Adam Gibson
Adam Gibson
Travel Tip

7 Open Air Baths To Soak Up Starry Skies

Alice Hansen
​When's the last time you soaked in an outdoor tub? If your answer is never, you’re missing out on one of winter’s greatest pleasures. Envelop yourself in steamy water while the night breeze lightly brushes your cheeks. It’s pure island air meets deep indulgence. Leave the book behind, your bath comes with a view. Pour a wine, sink into your bath and watch the kaleidoscope of colour as the sun goes down – Tassie’s winter skies are surprisingly clear. Here’s the rundown on Tassie’s most indulgent outdoor baths.

1. The Retreat

Wondering what to do in the wilderness in Tasmania? Everything will be revealed over a dinner in The Shorehouse at Pumphouse Point. It’s here at the communal table that guests share their favourite walks, how to organise a fly fishing guide and where to find the dinghy to explore the lake. Ease adventurous days soaking in a secluded open-air tub at The Retreat with a glass of wine from the honesty bar.

outdoor bath at The Retreat Pumphouse Point in central Tasmania
Adam Gibson
The Retreat Pumphouse Point

2. Porky Beach Retreat

This outdoor tub is perched high on the dunes of a private beach on King Island. An island small on hustle and bustle and big on friendly faces and fresh produce. Unlike islands that stock long-life food, you can look forward to fresh cheese, beef, crayfish and abalone. Perfect picnic fare to enjoy next to your outdoor tub with a bottle of Tassie pinot.

a woman in an outdoor bath at sunset overlooking the ocean
Porky Beach Retreat

3. Freycinet Lodge’s Coastal Pavilions

Seek out the new environmentally-friendly cluster of Coastal Pavilions, hidden in the bush beside Great Oyster Bay. Each pavilion is custom-fitted to the landscape so when you slide into the sunken outdoor bath you will feel at one with the surrounding nature. You might even get a visit from an inquisitive wallaby.

outdoor bath in front of new pod accommodation at Freycinet Lodge
Alastair Bett (photographer) Liminal Architecture (architect)
Freycinet Lodge’s Coastal Pavilions

4. Hatherley Birrell Collection

Climb into a deep stone bath carved from volcanic stone next to a 150-year-old Magnolia tree at the Magnolia Garden Pavilion in Launceston and let your cares melt away as you gaze at the stars.

outdoor stone bath
Rob Burnett
Magnolia Garden Pavilion - Hatherley Birrell Collection

5. Thalia Haven

This coastal hideaway comes with your own secluded beach, an outdoor bath and a wood-fired sauna. Fill the tub to the brim and there’s nothing between you and the lapping waves of Great Oyster Bay.

a woman in outdoor bath holding a glass of red wine overlooking the ocean
Adam Gibson
Thalia Haven

6. King Billy Spa

The King Billy Suite at Cradle Mountain Lodge comes with a private outdoor tub. A luxurious barrel bath sits on the deck with the privacy of surrounding bush. Hop in at dusk and enjoy the company of Tasmania’s cute nocturnal creatures.

a woman in an outdoor bath at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge
Michael Walters Photography
King Billy Suite at Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge

7. Rocky Hills Retreat

Rocky Hills is a secluded ‘couples’ retreat with a craftsman-built outdoor bath made from Huon pine. Keep in mind it takes about half an hour to fill, so turn the taps early and pop the sparkling. It’s time to indulge.

external of accommodation at night
Brett Boardman
Rocky Hills Retreat

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