Tasmania’s Moorilla Estate Opens New Designer Pavilions

Moorilla is where art meets wine, fine cuisine and cutting edge luxury on the banks of the Derwent River, just 15 minutes’ drive north of Hobart. Located at the bottom of the world, Tasmania is fast becoming one of the world’s coolest destinations. In anticipation of the opening of Australia’s largest private museum, the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), in late 2010, four new deluxe accommodation pavilions have been added to Tasmania’s Moorilla Estate–a vineyard that offers stunning accommodation while you dine at The Source Restaurant, learn about cool climate Moorilla Wines and Moo Brew beer at the Cellar Door, and can also check out their latest events.


Three of the new pavilions are translucent glass and steel cubes that appear suspended on their apex; the fourth is a diamond-shaped three-storey building enclosed in a silver metallic skin. Guests can choose from one-or-two bedrooms configurations and each self-contained pavilion is completely private. Guests also have access to an enclosed infinity heated lap-pool, sauna and gymnasium.

Museum and vineyard owner, David Walsh, has personally chosen works from his private collection for each pavilion, including time-based art pieces. Guests will also have access to their choice of online imagery streamed from the MONA collection once MONA opens. The original four pavilions, featuring works by major Australian artists: Brett Whiteley, Sidney Nolan, Arthur Boyd and Charles Blackman, have been refurbished to reflect the new look and feel. The rooms have been aptly named after architects who have influenced Australia’s architectural landscape: Roy (Grounds), Robin (Boyd), Esmond (Dorney) and Walter (Burley Griffin), however the new pavilions were designed by one of Australia’s most innovative architects Nonda Katsalidis in association with Antarc­tica and Fender Katsalidis. (Nonda Katsalidis is also the MONA architect.)

Inside the rooms, contemporary design furnishings include Arflex Marenco sofas, Fatboy bean bags, B&B Italia UP1 ‘doughnut’ chairs, Zanotta wire coffee tables, bespoke furniture by some of Tasmania’s top furniture designers, and pieces from Walsh’s furniture collection. State of the art bathroom fittings include Kaldewei spa baths; a Zucchetti Roca Vythos bath and spa system outdoor spa. Kitchen equipment is by top European manufacturers and guests will find their in-room Moorilla wine collection stored in under-bench, two-temperature zone wine cellars. Now that’s a cool climate worth exploring!

To talk with the staff about what’s happening at MONA during your stay, pavilion rates and special offers contact: + 61(0)3 6277 9900 or Email: accommodation@moorilla.com.au

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