Rain Checks


What’s new in Tasmania

As we enjoy the golden hues of autumn, we bring you the best of what’s new.

Think designer stays, experiential tastings, inventive art spaces. Think reinvention, with a converted pub and oyster hatchery breathing entrepreneurial spirit into Tasmania’s east coast. 

Tasmania’s first ‘wabi-sabi’ inspired stay, this new designer cabin in the iconic Bay of Fires has purity and simplicity at its heart. A refuge of calm, free from distraction, SABI delivers solitude and stillness – a luxury space and a licence to breathe.

The design features handmade, bespoke and reclaimed belongings, with conscientiousness valued over the mass-produced. Soak it all up in a Japanese-inspired ‘onsen’ – a wine-barrel bathtub repurposed from Willie Smith. Even the kitchenware is considered – custom ceramic dinnerware, mouth-blown glassware, speciality Japanese knives and ceremonial tea-making equipment – lovely little touches in a uniquely curated stay.

 SABI, Lean Timms
Tasman Sea Salt – Salt Sommelier

Tasman Sea Salt has gained global acclaim for its unique and sustainable technique of harvesting pure sea-salt flakes through a naturally occurring energy process.

Now you can experience a first in immersive food experiences: a sommelier-style tasting of Tasmanian sea salts and salt mixes. Learn about the importance of salt for our bodies, the historical significance of this humble mineral, and the power of seasoning. See how salt can transform any dish, with small-plate pairings featuring locally sourced produce. Don’t forget your take-home salty sample to impress friends at your next dinner party. 
 Tasman Sea Salt, Alice Laing
The Waterloo Inn

The Waterloo is an icon of Swansea on Tasmania’s east coast – once a classic pub, now serving simple, generous and seasonal food. Headed by chef Zac Green (ex-Movida, Melbourne), expect honest, contemporary fare with a constantly rotating, seasonally driven menu.

This destination dining hotspot has become a real crowd-pleaser, luring food lovers from north and south for a coastal feed. The inspiration for the space comes from cosy pubs: expect a relaxed atmosphere, casual vibes and good times. Feast on share plates or sample a funky wine from the bar, overlooking Tasmania's picture-perfect Freycinet coast.

 Waterloo Inn, Anna Critchley
Faro lunches El Culto de España

In Hobart, Faro Bar + Restaurant at Mona is a revolving-theme restaurant, spinning through cuisines and cultures. Through autumn, with no small amount of flourish, comes El Culto de España. Think Mona does Spain: a flamenco-fuelled live performance, a deeply Spanish menu complete with Gaudí-inspired edible cellophane, and more tapas than seems plausible. Oh, and mucho, mucho sangria. ¡Olé!

 El Culto de España, Mona, Jesse Hunniford
Waubs Harbour Distillery

An old oyster hatchery at Bicheno on Tasmania’s east coast has been converted into a world-class whisky distillery. The Polmear brothers, Tim and Rob – backed by experience as Head of Production at Lark Distillery, and Head Distiller at Overeem Whisky – are now heading-up this new venture, dreamed-up with whisky in hand by an open fire.

Combining Tasmanian heritage, the art of whisky crafting and the brothers’ deep personal connection with the ocean, this maritime-inspired tipple is infused with wild, coastal provenance. Private tours and tastings are available by appointment. 

 Tim Polmear, Waubs Harbour Distillery
Good Soul Cottage

Once a wonky little cottage, this Invermay home has been transformed into light-filled, designer accommodation. The restored, heritage-listed, two-bedroom cottage has been a passion project for a local dream team – acclaimed Tasmanian interior designer Lydia Maskiell, and her man on the tools, Shane. The white, bright and light interior creates a central resting place between adventures around Launceston, Wotif’s newly named ‘Aussie Town of the Year 2022’. 

 Good Soul Cottage, image supplied
Three Willows Vineyard

Sip premium cool-climate Tasmanian wines at Three Willows, an established vineyard with views over the rolling hillsides of the Cradle Coast. Sample classics like chardonnay and pinot noir – plus baco noir, a unique Franco-American hybrid – then sleepover at accommodation in the vines. Owners Bron and Jade relocated from Victoria, searching for the next big thing in viticulture – and they’ve found the magic in these fertile soils, just a short drive from Devonport. Begin your Tasmanian adventure here, straight off the ferry, then continue along the Cradle to Coast Tasting Trail. 

 Three Willows vinyard, image supplied
Sacred Geography – A Pilgrimage Without and Within (Tasmanian Walking Company)

Experience the iconic Cradle Mountain Huts Walk with Sarah Bachelard – theologian, retreat leader and spiritual director. Through conversation, reflection, and the sharing of wisdom and practice from contemplative traditions, this trip is a chance to reconnect your body, soul and spirit. Experience the six-day trek along the Overland Track with a new, potentially life-changing, perspective.

 Walking the Overland Track, Tayla Gentle
Villa Franklin
From Villa Talia comes the newly built Villa Franklin, an architecturally designed house in the Huon Valley. The four-hectare property overlooks the meandering Huon River, capturing broad views from the slopes of kunanyi / Mt Wellington down to Port Huon. With designer finishing touches – including an infinity-edged lap pool – this three-bedroom, luxury getaway sits in a perfect pocket of the Huon Valley.

 Villa Franklin, Mauricio Mozo photography
Braeside Barn 
New word alert: ‘shamping’. Glamping + apple shed = shamping…an experience likely to satisfy city-slickers seeking refuge in nature, without foregoing any of life’s luxuries. Braeside Barn at Franklin in the Huon Valley is shamping at its best – an authentic, soul-enriching experience. Sleepover in a converted apple shed, rug-up by the outdoor fire with some local cider, and enjoy in-house catering featuring local produce from the fertile Huon Valley.

 Braeside Barn, image supplied
Tasmanian Air Tours 
Tasmanian Air Tours’ latest offering joins the dots between some of Hobart’s top tasting experiences via scenic helicopter flights. Sample artisan cheese, unique tipples and excellent wines, before heading to a vineyard for a fine feast. After a flight over Hobart, enjoy a ‘ewenique’ tasting experience at Grandvewe and Hartshorn Distillery at Birchs Bay, the home of award-winning sheep’s whey vodka and cheeses. Next up, sample Mewstone Wines’ top drops at their newly established cellar door at Flowerpot. Finish with a flight across the River Derwent to the Coal River Valley, where you’ll ease into a lunchtime feast at Frogmore Creek winery.

 Tasmanian Air Tours, Loic Le Guilly
 For a full and up-to-date listing of Tasmanian itineraries, and information on travelling to Tasmania, visit the Discover Tasmania website www.discovertasmania.com.au.