There's World Heritage wilderness just down the road.

The Southern Lights drop by for dinner. Step outside anywhere here, and the natural world doesn't feel like typical Australia. Whether it's cold water plunges, traversing snowy mountainsides, or standing on a beach learning about palawa culture and stories from a palawa elder, Tasmania is a place to remember what wilderness feels like. Off the beaten track is a great place to be.

Shelly Beach, Tasman Peninsula
Shelly Beach, Tasman Peninsula
Stephen Dupont

The boundaries between the cities and the bush can be hard to pin down in Tasmania. Suburban backyards morph into forests without anyone really noticing. Jump the back fence and go where the wild things are.

On the east coast, the Aboriginal-owned and -led wukalina Walk takes hikers on an odyssey through the larapuna / Bay of Fires area, celebrating palawa culture. Over two nights, prime yourself for cultural activities, bush tucker and storytelling - an immersive experience amidst wild coastal landscapes.

When the stars come out, Walk on kunanyi takes you on a stargazing tour on the flanks of Hobart's very own mountain. Guides from the Astronomical Society of Tasmania direct your gaze to distant planets.

Down on the shoreline, Tasmania's beaches are escape hatches, where the day-to-day slips away and the only footprints in the sand are your own. Go on - take a skinny dip. No-one's watching.

Revel, feast and stay in Tasmania's inspirational natural places - this is winter, for real.


Tasmania's inspiring natural places don't just shut-up-shop when the last day of summer rolls around. In the Off Season, you can stay the night on nature's doorstep.

As dusk settles over historic Twamley Farm on the east coast, soak yourself in a wood-fired cedar hot tub with views to the forested hills. Afterwards, dip chunks of artisan bread into a cup of home-made pumpkin soup, seasoned with Tasmanian pepperberry picked along a nearby creek, then warmed over the outdoor firepit.

On a very different stretch of coast, stylish Sawyers Bay Shacks on Flinders Island are just 100 steps from the highwater mark. Wander down to the Bass Strait shore and look for wombat footprints in the sand.

At the tiny, sustainable Compass Hut in the north west, plant a native seedling to offset your carbon footprint and rewild the local bushland. Expect a warm winter welcome, plus a harvest picnic box stacked with home-grown, organic morsels from nearby farms and producers. Grounded, authentic and unique – an essential Off Season experience.

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Twamley Farm
Twamley Farm
Remi Chauvin
Compass Hut
Compass Hut
Jesse Hunniford


Hungry yet? The distance from the farm to your fork – or the ocean to your plate – is never far in Tasmania.

In Launceston, a UNESCO 'Creative City of Gastronomy', chefs draw inspiration from Tamar Valley vineyards and the nature of the north. Winter is truffle season here: join the truffle hounds on a hunt for these rare fungi at The Truffle Farm near Deloraine.

Off Season is also when Tasmania's oysters and scallops are at their most succulent. Shuck a dozen at Blue Lagoon Oysters near Dunalley, or cruise to a remote east-coast beach with Tasmanian Boat Charters for a masterclass in shucking and tasting. Don't miss a curried scallop pie – Tasmania's unofficial state dish. It may sound (and look) like an odd combo, but hey, it's the Off Season – push the envelope.

After dinner, a Tasmanian whisky or red wine in hand, talk long into the night around a firepit, logs crackling and snapping in the winter air.

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Oysters, Marion Bay
Oysters, Marion Bay
Robert King Visuals


The Off Season serves up plenty of opportunities to revel in Tasmania's winter wilds, warming yourself up from the inside and out.

On Turrakana / Tasman Peninsula, Wild Wellness Three Capes Lodge Walk offers guided Three Capes Track hikes. Look forward to cold-water Wim Hof plunges, mindful conversations and cosy fireside journal sessions in sustainable wilderness accommodation.

In the north west, Leven River Cruises takes you into Ulverstone's wintry waterways. Layer-up, pull on your beanie and immerse yourself in the river's quiet corners.

After the Dark Mofo and Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest solstice celebrations simmer down, slide a raft onto the Franklin River and disappear for a week. River tours with Water by Nature take you deep into Tasmania's heart of darkness.

In the north, Ben Lomond Snowsports takes you up the hairpin bends of Jacob's Ladder into lofty Ben Lomond National Park, for a day of skiing, tobogganing and snowy revelry. Tasmania's winter mountaintops are anything but chill.

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Franklin River Nature Trail
Franklin River Nature Trail
Stu Gibson

What's on offer this off season?

Businesses across Tasmania join the Off Season festivities with inspiring offers and rare experiences for winter wanderers – things to do, places to stay and good things to eat and drink. Come inside and see what's cooking.

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