Tasmania... Australia’s most southern belle; a remote island paradise. What this little island lacks in size, it sure makes up for in everything else. A unique wilderness, fresh local produce, good food, good coffee, rugged mountains, white sandy beaches, shimmering lakes, historic towns, endless hiking trails, local wine, and wildlife...it really has it all.
Satellite Island. Located in the d’Entrecasteaux Channel, just off Bruny Island, Satellite Island is a privately-owned 32ha island only 40 (ish) minutes south of Hobart. This rugged island hideaway offers everything you need for a weekend completely off the grid. Choose from the summer house up top, or the boat house down on the jetty (we recommend sleeping in the boat house with the roller door open, so you can fall asleep looking at the moon and stars, and wake to watch the sunrise over the water from the comfort of your own (very comfy) bed. We fell in love with the Scandi-inspired interiors, and the Aesop-laden bathrooms. We also loved collecting our own eggs from the free-range cooks each morning, taking out the row boat, shucking our own oysters, lighting bonfires, swimming, meeting the resident deer, and exploring the island. You have the island all to yourself. It’s very beautiful here.
EAT AND DRINK
Stillwater Providore. We were recommended this beautiful providore by the owner of Quamby, and were so thankful we were. Amazing coffee. Great cakes. Delicious deli goods. We loved grabbing coffee and enjoying it at one of the big antique wooden tables upstairs. If you want something a little fancier, head down to the bustling cafe downstairs.
The Tasmania Food and Wine Conservatory. We stumbled across this stunning former greenhouse on the road out of Launceston. Now an emporium for food, wine and whiskey, you will be surrounded by studded armchairs, palm fronds and slowly-spinning ceiling fans. The space is so beautiful; you will want to linger awhile. Check out the shipping container whiskey bar out the back, and then settle in for a glass of local sparking and one of their famous “boards” - the hugest antique wooden board you have seen, loaded up with so much delicious local produce, you might need to be rolled out when you’re done.
Pigeon Hole. This is our Hobart staple. We pretty much head straight here directly from Hobart airport every time. Amazing sourdough breads (they bake their own) and great coffee. Try the “green eggs and ham” baked eggs. They won’t disappoint.
Born in Brunswick. This brand-spanking newbie only opened in November, and already has queues out the door. Looking more Melbourne than Hobart, picture lots of white, and light wood, interiors. Staff are friendly, and the menu is inventive. Great coffee as well.
Mt Amos hike. This was our favourite of all the short day hikes we did. Located in the Freycinet National Park, it is only a short hike, but a crazy steep one, and pretty slippery and tricky in parts. It took us just over an hour to scramble (literally) to the top of this granite mountain, with ridiculously spectacular views over Wineglass Bay when we got there. Definitely worth it.
Agrarian Kitchen. A paddock to plate culinary adventure, and one not to be missed. We were lucky enough to join Rodney and his wife Severine for our second time at their beautiful sustainable farm-based cooking school, 45 minutes from Hobart in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley. Just as wonderful as we remembered, you spend a whole day in their lovely old farmhouse, preparing a shared meal with ingredients that you have collected from their very own working farm that morning.