Rugged terrain, hopping wildlife, salty seabreezes, gourmet eats, countless breweries and distilleries, and the ultimate adventure haven make Tasmania an epic spot for a destination bachelor party. There aren’t many places in the world that feel so removed from urban life as Tassie does. And yet, there are gourmet-driven destinations, luxury hideaways and plenty of things to do and see on this magnificent Australian island. Grab the guys you enjoy adventuring with most and be sure to pack all your gear for hiking, biking, climbing, sailing and more.
Perched overlooking Lake St Clair National Park, Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge is perfectly suited for a traveling group. If mountain bike rides and long hikes are in the cards for your bachelor weekend, this could be your launch spot.
Pumphouse Point combines luxury accommodation with front-row access to national parks and the gorgeous landscape of Lake Saint Clair. Explore the local forests, trails, lake and mountains by day and spend your nights with the guys hanging by the campfire and throwing back local brews.
West Coast Tassie explorers should plan to make a stop at Henty Dunes for an epic hike up the surprising sand dunes in an otherwise rainforested area. Grab a few toboggans in town and race downhill with your buddies.
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Drink: Shambles Brewery
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
With beer names like Afternoon Delight and Cool Runnings, you can bet this Hobart brewery is both craft and hip. Go for the beers, stay for the bites.
Just half an hour outside Hobart, Willie Smith’s is a great Huon Valley destination if you’re looking to swap the beer and whisky tastings for something more refreshing. This cider house also has a distillery and restaurant, and puts on various events throughout the week.
Australia’s oldest brewery dates back to 1824 and sits at the top of Mt. Wellington, making Cascade Brewery a badass pitstop post-ride on the Wellington bike trails. Sign up for classes at their Beer School and you and the guys will be talked through flavor profiles, brew techniques and more.
Rock climbers and dare devils, this one’s for you. Located on the Tasman Peninsula, Cape Hauy sure isn’t short on rocks you can climb. Check out the sea-stacks known as the Totem Pole and Candlestick if you’re looking for a heart-thumping challenge.
Tasmania’s East Coast is full of landscape wonders, but the Freycinet coastline tops the list with its pristine beaches, incredible cliff faces and rugged walking paths. If you're gunning for a stay that captures all that and happens to provide pretty rad rooms too, Freycinet Lodge should be at the top of your list.
Hobart’s prized modern art museum, MONA is more like a compound than another gallery space. On-site you’ll find more than a handful of eating and drinking spots that are top-notch, serving up local brews and wines that are easy-sipping while you wait for your crew’s viewing of the James Turrell experiences.
If you and your travel buddies are really feeling the MONA vibe, check out the pavilions for luxury lodging on the grounds of the museum. These architectural stunners overlook Hobart harbor and feature art from the museum’s collection.
Sullivan’s Cove has been recognized for making the world’s best whisky and the key to their success is a list of Tasmanian-only ingredients. Taste from the best of the best during your bachelor party weekend with a trip to the distillery’s cellar door.
If you’re traveling with a smaller crew, a stay at The Trig on Mount Arthur can suit 3-4 fellas in a setting that’s totally remote. A shipping container and a studio, both fully furnished, overlook gorgeous terrain.
Located in Tassie’s Central Highlands region, this hideaway offers a wilderness-centric experience that’s awesome for a group of guys. Hiking, fishing, biking and hanging with your crew for a few days of R&R is sure to have you feeling wedding-ready in a snap.
With sweeping views of the Freycinet coastline, it’s obvious that the trip to Devil’s Corner Cellar Door isn’t really just about the booze. But, the booze is real good. Plan to hike the area and stop by afterward for fine wines and tasty pizzas.
Twenty cozy cabins await your adventure crew at Corinna Wilderness Resort, including one Old Pub Cabin that sleeps up to eight guests. The setting is unbeatable for river explorers, set just along a meandering river that’s always kayaker and fisherman ready.
Camping is so much easier when you don’t have to travel with all your gear, especially when you’re rolling with a group. Skip the hassle and let these guys do all the tents and bedding for you. Wombats, wallabies and wine included.
Salamanca Wharf Hotel offers a boutique hotel accommodation that’s great for groups looking to stay near the wharf in Hobart. Be sure to check out the loft penthouse and the apartments, as this spot is one you could easily take over a few rooms in.
This historic estate is located just 30 minutes from Hobart and sets the scene for one of Tasmania’s best gin distilleries. Poltergeist gin is made at Shene Estate and the grounds are rich in history, making it exactly the kind of place you’ll want to tour while sipping on a bit of botanical booze.
Part wine shop, part café, part design shop and part post office, The Farm Shed on the East Coast of Tassie makes a good destination if you’re looking to fuel up. Be sure to grab a mixed dozen box of wine on your way to kicking off the bachelor weekend.
Launceston’s Henry’s Bar and Restaurant is a good go-to if you’re booking a group dinner with your mates. Think degustation style dinner with pairings of excellent wines and spirits, served in a space that’s warm and welcoming.
If you’re really feeling the whisky vibes in Tasmania, head to Redlands Distillery with your gang and buy an oak barrel together. The Redlands team will fill your barrel with single malt, using Tasmanian barley, and store it for a couple of years as the booze ages. You can plan a trip back to the region together to pick up all 40 bottles of the finished product, or have it packed and shipped.
Australia’s southernmost distillery, McHenry’s is located in Port Arthur and offers gin-making workshops for groups. How’s that for a creative bachelor party activity! Plan to spend a few hours sipping, cooking and talking all things gins and botanicals.