There’s nowhere else like Tasmania, with its wild and rugged terrain, bountiful produce, spectacular coastlines, breathtaking scenery and unspoilt natural wonders. And there are plenty of ways to enjoy the southern state, whether you want to go on an off-grid adventure, disconnect from the modern world or indulge in a luxurious break.

There are places to stay that’ll suit those needs and more, including romantic hideaways where it’s just the two of you and a massive house that’ll get the trip out of the group chat. Here are some of our favourite places to stay in lutruwita.

Slow Beam, Hobart

Sleeps 2 / from $550 a night Despite being in the capital and just a short-drive from the Salamanca waterfront, this two-storey house feels like a world away thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that face the bush and let nature in. Plush, colourful furnishings and a statement carpet in the living area contrast with the moody grey aesthetic. The bathtub is surrounded by ’70s-esque orange tiles and there’s a king bed with treeline views. The well-stocked kitchen comes with complimentary bottled cocktails, and there’s a fireplace for maximum cosy vibes.

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Captain’s Rest, Strahan

Sleeps 2 / from $295 a night Interior designer, scientist and teacher Sarah Andrews found this run-down heritage-listed coastal shack in 2016 and turned it into one of the state’s most popular stays. This one-bedroom haven in the secluded west coast fishing village of Strahan features a minimal kitchen, a claw-food bathtub, a snug living space and a wood fireplace to keep the cosy vibes going. Antique wide windows overlook views of the ocean and a private jetty for a tranquil view to go with your morning coffee.

Miramar, near Bicheno

Sleeps 13 / from $1046 a night / two-night minimum This six-bedroom house is just 10 minutes from Bicheno on Tasmania’s east coast and is made for big groups and extended family holidays. It has three private, separate areas: The House, which includes the master bedroom plus a full kitchen and dining space for everyone to congregate in; The West Wing; and The Loft. There are massive windows looking out onto a private beach and total privacy thanks to sand dunes that surround MacLean Bay.

Casa de Flex, near Hobart

Sleeps 4 / from $400 a night / two-night minimum This two-bedroom weatherboard house is 30 minutes from the CBD and exactly what you’d expect a home designed by multihyphenate creative and media personality Flex Mami to be like: playful, Instagrammable, artistic, unique and full of character. Every room is a burst of pastel colours, from the sky-blue bedroom and coral dining area to the mint-green sitting room – all complemented by delightful homewares, sculptural furniture shapes and even more colourful art.

Hideaway, Bruny Island

Sleeps 2 / from $385 a night / two-night minimum Bruny Island has dramatic scenery, artisan food and wine, wildlife at every turn, and some hidden accommodation gems. One of them is a minimalist, completely off-grid cabin surrounded by 99 acres of conservation forest. Inside it’s all blond pine and outside it’s a striking white, contrasting with the trees. There’s a small kitchen, living space and dining area. Narrow stairs lead up to the loft where there’s a king-sized bed.

Provider House, Lenah Valley

Sleeps 6 / from $595 a night / two-night minimum This Japanese-inspired home between Hobart CBD and Mona is the work of Tara Bennett (the owner of Sydney’s Provider Store) and Sydney-based architecture studio Trias. The three-level space with a reading room and a fully equipped kitchen is filled with antique and modern furniture. And we have to mention the ryokan-inspired wooden bathtub, crafted from Australian western cedar.

Whale Song, Falmouth

Sleeps 4 / from $700 a night / two-night minimum If you’ve ever dreamt of living as a recluse by the sea, you’ll love this nautically themed home in Falmouth, two hours east of Launceston. The two-bedroom home exudes tranquil and luxurious seaside vibes. There’s a modern kitchen, a snug but exquisite living space, an open brick fireplace, thoughtfully selected decor and furnishings, lavish windows, and French doors that open to the wild ocean.

Kunanyi House, Mount Wellington

Sleeps 6 / from $350 a night / two-night minimum This 1969-built home designed by David McGlashan (Heide Museum of Modern Art in Melbourne) seamlessly blends into the scenery of Mount Wellington with its sloped roof and levels that mimic the mountain. There are four bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area and two bathrooms. This Japanese-inspired abode has floor-to-ceiling windows and French doors that lead out to gardens where there are reflective pools and two courtyards.

The Trig on Mount Arthur, Lilydale

Sleeps 2 / from $350 a night The Trig Container is a prime example of transforming recycled shipping containers into accommodation. It leans into its rustic origins with eclectic local materials, including a dozen salvaged doors. The award-winning deluxe eco-lodge is completely off-grid and runs on hydro electricity and solar, with a wood heater to warm the container. Outside there’s a clawfoot bath that takes advantage of its perch on Mount Arthur, just half an hour’s drive from Launceston.

Naivasha Tiny House, near Deloraine

Sleeps 2 / from $440 a night This compact but mighty home is in secluded woodland and leans into the setting with plenty of timber. There’s a kitchen with a stovetop and microwave, a clawfoot bath and shower in the bathroom, and a queen bed in the loft with a skylight for stargazing. Outside there’s a firepit and woodfired hot tub, plus a bigger house nearby for more people.

Paradise Road, Sheffield

Sleeps 2 / from $195 a night / two-night minimum This lush farm stay with views of Mt Roland is set on 100 rolling acres just outside town. The two cabins can accommodate two people each and include either a king or twin bed, a generous bathroom and kitchenette, plus a shared barbeque area. There are goats, chickens and a resident pair of nesting sea eagles on the working farm, and possums and wallabies at night.

The Barn, Hobart

Sleeps 2 / from $300 a night This award-winning barn conversion in Hobart’s CBD – close to Battery Point and Salamanca – is another of Tasmania’s most popular places to stay. From outside it looks much like it would have when it was built in the 1820s, but inside it’s a modern home with sleek lines and materials that complement the exposed sandstone. There’s a small kitchenette and a workspace upstairs near the only bedroom, plus a fireplace and elevated views of the city from the small courtyard.

Lisdillon Estate, Swansea

Sleeps 2–4 / prices vary / two-night minimum How many Airbnbs have not only a private beach, but five kilometres of exclusive coastline? Lisdillon Estate in Tasmania has three private white-sand beaches along the 6000-acre property. There are three 1800s-era stone cottages to choose from, each with views of the Rivulet and a short walk from the beach. There’s also a cosy weatherboard overlooking a working sheep farm and vineyard.

Additional reporting by Simon Crerar, Ricky French, Sohani Goonetillake, Alice Jeffery, Matt Shea and Vivian Tang

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