After more than a decade of planning, Tasmania’s southeast coast is set to receive a new and “remarkable” luxury wilderness retreat, expected to be completed in 2020.
Holiday accommodation brand Baillie Lodges announced that “Remarkable Lodge”, a $20 million eco-tourism development is officially going ahead on the 43-hectare site at Crescent Bay on the Tasman Peninsula. The site is located around 75 minutes’ drive from Hobart and close to the world heritage-listed Port Arthur historic site.
Initially approved for development in 2008, entrepreneur Dick Smith shelved the project because of a lack of community and government support. Smith sold the project to Baillie Lodges in 2016.
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Tasmanian Premier Will Hodgman and owners James and Hayley Baillie made the announcement in the lead up to the new year.
James and Hayley Baillie have developed eco-luxury lodgings on Lord Howe Island, Kanagaroo Island and Uluru.
“After many years in the planning, Hayley and I are very excited to be adding the remarkable Tasman Peninsula to our collection of unique wilderness destinations around Australia,” James Baillie said.
The lodge will offer sea views extending to Tasman Island and Cape Pillar, and will adjoin the Tasman National Park.
Built in a contemporary wing-shaped design, Remarkable Lodge will be constructed from stone, wood and concrete, providing 20 suites that join a guest-only restaurant and bar, open fire and terrace.
Guests can explore Crescent Bay or take a short walk to Basket Bay and “Remarkable Cave”.
“We believe Remarkable Lodge will provide a welcome boost to the local and regional economies,” James Baillie said.
“The Tasmanian government has shown generous support for the project with $1 million committed to infrastructure allowing more visitors access to the Tasman Peninsula whilst preserving the region’s spectacular natural assets.”
Construction is expected to commence in 2019, with Remarkable Lodge flagged to open in 2020.