I don’t know about you, but I don’t think you need to be in a long-term relationship to know how important it is to take an off-the-grid holiday together every so often in order to sustain that beautiful connection you have in the beginning.
The conveyor belt of life can get in the way so easily, so my partner and I try and set dates in the diary as often as we can. It’s not just to a get away, we want to go to magical places that are #OffTheGrid for digital detoxes – and our latest trip to Tasmania has been one of the best yet.
We share a mutual love for exploring parts of the world that are not the usual or conventional tourism spots, so the Corinna Wilderness Experience in Tassie was an absolute treasure. The three hour drive from Launceston is magical and as our phones lost reception we both breathed out a sigh of relief and realised that for the next three days we really were off the grid and could truly immerse ourselves in the incredible rainforest backdrop of this mystical part of Tassie.
And look, I’ll admit that I'm definitely addicted to social media, like most people in living in the smart-phone generation (a.k.a NOW). Going for a hike in a place like Corinna is one of the best ways to stand back and just breathe without any technological distractions. It’s also a great opportunity for my monkey brain to come to a grinding halt!
The accommodation there is cosy, adorable and welcoming. It’s simplistic in a way that reminds us that we don’t really need much to have an enjoyable time away from home.
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Besides the major highlight of seeing a real-life Tasmanian Devil(!), the food was also right up there on the list. It was unbelievably flavoursome – we were surprised with how gourmet it was for a tiny little town in the middle of nowhere!
And since we were phoneless, it was really nice to be able to just sit and enjoy a bottle of red at dinner without the usual Gmail notifications and random google alerts popping up. By dinner time we also felt that awesome feeling of being utterly exhausted from a day of hiking and exploring – it’s that nice kind of tired where you know you’re going to sleep well that night (after a moment of fire-side book reading – absolute heaven!).
We adventured further with a cruise on the delightful Piemen river and the staff were warm, welcoming and just overall incredibly lovely to us. They are so laid back and they remind you that a fast-paced life is not necessarily always the best life, and it’s important to appreciate the ‘slower’ moments.
Corinna is steeped in history and we loved stopping to read all the historic signs in the tiny town which is basically preserved as it was from the 1800s. It’s almost like time stood still.
Things are a little slower out this way and we were sad to leave, but we were looking forward to spending a few nights in the gorgeous location that is Launceston.
We were lucky enough to get a room at the iconic Stillwater 7 – an old 1830s waterfront flour Mill transformed into boutique accommodation that has taken style and attention-to-detail to a whole other level.
It is positioned in the perfect place for you to walk to the unbelievable Cataract Gorge for a hike, which we will never forget. And it was close enough to walk into town to check out the quaint shops of Launceston's CBD.
The accommodation part is fairly novel, but the restaurant has a genuine old-feel and has been the talk of the town for many years... farm-to fork-dining was just a delight. And as self-confessed foodies, we drooled the whole way through our course and we couldn’t wait to go back the next night.
It also helps that our divine host Chris McNally has such an incredible background in hospitality that he didn’t leave one thing out. It was an organic performance that deserved five stars. I’m talking about finding out what our favourite drink was so that we had one waiting for us on arrival, as well as the set up of perfect Spotify tunes in our room.
And I have to be honest, I have never seen a mini bar take so much pride with its collection of local brews and hand made cocktails ready to pour with paired local cheese and crackers – it has to be seen to be believed! I ate most of it in the huge bath sipping wine and reading a book.
Our charming room was cosy and quaint - it looked out over the Tamar River and we sat each night with a beautiful local red wine and watched the romantic night lights dance over the river... It was just magical. I honestly hadn’t realised what a delicious little find Launceston was and I can’t recommend it enough for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of urban living.
The local wine country in the Tamar Valley is also very close, so a day trip there is a must! Just ask Chris where to go – he knows his home town like a true local bursting with pride!