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11 Great Group Getaways in Tasmania

Avalon Coastal Retreat

A beautiful island with charming towns, a spectacular coastline and outdoorsy activities aplenty, Tasmania is a terrific destination for a memorable trip with family and friends. Spend your days walking and cycling through the vineyards and farmland of the interior, tackle challenging mountain hikes, or head to the coast for sailing, kayaking and marine wildlife-spotting. Hobart is the island's capital and largest city, with some gorgeous boutique hotels, artsy museums, hip restaurants and thriving markets. Pretty towns such as Launceston and Stanley are ideal for relaxed on-foot explorers, who will appreciate discovering heritage landmarks and delectable eateries alike. No matter where you choose to stay, you're guaranteed to eat and drink well in this part of Australia! Whether you're dreaming of a relaxed seaside inn, a luxurious retreat in a remote national park or a gorgeous glamping escape, our list of great group getaways in Tasmania has it all.

For Heritage Charm

Ship Inn Stanley

  • Ship Inn Stanley has nine elegant suites in a gorgeous yellow-painted inn dating back to the 1800s. Uniquely designed spaces feature original artwork and an impressive collection of curios set against moody painted walls and polished wooden furnishings. Soak up views of Stanley and Sawyer Bay from the deck, or kick back by the fire in the characterful guest lounge. Book multiple rooms for a laid-back trip with friends.
  • The Red Feather Inn's private, colonial-era cottages are ideal for groups of friends or families. Set in the Meander Valley just a short drive from Launceston, this is a top spot for keen walkers and cyclists. Interiors are charming and comfortable, with pretty patterns and cosy armchairs. Expect top-notch farm-to-table cuisine, too.
  • Maylands Lodge, a 19th-century Italianate residence in North Hobart, has been transformed into a chic 12-bedroom hotel with smart contemporary rooms and two-bedroom studios which sleep up to five guests. The Brownell Suites have kitchenettes and sitting rooms, though generous breakfasts are served to all guests each morning. Within easy reach of Hobart, this is a good choice for a slower city break.
  • Arcoona Manor has just five guestrooms in an 1892-built manor house in Deloraine. A friendly B&B overlooking rose gardens with a croquet lawn, the house offers a billiards rooms and fireside lounge. Book the whole place for a big trip with friends, or the two-bedroom Tiers Suite if you're travelling as a group of four.

For Glamping

Truffle Lodge

  • Truffle Lodge is a fabulous choice for group retreats or celebrations with friends. This indulgent spot is made up of five luxurious tents, each facing the tranquil Derwent River. Spaces have big double beds, patterned rugs, ensuite bathrooms with big wooden tubs and lake-view decks. Gather at the main lodge for three-course dinners and games by the fire.
  • Bay of Fires Bush Retreat has a far more understated feel, with bell tents and a modern bunkhouse, plus shared bathrooms. Close to Binalong Bay, this is a favourite surfers' haunt, and well-placed for groups of friends looking to unwind together after days out on the water. Cook up a storm in the big shared kitchen or cosy up by the fire under skies full of stars. The friendly owners are on hand with local recommendations aplenty.

For Seaside Style

Piermont Retreat

  • Piermont Retreat is a remote east coast escape, perfect for those looking to reconnect with nature in a striking setting. Charming cottages are decorated in earthy tones, with log fires, spa baths, full kitchens and multiple bedrooms. Activities include kayaking, surfing, swimming & hiking and guests share access to two stunning private beaches. An 1838-built farmhouse is at the heart of the property, and sensational seasonal fare keeps guests of all ages returning again and again.
  • Freycinet Lodge offers cabins with space for up to five guests in the remote Freycinet National Park. Active groups of friends will adore hiking, ATV tours and wildlife walks in the Park, as well as kayaking and boat rides on beautiful Coles Bay. There's a nearby golf club for a little friendly competition, too.
  • Avalon Coastal Retreat is a private villa on Tasmania's unspoilt east coast. Modern and understated, the villa overlooks a gorgeous private beach. The three rooms are light-filled and airy, and the open-plan modern kitchen is the ideal hub for sipping local wine whilst crafting delicious dinners with produce from the Swansea farmers' market. A luxurious escape for six with uninterrupted ocean views.

For Great Value

Herons Rise Vineyard Accommodation

  • Daisy Bank Cottages are housed in a restored sandstone barn. Dating back to the 1830s, the barn is tucked away on a 650-acre merino sheep farm, perfect for relaxed rambles. Libby's Cottage sleeps four, and the barn has space for six guests in total. Gather for BBQs in the garden, or chats around the wood-burning stoves in the cottages' sitting rooms. An intimate hideaway offering very reasonable rates.
  • Herons Rise Vineyard Accommodation is another set of two cottages, this time set amidst tranquil vineyards near Kettering. The two-bedroom Wine Loft has a terracotta-tiled kitchen, and both have sitting rooms with a wood-burning stove & a sunlit terrace with rural views. Well-suited to two couples travelling together, this is a very affordable Tasmanian escape.

