No need to act all coy, you old romantic, you! If you’re looking for some sweet ideas to woo your sweetheart, you’re in the right place. Whether you’re looking for ideas for a date, honeymoon or romantic getaways, we’ve put together some tips on romantic things to do for couples in Southern Tasmania.
Even better, these fun date ideas won’t break the bank! Because it’s the thought that counts, right? (Plus, what’s sexier than planning your financial future, sticking to a realistic budget, and living comfortably within your means?)
If you just won the lottery, are a high-flying entrepreneur, looking to spice things up a little, or come from good old fashioned old money, you might also enjoy our more extravagant suggestions.
The love boat
Cruising the scenic waterways of Southern Tasmania is a romantic couples activity (you can reenact that Jack and Rose ‘I’m flying’ scene). For bonus points, point out all the seabirds that mate for life.
- Catch the ferry out to Mona (maybe even splurge on the Posh Pit) and spend a day taking in the art, pretending to know about architecture, bouncing on the trampoline, eating and drinking, and relaxing on the lawn. Museum entry is free for Tasmanian residents, and on weekends Walshy also puts on free live music, so settle in.
- Jump on board the Peppermint Bay Cruise, take in the views of the Derwent Estuary and the d’Entrecasteaux Channel, enjoy a delicious lunch at the Peppermint Bay Hotel, then cruise back to Hobart.
- Yukon Tours offer regular calm water cruises on the scenic Huon River, onboard their traditional sailing ketch. For something a bit fancy, book yourself in for Fat Pig Farm Afloat and enjoy a scrumptious feast on board.
- Join Peninsula Cruising for a leisurely cruise around Dover’s beautiful bay (the charming fishing village is also a great spot for a romantic getaway).
- Catch the ferry from Kettering to Bruny Island for a romantic island-off-an-island getaway.
Old fashioned romance
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- Feel like royalty on a sightseeing tour of Hobart’s historic areas—including Battery Point, Salamanca Place, and the waterfront—with Heritage Horse Drawn Carriages.
- Gaze into your beloved’s eyes over a good old fashioned high tea. Two of our favourite spots are Lazy Teas at Bushy Park and Villa Howden in the Channel.
- Pull together some gourmet Tasmanian treats for a romantic picnic. Our top location tips include: the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens; the banks of the Coal River by the historic Richmond Bridge; the Art Farm Birchs Bay; or the beach.
- Rise early to watch a special sunrise together (try the Tessellated Pavement or kunanyi/Mt Wellington) or go for a romantic stroll along the beach at sunset.
- Book a private tour and Poltergeist Gin tasting at Shene Distillery, an atmospheric 200-year-old estate at Pontville, for a spirited and enchanting experience.
- If a tandem bicycle is a bit too old fashioned for your taste, join Tasmanian E-Bike Adventures for a more modern exploration of the great outdoors on electronic mountain bikes.
Heart through stomach
Never go to bed angry hungry.
- Taste an array of Tasmanian gourmet delights on a food tour. Our tips include: Tasmanian Gourmet Food Tours, Bruny Island Traveller, or Tasmanian Wild Seafood Adventures.
- Whisk your beloved away on a romantic wine tasting tour, such as Ageing Barrel Tours or Stelavino Guided Wine Tours.
- Alternatively, choose one winery and spend some leisurely hours sipping vino and eating your way through the winery restaurant menu. Some wineries (such as Puddleduck Vineyard) let visitors BYO picnic.
- Visit Federation Artisan Chocolate at Taranna, see the sweet stuff being created, try the free tastings, then buy a stack to take home.
- Take your honey to The Honey Pot at Huonville or Bruny Island and see what all the buzz is about.
- Your relationship will hit a purple patch at Port Arthur Lavender. Delight in lavender-inspired cuisine and handcrafted goodies, then enjoy a romantic stroll around the farm.
- Get hands on at one of the local cooking schools.
A weekend away is just what the relationship doctor ordered. There are many charming and unique places to stay in Hobart, as well as dotted throughout all of Southern Tasmania. Choose from luxurious hideaways, boutique hotels, grand heritage homes, quaint Georgian cottages, gorgeous B&Bs, cosy farm stays, peaceful wilderness retreats, waterfront cabins, and quirky delights. Check out 16 of our tips or browse the full range of accommodation listings.
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