Is it because you can slip deep into a spa overlooking the d’Entrecasteaux Channel or swing a club on Australia’s oldest golf course? There’s good reason visitors to Hobart often choose to stay beyond the beam of city lights. Many are less than an hour drive from the city, offering a good dose of Tassie calm.
It’s Woodbridge Hill Hideaway where you can fill your private spa to its brim- swinging open the windows to breathe in fresh Channel air and absorb the view. There’s no better place to draw inspiration for the following day’s adventure.
Recently opened accommodation at Ratho Farm is a must for golfing enthusiasts- convict built and particularly enticing as the cooler months draw upon us. Cosy up with a dram from neighbouring Nant Estate in the homestead and swing an old fashioned hickory club on the country’s oldest course. If fly fishing in the highlands is your thing, there’s no better base than Bothwell and Ratho will happily arrange a guide for those wanting local insight.
Few visitors come to Hobart without taking a peek at MONA. So why not immerse yourself in David Walsh’s underground art world by staying just a few metres from the front door. The pavilions onsite, as one would imagine, are suitably decked out with art and are each named after Australian architects.
If the rolling hills of Tasmania’s countryside appeal, opt for a farm stay like Curringa Farm. Out at Hamilton, owners Jane and Tim Parsons will treat you to sheep sheering antics, hearty steak on the barbie and lodging overlooking Lake Meadowbank. Another popular stay is 28 Gates, and we’ll give you one guess how many gates are on this stylishly-appointed property in the Derwent Valley.
Down at Port Huon you’ll find the comfort of the Kermandie Hotel and Marina. This is the type of lodging where you’re sure to hear a fisherman’s yarn or two over a Cascade brew. It’s up to you whether you believe the King flathead really was 15 kilos. Just go with the Port Huon pace, the local tales and enjoy hearty dining at the Kermandie Hotel.
If you like the idea of your own Peninsula, Dover is your destination. Aptly named The Peninsula, this former farmhouse has everything from your own private walking trails, to a bubbling outdoor hot tub. Spoil yourself and stay a few days- you’ll be glad you did. There’s also several options in the Driftwood Cottages group to choose from in the Dover area.
Those who like to stay a little closer to town will enjoy the convenience of Villa Howden, about 15 minutes from Hobart. It doesn’t take long to understand why this place has been the backdrop for weddings and a popular destination for high tea. Park yourself in the well-manicured grounds for an afternoon drink or settle in around the fire with a cocktail.
With so many accommodation options on the outskirts of Hobart, it’s just a matter of deciding whether the countryside or coast take your fancy, the historic farmhouse or the modern pavilion, the choice is yours.
Words: Alice Hansen