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    • Ship Inn Stanley Stanley (Tasmania) 9 rooms from £230

      Romantic Break  -  Van Diemen’s Apartment is a wonderfully romantic hideaway, perfect for couples eager to unwind by the coast
      Groups  -  Book two-bedroom Roaring Tom’s Apartment — previously the inn's bar — for a seaside trip with friends
      Great walks  -  Follow hiking trails in the stunning Tarkine rainforest, or the Rocky Cape National Park
      Local markets  -  Fill your pockets with fresh produce at the Stanley Harvest Market
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      A collection of nine indulgent suites in a charming yellow-painted inn dating back to the 1800s. Admire beautiful views of Sawyer Bay & flower-filled gardens from suites bedecked in warm, moody tones, with antiques, artwork & polished wood. There are kitchenettes, a shared guest lounge & a gym, too. See More

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    • The Red Feather Inn Launceston (Australia) 12 rooms from £130

      Trekking  -  Take fabulous tours on the Overland Track & the Cradle Mountain/Lake St Clair National Park with the Tasmanian Walking Company
      Country Escape  -  A beautiful rural escape close to Launceston, perfect for keen ramblers, foodies and fans of great Tasmanian wine
      Groups  -  Charming cottages with multiple bedrooms are ideal for groups of friends - particularly those on walking holidays
      Wine tasting  -  Follow the Tamar Valley Wine Route for tours and tastings at some of the 30+ cellar doors of the Tamar Valley
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      A collection of Georgian-era buildings nestled in the Meander Valley in Northern Tasmania. Rooms, suites & cottages boast garden views & contemporary interiors. Brilliant for intimate weddings, romantic getaways or group trips, with gourmet fare, walking tours & lovely gardens. Utterly charming. See More

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    • Maylands Lodge Hobart (Tasmania) 12 rooms from £167

      Romantic Break  -  Hide away in this striking historic B&B, with big bedrooms & freestanding tubs, before exploring laid-back Hobart
      Families  -  Two-bedroom studios are ideal for families, with space for up to five guests & private seating areas
      Landmark  -  Home to the Pearce & later Brownell families, before becoming the Hobart Girls’ Industrial School & a Salvation Army building
      Great walks  -  Stroll around the 18-hectare Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and leafy waterside Queens Domain in the sunshine
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      A collection of 12 chic, contemporary rooms, suites & studios in a restored 19th-century Italianate lodge set in North Hobart. Tucked behind the opulent façade are soothing spaces with clean lines, minimalist furnishings, big soaking tubs & unique Tasmanian artwork. Expect hearty breakfasts, too. See More

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    • Arcoona Manor Deloraine, Tasmania 5 rooms from £158

      Families  -  Families will adore the two-bedroom Tiers Suite, with connecting bedrooms, a private sitting room & lovely views
      Romantic Break  -  A romantic five-suite B&B with spacious, individually designed rooms in a heritage home surrounded by gardens
      Local markets  -  Gather at the buzzy Deloraine Market on the 1st Saturday of each month, tasting superb local produce or picking up local crafts
      Great walks  -  Follow hiking trails in the scenic Liffey Falls Reserve or Mole Creek Karst National Park
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      A charming five-suite B&B housed in an 1892-built manor house in laid-back Deloraine. Expect individually decorated guest rooms with period features & original artwork overlooking rose-filled gardens. Shared spaces including a billiards room, ballroom-turned-breakfast room & fireside lounge. See More

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    • Truffle Lodge Gretna, Tasmania 5 rooms from £458

      Back to Nature  -  A gorgeous glamping escape on the banks of the Derwent River, with walks, boat rides & wildlife-spotting on your doorstep
      Canoeing  -  Glide along the Derwent River by canoe, discovering the beautiful valley with its surrounding hills, farms and wildlife
      Great walks  -  Follow walking trails through Mount Field National Park, or take trails to Russell Falls and Tall Trees
      Groups  -  Book the whole place for a group retreat or outdoorsy celebration with friends
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      A gorgeous glamping retreat, with five luxurious tents on the banks of the tranquil Derwent River. Tents feature double beds, patterned rugs, private terraces & ensuite bathrooms with big wooden tubs. Guests gather in the main lodge for breakfasts, three-course dinners & games by the fire. Lovely. See More

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    • Bay of Fires Bush Retreat Binalong Bay, Tasmania 10 rooms from £120

