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If you’ve been dreaming about travelling somewhere not too far but also tucked away, Tasmania ticks all the boxes. Australia’s only island state has everything you need to restore that peace of mind you’ve been missing.
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Read on to find out how to recharge yourself, reconnect with loved ones and make the most of Tasmania’s Off Season with an array of relaxing experiences.
Reconnect with your loved ones
Many cosy places in Tasmania were crafted for having the time of your life with family, friends and significant others. A warming effect of reconnection with your inner circle is served during long Fat Pig Farm’s Friday lunches. You can also share finger-licking meals at Twamley Farm where everyone is like a big family.
For an authentic slow living experience, consider staying in places like Thousand Lake Lodge, Pedder Wilderness Lodge, Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge or Rocky Hills Retreat. Through the unique wilderness experience, you have a sure chance of catching your second wind.
Head to a mountain summit
Whether you prefer a gentle stroll or a physical challenge, a full day’s outing or a quick walk, Tasmanian Off Season has plenty of mountain vista hikes for you.
Dove Lake Circuit with epic views of the Cradle Mountain, spectacular snowy scenery of Ben Lomond or the Frenchmans Cap Track in the heart of one of the wildest areas of Tasmania? Take your pick from a wide range of Tasmania’s mountainous walks!
Hint: In winter, the iconic Cradle Mountain Summit Walk isn’t too busy. Book in advance and get ready to be blown away! If you’re after an alternative to the Cradle Summit, consider Barn Bluff. With a slightly harder scramble to the top, the views are equally spectacular. The Three Capes Track is another independent multi-day walking experience on the Tasman Peninsula with a warm, rewarding after-taste.
Tuck into a slow-cooked winter feasting
In Tasmania, nobody doubts that fire cooking ignites a passion and evokes imagination. Let the smoke and flavours bring you to that serene state of mind.
For wood-fired good times, indulge at the Roaring Grill (Hobart), the Ball & Chain Grill (Hobart’s suburb Battery Point) or the Timbre Kitchen (Legana). It’s also worthwhile to embark on a riesling tasting and a relaxing riverside firepit barbecue at Waterton Hall Wines in Rowella.
Hint: Make sure to check out Harvest Market, Cygnet Market and Bream Creek Farmers Market. These are the greatest markets for provisioning your kitchen.
Hunker down in a glamping “love shack”
Have you ever felt truly in tune with nature? Staying at one of Tasmania’s glamping sites is an enriching and uplifting experience that will change the way you feel about life.
Imagine a tent, shed or shack, but with a toasty fire, and plenty of style and privacy. Imagine cuddling your loved one next to a wood fire, listening to the sound of the ocean, the forest, or even a vineyard. The dream is waiting for you in Tasmania!
Tasmania’s glamping spots offering the ultimate out-of-this-world experience
- Glamp Sandridge, Boat Harbour, Waratah–Wynyard
- Wingtons Glamping, Clarence Point
- Domescapes in the Vines, Tamar Valley
- Bay of Fires Bush Retreat, larapuna/Bay of Fires
- Spring Bay Mill, Triabunna, Glamorgan–Spring Bay
- Huon Valley Glamping, Huonville
- Van Diemen Glamp Co, pop-up camps in north-west Tasmania
- Whalesong Shack, beach shack escape on the edge of the ocean, Falmouth, Break O’Day.
Hint: Staying together on a remote Tasmanian island can make you feel as if you are the only people on Earth. The most romantic ones are King Island, Satellite Island and Flinders Island.
Soak up the scenery in a hot tub
A relaxing bath is one of life’s greatest pleasures. And it gets only better when you soak in a hot tub under Tasmania’s starry sky.
From luxurious lodges with outdoor hot tubs to budget bliss, here are the state’s best open-air bathing options:
- Left of Field Camping Gardens, National Park
- Porky Beach Retreat, Loorana, King Island
- Cradle Mountain Lodge, Central Highlands
- Hundred Acre Hideaway, Lunawanna, Bruny Island
- Rocky Hills Retreat, near Swansea on Tasmania’s East Coast
- Hastings Caves’ thermal springs, Huon Valley
Hint: There are plenty of amazing saunas in Tasmania, too. If you have time to visit just one, make it Australia’s only wood-fired Floating Sauna Lake Derby.
Fall in love with a waterfall
If racing water is music to your ears, you won’t be disappointed by Tasmania’s northwest. The waterfalls in this area seem to trickle through cracks in the cliffs and gushing through the rainforest or even into the heart of a town.
You can easily travel for days just admiring Tasmanian waterfalls but make sure you don’t miss out on the most iconic ones. That surely includes the beautiful Liffey Falls encased by ferns and myrtle beech rainforest and Waratah Falls that once powered seven waterwheels for the world’s largest tin mine. And don’t forget about the enchanting Westmoreland Falls just outside of Mole Creek!
Hit the romantic road
Driving the direct route from Hobart to Launceston takes only 2.5 hours, but it can turn into a slow multi-day road trip along Tasmania’s east coast, full of discoveries.
Alternatively, you can drive to Mount Field National Park (64 km northwest of Hobart) and stretch your legs walking the Tarn Shelf. Feel free to treat yourself to a hot chocolate at the Waterfalls Cafe and Gallery afterwards. You deserve it!