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Friday, 12 November 2021

How 1840s ruins were transformed into luxury accommodation

Triabunna, a pretty fishing town on Tasmania's east coast, has a new tourism drawcard with the recent opening of the redeveloped 1840s Heritage-Listed Triabunna Barracks and Stables. 

After five years of re-development, Triabunna Barracks has been officially opened as luxury visitor accommodation. 

Vacant for over 50 years, the Barracks and Stables were once on the brink of collapse. 

Now the sandstone and timber buildings have been totally transformed. Each large suite features its own kitchenette, luxury bathrooms, quality fittings and heated floors. 

The opening is perfectly timed for the influx of visitors as Tasmania opens up after Covid-19.


Triabunna Barracks is located adjacent to the marina in Triabunna and EV charging is available for guests.

The accommodation is close to the Maria Island ferry, local hotels, shops, butchers and supermarkets. 

Activities include visiting the local wineries and distillery, bushwalking on Maria Island, fishing charters and whale watching (in season).

Triabunna Barracks are a 70-minute drive from Hobart via the Tasman Highway and ideally located to be a base for exploring the island state's beautiful east coast.

Accommodation with breakfasts at The Loft, The Bakery and The Quarters start from $450 per night. You can also rent the entire property.  

I sampled the accommodation this week and it was something of a revelation. 

From a welcoming gin and tonic and cheese and deli platter on arrival, a lot of thought has gone into the three accommodation suites; a delightful mixture of old and new. 

Think super-comfy A&H Beard beds, quality fixtures, superfast wifi and lovely furnishings, TVs with Netflix and Stan connections and huge bathrooms that are well equipped. These are luxury hotel-quality rooms. 

The breakfasts, too, are sensational.  An honesty bar features local spirits, beers and Tasmanian wine choices.   

Triabunna Barracks is at 3 Charles Street, Triabunna, Tasmania 7190. Call 0414 186939 or email manager@triabunnabarracks.com

Images credit: Adam Gibson 

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