooking the confluence of the North Esk and Tamar Rivers.
Marriott Luxury Collection
Repurposed heritage buildings in Hobart's Parliament Square will be home to a new Marriott International Luxury Collection hotel. Scheduled to open in 2018, the hotel will have 128 gorgeous rooms and suites, with care being taken to restore original features including windows, floorboards and fireplaces. Sydney-based hospitality interior design firm JPDC is on the case - maintaining the Georgian and Art Deco styling throughout and drawing on the the hotel group's exacting standards of what luxury is today. Each Luxury Collection property is an expression of its location - the design-led development's harbourside location will be drawn upon, evident in the use of pared back, natural materials. When it's completed, the Parliament Square area will include generous outdoor space, meticulously designed contemporary architecture seamlessly coming together with heritage buildings and exciting local amenity.
More Tasmanian events and information
For a full and up-to-date listing of Tasmanian events, and information on travelling to Tasmania, visit the Discover Tasmania website.