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Tasmania is a beautiful place to get married or have your honeymoon. Via Freycinet Lodge

Tasmania is a beautiful place to get married or have your honeymoon via Bree Morgan Photography

You don’t need to travel half way around the world to find a romantic honeymoon destination. Australia is blessed with some of the most beautiful coastlines and forests in the world and Tasmania is no exception.

And when it comes to honeymoon destinations, it checks all the boxes: Secluded? Check. Scenic? Check. Good food and drink? Check and check! Tassie’s coastline might only measure 4500km but almost half of the state is world heritage listed, national park territory or marine and forest reserves.

In short, it’s some kind of national treasure and an unfairly underrated one at that. When you combine its mesmerising beauty with delicious, fresh local produce and award-winning local whisky and wine, it’s hard to look past as a pretty nifty (not to mention cost-effective) nearby honeymoon destination.

You’ve got a few options in terms of how you approach a Tasmanian honeymoon. From hiring a car and driving around the whole island, to pulling up stumps and relishing a totally secluded part of the world. Either way, you’re guaranteed to find time to reminisce about your wedding day, while making plans for your new life together.

Here are just a few Tassie honeymoon tips to get you started.

Where to stay

Freycinet National Park is just over two hours’ drive from Hobart and is home to incredible, pink granite peaks, secluded bays, white sandy beaches and a tonne of local wildlife.

For the ultimate in seclusion and luxury accommodation, Freycinet Lodge is tucked within the national park overlooking the blue waters of Great Oyster Bay and the picturesque Hazards mountain range.

Modern timber cabins overlook some seriously stunning views. The accommodation is secluded, stylish, peaceful and perfect for spending some quality time with your new spouse. There’s nothing quite like waking up to the views of the bay surrounded by old gum trees. Hot tip: There’s a very nice restaurant onsite too – more below.

Freycinet Lodge is an amazing honeymoon spot. Via Freycinet Lodge

Freycinet Lodge is an amazing honeymoon spot. Via Freycinet Lodge

What to drink

If you’ve been living under a rock then you might not know that Tasmanian whisky is kind of a big deal. It used to be described as the next big thing in whisky, now we’re pretty sure it may just be the big thing.

Sullivan’s Cove is Australia’s most highly awarded whisky and the distillery is only located a 20-minute drive from Hobart.

In 2014 they were named ‘World’s Best Single Malt’ at the World Whiskies Awards – a feat no other Aussie whisky has ever achieved. More recently they were also awarded World’s Best Single Cask Single Malt for their French Oak Single Cask and American Oak Single Cask. I think you get the picture – this place has a good drop and you can do distiller-lead tours and cellar door tastings if you’re dropping in for a visit. A tour and tasting will set you back $50 per person.

What to eat

Oysters. Eat all the oysters.

The good news is, if you opt for Freycinet Lodge, you don’t have to stray too far from where you’re staying to taste the best oysters on the Apple Isle. Freycinet Marine Farm is right around the corner from Freycinet Lodge and they sell fresh oysters you can eat on the farm’s deck or you can take them away to shuck them yourself at your own secluded picnic spot. They also sell mussels, rock lobster and pan-fried abalone too!

I don’t know what it is, but Tasmanian oysters just don’t taste as good on the ‘mainland’ as they do from the source. Tucking into them fresh is an absolute must!

I can also vouch for dining in at Freycinet Lodge. There are several dining options but you can’t look past The Bay Restaurant for a special (and tasty) dining experience. Mrs Houndstooth has several food allergies and they were so accommodating, we went back again for round two on the second night of our stay!

How to be romantic

There’s no shortage of romantic things to do in Tasmania. From bushwalking to picnics by the water, but I couldn’t go past Freycinet again – that place really got a hold of me. We’re talking beach walks, picnics, hikes, bay cruises, scenic flights and more. To get the true beauty of the stunning local scenery and wildlife I recommend kayaking around Coles Bay with your significant other.

Take a three-hour guided paddle around the bay with Freycinet Adventures. It’s a definite bucket list item and breathtakingly beautiful. You’ll glide beneath pink granite mountains, past pristine sandy beaches and on top of crystal-clear waters. The tours are in small groups but you paddle with your partner and kind of forget anyone else is around. The tour involves a morning snack and coffee on a remote private island – it’s such a unique experience.  If physical activity isn’t really your thing for your honeymoon, firstly I hear you, but you can rest assured this is a beginner level paddle at a leisurely pace. It’s worth the effort. Come on, you’ve got the rest of your honeymoon to sit back at the hotel with a drink in hand!

Don’t forget to also check out New York, Kyoto, Myajima Island, The Whitsundays and Lake Louise, Canada, San Francisco as great honeymoon destinations!

Ms Zebra Says: Ahh Tasmania! Secluded and romantic. It really does provide a wonderful backdrop for any honeymoon! Thanks Mr Houndstooth for helping us explore!

About Mr Houndstooth: I am a happily married man. I enjoy a fine whisky, a new suit and swashbuckling around town with my beautiful bride. Looking back on my wedding day always makes me smile, even though it began to rain just as we said ‘I do’.

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It’s ‘TAS-MANIA” here at Polka Dot Bride!

