As far as Tasmania is concerned, locals (I) have to admit that we have a lot. There are always a handful of restaurants, bars and accommodation experiences in each town that we locals recommend. But that said, famous spots are always famous for a reason. The truth is we have a lot of big companies in the hospitality and tourism sectors to choose from. Why, you might be wondering? Well, Tasmania’s economy depends heavily on tourism. So when we host a visitor, we make sure to do it well. And if you’re looking for the best of the best in Tasmania, Kittawa Hostel on King Island is as good as it gets. Oh, and did I mention it’s still a pretty secretly kept secret?
Kittawa Lodge, an oasis in Tasmania
I will forgive you if you have never heard of Kittawa Lodge. Tasmania’s newest luxury lodge has only recently opened to the public, and it’s tucked away on the serene King Island, a small island off the northwest coast. It’s a short 30-minute flight to King Island from Wynyard, or you can also board flights from each of Tasmania’s major cities, Hobart or Launceston.
Once you get to the island, you will soon see how easy it is to relax. The locals are friendly and mostly keep themselves, so the feeling of getting in is pretty easy (even if everyone knows you’re backward!) But the pace of life here is typical of island life – no stress and ease. It should therefore come as no surprise that most of Kittawa’s guests so far have come from busy Sydney or Melbourne, eager to escape the rat race.
Discover the magic of King Island
There aren’t any major attractions on King Island but just being here is enough reason. The air is fresh, the sea breeze is cool, and the lifestyle is really adaptable. That said, there are many beautiful beaches for you to visit and a number of places to stop during your journey. But the beauty of King Island is not to do but more to be. You will understand what I mean when you arrive.
If you want a few stops to get to your place, here are some highlights we found from our stay:
King Island Dairy – Free cheese tasting and a great stopover to buy local produce (I mean more cheese)
Seal Rocks – Dramatic cliffs and rough seas. A great place at sunset.
Cape Wickham Lighthouse – Australia’s tallest lighthouse and a beautiful place in the north.
Bay of disappointment – Anything but disappointing! A beautiful beach to catch the sunrise.
The rooms at Kittawa Lodge
After a day to tour around the island, we checked in at the Kittawa hostel around 2pm. This is a great reason to see more King Island as soon as we arrive, because we soon realized that Kittawa Lodge is one of those places you don’t want to leave once you arrive!
Currently only two motels are being offered, with plans for future expansion. Every wooden lodge is equipped with all the bang wizz equipment like Nespresso coffee machines and dishwashers, but no TV in view (relieved!) accustomed to every day and adjusted to adjust.
Each wooden lodge is equipped with a fully equipped kitchen, a large dining table, spacious seating in the seating area and a wood fire stove for cool evenings with the sea breeze. There’s also central heating throughout the room so you can rest assured you’ll never get cold – and if so, just throw a log in the fire and go back to the show (nature ) outside.
There are a lot of wallabies in the hotel that help with great entertainment. You will often see them outside the grazing room, approaching the window with curiosity. One highlight of our vacation was seeing them visit our bathroom window while in the tub and if the length of stay is anything to go by, I think they love it a lot too. like us!
Experience dining in a private room
If you only do one thing during your stay at Kittawa Lodge, make it a private room dining experience. This is an optional addition to your stay and dare to say the most memorable part of our visit. The owners of Kittawa Lodge, Nick and Aaron, are made for hospitality. And while there are very different roles at the lodge, both feel essential to the experience.
During your days at Kittawa Lodge, you will be sure to meet both owners, who are indispensable in the lodge’s success. Visiting foresight a few years ago, the couple arranged their lives and careers in Sydney to change their lifestyles. And as you taste some of Nick’s sweet creations (sticky rice days are a highlight!), You’ll begin to wonder if he might have a baking career in the future.
But when it comes to private dining experiences, this is where Aaron really takes center stage! With Italian heritage best embodied in his amazing lunch and dinner creations, Aaron’s love for food is truly a highlight of your stay. And when the private dining experience promised a search for herbs along the shoreline, I knew it was an evening we couldn’t miss.
The four-course meal included a delicious green cheese beets appetizer, followed by Aaron’s famous gnocchi as a generous side dish. Then came the main course – meat for my boyfriend and a vegetarian dish for myself, with Aaron always feeling too happy to fulfill the dietary requirements. All of this was accomplished with a chocolate orange torte – a perfect meal!
Oh and how about the tub!
You can’t go to Kittawa Lodge without daily soaking in the stone bath. Not only do they have a breathtaking view, but they are also frequented by the local wallaby. And if you’re like me (a wildlife lover), you’ll make the most of it! The trick is to time your shower at different times of the day for the full experience. The marshmallow pastel sky is usually a delight in the mornings, but sunset over the ocean is unforgettable.
Book your vacation
I completely enjoy my time at Kittawa Lodge on King Island. So much so that I’m telling everyone I know to book when they can! Motels are becoming more and more popular, especially as the Australian border is still closed and many of us are looking to escape in the country. And for sure if you’re looking for an exotic escape without leaving Australia, this will be it.
Rooms currently cost $ 880 per room, per night.
Food packages and private dining experiences are optional add-ons.