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Why This Is The Best Place For An Off-The-Grid Escape

By Sophie Hart
6th May 2019

From rugged coastlines and turquoise waters to untamed wilderness and lush mountains, Tasmania is bursting with off-the-grid beauty begging to be explored. As the cooler months settle in, the landscape transforms with vivid colours and a noticeable air of excitement. There’s no question seeing Tasmania under the stunning veil of winter is an experience unlike anything else.

We’ve partnered with Tasmania to bring you everything you need to tick off your winter hit list including stargazing on the beach next to a crackling fire pit, hiking to World Heritage rainforests and sipping cult-status mulled wines. Get ready, it’s time to escape the city and let your wild spirit run free.

Strahan

Perched atop cliffs overlooking Macquarie Harbour on Tasmania’s West Coast is your dream stay. The luxury Wheelhouse Apartments are fully equipped with everything you could want or need, including stunning floor-to-ceiling glass walls offering unparalleled views of the glistening harbour (a body of water that is five times larger than Sydney Harbour). The apartments are perfectly positioned with the best of Strahan’s beauty at your fingertips. Spend your days exploring Hogarth Falls, a peaceful 50-minute hike through the rainforest and along a platypus-inhabited creek. Be sure to also hike to the suspension bridge at Tasmania’s highest waterfall, Montezuma Falls. Once night falls, enjoy world-class seafood at Hamer’s Hotel before returning to your luxury stay for a nightcap or two.

Mount Arthur

Located a 35-minute drive from Launceston and just 15-minutes from the sleepy village of Lilydale, an off-the-grid-escape to Mount Arthur will warm the soul. First, check into your luxury eco-accommodation, The Container. An architectural treasure built along the slopes of Mount Arthur, this repurposed shipping container is decked out with recycled materials and locally-crafted contemporary decor. From the organic luxury linen and towels to the breakfast hamper and bar stocked with fine Tasmania wine and beer, it’s clear this place has ambience on lock. Stepping outside, a rustic claw foot bath sits amongst the greenery overlooking rolling hills and mountains. Fill your days exploring the quaint town, boozy cellar doors, hiking Mount Arthur, or snuggle up next to the fire with a novel in-hand. At sunset, fill the outdoor tub with bubbles, light some candles, arm yourself with a mulled wine and soak up the views. Pure bliss.

The Tarkine

Nestled between the untouched Tarkine rainforest and Pieman River, Corinna Wilderness Resort is a welcomed opportunity to unplug and relish in your surroundings. What was once a historic mining town, the old miners’ cottages have been renovated into cosy, eco-friendly accommodation. Spend your mornings trekking through lush rainforest or hire a kayak for an intimate exploration of the river. Add an Arcadia II river cruise to your itinerary for a unique perspective of the Tasmanian coast. Each night, pause to watch the sun fall behind the river from your private verandah with a whisky in-hand. Here, amongst this time-forgotten town and stunning natural beauty, you’ll feel time stand still.

Freycinet Peninsula

Sitting just off the coast of the Freycinet Peninsula and around the corner from world-famous Wineglass Bay, you’ll find your own private island. Home to a copper clad cottage that can sleep up to ten people, here on Picnic Island you will revel in welcomed isolation with only the birds and penguins as your neighbours. Set to the backdrop of the majestic pink granite Hazards mountain range, you will quickly slip into full relaxation mode. As dusk paints the sky pink, you’ll spy penguins waddling home to their burrows and if you’re lucky, dolphins and whales frolicking in the waters just past the rocky shore. Choose to stargaze on the beach next to a fire pit or from the comfort of the cottage where you can cosy up under the blankets and look out over the star-filled sky and glistening waters. At Picnic Island, all you need to prepare for is total relaxation.

Pack your bags, it’s time to travel south for a life-changing off-the-grid escape to Tasmania. This is where your wild spirit runs free.

Image credits: Tourism Tasmania, Jason Charles Hill, Sylvia Yang, Samuel Scrimshaw, Stuart Gibson, Rob Burnett, Pete Harmsen, Jess Bonde. 

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