An ultra-rustic group of 4 “studio apartment style” self-contained accommodation on ground level. The apartments can sleep up to 3 people (3rd person on a rollaway bed with extra charge) with one of the apartment offering disabled facilities. Each of the apartments are equipped with kitchenette and a modern bathroom (spa and bath available under a separate package - please check with Reception on the fees and charges); an outdoor dining area with own BBQ facilities. Each apartments has its own heating – reverse cycle unit.
The apartments underscore the environmentally-friendly personality of Oyster Cove Chalet, having a colour scheme of brown, beige, white and green to echo the palette of the surrounding sand, sky, and forestry; perfect retreat for couples or families who are looking for a short break in Australia’s best natural state.
In 1847, 47 Tasmanian Aboriginal people were confined for fifteen years at Wybalenna on Flinders Island at Oyster Cove station, an ex-convict government settlement 35 miles south of Hobart. Oyster Cove was occupied by Aboriginal people until it succumbed to heavy flooding in the winter of 1874. The site was then abandoned.
Oyster Cove today symbolises the unity and resolve of Tasmanian Aboriginal people to redress wrongs of the past by political means. In 1981, the state government proclaimed 30.3 hectares of the Oyster Cove Station, a historic site. In 1984 the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre occupied Oyster Cove and claimed land rights for the site. After several attempts, in 1995, 10 hectares at Oyster Cove were among the 3800 hectares transferred to the Tasmanian Aboriginal people.
Today, Oyster Cove is a peaceful place, surprising considering its fraught history. Each year the Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre hosts the Oyster Cove Festival, a day of community, music, food and remembrance. Having this place, where many of the Old People spent their last days, under Aboriginal care is an affirmation of the cultural and spiritual responsibility of Aboriginal people to maintain and build relationships with their people and country.
Oyster Cove Chalet was built in 2004 on some 6 acres which the previous owners called “Wirreanda”. The apartment units is built from an American Barn style design and were originally decorated in a Tuscan style with furniture and fittings. The grounds were developed to what could be called a “parkland”layout with large cut grass areas with specimen trees gracing the the areas.
Since 2013, the apartment units have been refurnished to keep up with the modern and cosy interior, that the travellers are after.
Located just outside of the township of Snug, Snug Falls is a beautiful waterfall above an idyllic river bed. The walking track is just over an hour return from the parking bay just off an unsealed access road. The track is all downhill on the way to the falls and all uphill on the way back. The footing is a little rocky and uneven in places but generally quite easy walking.The walk itself is only 1 hour, 2km return along an undulating trail, making it a great short walk for those in the area.
On your way to our Chalet, you pass by Margate, which houses the famous Margate Train - formerly known as the Tasman Limited. The Margate train is Tasmania’s last passenger train. The restored railway carriages of the Margate Train now house a range of businesses including arts and crafts, a specialist book exchange, restaurant and cafe. Most try the infamous pancakes in the train cabin?
Adjacent to the train, you can also visit the Inverawe Native Gardens, Tasmania's largest native landscaped garden. Do visit Nandroya Vineyard, and have a taste of their popular Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.
Enjoy your morning or afternoon break at Jam & Bread, a quaint café for a cup of tea/coffee with delicious homemade cakes and snacks.
North West Bay Golf Club overlooks beautiful North West Bay in southern Tasmania. The 18 hole golf course features wonderfully scenic views.
Channel Heritage Museum Explore the Past! The Channel Heritage Museum aims to promote and preserve the history of the Channel area from Margate south to Gordon. The museum covers home, community and industrial life of the area. Experience a real-life recreation of early Tasmanian kitchen, bedroom and wash house. A library featuring photos, cuttings books and documents are available for historical reference and family research.
About 15 minutes from Hobart, heading southwards will bring to Kingston town where you can do some groceries shopping at Coles, Woolworth and Big W before it leads you to our chalet for a relaxing holiday and break. You can explore beautiful Kingston Beach which is a dog friendly beach or walk, track along Blackmans Bay Beach or even dine at some nice restaurants and café with beautiful views of the beach.
Kingston Beach Golf Club is a par-71, 18-hole 6,082-metre members golf club at Kingston, a 15-minute drive south of Hobart. The golf course is open to the public outside competition times. It offers spectacular views of Mount Wellington and local beaches and rivers.
Heading southward towards Huon Valley, you will drive through picturesques orchards, vineyards, farmlands and riverside towns like Franklin where you can find the best apple cider in Tasmania called Frank’s Cider. Frank’s Cider has a gift for cider making from Red apples and Pear and has created within a lightning quick timeframe, some of Australia’s best cider.
Further south is Geeveston, where the oldest dolomite, Hasting Caves is. Tour the magical chambers of flowstones and shawls and if you have the time, take a break and relax in a thermal pool. The caves of this region started to form approximately 40 million years ago and remained unseen until 1917, when timber workers discovered an entrance.
Walk among the giants of the forest! Tahune airwalk is a must see attraction in the sourthern forest! With its deep soils and high rainfall, the forest ishome to the tallest flowering plant in the world: the Eucalyptus regnans. These trees are born and destroyed in fire, and new forests grow in the ashes of the old. The tallest 99.6m hardwood in the world was discovered here. Glide over the Huon river when you try out the Eagle Hang Gliding activity.
Overlooking Peppermint Bay and the northern end of Bruny Island with water views on one side and rolling hills and small farms on the other, the area produces a bounty of apple and stone fruit varieties. The Channel – as the locals call it – is also well known for Atlantic salmon farms that can be visited on a selection of cruises.
Dine at the multi-award winning Peppermint Bay restaurant complex, serving the freshest seafood and local produce.
Grandvewe Cheese - The only Sheep Milk Cheesery, where you can meet the sheep, taste up to 15 different cheeses and enjoy a wine while viewing the whole process of cheese making and maturing. The Cheesery also offers wonderful homemade gourmet delights to take home and enjoy with your cheese.
Catch a ferry from the Kettering ferry terminal to Bruny Island. The island is full of surprises from gentle countryside and wild coastlines to quiet beaches and roaring surf and a rich heritage of sealers, whalers and explorers. The size of Bruny Island is about 50 kilometres (31 miles) long. It appears to be two islands but North and South Bruny and are joined by a narrow strip of land called The Neck. Catch the magnificent view of this island from the plane before landing into Hobart airport.