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The Best Tiny Houses in Tasmania

Take in Tassie's wilderness from a secluded cabin or waterfront shack.

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Photo: Cameron Blake

Tasmania’s wilderness is the perfect backdrop for any tiny home. It’s a tranquil haven of nature, and what better way to see it than from its deepest forests, its secluded islands, and its deepest valleys.

Settle into a styled cabin overlooking the Derwent River or venture deep into the forest and reconnect with nature and yourself in a one-bedroom, loft-tiny house.

We’ve rounded up the best ones to book on your next trip to Tasmania, with so many tiny houses and unique accommodations on offer.

best tiny homes tasmania

The Pod

Lewisham
2 guests, $320 per night
Distance from Hobart:
 37 minutes by car

When it comes to a stylish stay, you can’t beat a night at The Pod. It has won awards for its style and architecture, but it’s the location that has us booking this place. From the floor to ceiling, glass windows take in the vista of enormous dunes, Frederick Henry Bay, and even the Southern Ocean. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Things to do nearby: Lewisham is only a 37-minute drive from Hobart, so you can zip in and out of the city while enjoying the Tassie coastal lifestyle.

best tiny homes tasmania

Captains Rest

Strahan
2 guests, $535 per night
Distance from Hobart:
 4 hours, 21 minutes by car

This heritage gem is located in a World Heritage Forest and offers an award-winning stay. From the antique windows, guests look out to an old jetty and still water. Watch the fisherman come in with their family catch, watch a sunset, or enjoy your morning coffee in peace. This cabin is perfect for those who want to venture out of Hobart to find their slice of Tasmania’s wilderness.

Things to do nearby: Strahan is located on Tasmania’s West Coast, also known as the play park for off-the-beaten-path adventures. Visitors can jump on board the West Coast Wilderness Railway, hike to Hogarth Falls, and drive the 99-Bends to Queenstown—a scenic, rugged drive. You can also check out the Henty Dunes and go whitewater rafting on King River.

best tiny homes tasmania
Photo: Cameron Blake

Olive and Tilda

Winnaleah
2 guests, $273 per night weekends, $243 per night weeknights
Distance from Launceston:
1 hour, 30 minutes by car

When it comes to reconnecting with nature, Unyoked cabins are the best. They hide their tiny homes in the deepest parts of the wilderness. These two new cabins, Olive and Tilda, are no exception. Olive is located deep in a sunken valley, surrounded by a rocky creek, tall gum trees, and volcanic red soil underfoot. Tilda is perched atop a valley with a vista that takes in Mt Cameron, Flinders Island, and Cape Portland. Tilda is also dog friendly, so bring your furry best friend. Each cabin has everything you need for your stay.
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Things to do nearby: This small rural town is known for mountain biking trails and hidden waterfalls.

best tiny homes tasmania

Paradise Road Farm

Sheffield
2 guests, $195 per night
Distance from Launceston:
1 hour, 4 minutes by car

This cosy cabin is on an old dairy farm, which is perfect for those looking for a farm stay. Inside, the furnishings are minimal, but the essentials, including a spacious bathroom and walk-in shower, kitchenette, and locally sourced breakfast provisions, are also provided. Enjoy 100 rolling acres of lush green paddocks, local wildlife encounters, and three platypus dams. Look up at night for some epic stargazing, and keep an eye out for possums and wallabies.

Things to do nearby: Cradle Mountain is just a short drive away, as is Lake Barrington, and there are plenty of walking tracks. Head to Lookout for views of Mount Roland or Kimberley’s Lookout for valley vistas.

best tiny homes tasmania

Navaisha Tiny House

Reedy Marsh
2 guests, $357 per night
Distance from Hobart:
28 minutes by car

Enjoy a slower pace lifestyle at this tiny romantic home. Soak up the night sky in the wood-fired hot tub or relax in the claw foot bathtub, protected from the elements. The house is equipped with pantry basics such as coffee and olive oil, a comfy bed with a skylight for stargazing, and an indoor fireplace for those wintery nights. There’s no phone reception here, so enjoy the digital detox.

Things to do nearby: Reedy Marsh is a tiny town, so there’s not much to do nearby other than explore the forest reserve and enjoy nature. Launceston is a relatively close drive, and Cradle Mountain is two hours drive away.

best tiny homes tasmania

A-Frame

Oyster Cove
2 guests, $200 per night
Distance from Launceston:
41 minutes by car

This unique a-frame cabin sits on 20 acres of bushland and is surrounded by wildlife from Tawny Frogmouth Owls to Pademelons and Quolls. The deck is the best place to enjoy the landscape, and the wood fireplace helps keep the cold at bay during winter. Inside, there is a queen bed, bathroom, and kitchen. Upstairs is an 80s themed games room with a lava lamp, bean bags, and cassette player.

Things to do nearby: The chain itself is deep in the bush, with a long dirt windy road, so there are no restaurants or cafes nearby. Uber doesn’t even go there, but Launceston is 41 minutes away, and there’s plenty to do there if you’ve had enough relaxing for one day.

best tiny homes tasmania

Seachance

Bicheno
4 guests, $185 per night
Distance from Launceston:
1 hour, 56 minutes by car

Stay in this decorated 50s beach house, situated in the middle of Bicheno. `This house caters to up to four guests and features a large kitchen and living space, two bedrooms, a backyard, and an outdoor fire area.

