The Grand Hotel, Maria Island, Tasmania, Australia. The Grand Hotel was built late in the 19th century to accommodate visitors to the vineyards and later cement industry on the island. I (Fred) stayed here too during several week-long adventure school camps in the 1960s. Autumn 2013.
Copyright © Fred Vanderbom
This was part of Italian businessman Diego Bernacchi's dream for this island. I reckon he was a visionary, before his time. If he had established vineyards and a hotel in the early 21st century he would have established a first rate resort in a truly beautiful spot.