Best place to stay in Tasmania: Picnic Island


Picnic Island is just offshore from the spectacular Freycinet National Park and world-famous Wineglass Bay in Tasmania.


Walking distance to

The private island is a 10-minute water taxi ride to Coles Bay restaurants, Freycinet Lodge, Saffire, and the marine farm.


Size and style

Picnic Island takes up to 10 guests on a private hire of the whole island.


Guest profile

Clientele includes time-poor professionals looking for an authentic and wild experience and families wanting to give kids an unplugged holiday they will never forget.


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You need to know this

This little copper clad retreat is the only place in the world you can sleep in a seabird colony with daily dolphin sightings and the occasional whale during migratory season.


24 hour reception

24-hour contact is available for any issues but you have the island to yourself with no onsite manager.


On-site dining and drinking facilities

Picnic Island offers self-catering in a well-equipped kitchen.


Eco and Community Initiatives

Picnic Island is an off-grid private island nestled within a seabird colony - over 1,000 penguin and shearwater nests.


Concierge Recommends

A walk to Wineglass Bay. 


Celebrity guests?

Yes, plenty of celebrity guests come to Picnic Island for some private island time. Confidentiality is assured.

Inside the accommodations at Picnic Island.


On-site facilities

The island features five bedrooms, a guest lounge, kitchen, bathroom, and multiple decks.


There is free parking at the water taxi pickup location.


No, but there's plenty of water to swim in.




No, but there is good mobile coverage.

Turndown Service



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Weather to go

Summer in Tasmania is between December to February, with temperatures between 12 and 21 degrees Celsius and the occasional spike into the 30s. Autumn is a good alternative to the busy summer season, running from March to May, with temperatures ranging from 9 to 17 degrees. The weather is generally calm and sunny, providing an ideal climate for touring and walking. Between June and August Tasmania experiences its coldest temperatures and highest snowfall. 


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