This June on Polka Dot Bride, we are taking a big bite out of The Apple Isle and exploring the wonderful food, unique venues and talented vendors the special Island of Tasmania has to offer a couple planning their big day.

Tassie might be a small place, but boy does it packs an incredible punch when it comes to the richness of local produce, breathtaking scenery, and incredibly creative (and friendly) folk that live there ready to help.

Planning a destination wedding can be daunting – even if just across the strait. So the Polka Dot Bride team are here to help with expert tips and tricks from Tassie locals from styling your wedding, to showcasing the island’s culinary delights, honeymoon ideas and itineraries and exquisite venues where you can tie the knot with the unmistakable Tassie landscape at your backs.

In this issue, we will hear from real Tassie couples sharing all the details and teams behind their southern nuptials and of course, you can count on us to throw in a few delicious Tassie-centric cocktails, featuring Tasmania’s world-class spirits to get you feeling festive and warm.

Click the banner below and let’s celebrate the spirit of Tasmania together!

Chantel & James

I am pretty sure if I could choose any place to elope, it’d be Tasmania’s amazing Cradle Mountain. And it seems today’s sunshine state residers Chantel and James are on my side – the pair choosing a Tasmanian winter and just a handful of their closest family as witnesses as they tied the knot. Winter in Tasmania is something utterly special – snow, mist and moodiness,  all coming to life for the bride’s dream of an outdoor wedding. There were bushwalks in the morning, intimate dinner receptions after dark. This relaxed sense of purpose, the focus on what is most important and beautiful imagery by Astrid Simone Photography rounds out a story that is utterly romantic.

The tying of the knot has been a long time coming for these two, Chantel explains why. “We met through mutual friends whilst at university in 2008 and began dating later that year. As it turned out quite a number of our friends already knew each other, so I like to think we would have eventually met regardless of our circumstances.”

Chantel and James, with the help of Pop Up Weddings Tasmania, planned their day at Cradle Mountain Lodge . “We chose Tracey with Pop up Weddings and she made it into a simple streamlined process, which was amazing considering we were on the other side of the country!”

The bride skipped a song for the walk down the aisle. Instead walking along the boardwalk with her father to the sounds of nature. The couple standing together against the forest backdrop for their ceremony officiated by Janelle Wilson. Chantel sharing “We had a heartfelt civil ceremony with each declaration and vow chosen for its meaning to us and my sister read us the poem ‘Benediction of the Apache’.”

Even the rings were carefully considered. The groom making them himself! Chantel explains “We were quite uncertain when deciding on the wedding bands, with no particular designs appealing to us. James taught himself a simple jewellery making technique and created two simple gold bands for us. Each ring its own unique imperfections which we love and they mean so much more to me that James made them.”

Chantel made sure to honour her family in her own unique way. “I included ‘something old’ from both of our families. With my bouquet, I carried a small chimney sweep ornament which had been carried by both my mother and maternal grandmother at their weddings. The chimney sweep is supposed to bring luck based upon an old English legend. I also wore a beautiful pearl ring which was James’ maternal grandmother’s engagement ring.”

Chantel went for something simple for her look with a gown from The Gown House and a tailored emerald green jacket from Xiaolizi Handmade. “I am someone who has always loved long, flowing dresses and Grecian style wedding dresses suited me perfectly” she explains. “I am also a very practical person, and knowing the lovely cold Tasmania winter I knew I needed a good coat and shoes. I went with the Infinity Gown from Gown House, a green wool trench coat from Xiaolizi on Etsy and am wearing a comfy pair of boots and underneath it all.”

The groom chose his look from Peter Jackson. “The sales assistant at Peter Jackson, he actually made it a pleasure to go suit shopping (a task James would not enjoy otherwise)” remembers the bride. “When we were browsing for ideas for James’ suit this assistant (the name of whom escapes me) sat with us to discuss the theme, my dress and colouring, before selecting a broad range of options for James to try. It wasn’t until a month later that we returned having decided to purchase from this store. The assistant not only remembered us, the suit and colouring, but also James’ sizes.”

 Of their photographer, Chantel shares “On the day she was wonderful. She is a lovely person, with a perfect mix of professionalism and fun. Despite our wedding location requiring us to be in close quarters, she and her assistant managed to stay complete unobtrusive, whilst still perfectly capturing the moment. Even during our ‘posed’ photography session at Dove Lake, she captured our candid moments and was able to portray our personalities in each photo.”

“It being an outdoor wedding meant the wildlife was also involved! We had a pademelon at the ceremony, another come up to us while we were getting photographs at Dove Lake, and a wombat came along as well.”

“I absolutely love Tasmania and to be able to get married in such a gorgeous location was a dream come true,” tells Chantel. “Whilst we had unfortunately missed the snow, the cool overcast day created a beautiful misty surround that perfectly suited the style of the day.”

And the newlyweds continued their day with their family – just as they’d begun it. Celebrating with cocktails and dinner at Cradle Mountain Lodge. “We loved that staying on site and having a small wedding meant we got to spend more time with each other and our families” says the bride.

A big congratulations to the newlyweds! Thank you for sharing your beautiful day with us. Thank you also to Astrid Simone Photography and Pop Up Weddings Tasmania for sharing today’s beautiful wedding.

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