Off the coast of Tas­ma­nia, not far from Ho­bart, lies Satel­lite Is­land — a lit­tle-known slice of par­adise

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When it comes to travel, I’m a su­per-sleuth — I’m con­stantly on the look­out via mag­a­zines, so­cial me­dia, web­sites, books, blogs and pod­casts for far­away places I’d one day like to ex­pe­ri­ence. I stum­bled upon images of Satel­lite Is­land a few years ago on stylist Tess New­man-Mor­ris’s In­sta­gram feed and it went straight to my top five places to visit. I fi­nally made it there for a long week­end this past June. The 34-hectare owned is­land, pri­vately owned by Mel­bourne cou­ple Kate and Will Al­ster­gren, is nes­tled be­tween main­land Tas­ma­nia and Bruny Is­land in the pris­tine wa­ter­way of the D’En­tre­casteaux Chan­nel — and it’s one of Aus­tralia’s best-kept travel se­crets. The jour­ney from Ho­bart — which in­cludes a scenic cross-chan­nel trip by ferry and a breezy dash by speed­boat helmed by the is­land’s af­fa­ble man­ager, Richard Roe — is less than two hours. A bot­tle of Tas­ma­nian bub­bles and a bucket of fresh oys­ters awaits your land­ing on the jetty and af­ter that, you have the en­tire is­land to your­self. It’s the kind of nat­u­ral, un­spoilt, un­plugged get­away you’ve al­ways dreamed of. Ac­com­mo­da­tion al­lows for up to 12 guests, be­tween the three­bed­room hill­top Sum­mer House; the two-bed­room Boathouse, right on the jetty’s edge; and, for glamp­ing un­der the stars, a queen-size can­vas bell tent perched on the cliffff­side. De­sign- wise, Satel­lite Is­land is the ul­ti­mate in un­der­stated luxury, im­pec­ca­bly styled by Tess and Kate in beachy neu­trals and deep ocean blues with linen so­fas, lus­cious throws, coir mat­ting and tick­ing sheets. The pantry is gen­er­ously stocked with sta­ples, treats and gourmet condi­ments, but Kate rec­om­mends or­gan­is­ing a de­liv­ery in ad­vance of es­sen­tials like cheese, bread and wine from Ho­bart’s Hill Street Gro­cer. And the is­land it­self offf­fers a bounty of ed­i­bles: take your pick — lit­er­ally — from the or­ganic herb-and-veg­etable gar­den and or­chard; col­lect free-range eggs fresh from the source; and gather oys­ters, dive for spiny sea urchin or go fish­ing right off the Boathouse jetty. Ex­plor­ing the is­land is done on foot. Paths are sign­posted but you are en­cour­aged to seek and dis­cover the is­land’s trea­sures and se­cret spots. At low tide you can ex­plore rock shelves and peb­bly beaches, or take the high side through pine groves, gum forests and grass­lands. You can also choose a des­ti­na­tion and Richard will have a sump­tu­ous lunch, din­ner or af­ter­noon tea await­ing you. We moved from break­fast on the Sum­mer House ve­ran­dah to long lunches un­der the pines to a bon­fi­fire- lit sun­set din­ner atop Last Glimpse Point. We cir­cum­nav­i­gated the is­land daily to seek out fos­sils, press sea­weed, gasp at the breath­tak­ing views, bask in the sun­sets and gaze at the stars. We spot­ted wildlife in­clud­ing sea ea­gles, dol­phins and deer. For some­where so close, it could not seem more re­mote and idyl­lic. The hard­est thing about com­ing to Satel­lite Is­land was leav­ing; be­fore I did, I booked for the same time next year.

this page, clock­wise from top: fire­side break­fast at the Boathouse. The cosy, ca­sual lounge area in the Sum­mer House, an ex­ten­sion of the open-plan kitchen and din­ing area. Hand-painted sign­posts help you find your way around the is­land. The front...

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