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Tasmania for a cooler kind of summer

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Some of Tasmania’s most beautiful places to stay this summer are within a couple of hours from Hobart. The best part about Tasmania is you won’t have to suffer through the scorching heat unlike your fellow Aussies further north. Summer in Tasmania is a lot cooler and kinder on your body. It frees you up to explore the great Tasmanian wilderness instead of hiding indoors.

Grab your hire car in Hobart and choose from one of these five places to stay.

Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village (right)

Stay in a tranquil rainforest valley on the edge of the Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park. Did we mention it’s a World Heritage listed area? If this sounds like you idea of heaven then you’ll want to book in advance to secure your spot at Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village. Wake up in the morning to the sounds of whistling birds filling your private cottage. Walk out onto your balcony and you may even come face to face with iconic animals such as wallabies and wombats.

Mulberry Cottage

This unique B&B accommodation is set in the heart of the historic town, Richmond. But it’s located well and truly off the street so you can enjoy peace and quite. Choose from an Old English style suite, a French Boudoir, a garden view room or one that boasts valley views. You may never want to leave the room! When you do finally feel up for exploring the area, you’ll be happy to know Australia’s oldest and most charming bridge is only a 200m walk away.

Freycinet Lodge

Your accommodation overlooks the stunning blue waters of Great Oyster Bay. Rugged mountains also ad to the beautiful backdrop. Many people who have spent time in this part of the state say they never want to leave. That’s how much of an impression this natural wonder leaves on its visitors. The cabins at Freycinet Lodge are airy and spacious. The best part about staying here is that you’re not far from white, sandy beaches and forest hikes.

Gattonside Heritage apartments

This boutique accommodation offers eight luxury heritage suites with all the amenities you’d expect. They are decked out with original timber, antiques, art and captivating views. You have your own formal lounge, porch and whirlpool bath. Wake up in the morning to a freshly cooked homemade breakfast. It really is the whole package at Gattonside! Not to mention you’ll feel like your stepping back in time.

Port Arthur Villas

Find yourself right across the road from the world-famous Port Arthur. There’s a whole lot of fascinating history to explore at the site. You are also very close to many bushwalks and if you’re feeling adventurous you might even want to join a candlelit ghost tour at night! All this is enough to keep you busy for days. Your accommodation is fully self contained. It’s also located among a beautiful garden setting.

BRIANNA PIAZZA

Brianna Piazza is an Australian television reporter and part-time travel blogger. Originally from Melbourne, she's currently living in Cairns where she works for WIN News and spends her weekends exploring the outdoors Far North Queensland.

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