Got someone you’re rather in love with? Tassie has romance all wrapped up in a petite heart-shaped island. Natural attributes aside, we’ve gathered a swag of loved-up island ideas. Whisk that special someone away for a few days at the world’s edge … Reconnect in a wilderness tub, frolic about your own private island or cosy up in a re-loved West Coast fishing shack.
Raise the Love Sails
Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania, Hobart Yachts & Jimmy Emmss
What could be more romantic than setting sail to the remote South West? Even our early explorers were swept up in dreamy high seas. George Bass and Matthew Flinders circumnavigated Tasmania, proving it an island, but few know that Flinders wrote of Bass, “there was a time when I was so completely wrapped up in you, that no conversation but yours could give me pleasure; your footsteps upon the quarterdeck over my head took me from my book and brought me upon the deck to walk with you.” Perhaps inspiration for your own love letters on a yacht trip to Bathurst Harbour? Hobart Yachts, Tasmanian Boat Charters and the Yukon can get you there by boat (Par Avion by air). Here, bunker down beneath the stars together and feel like the last people on earth.
Escape to a Private Island
Image Credit: Mark Chew
So smitten you could head for a deserted island with nothing but your precious other? We have private islands for hire, and not just for the millionaires among us. They don’t come with choppers but rather simple pleasures like a coastal walk on Satellite Island that ends with fresh oysters plucked from the rock shelf. We have islands that beg for long, unhurried kayak jaunts from your water-locked base. No distractions, just a few seabirds to keep you both company.
Sapphire Hunting and One-off Rings
There’s a Hobart man that sometimes wears a business suit and sometimes a wetsuit. He’s your man if you want to really impress on the wedding ring front. Master Jeweller Chris Hood of Metal Urges not only crafts your ring, but can take clients to Tasmania’s far North East sapphire hunting. He’ll kit you out in thick neoprene and take you to secret river bends. If wild jewel excursions aren’t your thing, he’ll help you select from stones he’s sourced in Madagascar to Sri Lanka, handcrafting your sparkling finger-ware at his Hobart studio. He’s made more than two decades of rings including the wedding bands for Hawaii’s first gay marriage on December 2, 2013. They could hardly wait, tying the knot one minute past midnight.
Tub in the Wilderness
Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Michael Walters Photography
The crisp alpine air. The steaming waters. A bubbles in the hand and perhaps a curious wallaby as dusk falls. This is what makes a Cradle Mountain King Billy suite tub just right for two. Let our mountain country become your love terrain! Grab the others hand and discover new rainforest trails or even leap off a canyon precipice. Love might be wild adventure or filling your suite with crackling log fire heat and switching off the outside world.
Catch a Couple’s Rest
Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & Graham Freeman
Captain’s Rest is hidden away from the world in a sleepy bay near Strahan. Your Heritage Listed fisherman’s shack comes with its own jetty to swing your legs from, chatting over life’s big things. Drop a line in and pour a pre-dinner Pinot. Thoughtfully furnished, the Lettes Bay cottage demands long baths and hours lost by firelight. It calls for rest and stillness, unplugging and re-connection. Watch the weather pass by windows long battered, yet lovingly restored. Here, you may find new love or grow fond of old.
Oysters Served Saffire Style
Image Credit: Tourism Tasmania & George Apostolidis
Imagine standing in waders, at a linen-topped dining table in an estuary eating Pacific oysters and sipping sparkling. Now, that’s the way to impress a date! This Saffire Signature Experience is only available to those who stay at Saffire, so book yourselves a night or three. The Freycinet Marine Farm Experience is a much-loved fave for lovers … perhaps it’s something about oysters or how flattering a pair of waders look at the dining table. Note also, that Saffire can transport you to couple’s heaven with hot rock massages using warmed granite rocks from the region.
Freycinet Coastal Escape
Cocoon yourselves in curved glass and smooth natural timbers – this is what Freycinet Coastal Pavilions at Freycinet Lodge is about. Be among the first to stay in one of the stylish East Coast love nests, due to open May 15 this year. Snuggle down in the heart of Freycinet National Park. Built offsite, each architecturally-designed pavilion is lightly placed on the landscape. Fittingly, Honeymoon Bay is just nearby. Dotted along the coast are beaches and coves often empty of footprints. If you find a beach overcrowded by a local couple on their morning walk, just head for the next. Trust us, you’ll find a cosy nook for your picnic blanket where the salty air and squeaky white sands are yours alone.