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Travel guide North Tasmania

Great value family retreat in northern Tasmania
By Alex Sturman

Kenya Cottage, Deloraine Tasmania Pack up the children and head to Tasmania’s north for a great value family escape. Kenya Cottage in Deloraine has two queen rooms and one room with two single beds and a cot, and is perfect for families. The cottage has lots of books, DVDs and games for the children and a great garden for hide and seek! Parents will love the comfortable beds, log fire and casual ambience of the cottage as well as the great location, only a short walk from the river and town centre. The children will love feeding the ducks and trying to spot the resident platypus in the Meander river. Local food and wine are plentiful in the surrounding areas with a chocolate and cheese factory nearby, as well as raspberry, salmon and honey farms and the Tamar Valley ... Read more

Love Grove Guest House - a world apart
By Tania and John Roberts

Love Grove lies in the foothills of Cradle Mountain. Nestled on a secluded 40 acres of native forest, the property offers absolute peace and privacy. Our self-contained unit offers special little touches rarely found anywhere else. Guests can relax in the large 2 person spa and drink complimentaary port, while watching the native animals emerge to feed. They can enjoy their complimentary breakfast hamper (bacon, eggs, juices, fruits) on their own private deck, viewing the morning mist rising up from the deep valleys that Love Grove sits upon. We believe that guest should not have to pay the earth for luxury, and we have kept Love Grove affordable so everyone can stay at a luxury accommodation. Bath robes, embroidered linen, bath sheets, port, snuggle blankets, magazines, washing powder, ... Read more

By Kylie Jane Degeling

Drive along the Mersey River from Devonport and you’ll discover the historic town of Latrobe, which prides itself on being the 'platypus capital of the world'. Previously a shipyard town, today it is a popular destination for tourists who come to explore the historic buildings from the 1840s, contemplate antique and art purchases in the various galleries, and relax with a latte or cappuccino. Its proximity to Devonport gives it the best of both worlds – close enough to enjoy all the sights of the city, while still being peaceful enough to truly relax and unwind. Things to do: Most people are drawn to the outdoors when they travel in Tasmania. The fresh breezes, waterways which are perfect for fishing, canoeing, and swimming, and the many fantastic places to explore by foot... Read more

Editor's Choice - Hargate
By Lisa Monk

When it comes to things to see and do, and areas of immense natural beauty, Tasmania has more than its fair share… and Launceston certainly punches above its weight with so many sights to see, things to do, and experiences to enjoy and indulge in.  Known as ‘The Valley of the Senses’ thanks to the many flowers of the nearby Cataract Gorge, Launceston also has myriad restaurants, cafes and gourmet outlets to further tempt your senses. It is the third oldest city in Australia, behind Sydney and Hobart and has magnificent examples of Victorian and Georgian architecture, giving the city a mellow sense of history. Hargate sits very comfortably in Launceston, being a heritage listed Queen Anne Federation home built between 1900 and 1903.  It is a short drive from t... Read more

Review - Kentisbury Country House
By Penny Parsons

42 Lutterells Road West Kentish, North Tasmania This is country living at its best… views from every window, peaceful and serene and owners who make sure you have everything you need for the perfect break. Overall rating?         Excellent What makes Kentisbury Country House different? This is a lovely self-contained three bedroom home with timber floorboards throughout and any number of eye-catching rugs in the rooms.  There are views of the hills down to Lake Barrington and it is easy to feel far away from the rush and bustle of everyday life. Accommodation overview There are two bedrooms with queen-size beds and one with a double bed.  The rooms have high raked ceilings, lovely furnishings and there is good heating, with ... Read more

Review - Tenerfold Bed and Breakfast
By Penny Parsons

184 Melrose Road Aberdeen via Devonport, TAS The beautiful gardens and fragrance from the abundance of flowers is an abiding memory from our stay in this delightful B&B. Overall rating?         Outstanding What makes Tenerfold Bed and Breakfast different? This fully self-contained accommodation is attached to the main house, but has a separate entry, giving you privacy and sense of being removed from the hosts, but close by when needed. Accommodation overview Tenerfold B&B is very spacious and well appointed and has exceptional presentation.  There are two bedrooms, one with a queen-size bed and ensuite with a great sized spa bath and separate toilet, the other has two single beds and a separate bathroom.  The heated towel ... Read more

Review - Quamby Pines Chalet
By Penny Parsons

521 Quamby Brook Rd, Deloraine, North Tasmania An eco-certified, self-contained B&B in a beautiful valley, Quamby Pine Chalets has lots of room for children to run around.  There are plenty of animals on the farm for kids to see and feed. Overall rating?         Great What makes Quamby Pines Chalet different? On arrival our hosts were very welcoming with interesting conversation and the heater on in the room to take the chill off. This lovely valley setting is the right atmosphere for a relaxing holiday, taking advantage of the trout fishing, plenty of room to explore and local activities. Accommodation overview Quamby Pines Chalet has both the Cabin and Unit 2, which can be hired separately or together. The Chalet is a comfortable t... Read more

Review - Westbury Gingerbread Cottages
By Penny Parsons

52 William Street Westbury,  Northern Tasmania These historic and character-filled cottages are the perfect place to stay as you sample the delights of northern Tasmania. Overall rating?           Outstanding What makes the Westbury Gingerbread Cottages different? The name is the clue… these delightful cottages are old working buildings of the historic village of Westbury and they have been lovingly converted to a property with a real difference.  There are six cottages to choose from, dating back to the mid 1850s, that in their former life did time as a labourer’s cottage, the old bakery, servant’s quarters and more.  The cottages are filled with antiques and memorabilia of times past. Accommodation ... Read more

Cradle Mountain
By Kylie Jane Degeling

Rising 1545 metres above sea level, and towering over Dove Lake, Lake Wilks and Crater Lake, Cradle Mountain was aptly named in 1827 by surveyor Joseph Fossey. Formed by millennia of glacial sculpting, this unique peak is part of the Cradle Mountain – Lake St Clair National Park, within the vast Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area. Despite its popularity among outdoor enthusiasts, artists, athletes, families, couples and tour groups, it is easy to find your own space to explore, reflect, and rejuvenate.  Things To Do The most important items you’ll need to pack in your bag are good walking boots and a camera, because Cradle Mountain is all about the scenery and enjoying life in the Tasmanian wilderness. With that in mind, make sure you stop into the Cradle Mountain... Read more

By Kylie Jane Degeling

This delightful Tasmanian city nestled in the Tamar Valley is often nicknamed The Valley of the Senses. Some believe the reason for this nickname is the aromatic and colourful flowers of Cataract Gorge. Others consider the city’s reputation for fine wines and gourmet food to be the main reason. But in reality, it is due to all of these, as well as the caress of gentle breezes and lush moss, the sounds of rushing water in the Gorge during floods, and the songs of regional birds in the abundant bushland. Founded in 1805, this historic city is actually the third oldest in Australia (with Sydney and Hobart being the first and second respectively). It was originally called Patersonia, after Lieutenant Colonel Paterson (coincidentally, one of my distant relatives) but he later changed it ... Read more

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