1. Piermont Retreat
Piermont’s stone and rammed earth cottages, nestled between the sheoaks and the sea, are made more cosy in winter with a roaring wood fire and a steaming spa bath. Pick one close to the waterfront to insure an impressive view and let your mind drift as you rest beside a glowing fire of fragrant local pine. It’s the perfect end to a seaside amble that traces the gentle curves of Piermont Beach.
2. Captain’s Rest
There’s nothing like beating the winter chill in front of a warm fire as you stare out the huge antique windows at moody waters swirling around a rustic jetty. The cabin at Captain’s Rest captures peace better than anywhere else you’ll ever find. Listen to the rain on the rooftop, feed ducks from your front steps or rug up and sit out on the jetty. Read in front of the fire, walk in the forest and take a long deep soak in the clawfoot bath.
3. Thousand Lakes Lodge
Word is that the Marcos Ambrose-designed fireplace at Thousand Lakes Lodge took nine men to shift into place. With that in mind, be assured this sturdy heat box gives plenty of warmth. Up in the alpine reaches near the Walls of Jerusalem National Park, this recently opened lodge was once a training facility for Antarctic expeditioners. Whether you’re fly fishing, bird watching, walking or pedalling in the World Heritage Area, it’s a treat knowing the lodge’s fire awaits. Shared Tasmanian fare and leather couches encourage evening chatter into the Central Highland’s night.
4. Frenchman’s River
At Frenchman’s River in Cygnet it’s not easy to pull yourself away from the Chimineé Philippe double-sided wood fire. It features in the Helmsman’s House, one of two self-catering houses on the property. The second, known as The Writer’s House, boasts an open fire. Once the fire is crackling, pop outside onto the deck. While we can’t make any promises, you might just witness the Southern Lights from here. With uninterrupted views south and a lack of light pollution, your chances are high. Don’t be surprised if wallabies, bettongs, possums and pademelons keep watch with you.
5. Cradle Valley
After wandering Cradle Valley’s wilderness alpine tracks you’ll need to park weary legs in a deep comfy chair and cosy up by a fire. There are plenty to choose from. You can even warm your hands over your plate at Cradle Mountain Hotel, where Altitude Restaurant serves up tasting plates on hot volcanic stone. A blanket of snow beyond the window might just add to your winter wonderland. From damp and cold to fiery warm, thaw out over a bold Tassie pinot or a warming Hellyer’s whisky by the fire. With all the local places to stay located right in the valley, you don’t have far to go for tomorrow’s adventure.
6. Pumphouse Point
Only at Pumphouse Point can you stay suspended high above Australia’s deepest freshwater lake. Restored industrial buildings have been transformed into an intimate getaway in Tasmania’s World Heritage Wilderness. One of the best spots is by the fire in a communal lounge. No need for a TV screen here. Mother Nature, in all her moods, provides your entertainment. Help yourself to a local pinot from the well-stocked bar operating on an honesty system and take a seat for the show. You might even see a platypus frolicking in the lake.
7. Wingtons Glamping
Think glamping and one doesn’t usually expect a tent to come with a fireplace. Well at Wingtons Glamping in the Tamar Valley, luxury bell tents are equipped with quaint little European wood fires. So this winter, huddle in close on the Persian style carpets, get the tunes moving through Bose speakers, grab a bottle from the ice-box and spend a few hours over a deck of cards. Just outside, metres from the river, is your own private Baby Q Weber to cook up a Tassie feast while you figure out which cool climate vineyards are on tomorrow’s list.
8. Ratho Farm
This property dates back to 1822. It’s home to Australia’s oldest golf course, great trout fishing and its just an hour from Hobart. What’s special in winter though is the roaring open fire in the original homestead. At Ratho Farm, sitting by the fire has a transformative feel, with much of the décor in the original style. Hearing homestead bushranger tales, one can easily be mesmerised by the flames and transported to another era. Hearty country meals at long shared tables and a single malt night-cap top off a night in restored, convict-built accommodation.
9. Rocky Hills Retreat
An open fire with water views across Great Oyster Bay. Now there’s a special combination – Nature’s fire and water. Rocky Hills Retreat has floor heating too, so everything about this east coast stay is cosy during winter. There’s a handmade Huon pine tub and snuggly robes to slip in to. What’s more, there’s room for more than one couple: the retreat can accommodate up to six. So gather your friends for a winter escape by the sea, strike a match and ignite one of Tasmania’s most picturesque open fires.