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Beach­combers will love this rus­tic get­away in the dunes be­hind Nine Mile Beach on Tas­ma­nia’s east coast. Sur­rounded by white sand and dune grasses that sway and rus­tle in the breeze, Dol­phin Sands is a rel­a­tively un­touched stretch of land al­most sur­rounded by wa­ter — on one side is Great Oys­ter Bay and on the other is the Swan River. The pink gran­ite forms of the Haz­ards in Fr­eycinet Na­tional Park are vis­i­ble from Nine Mile Beach, which is “great for col­lect­ing shells in win­ter,” says Missie Aust­wick, who bought Banksia Cabin — a clus­ter of “old hy­dro Tas­ma­nian huts” — six years ago and has ren­o­vated them us­ing re­claimed tim­bers. Best suited to cou­ples, the vibe here is earthy and laid­back — there’s a li­brary of books and games, and plenty of room to lounge by the fire. The small kitchen is well equipped or pick up fish and chips at Swansea’s Oys­ter Bay Seafood. “They’re the best,” says Missie. Fur­ther afield, ex­plore the vine­yards in and around Cran­brook or head to the Fr­eycinet Penin­sula for hik­ing or a sea cruise. >

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CLOCK­WISE, FROM LEFT The kitchen is well equipped and in­cludes owner Missie Aust­wick’s col­lec­tion of Pil­livuyt French porce­lain; it’s an easy stroll to Nine Mile Beach; Missie’s fa­ther made this bench from lo­cal Eu­ca­lyp­tus bar­beri. FAC­ING PAGE Beds are dressed in linen and pure cottt­ton.

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