​Adam Gibson
​Adam Gibson
Travel Tip

8 ways to do a winter romance

Alice Hansen
​Got someone you’re rather in love with? Tassie has your romantic winter weekend escapes 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 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 bubbles in the hand and perhaps a curious wallaby as dusk falls. This is what makes a stay at Cradle Mountain Hotel just right for two. Let our mountain country become your love terrain! 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 for a gourmet dinner to be prepared for you by Chef Daniel Alps. Your hosts Andrew and Prue O’Shanesy have a romantic story of their own to tell. Throwing caution to the wind they moved to Tassie with their two children, their ute, two cattle dogs, horse and cat in tow, to live out their winemaking dream on this little vineyard in the Tamar Valley.

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 its ocean views, exposed-stone log fires, high-pitched roofs and spa bath, all the boxes are ticked. There’s even pinot made from grapes that are just minutes away. There’s no need to leave – there’s a restaurant onsite 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
Innkeepers
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 bring coastal luxury to a whole new level. There are two golf courses, a restaurant, a day spa and wineries nearby. Fly down for the weekend and venture out to tee off on the course, take a picnic to the beach or jump in the car and head out for a wine tasting. Book a couple’s treatment and take in sweeping views of the coastline and golf course.

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

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. We have islands that beg for long, unhurried kayak jaunts from your water-locked base and coastal walks around Satellite Island that end with fresh oysters plucked from 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 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.

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

Cocoon yourselves in luxurious abodes with views to the ocean – this is what the Freycinet is all about. Stay in stylish waterfront love nests and snuggle down in the heart of Coles Bay. Fittingly for new lovers Honeymoon Bay is close by. Dotted along the east 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 beach. Trust us, you’ll find a cosy nook for your picnic blanket where the salty air and squeaky white sands are yours alone.

couple-walking-on-a-beach
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 clients 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. 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.

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