Unplug and Unwind: Discovering Tasmania’s Serene Spots for Reflecting and Recharging

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Fall head over heels for Tasmania’s autumn vibes. In these cosy corners, you can leaf your worries behind, sync up with the ebb and flow of the waves, listen to the branches whispering sweet nothings, and let your thoughts run free.

 

Tasmania’s the ultimate place to unwind and turn over a new leaf: go full-on or simply embrace your inner couch potato. Explore some unbe-leaf-able island must-sees: the a-maize-ing Cradle Mountain peaks, the gourd-geous Bay of Fires beaches, the picture-perfect Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, and Launceston’s foodie spots that’ll squash your hunger. Or, branch out and forge your own path. Dig up those hidden gems of sereni-tree, where nature’s soundtrack is never corn-y. Reflect on life’s nutty mysteries or give your mind a break and just veg out. Watch the clouds drift by or close your eyes and enjoy the calm. Tasmania’s full of these awesome spots, ripe for the picking.

 

 

Rejuvenating Waters

Revitalise your mind and body in Tasmania’s crisp, inviting waters: dip your toes, take the plunge, or simply float. The island boasts a wealth of aquatic sanctuaries.

 

The East Coast is where Tasmania’s Autumn beauty really comes alive, but just beyond bustling seaside towns like Orford, Bicheno, Coles Bay, and St Helens, you’ll uncover unspoiled beaches with room to wander. Venture south of Swansea, where the Great Eastern Drive winds past a series of breath-taking beaches showcasing unmatched views of the Freycinet Peninsula, such as Cressy, Spiky, and Kelvedon Beach. Stroll, swim, and bask in the sun-soaked sands, or make the coastline your home with a beachfront stay at Swansea Beach Chalets or the charming Wagner’s Cottages.

 

 

Eager to wash away the sea’s salty kiss? Make your way to the refreshing Apsley Waterhole, the most accessible among a chain of pools scattered throughout Apsley Gorge. Often missed on the east-coast journey, this tranquil oasis in Douglas-Apsley National Park, just a stone’s throw from Bicheno, is well worth the brief (15min return) stroll through open bushland.

For the ultimate zen moment, rent a kayak at the secluded Corinna on the fringes of the takayna / Tarkine wilderness. Glide through morning fog on the glassy Pieman River. Discover the enchanting Lovers Falls, tucked away amid lush rainforest, about an hour’s paddle from Corinna, and stick around to fully immerse yourself in the dreamy vibes of Corinna Wilderness Village.

In a hushed corner of the north-east hinterland, experience the refreshing mist of the mysterious Mathinna Falls as it cascades over moss-covered rocks. This sequence of four waterfalls lies hidden at the end of an old forestry road. A brief stroll (15min return) leads you to the base of the first and most accessible waterfall.

Craving water views with a twist? Venture north to Little Blue Lake, where the serene turquoise water gleams brilliantly. Swimming’s off-limits here, though: the blue hue results from minerals left behind from mining days gone by. En route, make a pit stop at Derby for some scrumptious wood-fired pizza and frosty brews at The Hub.

 

 

Embracing the Wild

Tasmania’s untamed landscapes abound, giving you the freedom to choose between well-travelled trails or venturing down lesser-known paths. From alpine plateaus to foggy rainforests and windswept shores – discover whatever your heart desires.

 

You’ve (most likely) heard of Wineglass Bay – the iconic crescent of brilliant white sand and azure waters in Freycinet National Park – easily one of Tasmania’s most snapped scenes. But have you ventured to the Edge of the World? Yes, it’s a real place. At this awe-inspiring lookout, where the mighty Southern Ocean surges onto the remote West Coast at the mouth of the Arthur River, you can truly grasp the vastness of the ocean’s expanse.

 

 

For off-the-beaten-path alpine adventures, tackle the steep slopes of Ben Lomond National Park in the north, including Tasmania’s second-highest peak, Legges Tor (1572m). As winter snow melts away, the park unveils its rocky walking tracks and a vibrant display of summer wildflowers, while the hairpin bends of Jacob’s Ladder offer a thrilling (yet safe) drive up to the plateau.

After a laid-back day hopping between wineries in the Tamar Valley, unwind with some wildlife in the tranquil coastal haven of Narawntapu National Park in the north. Catch glimpses of wild kangaroos, wallabies, and padymelons basking in the late-afternoon sun at Springlawn, as you soak up the day’s final rays and the animals graze peacefully.

Heading south, near the popular Mount Field National Park, stroll among titans in the Styx Tall Trees Conservation Area. This protected region is home to an enchanting forest of towering eucalyptus regnansAustralia’s tallest trees, reaching heights of nearly 100m. Marvel at their majesty before continuing to the road’s end at Strathgordon, where you can ponder the impressive engineering feat of the Gordon Dam. Recharge at the secluded Pedder Wilderness Lodge.

 

Unearthing Hidden Gems

Eager to explore off the beaten track? Venture beyond the main attractions and let your inner Zen guide you.

 

Step outside the island’s famed galleries (like TMAG and Mona in Hobart, and QVMAG in Launceston) and experience the fusion of art and nature. Three public art installations throughout Tasmania’s west draw inspiration from the region’s mesmerising tales and rugged landscapes, offering space for deep introspection.

 

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Port Arthur Historic Site is undeniably Tasmania’s most renowned convict-era attraction. However, the lesser-known (and also World Heritage-listed) Coal Mines Historic Site lies at the opposite end of Turrakana / Tasman Peninsula. Roam these uncrowded ruins on foot, immersing yourself in 19th-century stories of hardship, adventure, and loss. Spend a night on the Peninsula at Stewarts Bay Lodge or the Bolthole Pirates Bay for a cosy retreat.

 

 

Whether you’re on a quest for self-discovery or simply craving a scenic stroll, the Potters Hill Labyrinth at South Arm, a 45-minute drive southeast of Hobart, won’t disappoint. Unlike mazes with multiple routes, labyrinths offer a single winding path to the center. Revel in sweeping views from Bruny Island to kunanyi / Mt Wellington and beyond, and take a moment for peaceful reflection.

In search of a more adrenaline-fueled flow state? Hit the lesser-explored trails at one of Tasmania’s latest mountain biking hotspots, George Town MTB Trails, nestled around Mount George near the mouth of kanamaluka / River Tamar in the north. Swing by coastal Low Head at sunset to watch little penguins waddle ashore on a Low Head Penguin Tour, then recharge at the Low Head Pilot Station Accommodation.

 

 

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