Samuel Shelley
Samuel Shelley
Travel Tip

8 ways to do a Tassie romance

Alice Hansen
Got someone you’re rather in love with? Why not whisk that special someone away for a few days at the world’s edge, reconnect in a wilderness tub, frolic about on your own private island or get intimate in a re-loved west coast fishing shack.

1. Connect with nature

The fresh alpine air, long walks in pristine wilderness, a local wine and perhaps a curious wallaby as dusk falls makes a stay at Cradle Mountain Hotel just right for two. Take your lover’s hand and discover new rainforest trails or, if you’re both adventurous, leap off a canyon precipice together. Your romance may be a wild adventure or a quiet getaway where you can switch off from the world.

a couple sitting on a rock looking at a map at Cradle Mountain
Adrian Cook
Sitting by Lake Dove at Cradle Mountain

2. Enjoy a vineyard sleepover

With its historic apple-packing shed cellar door, the farm where you’ll find Wines for Joanie conjures an atmospheric vineyard of old-world glamour and romance. The private cottage perched on the hillside is steeped in history, has 360-degree rural views and a delicious selection of wines. Ask Chef Daniel Alps to prepare a gourmet dinner for you.

3. Stay in a cottage by the sea

Nestled between gumtrees and the ocean in an unspoiled bay, Piermont Retreat has secluded seaside accommodation (with two private beaches, thank you very much). For romance, all the boxes are ticked with ocean views, a spa bath, and a full kitchen in which to prepare delicious meals from fresh Tasmanian produce (or eat in the onsite restaurant and have someone else do it for you). The restaurant serves the region’s most delicious fare from nearby organic farmers and winemakers. There’s even pinot made from grapes that are grown just minutes away. Ask the providore and they’ll pack a picnic for you to enjoy as you explore the region.

Stone house in the sand dunes overlooking the ocean
Piermont Retreat

4. Seek out a secluded villa in the dunes

Perched atop the dunes above Barnbougle Beach, with uninterrupted views to the sea, Barnbougle’s new Ocean Villas take coastal luxury to a whole new level. There are two award winning golf courses, a restaurant, a day spa and wineries nearby. Fly down for the perfect romantic weekend and enjoy a picnic on the beach, spa treatments overlooking the peace and quite of nature, or a wine tasting tour of the local region.

a man playing golf at Barnbougle Dunes Golf Course in Tasmania
Karen Stotz
Barnbougle Dunes

5. Escape to a private island

In Tasmania, we have private islands for hire, and not just for the millionaires among us. On Satellite Island you’ll wake to the sound of sea birds, take breakfast out on the deck and, if you wish, head off on one of the island’s stunning walking tracks. In the afternoon take the kayaks out and explore the island from the water, or cast a line from a deck chair on the boathouse jetty. Oh – you can also shuck your own wild oysters off the rock shelf. We’re all millionaires when it comes to nature’s riches.

private island house by the ocean
Mark Chew
Satellite Island

6. Catch a harbourside rest

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 from which to swing your legs as you chat about life’s big or not-so-big things. Drop in a line and pour a pre-dinner wine. Thoughtfully furnished, the cottage demands long baths for two and hours lost in each other’s embrace. Stop, rest, unplug and reconnect.

a rustic cottage by Macquarie Harbour in Strahan on the West Coast of Tasmania
Captain’s Rest
Captain’s Rest historic cottage in Strahan

7. Cruise to the coast

Stay in stylish waterfront love nests in the heart of Coles Bay on the Freycinet Peninsula, home to the much photographed Wineglass Bay. Dotted along the east coast are beaches and coves often footprint free. Even if you find a few footprints on one beach, you’re sure to find the next beach along deserted and a secluded place for your picnic blanket where the salty air and squeaky white sands are yours alone.

Kathryn Leahy
Afternoon walk on Tasmania’s East Coast

8. Hunt for sapphires to make one-off rings

There’s a Hobart man who 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, he can take you hunting for sapphires. He’ll kit you out in the necessary attire and take you to secret river bends surrounded by lush rainforest. But if Jewel-In-The-Nile-like adventures aren’t your thing, he’ll help you select from stones he’s sourced, handcrafting your finger-ware bling at his Hobart studio.

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