DOLPHIN SANDS, TASMANIA
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. >
For more information, call 0437 331 193 or book online at airbnb.com.au/rooms/4130353
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.