Starbathing in Tasmania

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Forest bathing is a popular Japanese practice of finding tranquility among trees and nature. Now, a new wellness trend, ‘starbathing’ or hoshi yoku, is gaining popularity.

Unlike forest bathing, this trend revolves around spending time under the night sky for improved mental clarity. If you’re looking to indulge in this experience, Tasmania emerges as the ideal destination.

Tasmania’s Cosmic Canvas: A Starbathing Paradise

Tasmania, located in the South Pacific Ocean just south of mainland Australia, not only offers clear dark skies but also stands as one of the world’s prime locations to witness the southern lights, Aurora Australis, particularly during the winter months (May to August).

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Let’s delve into the allure of Tasmania’s celestial canvas, and what makes it an unparalleled destination for starbathing enthusiasts.

Dark Sky Retreats

A weekend-long dark sky retreat called Nocturna is held on Tasmania’s east coast, one of the darkest inhabited regions on earth, as part of Tasmania’s Beaker Street festival. Attendees are encouraged to disconnect from all screens and be immersed in nature while experiencing Tasmania’s pristine dark skies.

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Starbathing encompasses several aspects, including Indigenous astronomy, storytelling, and a range of activities, which occur during this retreat. Talk about holistic!

Guided Astronomy Evenings: Exploring the Cosmos

Tasmania also has guided astronomy evenings for anyone who wants to have an intimate experience with the universe. The Astronomy Society of Tasmania holds public night sky viewing events at their Mount Pleasant observation center, where patrons can view the beautiful night skies through telescopes and gain a better understanding of the universe.

Walk on Kunanyi organizes group astronomy tours in Mount Wellington (kunanyi), and participants can join the tour. Such a tour will involve astronomy sightings as well as tales about the sky from Palawa. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area!

Starbathing Stays: Accommodation

To experience starbathing in privacy, Tasmania offers accommodation options that allow guests to marvel at the dark skies from the comfort of their rooms. Pumphouse Point on Lake St Clair provides a luxurious stay with heritage buildings and Retreat Suites featuring floor-to-ceiling windows for panoramic night-sky views. Freycinet Lodge’s Coastal Pavilions, nestled in the forest near Great Oyster Bay, offer eco-friendly stays with glass-paneled walls to immerse guests in nature.

Eagles Nest Retreat, surrounded by bucolic farmland, provides secluded bliss with outdoor baths in each of the three ‘nests,offering the perfect setting to soak up the stars. Tasmania’s celestial offerings make it an unparalleled destination for starbathing, combining natural beauty, cultural experiences, and luxurious stays. We’ve also heard it’s quite starry.