MAGIC BEACH VILLA – BOAT HARBOUR
What could be more dreamy than heading to a villa named Magic Beach?
I slide open the big glass windows and step out onto the balcony. A barefooted local down below is with a young child. She glances up and says hello. I hear her so clearly that Magic Beach Villa might as well have Boat Harbour waves lapping its front garden. It’s utterly striking – an azure beach stretching out before me so close I can taste the salty breeze.
Growing up in North West Tasmania I’ve loved Boat Harbour Beach as much as the next local. Friends grew up holidaying regularly at nearby Sisters Beach and days have been enjoyed in shack-sprinkled Boat Harbour.
These days, a lucky few outside of Tassie have caught on and fallen for its spell. That said, likely not all newcomers appreciate standing ankle deep in what looks like tropical paradise to find it feels more like undercurrents direct from Antarctica. It’s bracingly cold. Plain and simple. This idyllic beach with its crystal waters and blindingly white sand is bracingly chilled.
The descent down into Boat Harbour Beach is always special. It’s like unwrapping a very pretty present. Gums do their best to obscure the spectacle below. A stay at Magic Beach Villa elevates this to a whole new level. When the brochure says absolute waterfront to what’s been named one of Australia’s top beaches, they mean it. It’s impossible not to unlock the door and head straight for the view. From the balcony, a manicured terraced garden spills down to meet the sand.
Our framed Bass Strait views are rivalled only by the glorious host Georgia. As I backtrack to the personal welcome message and treats, I see they are all local. A smooth Pinot from Ghost Rock Vineyard, summer berry jam from Hill Farm, cheese from Red Cow Organics, eggs and homemade granola from the owners farm ... attention to detail that is so utterly genuine. Everything has its origins in North West Tassie and begs Magic Beach guests to explore a little further. (Note: These goodies are usually only available during a stay at Mallavale Farm .... that's another story and another special stay ... find the link below.)
There’s plenty of room for up to seven across three generous bedrooms, complete with a king, queen and bunks. Two bathrooms ensure no squabbles or folk left with sandy feet. We make use of the thoughtfully-appointed kitchen and dine in by the flowing fire. After all, it’s winter.
Next morning, in just a few steps we’re on the beach. I’m on a cold water mission courtesy of Dutchman Wim Hof and gallop straight into the chilly waters, no doubt waking most of the village. It’s exhilaration followed by the promise of that deep bath and brekkie on the sunny balcony.
There’s only one word that keeps returning across our morning coffees. “Magic. It’s so magic here.” As we venture off to explore Rocky Cape National Park, we agree that indeed they got the name right on this one.
Find out more about Magic Beach Villa and other stunning Boat Harbour properties including Mallavale Farm here.
Words & images: Alice Hansen
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