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Tasmania's best couples' retreats

Walk your way to romance

Tasmania boasts over 2,800 km of maintained walking tracks that weave through reserves, conservation areas and national parks. If you need to get away from it all, why not venture on one of these walks with your other half? 

The quiet surrounds and beautiful views are relaxing and there are walks available whether you're just beginning your bush walking days or are an expert hiker. The Maria Island walk is located on Tasmania's east coast, north-east of the state's capital city. The walk offers a range of sights and takes four days. Isolated beaches with turquoise waters and never-ending expanses of white sand merge seamlessly into Blue Gum forests. You'll encounter rare wildlife, too. The Maria Island walk scooped up two silver awards at the Tasmanian Tourism Awards for 2013, too. It's graded as a gentle-to-moderate walk, so you're still in a position to relax somewhat and enjoy the company of your better half. 

Freycinet National Park has scenery sure to inspire the romantic in you. Soft white sand at Wineglass Bay makes for a captivating sight, with snorkelling, scuba diving and kayaking on offer. Looming granite boulders at the Hazards mountains make for a perfect photo opportunity with your loved one. Just like the Maria Island walk, the Freycinet walk is of gentle-to-moderate level, although hiking fanatics can request a challenging option. Vehicle and boat transfers during certain parts of the walk give couples the opportunity to take the weight off their shoulders so they can zone out and enjoy each other's company. Passing beneath tall white gum trees is another highlight of the walk, while the dusky purple sunsets are sure to ignite the flame of romance.

Cruise down the Gordon

The Gordon River is located in Tassie's west and is the perfect spot to launch a lover's escape. Depart from Strahan, a fishing village, and take a serene cruise down the Gordon River. You'll be relaxed and completely wowed by the sights as you glide along the water. The Franklin River is a more frenetic waterway, though that doesn't mean it's not the ideal spot for a couple's getaway. After a day or two of relaxing into your trip, head to this river for a wild whitewater rafting adventure. You'll spy gorges, glacier-carved mountains and lush valleys. The beauty doesn't stop there, however. 

The Donaghys Lookout Walk is perfect for hikers, while boat cruises along the Huon and Picton rivers are equally picturesque. King Billy and Huon pine trees loom majestically throughout the Frenchmans Cap Track, which also boasts glacial valleys and ultimately leads to Lake Tahune. Rest up at the lake with a packed lunch and a thermos of coffee and languish in the natural bliss before you and your spouse.

City life for lovers

After retreating into the bush, you might like to end your romantic rendezvous in the capital city of Hobart. Salamanca Place is a well-known landmark of Tasmania, which has a weekly market on Saturdays with various crafts on offer as well as creamy local cheeses, strong coffee and bright flowers. Grab a bite before exploring the various theatres, galleries and early-19th century Georgian warehouses. Hire a car if you fancy enjoying beautiful wine and food - the Huon, Derwent and Coal River valleys won't take you long to reach. Bask in the sun at a vineyard restaurant as a couple to mark the end to a successful trip, and be sure to put your feet up after all that trekking!

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