When the cooler months roll around in Tasmania, many of us like to go into hibernation, sitting by the wood heater with a hot drink. Sounds like the perfect way to spend a Sunday if you ask me! But if you’ve got a bit of cabin fever and wondering what you can do to get out of the house before you go crazy, we’ve got you covered with some of our favourite winter activities in Tassie. Whether you’re looking for something close to home, a weekend away or a chance to explore, read on to find some inspiration for your next winter weekend activities.
Sometimes, just getting out of your own home and into a different space is all you need for a refreshing weekend. Plan a weekend away and spoil yourself, Tassie is teeming with all different types of accommodation. From luxury, to boutique and right through to a wood cabin out in the middle of nowhere. Try something different and visit a place you’ve never been before, you’ll return home feeling refreshed and another beautiful Tasmanian location ticked off your list! Perhaps you need a weekend away with friends, you and your partner are looking for a romantic escape, or wanting to spend some time with just yourself?
Mornings At The Market
You can’t beat a morning at your local market! Stocking up on your produce for the week, tasting Tasmania’s best artisans’ specialities, enjoying some live music and, of course, a good coffee. Market places always seem to have that positive buzz about them, and sometimes that’s all we need to kick those winter blues away. We love that Providore Markets have an indoor space so we can enjoy our weekend markets all year round and keep our guests toasty warm on those winter mornings.
Layer up your activewear, pull out the walking boots and discover some of Tassie’s beautiful outdoor spaces. We’re so spoilt in Tasmania with our endless bushwalking tracks right at our back doorstep, and our waterfalls are in full flow this season! Our sub-tropical rainforest is a whole new world in winter and there’s no better feeling than getting the body moving while seeing some of the best sights in Australia. Don’t let the cold weather put you off, winter is the perfect time to explore and you’ll soon enough warm up and be stripping those layers off. You can read about some of our favourite bush walks here.
There’s no denying it, comfort food is at an all time high when winter rolls around. There’s nothing better than enjoying a hearty meal on a cold winter’s day and we are extremely lucky in Tasmania to have amazing restaurants and cafes who work their menu around the season. We have written about Tasmania’s Specialty Produce before and we love how creative our local chefs get with the season, particularly in winter when they’re serving up hearty meals. CharlotteJack, right on our doorstep, not only use a lot of local produce in their meals, but they create dishes which highlight the different seasons of Tasmania, and their winter menu will be ticking all your comfort food boxes!
We’re so lucky in Tasmania that we can drive less than 2 hours and find snow in winter. You really couldn’t find a more picturesque location to visit the snow than Cradle Mountain, it’s like a winter wonderland with snow dusted over the mountains and rainforest! Perhaps it’s time to embrace the cold and plan a trip to the snow? Whether it’s a day trip with a spare pair of clothes waiting in the warm car, or you plan a luxury winter weekend away, visiting the snow is a must in a Tassie winter.
When All Else Fails…
Like we said at the beginning, sometimes the best way to spend your winter weekend is cosied up at home in front of the fire, and we think it’s a good chance to make a start on a new book! Find yourself a new or secondhand book, stock up on your favourite snacks and spend the weekend getting lost in another world. Remember to pop past Providore Market in the morning to grab your takeaway coffee and you’re sure to find some delicious treats to take home with you too!
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