The Grand Hotel, Maria Island, Tasmania, Australia

The Grand Hotel, Maria Island, Tasmania, Australia
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.

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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.