Winter in Tasmania is truly stunning. Here are my 10 favourite places for a glass of bubbles in the colder months.
10. Lulworth Beach
Located just off the Bridport Road between George Town and Bridport is Lulworth. Conveniently situated in the midst of the Sparkling Corner this is the most perfect place to watch the sun go down. Wrap up warm and enjoy a glass of something crisp as the sun sets on another perfect day.
9. Maria Island
Pronounced Mariah as in Carey not as in How do you solve a problem like…This island off the East Coast of Tasmania is remote and unspoilt since the convict days. The image here is from the Discover Tasmania website, head to their Maria Island page to plan your trip as there are no cars on the island. Take your time to discover the perfect spot to indulge in some of the sparkling that you picked up from the local wineries.
Located within the Freycinet National Park, Wineglass Bay lookout is the frequently photographed coastline at the end of a steep but short hike. Continue on to the Friendly Beaches for a half day walk, making sure you reward yourself with a glass of bubbles on the beach.
The temptation would be to say you should enjoy a glass of bubbles up at The Nut but it’s a bit steep so you’ll need your wits about you. A far better idea would be to head up to Don & Charlotte’s place The Old Cable Station. Desperately passionate about Tasmanian food, wine, beer, cider and whiskey, their Producer’s Long Lunches are an epic celebration of Tasmania’s gourmet status which I can only applaud. Once I put my sparkling flute down…
Technically, this one isn’t up and running yet but situated on the edge of Lake St Clair in western Tasmania this is one fantastic reason to keep going once you’ve visited Cradle Mountain. Next year the outdoor recreation, bed & breakfast will open in the National Park. Pretend you’re a character from a Hans Christian Anderson story and explore the snow and ice knowing that your bubbles can be kept chilling in a pile of snow. What could be more magical?
5. The Creech
The Creech, near Fingal in Tasmania’s North East, is one of those places that makes you realise that you’re living the dream. Polo ponies, kayaking, dirt biking, mountain biking, trout fishing or just hanging out by the fire. Your mobile probably won’t work, the accommodation is on site and the views are stunning so forget about the time and crack open a bottle of bubbles with friends.
Home of the most stylish and delicious breakfast in Launceston, Stillwater is a treat for the location as well as the impeccable service. There are few things as luxurious as a late breakfast with a glass of bubbles. Don’t wait for an occasion, go just because you can, the rest of your day will thank you for it.
3. The Source
MONA is must visit. The Source restaurant has the most incredible view of the Derwent river and an excellent wine list. The museum is a pretty full on experience so take a break and enjoy a glass of bubbles whilst marvelling at the winter sunshine across the Derwent.
After a day exploring the walks and wombats of Cradle Mountain, head back to the lodge and rest your weary bones in front of a roaring fire with an ice cold glass of bubbles. Perfect and simple.
1. Lost Farm
I could sit and stare at the view for hours here. It doesn’t matter if you have no intention of playing a round of golf, the ever changing vista is enough to keep you occupied and the fine food from the kitchen will keep you fed. You’re also indoors so you will be warm whilst the bubbles are cold. One of the great Tasmanian experiences is looking out and letting the wonder of Tasmania bewitch you until you can look no more. Bliss.