Get together with your family and friends for a life changing experience on your own private island in the midst of the world famous Freycinet National Park on the east coast of Tasmania, Australia.
Picnic island offers the unique experience of living on your own private island with only 10 other people 800m offshore from Coles Bay and the Freycinet National Park and just around the corner from the world famous Wineglass Bay.
There are 5 private cabins on the island linked to a communal building known as the "Birdhouse" which is the place to congregate for a meal and to relax on the deck or by the suspended open fire place behind a wall of glass cantilevered over the high water mark. The stunning lodge is designed by Tasmanian architect, John Latham who set out to design a simple and unassuming lodge that had all the modern touches without the glam.
"The copper (roof) looks like it's been there for 100 years - a weathered old beach relic, washed up on the shore," says owner and manager Newton-Brown. Everything from the floorboards of century-old redwood milled nearby to the open kitchen handcrafted in copper and Tasmanian oak off-cuts is sourced locally. "It's rudimentary but it's authentic," he says.
Picnic Island is a former convict sandstone quarry and home to hundreds of local penguins and shearwaters. When the sun goes down the little birds all swim in for the night and waddle ashore to their nests. Guests can walk safely among the bird colonies at night via a 300-metre boardwalk that encircles the island. If sea life is more your thing can also sometimes spot a whale, dolphin or seal just off the island (depending on the season and time of year). If you love to fish, flathead and squid are abundant as well as mussels you can pick off the rocks and abalone and sea urchins under the water.
The lodge is mostly off-grid and has an array of Solar panels for electricity generation and numerous rain water tanks for drinking and washing water.
The pretty coastal town of Coles Bay is framed by the rugged pink-hued granite peaks of the Hazards mountains and the sheltered waters of Great Oyster Bay. This is an excellent base from which to explore Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay. Both of these locations are part of the essential places to visit if you managed to make your way down this little corner of the world. The Picnic island resort is conveniently located just offshore from Coles Bay and gives you the perfect launching pad to explore these stunning natural wonders or to just sit back relax and take in the views.
Picnic island is located just offshore from Coles Bay which is at the entrance to the world famous Freycinet National Park on the east coast of Tasmania. The nearest airports are in Hobart (HBA) and Launceston (LST) - both are around 2 hours away by car to Coles bay. Water taxi transfers there and back are included in the booking fee and are run by Freycinet Aqua Taxi (the host pays for them your behalf). This ferry ride, which also departs from Coles Bay, takes only 10 minutes.
Address: Freycinet, Coles Bay TAS 7215View larger map