So you want a place that is away from all things city and is more wilderness than urban? Picnic Island could be it.
This tiny island is in spectacular Coles Bay in Tasmania, around the corner from Wineglass Bay and with Freycinet National Park as your neighbour. The island only takes up to 10 people in four individual cabins, architecturally-designed, with meals and chill out time spent in the communal dining and lounge room – called the Birdhouse.
Speaking of birds, you won’t be the only living things on the island; it is home to a colony of penguins. There are about a thousand penguin burrows on the island, and watching the penguins return to their burrows at dusk is one of the highlights of staying there. You will also see hundreds of shearwaters, and you might also see dolphins and seals.
Go snorkelling or fishing, or just sit and relax by the wonderful fire – a good-looking hanging fire no less – and just take in the natural beauty of the island.
Access to the island is by boat – it is just a short 10-minute ride.
As this kind of wilderness stay is not for everyone, call Clem, the owner, on 0411 255 179 if you want to talk it through with him. Otherwise, book through Stayz
Picnic Island’s website will be up within days.