Ben Hansen
Ben Hansen
Travel Tip

8 Open Air Baths To Soak Up Starry Skies

Alice Hansen
Soaking in an outdoor tub truly is one of life’s great pleasures. Immersing yourself in water while the night breeze lightly brushes your cheeks is pure island air meets deep indulgence. Leave the book behind, because your bath comes with all the view you need to relax. Pour a wine and drink in some of Australia’s clearest night-time skies while you enjoy some quiet little you time.

1. Thalia Haven

This coastal hideaway comes with your own secluded beach, an outdoor bath and a wood-fired sauna. Fill your tub to the brim and sink in with 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

2. The Retreat

Wondering what to do in the Tasmanian wilderness? Everything will be revealed over dinner in The Shorehouse at Pumphouse PointIts 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 by soaking in a secluded open-air tub at The Retreat with a glass of wine from the honesty bar.

A women drinking a glass of wine in an outdoor bath at night at Pumphouse Point
Jarrad Seng
The Retreat, Pumphouse Point

3. 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 local 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
Kramer Photography
Porky Beach Retreat

4. 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, and you will feel at one with the surrounding nature when you slide into your sunken outdoor bath. If you’re lucky, you may even get a visit from an inquisitive wallaby.

woman in an outside bath reading booking with a glass of wine
Supplied courtesy of RACT Destinations
Freycinet Lodge Coastal Pavilions

5. Hatherley Birrell Collection

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

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

6. King Billy Spa

The King Billy Suite at Cradle Mountain Lodge comes with your own private outdoor tub. A luxurious barrel bath rests on the deck and the dense surrounding bush provides all the privacy you’ll need. Soak in the solitude of 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 master crafted outdoor bath made from Huon pine. This luxurious tub takes about half an hour to fill which is the same time it takes for a bottle of local sparkling to chill, so turn the taps early and indulge.

external of accommodation at night
Brett Boardman
Rocky Hills Retreat

8. Avalon City Retreat

You’ll feel on top of the world as you soak in a hand-crafted Huon pine tub perched atop a spectacular 1967 architecturally designed office tower. Take in the stars, and Hobart’s marina as the city gently hums below, then retreat to the luxury of the multi-award-winning penthouse omnipod for a quiet little night in.

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