Satellite Island

Location: Tasmania | Australia

Price guide: £££££ £350-£500 per person per night

When a Norwegian-born writer and poet found his muse, Satellite Island, in the 60s, he happily lived alone on the 34-hectare islet for the rest of his life, eating oysters, farming salmon and writing about the beauty of the wild landscape. Though it’s now owned by his nephew and has been lovingly transformed into an artful, driftwood-clad private retreat, the island still retains the remoteness and seclusion that first inspired the artist 50 years ago.
Perfect forSeafood lovers, oyster shuckers and those looking for a moderated Swiss Family Robinson experience.
In the know
  • Has one of the first organic salmon farms in the region. 
  • You’ll have exclusive use of the island during your stay.
  • Endless supply of fresh wild oysters.
  • Stunning views towards the snow-capped Hartz Mountains in winter.

Recommended for...

  • Off the Beaten Track
  • Romantic
  • Secret / In the Know
  • Eco-tourism

Hotel Overview

Sense of place

An island, off an island, off an island, located in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in south Tasmania.

Rooms at Satellite Island

Exclusively yours, you can choose to stay in either the three-bed Summer House or the waterside two-bedroom Boathouse. Incorporating their Norwegian ancestry into the interiors, the owners have designed the houses using Scandinavian styles, but have also managed to bring the outdoors in, with interiors that reflect the greys of the rock shelf, the blues of the pebbles on the beach and the pale hues of driftwood. Rooms are stylish with fresh grey and white tones, Finnish reindeer hides, Sisal rugs and quirky rustic ornamentation, such as a hand collected shells, antlers and eagle feathers.

Food and drink

A self-catering property, you’ll find the fridge and pantry fully stocked and the cupboards full of gourmet breakfast provisions. You’ll also find an endless supply of wild oysters available as well as a menu suggestion for each day of your stay.
If you want to try some Tasmanian cuisine, there’s a little boat that can take you to Bruny, where you’ll find a string of fantastic restaurants serving local wines, cheeses and its famed seafood.

Facilities

Board games, fishing equipment, kayaks, snorkels, masks and flippers are all provided for.

Activities at Satellite Island

During the daylight hours, spot the resident sheep, deer, guinea fowl and pair of rare white breasted sea eagles. Grab the fishing rods or kayak and head out on the waters between the island and Bruny or walk along the well-maintained tracks to the Look Out for afternoon tea with a spectacular view.
As the island is surrounded by an ancient rock shelf and home to an abundance of shellfish, including scallops, oysters and crayfish, spend your afternoons catching and foraging for your evening meal. Light a fire on the pebble beach and enjoy a glass of Tasmanian wine as your shuck the wild oysters you just caught and cook the scallops on the open fire.

Best time to go

Best time to travel

Good time to travel (but some limitations)

Travel is possible (but it’s not the best time)

Travel is not recommended

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Hotel location

To get to Satellite Island, you can drive from Hobart to Kettering, a 40-minute drive, and then take a 15-minute ferry ride to the island, or fly direct with a 20- minute helicopter ride.

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