Winter in Tasmania typically affords you calm days, fewer crowds, and beautiful acacia flowers in bloom. With the sun setting early, make the most of minimal light pollution and some of the world’s cleanest air to get in plenty of stargazing. What’s more, it’s practically a scientific fact that food and drink tastes better in the outdoors. So dust off your hiking gear, rug up, and get out into nature this Off Season.

Three Capes Track

The Three Capes Track is a four-day, three-night exploration of some of the most rugged and breathtaking coastlines in Australia. You’ll start the trip with a boat ride from the Port Arthur Historic Site that will deliver you to the trailhead of the 46-kilometre hike. You might even be lucky enough to spot seals, dolphins and whales while you traverse the clifftops. You’ll cover dramatically named landmarks including Tornado Ridge, The Blade and Hurricane Heath, but rest assured this track was constructed to “dry boot” standards, with timber, stone and gravel underfoot – classifying it as easy to moderate. The scenery here is dramatic, so be sure to savour the views over the Tasman Sea, knowing the next stop out there is Antarctica.

In the evenings, rest your weary head in architecturally designed, environmentally considerate cabins. Four burner gas cooktops are included in each cabin, along with books, board games and heated dining hubs for those cosy nights in. Also, to truly get immersed in nature alongside creature comforts, don’t miss the outdoor hot shower and BBQ while you’re there.

For an Off Season twist, pair your Three Capes Lodge walk with a visit to the restaurant at the edge of the world. Spend the night in a cosy lodge, complete with a live instrumental performance, storytelling and a degustation dinner matched with Tasmanian wines in Cape Pillar Lodge.

wukalina Walk

The Aboriginal-owned and led wukalina Walk is a mesmerising and immersive way to experience the north-east coast within the landscape of wukalina / Mount William National Park and larapuna / Bay of Fires area.

Along the way you’ll be guided by members of the local palawa community, who share their knowledge, language, food and craft with intimate groups of hikers. The immersive experience is evocative and powerful, with stories being shared along the way, leaving you with even more appreciation for the rich and enduring history of the local area and lutruwita / Tasmania.

A relatively easy 35-kilometre walk on Country will take in coastal woodlands and unspoilt coastline, while your guides point out key flora and fauna along the way. Tasmanian produce, traditional recipes and bush tucker will be prepared on this fully catered experience, guaranteeing you’ll go to bed with a full belly and heart. Home for the first two nights are dome-roofed huts, while your third night will be spent in a beautifully restored lighthouse keeper’s cottage. The experience is complete with hot showers, bedding and other provisions, so you can get away with a daypack while you walk. Transfers to and from Launceston are included, and if you’re lucky you’ll get to sample Aunty Sharon’s famous scones before you depart for your hike.

Bay of Fires Lodge Walk

The Bay of Fires Lodge Walk provides three- or four-day options to explore the white sand beaches, turquoise waters and views across to the Bass Strait islands on clear winter days. This fully guided hike includes transfers to and from Launceston, and is sure to leave you with a greater appreciation of the area, as stories of early inhabitants and visiting explorers reveal themselves.

If you opt for the signature four-day hike you’ll start with a four-hour trek from Boulder Point before pulling up stumps in semi-permanent tents, nestled in the dunes at Forester Beach Camp. After the first two long days of hiking, luxurious evenings await you, with a glass of local pinot or fishing rod in hand, before dinners consisting of a long-table affair with state-wide produce expertly cooked and matched with local wine and beer. The other two nights are spent in the Bay of Fires Lodge, an eco-lodge perched 40 metres above the pounding sea.

Opportunities to choose your own adventure are available on day three – take a dip in the ocean or explore the area by kayak. For those feeling more grounded, you might wish to explore shell coves or have a spa treatment.

And hiking doesn’t have to mean roughing it. There’s plenty of time to enjoy the comforts of the lodge with a book from the in-house library, or spotting bird and sea life from the deck. Throw in an outdoor hot tub and you’ve got a truly reinvigorating experience.

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Tourism Tasmania. Explore more wild, weird and wonderful experiences during Tasmania’s Off Season.