East Coast, TAS

Tasmania opens a floating sauna on Lake Derby

By The Weekender Travel

September 11, 2020 | 2 minute read

Can you think of any better way to relieve the stresses of 2020 than by relaxing in a steaming hot sauna with incredible lake views?

* At the time of writing, activities and places mentioned in this guide are at varying stages of recovery from COVID-19. Please check government and business websites for specific details on opening times and any restrictions before you travel.

Lake Derby in North East Tasmania is known for its world-class (and incredibly scenic) Blue Derby Mountain Bike Trails but now there’s another reason to visit this adventure hub. 

Suspended just off the banks of the lake atop a wooden deck, the traditional wood-fired Floating Sauna is a mini wellness retreat where you can find isolation and relaxation in the middle of nature. 

The striking Scandi-inspired pair of black and white wooden sheds; one a change room, the other the sauna; were designed by the team at Licht Architecture

“The Floating Sauna is a place of stillness and recovery - immerse yourself in the landscape, take a plunge in the lake before retreating back into the soothing warmth,” the firm said. 

It’s a ritual that is perfectly suited to Tasmania’s cool climate. Spend fifteen minutes or so in the heat of the sauna sweating out your sins, followed by a bracing leap into the ice cold lake water. Repeat, if you dare. 

This kind of hot and cold therapy is incredibly popular in Finland, where sauna culture is a way of Nordic life. It is said to improve blood flow, reduce inflammation and decrease muscle aches. But the biggest benefit? It’s seriously relaxing. 

Book a one hour session for $45 per person, or bring your friends and hire out the entire place for $300 at floatingsauna.com.au.

Discover more things to do on Tasmania’s East Coast here. 

Images: Anjie Blair