When's the last time you sat in a tub in the wintry outdoors? There's something about being enveloped in steamy water, a Tassie chill lightly on the cheeks. Its pure island air meets deep indulgence. We've found a selection of locations across the island for you to soak it all up.
1. HATHERLEY BIRRELL COLLECTION
Book yourself into the Magnolia Garden Pavilion in Launceston’s heart and you’re in for a treat. Aside from the 150 year old Magnolia tree, the outdoor bath is carved from volcanic stone. With views across the heritage garden, soaking in this bath is pure urban relaxation. As with the full Hatherley Birrell Collection, this modern pavilion is dressed with art. There’s also a moon window and be sure to look up. The roof form takes its inspiration from origami.
Image – Hatherley House, The Magnolia Garden Pavilion: Tourism Tasmania & Rob Burnett
2. THALIA HAVEN
You might have seen this coastal bathtub. It’s become rather an iconic tub personality – a selfie must whether there’s water in the tub or not. The reason? Its location on Tasmania’s east coast is breathtaking. Fill it to the brim and hop in. There’ll be nothing between you and the lapping waves of Great Oyster Bay. What’s more it’s coupled with a wood-fired sauna. If this isn’t enough, there’s five kilometres of coastline to explore at Thalia, including your own secluded beach.
Image – Thalia Haven, Little Swanport: Adam Gibson
3. HUNDRED ACRE HIDEAWAY
Slip away to Bruny Island and deep into one of Hundred Acre Hideaway’s hot tubs. The hideaway has views that stretch across East Cloud Head, Cape Bruny and out to the Southern Ocean. Each tub is filled with the property’s fresh mountain spring water, lit and heated, waiting just for you. One is a wood fired deep wine barrel, made from western red cedar. The other, is in the style of a Japanese bath or ‘ofuro.’ The meaning of this in Japanese is ‘mind like water.’ Hop into a Hundred Acre Hideaway tub and drift away to another place.
Image – A truly country tub, Hundred Acre Hideaway, Bruny Island: James McIver
4. KING BILLY SPA
Opt for the King Billy Suite at Cradle Mountain Lodge. A double sided fireplace, complimentary port and that’s right, your own private outdoor tub. This deep luxurious barrel of goodness sits out on the deck with views across the gnarled, rugged wilderness. Hop in at dusk and you might just have the company of wallabies and other nocturnal mates. Perched on the edge of Cradle Mountain Lake-St Clair National Park you don’t have far to go for tomorrow’s adventure.
Image – Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, King Billy Spa Rooms: Tourism Tasmania & Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
5. ROCKY HILLS RETREAT
Rocky Hills is a secluded retreat not far from Swansea. This couples’ hideaway has a craftsman-built outdoor bath. Shaped with Huon pine, it’s the best place to take your Pinot as the sun sinks. Keep in mind it takes about half an hour to fill, so turn the taps early. The entire 250 acre private bushland is all yours. Privacy is only interrupted by the casual appearance of an owl or possum. There’s also a gorgeous art studio where a wintry afternoon can be lost to painting, sketching, sculpting or sitting with a good book.
Image – Rocky Hills Retreat, Rocky Hills near Swansea: Tourism Tasmania & Brett Boardman