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Things generally happen a bit differently in Tasmania…so why bed down in an identikit chain motel?

Your accommodation here might be a few nights in a former convict gaol, a barracks, a power station or even an art gallery. And whatever the skies throw at you, the welcome will be warm. Around the state, here are 10 uniquely Tasmanian stays.

An aerial photograph of Pumphouse Point.

Pump it up: Pumphouse Point

Visible for miles across the serene waters of Lake St Clair, this 1930s pumping station is now a matchless wilderness retreat. Pack a picnic from the well-stocked larder, drink from the honesty bar and make friends with other guests around the communal dinner table. Then relax by a roaring fire with a good book and a dram of local whisky.

A large cream painted building stands at the end of a long pier.
Pumphouse Point
Stu Gibson
Nightfall shot of The Retreat in Pumphouse Point. Surrounded by tall trees and the view of the cabin's glowing light shining through the darkness.
The Retreat, Pumphouse Point
Adam Gibson

Keeping secrets: the Keep

Like a Scottish castle, high on the Blue Tier with 360-degree views from Flinders Island to Pyenganathe Keep is like your own private kingdom. A stay here is as comfortable as it is isolated, indulging in French Champagne, luxuriating in the outdoor granite bath, or losing track of time exploring private wilderness, as far as the eye can see.

A couple relax with champagne in a hot outdoor bath at the Keep, perched upon a 650 metre rocky pinnacle overlooking Tasmania’s North east.
The Keep, north-east Tasmania
Aaron Jones

Wild west: Corinna Wilderness Village

Misty forests, remote waterways and rumours of thylacines… Canoes scudding across a river to a mysterious staircase... On the edge of the takayna / Tarkine rainforest in Tasmania’s west, little Corinna is alive with stories and far-flung atmosphere. Stay in a restored miner’s cottage, pull up a stool at the historic pub and feast on gourmet food in the restaurant.

Group of four sit outside one of the Corinna huts, amongst dense bushland.
Corinna Wilderness Village
Jason Charles Hill
Stunning image of a kayaker on the Pieman River, paddling along side dense, lush green forest.
Kayaking on the Pieman River
Jess Bonde

Night at the museum: Mona Pavilions

On a private peninsula 11km north of downtown Hobart, these architecturally designed apartments are a masterpiece of wood, steel, glass and stone. Expect furnishings by the likes of Ron Arad and Philippe Stark, and walls hung with original artworks from Mona, the Museum of Old and New Art, next door. Free Mona pass included...but with a fridge stocked with local wines, you may never leave your room.

Interior of a bedroom with a bed, orange sofa and water views at Walter Pavilion, MONA Pavilions.
MONA Pavilions, Walter Pavilion
Mona and Jesse Hunniford

Bank on it: Secret Bank Society

The simple 1939 art-deco exterior of Ringarooma’s former bank, 90min east of Launceston, belies a treasure trove of art, antiques and other ephemera. It’s cosy, too: pull up an armchair by the fire and pour a glass of local pinot noir. Then it’s time for a hot bath and a long winter night spent cocooned in French linen.

Last orders: Ship Inn

On a windblown corner on the edge of the map, Stanley’s historic Ship Inn (1849) is abuzz with stories of merchant sailors, shipwrecks, English gentry and sea-salty travellers. Listen to the walls talk. You’ll also love the yoga studio and gym, plus a smorgasbord of restaurants and beaches an easy stroll from your room.

Vibrant image of the Ship Inn, showcasing its bright yellow exterior.
Ship Inn, Stanley village
Lusy Productions
Image of inside the Ship Inn - Roaring Tom's Apartment. Vintage furniture and neutral tones fill the apartment.
Ship Inn - Roaring Tom's Apartment
Monika Kulon

Prison life: Darlington Penitentiary

No electricity, no wi-fi, no mod cons… Rustic goes some way towards describing the accommodation in one of Australia’s best-preserved convict jails. Within Maria Island National Park, sleep on comfortable bunks in the whitewashed Georgian huts of the penitentiary, each warmed by a wood heater, before exploring the wild glory and the island’s World Heritage-listed convict remains. National Parks pass required.

Aerial of Darlington Probation Station
Aerial of Darlington Probation Station
Stu Gibson

Hydro history: Tarraleah Lodge

Built in the 1930s in art-deco style with a money-is-no-object budget, Tarraleah Lodge is a Tasmanian jewel. Once home to visiting bigwigs, this former hydro-electric highlands lodge now opens its doors to discerning travellers who like a bit of comfort with their rainforest. Think silk filled doonas, king-sized beds and a whisky shelf with 100-plus bottles.

An art deco style building with multiple wings at night time, set on the edge of a hill in thick forest.
Tarraleah Lodge - Tarraleah Estate
Jessica Scott
People laughing around a fireplace at Highlander Arms - Tarraleah Estate.
Highlander Arms - Tarraleah Estate
Natalie Mendham

Sleep like a king: Kittawa Lodge

There aren’t many places where you can relax in a stone bathtub watching a Southern Ocean sunset as kangaroos cavort nearby. Out on King Island in the middle of wild Bass Strait, the staff at Kittawa will take care of you while an in-house chef rustles up a feast using the mouth-watering produce that has put the island on the map.

Women sitting inside looking out over coastline
Kittawa Lodge, King Island
Emilie Ristevski

Australia’s oldest B&B? Triabunna Barracks

Restored in 2021, these 1840s army barracks offer a rare chance to stay in authentic convict-era accommodation. You’ll love the heated stone floors, wooden beams and exposed sandstone walls, plus a roaring fire and generous breakfasts. A stone’s throw away (or perhaps a badly fired cannonball), ferries can take you across to Maria Island National Park.

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