Australia's only island state, Tassie, doesn't want for idyllic seaside escapes. A stone's throw from the Antarctic, the waters here may be chilly, but what does that matter when the beaches are beautiful and you're breathing in the world's cleanest air.
Avalon Coastal Retreat
At Avalon, a world of marine blue opens before you through the floor-to-ceiling windows that double as the exterior walls of the house. This modernist bombshell includes original works of art, Tasmanian oak beds and an intriguing bath sculpted from Huon pine. There are three double bedrooms at Avalon but not surprisingly the house's seclusion makes it popular with honeymooners. There are complimentary two-hour massages for newlyweds.
For more information visit the Avalon Coastal Retreat
Aurora Beach Cottage
Long Point, Seymour
Built from stone and timber, the two-level cottage has a decidedly earthy feel that's reflective of its natural surroundings. Located on three hectares of pine-studded parkland between Freycinet National Park and the Bay of Fires, the only neighbours to be seen are the native wildlife. The warm interior features a split-level lounge with wood heater, two sunrooms and a spacious living area that opens to a large timber deck. Breakfast provisions are supplied and discounts are available for children.
For more information visit the Aurora Beach Cottage
Beachfront on Bruny
Great Bay, Bruny Island
If you like to be beside the sea, you'll just love this stunning property with its gorgeous waterfront location and magnificent views across Great Bay. The bright and airy open-plan house makes the most of its beachside setting with fresh, modern decor. Best of all, the two bedrooms, located in the upstairs loft, have large dormer windows that look out over Bruny Island you can even see the view from your bed!
For more information visit the Beachfront on Bruny
Stanley, North West
What do you get if you combine a cattle property with kilometres of absolute beach frontage? A fabulously secluded holiday hideaway! This award-winning retreat offers a choice of private accommodation from deluxe eco-cabins featuring unique peek-a-boo porthole-style windows to a luxury three-bedroom lodge with a double spa and large deck overlooking the beach. Each of the cabins sits perfectly within the natural environment, offering guests a true eco-experience without sacrificing comfort.
For more information visit the Beachside Retreat website.
Boat Harbour Beach Houses
Boat Harbour Beach, North West
Lose yourself and discover the delightfully secluded Boat Harbour Beach Houses. Located in possibly Tassie's most underrated destination, it offers three unique houses: The View, The Waterfront and The Water's Edge. From either the two-bedroom Water's Edge or the three-bedroom Waterfront, you can step straight onto the white sand to go for a swim or stroll along the beach. The two-storey View house, as its name suggests, offers commanding ocean vistas.
For more information visit the Boat Harbour Beach Houses website.
Freycinet Beach Holiday Retreat
Freycinet Beach, East Coast
Situated right on the beachfront on the Freycinet Peninsula, this is the perfect place to use as your base for exploring this marvellous region. The twin two-bedroom houses are decorated in a chic minimalist style with natural colours and timbers and are framed by large sliding glass walls that lead to a magnificent hardwood deck. With both the bush and beach right on your doorstep, days can be spent snorkelling, beachcombing or following bush trails to stunning lookouts.
For more information visit the Freycinet Beach Holiday Retreat website.
Boat Harbour Beach, North West
This collection of three deliciously bright, contemporary beach houses is one of the best finds on Tasmania's northwest coast. Dotted on the dunes of Boat Harbour Beach, it's the type of place once you escape to, you'll never want to leave. With the choice of a one- or two-bedroom beachfront property by the water's edge or a three-bedroom villa set higher up the beach, they're perfect for couples, groups or families. Long days can be spent relaxing on the deck, collecting shells or enjoying a coastal walks to nearby Rocky Cape National Park.
For more information visit the Harbour Houses website.
Falmouth, North East
Set on rocky headland with views stretching across the blue waters of the Tasman Sea, Saltwater's three gleaming white villas conjure up visions of the Mediterranean. Boasting comfortable king-size beds, soothing spas and wide-angle beach vistas, they're perfect for romantic getaways. So stock up on the region's best gourmet goodies, grab a bottle of sparkling wine and prepare yourself for a weekend of true self-indulgence.
For more information visit the Saltwater website.
The Winged House
Table Cape, North West
For the latest "experience" in beach luxury, bed down for the night at The Winged House. This architectural masterpiece literally hovers over the rugged coastline at Table Cape. The full-service, two-bedroom house has a stunning 180-degree observatory deck with views across Bass Strait. It also features Japanese baths, a gourmet kitchen, and a clutch of luxe, at-the-touch-of-a-phone services, including dial-a-chef, dial-a-massage and, our favourite, dial-a-cray.
For more information visit the Winged House website.
Binalong Bay, North East
With its sweeping views of the Bay of Fires, the only thing to do here is to unwind on the deck with a bottle of Tasmanian wine and toast your good fortune. A short stroll from the pristine white beach, this beautifully located modern two-storey house, with three queen-size bedrooms and spacious decks on both levels, is big enough for two or three couples to share. After a long day of lulling about, if you don't feel like firing up the barbeque, there's a great restaurant nearby.
For more information visit the Villa Vista website.
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