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Diamond Island Retreat

Bedrooms 2
Property type cottage


About the property

Providing a virtual waterfront location, 'The Retreat' provides quiet, comfortable, self-contained accommodation in a gloriously picturesque setting and only 3 km from the East coast township of Bicheno.

Diamond Island Retreat is a family holiday home. We are delighted to be able to share it with you and your friends and family. During your stay here we hope that you are able to begin to appreciate what it is we see in this pristine environment and that you, in turn, will share that with your friends. However, if you are on a return visit we'd like to say, welcome back.

You only need stand on the expansive deck and look out toward the sea to see why this place is called Diamond Island. This is a jewel in the sea. If you can tear yourself away from the view, take a short stroll (200mts) across the paddock in front of the Retreat, through the gates and past the penguin burrows, you will come to our stunning beach. We call it 'our' beach because it certainly feels private. I assure you, once you step foot on the beach and feel the sun on your skin and wind in your hair the stress and worry of your everyday life will be carried away on the gentle breeze.

At low tide, you can venture across the sand bar to visit Diamond Island. Extreme care is required to avoid disturbing the delightful little Fairy Penguins as this is a protected sanctuary for the little birds.

Swim the crystal clear water, surf the waves at Redbill beach, explore the rock pools, go beachcombing for seashells, or just relax on the spacious deck at 'The Retreat' with a glass of chilled Tasmanian bubbles or a frost ale. If you are lucky you may spot dolphins playfully frolicking in the shelter of Diamond Island or perhaps even whales on their migration down the East Coast.

Accommodation at 'The Retreat' consists of 1 queen size bed, 1 single bed and pair of bunk beds.

Linen, doonas, pillows, blankets and towels are all provided. You also have access to our laundry facilities (washing machine and dryer).

With a comfortable leather lounge suite, reverse cycle airconditioner and heater, 40' flat screen LCD TV, CD, Blu-Ray DVD player with a selection of movie titles, you are assured of a stress-free & relaxed holiday in this captivating place.

Free wifi is available at Passinis Cafe so if you need access, buy a coffee and chill for an hour. The 3-4G network is available at The Retreat but Telstra offers the best coverage so maybe consider a Telstra SIM card for your holidays. Once the NBN goes through we will seriously consider introducing a wifi connection from the cottage.

The kitchen is equipped with all the utensils and crockery you could need, so feel free to cook up a storm either indoors on the new stove and oven or outdoors on the gas BBQ and outdoor dining table.

Alternatively venture into the township for a counter meal or enjoy some of the wonderful local restaurants and cafes such as Pasini's, The Shed or bakery. All specialise in local and seasonal fare. If you don't fancy driving, one of the best restaurants on the east coast is 5 minutes walk away! The chefs at 'Facets' restaurant specialises in dishes that focus on local seafood, beef, fruits, wines and cheeses. It is Tasmania's famed cuisine at its very best.

A safe 4km walking and bicycle track, built as a bi-centenial project links 'The Retreat' with Bicheno and the blowhole. Perfect for a healthy stroll or to build up an appetite.

Please note that we are a privately owned cottage & not affiliated in any way with the Diamond Island Resort near by.


About the township of Bicheno

Situated an equal distance from the capital city of Hobart in the South and the northern city of Launceston, Bicheno is a popular holiday destination for Tasmanian and interstate visitors alike. This part of Tasmania enjoys its own Mediterranean microclimate. The East coast is generally several degrees warmer than the rest of Tasmania all year round. It is out of the rain shadow of the west coast and the highlands and its nooks and crannies are where savvy Tasmanians go for rest and recreation.

Originally a whaling town, Bicheno is now home to a thriving fishing industry and is a vibrant tourist destination. Bicheno provides a perfect base for exploring the unspoilt beauty of the East Coast of Tasmania. The Apsley Gorge National Park, breathtaking Freycinet Peninsula, quaint Coles Bay & Swansea townships are all a short drive from Bicheno. Penguin tours (bookings required) are held nightly all year round 5 minutes walk from The Retreat.

Diving and fishing charters operate out of Bicheno and glass bottom boat tours highlight the magnificent kelp forests that grace the East Coast of Tasmania.

Bicheno has a wide range of activities to cater for every taste and budget.

