Posts in the Tasmania category
When people talk about wanting to get away from it all, more often than not a country day-trip is all they had in mind. While that’s all perfectly fine and good, for those who take their “hermit chic” aspirations seriously, this house is for you!
Welcome to the north-west coast of Tasmania, four hours drive from Hobart or a one hour flight from Melbourne. A holiday here is no mere re-location of your urban lifestyle; there are no fashionable restaurants, no Mona-style art galleries or trendy holiday villages. Instead, there are miles of wild beaches and super-green hills, farmers toiling the famous red soil, and very, very few tourists. It’s one of those rare areas that remains truly undiscovered, for better or worse.
For me however, this trip was actually a home-coming, having grown up in the area. Even so, I was looking forward to a new experience – a night’s stay at the whimsically named “Winged House“. In a race against the setting sun, we twisted our way through the back-roads of Table Cape, before finally catching our first glimpse of the house perched on it’s cliff overlooking the sea.
Designed by architect Richard Goodwin, this unique holiday home embraces it’s seclusion and welcomes the elements, which in this part of the world could mean anything! Floor to ceiling windows encourage contemplation, either in the lounge by the fireplace or from the deep bathtub at the opposite end of the house. Guests are supplied with local wine and Red Cow Dairy cheese, and these, combined with patchy mobile reception, mean there’s nothing for it but to really, totally, stop and enjoy. For more active types, there’s a rough-and-ready path leading down the hill, through the Tea Tree forest, over a stream and through the grass to the black basalt rocks that ring the coast-line. Giant, cup-shaped sponges, red anemones and pearl-like strings of seaweed are the reward.
Despite the comfort of bed, it’s worth rising early to catch the sun appearing over the horizon, casting its golden reflection on the water. If you’re inclined to explore further, the nearby village of Boat Harbour is picture perfect; it’s compact hillside collection of ‘shacks’ and crescent-shaped beach recalling Mediterranean gems, but without the crowds. Or, for a lesson in local history, venture into the rust-coloured Sisters Hills which play host to several Aboriginal caves and middens.
I may be biased, but I think this stretch of coastline is one of the loveliest in Tasmania and consequently, Australia. It’s amazing to me that such a place exists with only the locals to appreciate it, but that’s how they like it, and if you’re craving some solitude, that’s how you’ll like it too.
All pics by Sean Fennessy
Here’s an absolutely classic Aussie pub menu that I came across during my recent visit to Bruny Island, off the coast of Tasmania. Fine dining it was not, but there was a meat-tray raffle, non-stop Keno (I played one unlucky round) and extremely generous servings of the house white wine, so I can’t complain! At least I’m not vegetarian.
Last week work bought us to the cheese-maker/surfer/farmer’s paradise of Bruny Island, off the coast of Tasmania. It’s not far from Hobart, but there’s something about the ferry ride over, and the small stretch of water separating you from the mainland (also an island!) that makes you feel very pleasantly disconnected. We were working at a private event held in a local shearing shed, converted for the occasion. The shearer’s quarters were our accommodation for the night, which was completely no-frills as you’d expect, apart from the five star view we woke up to the next morning. So beautiful!
By the way, our friends over at Island Menu (a food blog devoted to Tasmanian flavours) recently featured some beautiful snaps from Bruny Island. So if you want to see more of this unique destination (and make something yummy while you’re at it), head on over.