Things to do nearby: The house is located in a central spot, making it easy for guests to walk to the local shops, restaurants, cafes, and pubs. Head to The Gulch for the best fish and chips in Tasmania. You can also go snorkelling nearby or to a lookout for sweeping views.

best tiny homes tasmania

Tiny House Tasmania

Taroona
2 guests, $195 per night
Distance from Launceston:
16 minutes by car

Enjoy this loft-style, tiny waterfront home all to yourself. Set on a bush track overlooking the Derwent River, this home offers a cozy stay, far enough away from the city to experience that rural lifestyle and close enough to all the action. There is a private courtyard with a newly installed outdoor bath and chairs for soaking up those stunning southern sunsets. Sandy Bay is only 10 minutes away, and Hobart is a 16-minute drive.

Things to do nearby: head into Hobart and eat your way through the best restaurants or drive to Sandy Bay to experience the coastal life. There are plenty of restaurants within a 20-minute drive of the home.

best tiny homes tasmania

The Milkman’s Shack

Dunorlan
2 guests, $220 per night
Distance from Launceston:
40 minutes by car

Nestled in the Meander Valley region, the Milkman’s Shack offers a classic country getaway where you can unwind and relax. Don’t be fooled by the exterior; inside this shack is a moody, luxury interior you will fall in love with. The outdoor claw foot bathtub is a highlight.

Things to do nearby: Drive 10-minutes to the picturesque town of Deloraine for coffee and great food. There are plenty of hikes around for something a little more adventurous, and Devonport is only a 35-minute drive away.

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Sleep Inside a Restored Train Carriage on a Black Sand Beach In New Zealand

Experience the romance of the train travel era.

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There’s a term for someone with a strong affinity for anything related to trains and rail travel— ‘Ferroequinology’. It’s not the easiest word to roll off the tongue, so instead, they like to go by ‘railfans.’ There is a long list of reasons why some people are obsessed with trains, but nostalgia seems to be the driving force for seeking vestiges of train rides past. For some, it’s the charm of an opulent interior and polished wood walls on the Venice Simplon-Orient Express ushering them back into the heyday of luxury steam strains. For others, it’s the chance to watch the world go by on a scenic rail journey. Either way, you can’t deny even today, there is still magic in train travel. Preserving that magic is a new wave of train carriage accommodations, providing railfans and anyone curious about what it’s like to sleep in a train carriage from a bygone era the chance to do so.

One particularly unique ‘train b&b’ is Hapuku Carriages, in the small coastal town of KaikĹŤura. Planted opposite a black sand beach on one side and colossal snowy mountains on the other is a restored carriage built in 1921. It was previously used as a guard’s van, then shearers quarters for workers. In 2007 it was removed from the farm and is now sitting on Mike and Susie-Lee’s little slice of paradise.

Mike is a collector of quirky and unusual things, and Susie-Lee is a painter, often seen wielding pastels and charcoals in her studio in the evenings. Together, they restored and decorated the carriage, instilling the romance of the train travel era with art and cosy rugs. There’s even an outdoor bathtub for guests to enjoy a long soak while admiring the KaikĹŤura mountains.

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While the train carriage is unique and a major draw for railfans, the Pohutukawa Cottage next door should not be overlooked. It’s renovated using as many recycled materials as Mike, and Susie-Lee could get their hands on, including special touches from The Art Deco Mayfair theatre in KaikĹŤura and materials from The Adelphi Hotel built in 1918. The kitchen is custom-made from recycled cross arms off power polls and other native timbers. In the open-plan living and dining room, pops of colour from vintage leather chairs and seats scream retro and rustic charm. Although, the modern conveniences make it a comfortable place to base yourself, with the main town in KaikĹŤura an easy seven-minute drive away. The cottage also has an outdoor tub and a deck, perfect for relaxing with a cheese board and wine, watching the sun dip behind the mountains.

Upon arrival, Susie-Lee welcomes guests with a glass jar of homemade granola, a stocked fridge for all your breakfast needs, and a friendly smile. There might also be wine in the fridge and a cheeky chocolate or two on the table. You feel right at home from the moment you’re handed the keys. After you’ve settled in, wander down the driveway to the beach, which is a two-minute walk from the carriage and cottage. The seemingly never-ending black sand beach is deserted most days. Enjoy the spectacular views of turquoise blue waters stretching over deep, dark black sand, leading to a backdrop of dramatic snow-tipped mountains. It’s beyond wondrous and one of the only places on the South Island where you can see the mountains meet the sea.

Venture into town to sample local delicacies. We also suggest stopping at Bernie’s Diner for a quirky experience. There’s a Cadillac museum in the basement. KaikĹŤura is known for its marine encounters, including large pods of dolphins, sperm whales, and countless native fur seals. They’re everywhere, basking on rocks and beaches.

Book your stay here.

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