Explore Tasmania this summer
Nola James gives us the low down on the latest travel adventures around Tasmania.
Saffire Freycinet has partnered with On Board for Coast to Coast, a luxury cruise and stay package. Over three nights, sail through the remote southwest corner of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area followed by three nights on land at Saffire on the stunning east coast (seaplane transfers included).
Take it slow
Still at Freycinet, a new Nordic-inspired eco retreat on Tasmania’s east coast, sleeps 10 guests in full-service splendour. In addition to an optional private chef, there’s also a hot/cold sauna and onsite add-ons like private yoga classes, meditation and massage. All three bedrooms boast ensuites, the floors are heated, and open-plan living spaces feature floor-to-ceiling windows with water views.
Faro goes french
Mona’s flagship restaurant Faro transforms into ‘Nouveau Faux – Bordeaux to Berridale’ this summer to coincide with French artist Jean-Luc Moulène’s first Australian solo show. Think of it as a low-waste, high-end take on bouchon classics: an oyster tartare dressed in an invasive seaweed mignonette and ‘manger le problème’, wild venison with pea purée, white miso and celeriac cream.
Discover a slice of Japan at Provider House, a self-contained three-bedroom luxury cabin on the kunanyi side of Lenah Valley. Taking its cues from Japanese design, the house is furnished from top to toe with ethically made homewares from sibling business Provider Store in Sydney. Settle in by the sunken outdoor fire pit or take a soak in the ryokan-inspired cedar bathtub.
Seoul-ful street eats
Korean-born, Hobart-based chef Dong Chul Lim (aka Chef DC) has set up shop at In the Hanging Garden, taking on the space recently vacated by much-loved Oryza. Anju Food gives Korean barbecue a fast-food twist with kimchi and cheese toasties, bulgogi beef loaded fries, fried chicken burgers and Korean Philly cheesesteak rolls.
Three to try - day spas
Silo Day Spa - You don’t have to be a guest at Launceston’s Silo Hotel to enjoy its onsite spa. Half-day pamper packages include full-body massages, scrubs, wraps and hydrating masks.
Waldheim Alpine Spa - The spa at Cradle Mountain Lodge overlooks Pencil Pine River, with a steam room, sauna, hot-tub and cool plunge pool alongside traditional therapies.
The Sanctuary - This central Hobart spa offers treatments from massages and facials to an infrared sauna. Choose from rejuvenating, relaxing and chakra-aligning packages, all using organic products.