      Groups  -  Book tents or the bunk house with nature-focused friends eager to hike & surf before cooking together in the evening
      Country Escape  -  Glamping tents in a striking rural setting, offering a real sense of tranquility near Binalong Bay
      Restrictions on children  -  Children older than 12 years are welcome
      Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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      A hip hideaway near beautiful Binalong Bay, with bell tents as well as a trendy, minimalist bunk house & rooms with shared bathrooms. The big communal kitchen has a pared-back, industrial vibe & the ethos is centred on gathering to share food & tales by the fire. Simple, stylish & a surf favourite. See More

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    • Piermont Retreat Swansea, Tasmania 28 rooms from £233

      Families  -  The estate and wild surroundings are brilliant for older children or teenagers who can fully enjoy the outdoor adventures
      Wildlife Area  -  The nearby Freycinet National Park, a wildlife hub, stretches from the heathlands to the beaches of the Tasman Sea
      Back to Nature  -  A beautiful escape on Tasmania's remote east coast, with eco-conscious cottages & suites in rugged seaside grounds
      Kayaking  -  Borrow one of the hotel’s kayaks and paddle along the coast
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      A stylish and romantic coastal retreat with access to two stunning private beaches. Charming cottages are clad in earthy tones, and feature log fires, spa baths and full kitchens. Many also boast ocean views. Flavoursome seasonal fare and a plethora of activities complete the picture. Exceptional. See More

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    • Freycinet Lodge Coles Bay, Tasmania 60 rooms from £207

      Families  -  Family Cabins sleep up to 5 guests & activities for all ages include sea kayaking, boat rides, walking & wildlife tours
      Romantic Break  -  A wonderfully romantic escape in the Frecinet National Park, ideal for outdoorsy couples seeking secluded indulgence
      Views  -  Magical views over Coles Bay
      Outstanding location  -  Set between the long curve of Richardson’s Beach and rocky Honeymoon Bay on the remote east coast of Tasmania
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      A collection of understated coastal cabins & pavilions on beautiful Coles Bay in the remote Freycinet National Park. Crisp contemporary spaces have clean lines & earthy colour palettes: the focus is very much on the views. Two excellent restaurants, a buzzy bar & myriad outdoorsy activities await. See More

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    • Avalon Coastal Retreat Swansea, Tasmania 3 rooms from £570

      Trekking  -  Follow coastal hiking paths overlooking Great Oyster Bay or journey to the Freycinet National Park for more challenging trails
      Birdwatching  -  See coastal birds flitting overhead from the deck, or venture to nearby nature reserves for expert-led birdwatching walks
      Groups  -  Perfect for groups of friends, who will adore the three bedrooms and communal spaces, as well as exploring the area
      Hideaway  -  A chic rural hideaway with coastal views, access to the beach, fishing spots, hiking trails and more
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      This exclusive house has three delightful rooms, each with their own bathroom. Wetsuits, boogie boards, beach towels, backpacks and walking maps are all provided, and there's the option to have the fridge fully stocked up. Stunning coastal views ensures this is luxurious self-catering at its best. See More

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    • Daisy Bank Cottages Richmond, TAS (Tasmania) 2 rooms from £114

      Great walks  -  Follow tracks across the 650 acres of verdant farmland, through white gum & black peppermint forest, and spot birds & wildlife
      Hideaway  -  A tranquil hideaway on a 650 acre merino farm near Richmond, perfect for unwinding with a good book, or walking & exploring
      Families  -  Book Libby's Cottage if travelling as a family, with space for four guests, plus an inviting BBQ area and cottage garden
      Local markets  -  Buy fresh produce at the Richmond Farmers' Market on Saturdays, perfect for cooking in your cottage
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      Two charming cottages in an 1830s-built sandstone barn on a tranquil, 650-acre merino sheep farm. Tucked in leafy gardens, both Libby's & Jessie's Cottages have cosy sitting rooms with wood-burning stoves, loft bedrooms & well-equipped kitchens. Pretty hideaways in rural Tasmania, near Richmond. See More

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    • Herons Rise Vineyard Accommodation Kettering, Tasmania 2 rooms from £88

      Families  -  Families will appreciate the two-bedroom Wine Loft Cottage, ideal for trips with little ones who will also love the gardens
      Value chic  -  Two simple, self-catering cottages set amongst vineyards near Kettering & Bruny Island, offering great value charm
      Local markets  -  Head up to Hobart on a Saturday for the lively Salamanca Markets, where you'll find fresh produce & artisanal crafts aplenty
      Great walks  -  Amble between the vines and through wildflower meadows, take guided garden tours & feed the farm animals as a family
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      Two tranquil wooden cottages set amongst vineyards & well-tended gardens near Kettering. Both the one-bedroom cottage & the two-bedroom Wine Loft have airy kitchens, sitting rooms with wood-burning stoves & terraces facing idyllic rural views. Traditional, charming & appealingly affordable. See More

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Written by Saskia Walker

posted Wednesday, 8th May 2024