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Challenge your mind and body this winter to go further with exhilarating new experiences.

The Off Season is a time for sensory stimulation and outdoor exhilaration. From meltwater swims to slipping underground into wet winter caves, here’s how to infuse your Tassie trip with added adrenaline.

 

Embrace the winter dark

Sometimes, you find surprising things in the island’s cool, shady pockets.

For those seeking wild – or mild – adventures, join Wild Cave Tours at Mole Creek to go deeper into the dark on a half- or full-day guided tour with a speleologist, exploring the caves of the Great Western Tiers. Just south of coastal town Ulverstone are Gunns Plains Caves, formed by an underground stream that still flows. Keep your eyes open and you might spot giant freshwater lobster, fish and eel. For a special Off Season twist, immerse in subterranean musical performances in the dark depths.

Above ground, paddle the tannin-hued waters of Dove Lake at Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park. On a guided winter tour with Cradle Mountain Canyons, climb into a hand-built King Billy pine kayak and glide across the alpine landscape, before clambering ashore to wander through moody tracts of rainforest.

A woman in protective helmet and clothing walks carefully into the base of a dusty cavern. Light illuminates the base from a large hole above.
Wild Cave Tours
Tourism Tasmania

Plunge into discomfort

Will Tasmania give you shivers? Almost certainly. Outdoor swimming in cooler waters is not to be feared.

On the east coast, take a short walk through eucalypt forest to find the aqua-blue Apsley waterhole, then continue to smaller plunge pools in Douglas-Apsley National Park. Further north in the larapuna / Bay of Fires area, take a salty dip in this perfectly blue water, framed by kilometres of white sand. 

Want the camaraderie of a group? Swim naked as part of Dark Mofo’s Nude Solstice Swim with a few thousand new friends in Hobart at Long Beach. Rock up at sunrise on Friday 21 June, the morning after the longest night of the year, and grab tickets early to secure your spot.

A young woman stands in rocky waterhole within a dense forest.
Walk on kunanyi
Tourism Australia

Breathe through the cold

Sharp inhale. Long exhale. There are many ways to take your air in Tasmania.

For a personal reset join Wild Wellness @ the Cove with the Pros. The alcohol-free weekend gives you space to explore personal change with world-leading addiction specialist Dr Chris Davis and breathwork expert Piet Blokker, as well as yoga, ocean swims and massage.

Fancy something a little steamier? Kuuma Nature Sauna offers sunrise sauna sessions, ideal for warming up tired muscles on cold winter mornings. Housed in a pontoon boat, the floating sauna offers absolute water views and dawn serenity. In Hobart, Walk on kunanyi takes small groups on premium guided day walks on kunanyi / Mount Wellington. Their Wild Wellness Fire and Ice Walk includes a cold-water plunge and breathwork session followed with journalling by the fire.

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Ghost tour outside the church – Port Arthur Historic Site
Tourism Tasmania and Simon Birch

Spook yourself silly

Believe it or not, you’ll feel the spirit of the past in Tasmania.

Test your nerves on a Port Arthur Ghost Tour – it’s a very different place after dark, especially when these stories are shared via lantern-light in the ruins and heritage buildings of Port Arthur. Explore the paranormal at Willow Court, Australia's oldest continually run mental institution, with Tasmania’s Most Haunted. Some pretty chilling stories are very sensitively brought to life on these after-dark tours.

Walk through the ruins of Sarah Island, Tasmania’s first penal settlement, established in 1822. The island, which sits in Macquarie Harbour, was battered by the elements and notoriously difficult. Explore some great escapes and prisoner stories on a guided tour from Strahan.

A senior man with a beard, wearing a beanie holds a lantern and guides a group of people through darkness.
World Heritage Cruises, Sarah Island
Jesse Hunniford

Hoon at high speed

Gather pace as you slide down the 30m-high Henty Dunes near Strahan.

A dune system formed by the Roaring Forties and flanked by rainforest, they’re the ideal spot for a riveting sand-board ride. Hire a toboggan in Strahan to really get flying.

On the east coast, take a four-wheel drive or dune buggy journey at the Peron Dunes near St Helens. Or hire a bike and explore the extensive St Helens Mountain Bike Trails, where you can ride from the mountains to the sea. Tasmania is threaded with world-renowned trails – head to the Wild Mersey Mountain Bike Trails for 100km of riding with trailheads in Latrobe, Railton, and Sheffield, or opt for the George Town MTB trails outside Launceston, with 70km of trails and counting.

Three small, open-top all-terrain-vehicles drive down a sand dune.
Henty Dunes
Ollie Khedun and West Coast Council
Two mountain bike riders wearing helmets ride on a trail through thick, dry forest.
George Town Mountain Bike Trails
Flow Mountain Bike

Want more?

Relish truly Tasmanian experiences this winter with these action-packed Off Season offers:

  • Stay deep in the wintry wilderness at Blue Derby Pods Ride and hurtle through the invigorating air on Derby’s world-class mountain bike trails. Back at your accommodation among the trees, a hot fire and warm food and drinks await.

  • Spend a crisp winter evening in Southwest Tasmania with Par Avion. Cosy up in eco-friendly lodging at Southwest Wilderness Camp during a two-day adventure exploring this remote region by foot and boat.

  • Get giddy with goats at Paradise Road Farm. Walk and talk: learn how these fluffy animals are cared for and delve into the regenerative benefits that goats can bring to a farm.

  • Looking to try a new skill this Off Season? Skiing is a no-brainer. Ben Lomond Snow Sports offers thrilling 90min ski sessions, with mountain shuttles and gear hire provided.

What's on your winter bucket list?

Strike your burning desires off your to-do list: fill your nights with wild wonder, expand your creative horizons, hike deep into Tasmania’s wilderness, and taste seasonal feasts and silky libations. Maybe you’ll even shatter the bounds of your comfort zone on a caving or cold-plunging adventure? This winter, it’s up to you.

Inspire me

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Set your compass to Tasmania's regions

Explore things to do across Tasmania's five distinctive regions, from the sizzling south to the gourmet north; the wild west, luxurious east and snow-capped north west. Wherever you decide to roam on this heart-shaped island, you’ll find treasured places to eat, stay and play (that's how you keep the winter chill at bay).

Take me there

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