The Container

If you ever visit Tasmania, look up The Container in Lilydale, 30kms north east of Launceston.

We stayed here for 2 nights in 2016 and it was the highlight of my trip. The Container is just what it sounds like - a recycled shipping container that has been converted into eco-luxury accommodation.

It is completely off the grid - located up a 3.5km dirt road on the side of Mount Arthur. Cyclists beware - the road is steep! The owner laughed when we arrived and informed us we were the first cyclists to have ever stayed there. I can see why. I actually had to get off and push my bike at one stage, but the effort was worth it.

This studio is truly one of a kind. The creativity and attention to detail that has gone into the design is mindblowing. It is deceptively large, with windows on all sides to let the light in.

The bed is located up one end of the container and at the bedhead is a large window that looks out over the slopes of Mount Arthur.

The walls are covered in recycled materials and the main room is a cosy space filled with quirky knick knacks, a possum skin rug, a record player, an acoustic guitar and a log fire to warm your toes on those chilly Tassie nights.

The owners focus on using local products. The cupboards were filled with produce from local markets including local honey, and eggs from their own chickens with a note telling us if we ran out we could simply pay a visit to the hens and collect some more. An organic breakfast was provided with granola, yoghurt, fresh fruit and organic sourdough.

Cryovac Packed meals can also be provided for your dinner. They are cooked by local chef Daniel Alps and are in the freezer ready to be heated. They were really tasty, so if you can’t be bothered leaving i’d suggest going for this option.

To top it off there was a wine store filled with local wines, and a fridge full of beer and cider from local Tassie brewers (these came at an additional price).

I loved the atomic coffee maker. And they provided ugg boots!

Possibly the highlight is the outdoor bath that has hot running water (there is an indoor shower if this is not your thing). If you get a clear night it is simply magical having a bath under a thousand stars, the only company you will have will be a few Dorset sheep wandering about, but they are very friendly.

We were there 2 days and we did not leave. That was possibly because we couldn’t face riding back up the hill, but honestly this is such a relaxing place we didn’t feel the need to go anywhere. There are plenty of books to read, or games if you are feeling itchy.

I honestly cannot think of anything better than enjoying a local Tassie Pinot Noir on the deck of this incredible accommodation watching the sun set over the hills. Absolute bliss.

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