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David at Skyescape Retreat.
David at Skyescape Retreat.
The beautiful view.
Your room at the Skyescape Retreat.

Skyescape Retreat

Thursday, March 21, 2002
Escape to Tasmania's rugged, northwest coast and the treacherous Bass Straight and treat yourself!

Ellie Valier and Brian Harvey's house looks across Tasmania's rugged, northwest coast and the treacherous Bass Strait. Sitting on 2½ hectares, the house has three wings. The owners live in the east wing, the west wing has two suites for guests and the central wing is a sitting and dining area.

The Haiku Suite, which is at ground level, has a cosy double bedroom, shower bathroom, dining and sitting room. The Halcyon is tri-level with a large bedroom, bathroom and spa. If a couple books one suite, the other is left unoccupied, or four adults can book both suites, ensuring exclusive occupancy.

Haiku — which is a type of Japanese poetry — and Halcyon — which is Greek for "heavenly" — have cathedral ceilings, space heating, electric blankets, television, toiletries, fresh flowers and other appealing little treats.

Breakfast of fresh juices and fruits, freshly baked bread, egg dishes, local trout, and teas and coffee is included in the tariff. Dinner menus and picnic hampers can be arranged and you can choose from a four-course meal, or something light and simple.

The gardens have a mixture of native plants and thousands of winter and spring flowering bulbs. Trails lead to a myriad of things — fishing places, a secluded beach, rock pools, ocean walk and pretty places where you can just sit and soak it all in.

You might share your walk with bandicoots, echidnas, brushtail and ringtail possums, quolls and wallabies. More than 100 bird species live in the area, from little fairy wrens to the grand peregrine falcon and sea eagle. Marine life at Table Cape includes dolphins, seals and whales.

Cape country has a lot of attractions, natural and otherwise. You can visit a penguin colony, take a wilderness scenic flight, wander around coastal reserves, visit a bird sanctuary, or call on a deer, emu or tulip farm. Cradle Mountain and historic Strahan are just 1½ and 2½ hours away. There are golf courses with beautiful outlooks, beaches, art and craft galleries, tearooms and open gardens. Your hosts at Skyescape will happily help you plan day trips.


Table Cape, two hours northwest of Launceston.


Skyescape Boutique Retreat bed and breakfast starts at $170 a double, per night.
Please note prices are valid at time of transmission and to the best of our knowledge are inclusive of GST.

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