​Adam Gibson
​Adam Gibson
Travel Tip

8 Ways to do a winter 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 cosy up in a re-loved west coast fishing shack.

1. Warm up in the wilderness

The crisp alpine air, a cosy wood fire, a great local wine and perhaps a curious wallaby as dusk falls – this is what makes a stay at Cradle Mountain Hotel just right for two. Grab your lover’s hand and discover new rainforest trails or even leap off a canyon precipice. Love might be a wild adventure or simply cosying up by the fire and switching off the outside world.

couple walking in the wilderness
Michael Walters Photography
Overlooking Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake

2. Have a cosy 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 a wood fire and plenty of wine. Ask Chef Daniel Alps to prepare a gourmet dinner for you.

3. Find a cottage by the sea

Nestled between gumtrees and the ocean in an unspoilt bay, Piermont Retreat has secluded seaside accommodation (with two private beaches, thank you very much). With ocean views, exposed-stone log fires, high-pitched roofs and a spa bath, all the boxes are ticked. There’s even pinot made from grapes that are grown just minutes away and a restaurant serving the region’s best winter fare from nearby organic farmers and winemakers. Ask at the providore and they’ll pack a picnic to take with you while you explore the surrounding east coast.

romantic rustic stone cabins by the ocean
Cottages by the Sea, 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 weekend and venture out to tee off on the golf course, take a picnic to the beach or jump in the car and head out for a wine tasting.

couple having a romantic picnic by the ocean on the East Coast of Tasmania
Adam Gibson
Have a romantic picnic by the ocean

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. No distractions, just a few seabirds to keep you both company.

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 to swing your legs from, chatting over life’s big or not-so-big things. Drop a line in and pour a pre-dinner pinot. Thoughtfully furnished, the cottage demands long baths and hours lost by firelight. It calls for rest and stillness, unplugging and re-connection.

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 and snuggle down 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 empty of footprints. If you find a beach with a local couple on their morning walk, just head for the next beach. Trust us, you’ll find a cosy nook 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 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 you hunting for sapphires. He’ll kit you out in thick neoprene and take you to secret river bends surrounded by lush rainforest. If wild jewel excursions aren’t your thing, he’ll help you select from stones he’s sourced, handcrafting your sparkling finger-ware at his Hobart studio.

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