Tasmanian tourist accommodation providers will be allowed to take bookings again from June 15, and many are looking forward to opening their doors and welcoming guests again after a difficult period for tourism.
Border restrictions will remain in place at this stage, so only essential travel out of the state is advised, and anyone re-entering will have to quarantine for 14 days.
But why not take this opportunity to set out on a local holiday?
Whether it's a weekend getaway, a family adventure or a social trip with a bunch of mates, Tasmania is filled with incredible accommodation options in gorgeous settings, with everything from the quirky to the luxurious.
And if you go now, you won't have to share them with any mainlanders.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
Sleep surrounded by history in Stanley
Stamps of Stanley is a cute-as-a-button place to stay in the middle of the picturesque seaside town.
It is so named because the accommodation options have been converted from the old Stanley post office, built in 1845.
The two apartments are called 'Ye Olde Telephone Exchange' and 'Ye Olde Customs House', and have retained much of the character of their former lives. There is a view of "the Nut" - Stanley's famous flat-topped formation - on one side, and the beach on the other.
Hosts Cornell and Arlene are attentive hosts - and they even provide a special torch so you can go and find Stanley's nocturnal penguins without hurting the little birds' eyes.
During the day, explore the artisanal products available in local shops, grab a coffee, walk the streets of the adorable village, or stretch your legs hiking around the Nut.
Find out more at stampsofstanley.com.au/
Cost: From $130 a night for two people, to $225 a night for five people.
Hang out with Highland cows in the Huon Valley
Get up close with alpacas, chickens, and Scottish Highland Cattle at this farm stay, that offers three suites - two with a hot tub overlooking undulating pastures.
Your stay at Highland Getaway includes a farm tour, where you can hang out with the Highland cows, give them a brush, and take plenty of pictures.
Owner Julie Sade said there were baby calves on the property at the moment, and that they were "missing the attention."
"I'll reopen as soon as I'm allowed to," she said.
The farm is located in Ranelagh in the Huon Valley. Find out more at highlandgetaway.com.au/
Cost: From $230 a night for two people.
Beachside glamping at Scamander
Scamander Sanctuary Holiday Park features - as well as a regular camping ground and caravan park for visitors - a collection of luxury tents for that sweet-spot cross between camping and sleeping indoors.
The "safari tents" are cabin-like set-ups with timber decking: "Guest tell us that they love the feeling of sleeping under canvas, listening to the sound of the waves lap at the beach and the breeze in the trees, [but] waking up with all of the conveniences of luxury self-contained cabin accommodation," the website says.
"Bell tents", on the other hand, are just you, the tent, and the outdoor firepot. Electric blankets are provided as well as access to a communal kitchen, and there is also, of course, a cheese board (BYO brie).
Find out more at scamandersanctuary.com.au/
Cost: From $125 a night for two people to $170 a night for six people.
Get back to basics at a Lilydale eco-stay
Get away from the stresses of the world at the Trig, outside Lilydale.
There are three accommodation options: a converted shipping container, a cozy studio, and an artists' retreat, all situated on idyllic hillside pastures.
It's possible this farmland has magical properties that cause your worries to melt away, because despite being only 20 minutes from Launceston, it feels like another world.
All three options come with an outdoor bath, a stocked kitchen with pre-packaged meals, Tasmanian wines, beers, and cider, a wood heater, books, movies, instruments, art supplies and games.
You can also go on the five-hour return hike up Mt Arthur, which takes you through different forest types to an expansive view of the region.
Owner Susie Aulich said come June 15 they will "definitely be open, bright with buttons on."
"We're ready to share again," she said.
Find out more at thetrig.com.au/
Cost: From $180 a night to $260 a night, depending on accommodation choice.
Winter luxury by Lake St Clair
After starting operations in 2015, Pumphouse Point at Lake St Clair has quickly become one of Tasmania's iconic tourism destinations.
There are three options for guests: Pumphouse, which sits on the end of a jetty surrounded by the waters of Australia's deepest lake; Shorehouse, situated on the shore overlooking Lake St Clair; and the Retreat, tucked into bushland with native trees framing your view of the water.
Activities include trout fishing, rowing, and hiking. Otherwise, you can simply stay warm by the fire enjoying the produce provided in each room: local cheeses, cured meats, hearty soups, wine, beer, and cider.
Pumphouse Point will be reopening to guests on June 19, on weekends only.
Find out more at pumphousepoint.com.au/
Cost: From $320 a night for two people to $1,550 a night for two people, depending on room choice.
Activities central on Bruny Island
Mandala House is a four-bedroom, waterfront house that can fit up to 11 people - perfect for families or groups of friends.
It comes with a separate games room with table tennis, five kayaks with safety equipment, fishing gear, a cubby house, and a sandpit.
It's a great spot for wildlife-spotting, and a picturesque 20-minute walk will take you to the small township of Alonnah.
This friendly, welcoming home is a great base to explore one of Tasmania's treasures - Bruny Island - with its endless walking tracks, sightseeing cruise to awe-inspiring sea cliffs, and world-class cheese, wine, beer, and whiskey sampled straight from the producers who make it.
Find out more at mandalabrunyisland.com.au/
Cost: From $275 a night for two people, to $626 a night for 11 people.
Rejuvenate deep in the rainforest
Corinna Wilderness Experience is a historic mining town deep in the Tarkine rainforest that has been converted into an eco-tourism retreat.
Guests can stay in one-bedroom cottages and in the old pub, or they can camp.
Spend your days hiking through the forest, relaxing on a river cruise along the Pieman, or kayaking. The key experience here is simply being in the environment. Corinna describes it as an "ancient unbroken tract of rainforest that shows a world beyond human memory; a living link with the ancient super-continent."
You will be sharing the forest with quolls, Tasmanian devils, eastern pygmy possums, wedge tailed eagles, the white breasted sea eagle, orange bellied parrots, white goshawks and giant freshwater lobsters.
Find out more at corinna.com.au/
Cost: From $175 for two people to $390 for eight people.
Get up close to Cradle Mountain
It wouldn't be a list of Tasmanian tourism destinations without the most famous - quite rightly - location. At Cradle Mountain Wilderness Village, your cottage is located in the forest right on the edge of the national park, five minutes from the Visitor Centre - the jumping off point to exploring the mountain and its surrounding trails.
This accommodation is especially ideal for couples, with chalets including a jacuzzi spa, and a restaurant on-site or kitchen facilities to cook up your own creations. Keep an eye out for wildlife, especially inquisitive wombats and wallabies.
Find out more at cradlevillage.com.au/
Cost: From $265 for two people to $340 for four people.
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