Payment conditions:

$100 deposit (or total cost for single night) required within 7 days of confirmation of booking. Balance of rental required 14 days prior to the commencement of the rental period.

Payment can be made by credit card through STAYZ.

Cancellation policy:

Deposit will be refunded if cancelled up to 30 days before rental period.

More Details

Kate Gard
Member since: 2006
Speaks english
Response time
Within 12 hours
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
20 August, 2018


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday cottage rental in Bicheno, Australia

Property Type:
  • cottage
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • All dishes to be washed (with detergent) and either dried and put away or left in the rack to drain. DO NOT PUT WET DISHES IN CUPBOARDS
Location Type:
  • Golf Course Front
  • Family
  • Romantic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed
    Bedroom 2 - 3 single bed , single bed plus bunks
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill
  • forests
  • winery tours
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • surfing


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Diamond Island Retreat
average rating of 4.81982 based on 111 reviews

Well equipped and comfortable cottage.

  • 5 of 5

We totally enjoyed our short stay with grandchildren but plan to return on our own. Going out of season certainly is a bonus as you can enjoy the quiet, stroll down the paddock and, see the penguins coming in at night.

  • Review Submitted: 02/08/2018
  • Date of Stay: July 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: So pleased you enjoyed your stay with the grandkids Garry and when you do return contact us directly (via email) and we will look after you. We love to see our guests return. Brad & Kate
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Comfortable Cottage with beautiful views!

  • 4 of 5

Comfortable cottage with great views and excellent location, well wort the stay!

  • Review Submitted: 04/11/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: John, we are so pleased you have enjoyed your stay and we look forward to your return sooner rather than later.
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One of the best view of Diamond Island

  • 5 of 5

Our 2nd visit at Diamond Island Retreat. Very reasonable fee for a good location to see fairy penguins and wonderful view of Diamond Island. If you are early, you can catch the first sunrise. Will definitely come back again.

  • Review Submitted: 15/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay Julie. Also impressed that the first stay allowed you the desire to return. That's wonderful feedback. If you do book in again at anytime in the future, alert us to the fact and we'll ensure you receive our 'returning guest' discount. Thank you for the kind words.
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Galston, New South Wales, Australia

Great place and location

  • 5 of 5

House very homely, awesome spot opposite Diamond Island and there were penguins everywhere

  • Review Submitted: 25/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Lacked even the basics

  • 2 of 5

The location is fantastic. However the house was lacking even the basic amenities. We were given 1 roll of loo paper, 1/4 roll of paper towels, no shampoo, no tissues, and the kitchen was falling apart (we almost pulled the drawer front off by opening it). It was clean but no care is put into this place. We found out the hard way that the local store closes at 5:30 PM after running out of loo paper and needing to shower with 2 small shell shaped soaps that were in the bathroom. I know it's not a B&B but there weren't even band aids in the place. In terms of tea and coffee there was 1 dried spoonful of Blend 42 and 2 old teabags. We rent places very often and expect the very basics to be there. We ended up spending so much of our own money on basics we may as well have gone camping. Again the location is fantastic, but I'd sooner rent another place nearby next time for the price.

  • Review Submitted: 08/04/2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your feedback - it's a shame you didn't contact us at the time (our contact details are provided in the 'House Information' document) as our cleaner would have happily delivered extra supplies. There is virtually no demand for soaps, shampoos, etc. but we offer guest soaps for 'emergencies' as well as liquid soaps. There are usually band-aids sitting with the sunscreen we supply near the front door - apologies that there were none there during your stay. Thankyou for alerting us to the damaged drawer - it has now been fixed. We have also taken on board your comment about the supermarket and will advertise the opening times of it, and other businesses, in our pre-rental 'House Information'. Again, thankyou for your feedback and although not everything met your needs, we're glad you enjoyed the beautiful location of our lovely Retreat.
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Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

Great property

  • 5 of 5

Fantastic location, we stayed with our 3 young children. They loved walking across to diamond island. House was very comfortable with everything you need. View was lovely, a great spot to relax. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay, would come back again.

  • Review Submitted: 17/03/2017
  • Date of Stay: February 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Other Activities:

penguins and Diamond Island


Rates & Availability

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Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if cancelled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if cancelled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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