All change on the Apple Isle

Tasmania’s tourism boom continues at a fast pace, travel editor Winsor Dobbin reports. 

We are only a few months into 2018 and Tasmanian tourism operators continue to unveil new bush retreats, luxury hotels and gourmet experiences.

The Freycinet Peninsula is one of Tasmania’s most spectacular regions – and now visitors can enjoy a new bush experience with the opening of the Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge.

The nine pavilions provide an environmentally sensitive and architecturally innovative accommodation offering designed by a consultancy team led by well-known Tasmanian tourism developer Brett Torossi. The retreats are dotted along the coastline of Great Oyster Bay.

The use of curved glass, Tasmanian timbers and tactile finishes adds to the immersive experience.

Each pavilion was built mainly off-site, with the components transported into the Freycinet National Park and custom-fitted to the landscape. Outdoor baths on the deck and separate lounge spaces, both taking in the view, will enhance the guest experience.

Each of the nine pavilions has its own unique character. Some sit overlooking the waters of Great Oyster Bay, while others nestle gently within the bush, with filtered coastal views. The works of local artists, commissioned especially for this project and inspired by the nature of the peninsula, are featured on the walls of the bedroom and lounge.

Locally made furnishings have also been purpose-built to reflect the surrounding natural elements.

The baths are embedded outside on the deck, overlooking the natural surrounds – the perfect place to relax after a day of exploring the local bushland, mountains and beaches. And the cleverly designed showers also take in the view, while maintaining guest privacy.

Taking it to the next level will be some added gourmet goodies, such as a bottle of Tasmanian wine and house-baked treats on arrival; a nightcap and chocolates waiting in your pavilion after dinner; and the option of a continental breakfast hamper.

For those looking for a night of romance there is a choice of three Tasmanian-themed dinner platters that can be delivered to pavilions.

Prices start from $549 per night. See,accommodation_viewItem_51-en.html 

A new, premium Tasmanian gourmet touring experience combining the best of Hobart and Bruny Island is set to be launched over the next few weeks.

Feast and Fossick Tasmania has been developed by Bruny Island Adventure Bay Retreat owner and operator, Jan Glover.

“Hobart and Bruny Island offer some of the best, and most accessible, food experiences, landscapes, and adventures in Tasmania,” Glover said. “We wanted to share those amazing experiences with our guests – from a local’s perspective.

“We’ve designed the Hobart and Bruny Fossick to introduce people to gourmet experiences that they might not normally encounter. Both tours have a focus on our beautiful local premium food and produce, our talented artisan producers and Tasmania’s incredible wilderness.”

The Hobart Fossick and Bruny Fossick are personally guided, small group experiences for up to 12 guests. Each tour features two days of delicious discoveries – including personally guided introductions to the best local gourmet experiences in Hobart and on Bruny Island, and include adventure experiences such as sea kayaking and wilderness cruising.

Guests can choose to do the Hobart Fossick and Bruny Fossick separately, or combine both tours for an indulgent four-day escape.

The tours also allow time for guests to explore and wander at their own pace. And each night is a lesson in luxury, with accommodation at Macq 01 – Hobart’s new waterfront hotel – and the private Adventure Bay Retreat on Bruny Island

Feast and Fossick’s first tour departures are scheduled for June 2018. For full details see

Launceston, meanwhile, is about to get a new luxury hotel with the opening of The Peppers Silo Hotel, which will open its doors over the next few weeks.

The 108-room hotel is a $25 million redevelopment of the northern city’s landmark Kings Wharf grain silos.

The 10-storey development will have 52 rooms in the barrels of the former silo and overlooks the tourist draw cards of Seaport, Royal Park, the Tamar River Basin and Cataract Gorge.

Chef Massimo Mele, recently returned to Tasmania from Sydney, will oversee the culinary offerings. Prices start from $199.


Winsor Dobbin