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.
Images: Anjie Blair