Winter with love in Tasmania

Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge - Emilie Ristevski

Winter with love

The romantic off season

Tasmania has all the ingredients for a winter romance: secluded beaches, steamy outdoor baths, crackling fires, and cosy shacks. Come down and star in your own Tassie love story.

Love shacks

In Tasmania, we call our holiday houses “shacks”. From simple to extravagant, they’re all over the state. In the colder months, there’s nothing more romantic than coming home to a cosy shack, lighting the fire and settling in. Whether you prefer an oceanfront escape, forest retreat or a country break, these shacks are the perfect hideaways to snuggle up with your loved one this winter.

Romantic road trips

Take a detour somewhere special together. Choose one of five signposted drive journeys across the island, and see where the road takes you. Follow the Heartlands, a series of road trips in central Tasmania, for English-style winter romance. Drive to Mount Field National Park – there may be snow – and sip hot chocolate in the pretty town of Westerway afterwards. Or wander a deserted beach after a day on the Great Eastern Drive and follow up with fresh briny oysters and Tassie sparkling wine.

Start planning your road trip here.

Steamy sessions

A steamy outdoor bath at sunset with a bottle of Tassie sparkling is romance at its best. Sink into a luxurious tub, stargaze and let your mind drift. Feel the breeze on your skin, sink deeper. There are outdoor tubs with ocean views, mountain outlooks and forest bathing. There’s even a floating sauna at Derby - heat up, then hit reset with a refreshing dip in the lake. Grab the towel and beanie - you’ll be smitten with these outdoor tubs.

Beachcombing

Take your loved one’s hand and feel the fresh air and crunch of frost underfoot on a winter walk. There are multi-day hikes for the adventurous and day walks for those who prefer to explore and then cosy up afterwards. True romantics go beachcombing. Head to Honeymoon Bay in Freycinet National Park for a stroll and a picnic, and indulge in a night or two at Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions. Here are some fairytale beach walks for two.

Chasing waterfalls

Winter is peak season to see gushing waterfalls in Tasmania. The abundance of wild rivers, deep gullies and snow-capped mountains delivers striking tiered falls, plummeting cliff chutes and icy cascading streams through lush forest. We even have secret falls - kayak to the start of the enchanting Lovers Falls walk on the north-west coast.

Island off the island

If you’re seeking solitude, cast away with your sweetheart on an island off the island. With 334 islands off Tasmania, you’re spoiled for choice. Surprise your loved one with a Killiecrankie diamond fossicked on Flinders Island, or tee off on a world-renowned golf course on King Island. Take in the extraordinary view on a clifftop walk and spot wildlife on Bruny Island. There’s craft beer and cheese, too. On tiny Picnic Island watch the sunset over the Hazards and enjoy the serenity. Or fly to Swan Island with Unique Charters for a gourmet picnic among the convict ruins.

Satellite Island - Adam Gibson

Inside the off season

“A romantic holiday is casting off to your own island at the edge of the world. It’s being immersed in nature – sheer sea cliffs, secluded coves and a bucket full of wild oysters. It’s lying in your bedroom, the water lapping beneath you and the doors open to reveal a million stars.” Kate Alstergren, Satellite Island

Kate Alstergren, Satellite Island