Sizzle in Australia’s first floating saunaDerby, Tasmania
After a day shredding world-class mountain bike trails, there’s surely nothing better than sweating it out in a sauna then plunging into the icy waters of a picturesque lake.
The Floating Sauna Lake Derby in the former tin-mining town of Derby in northeast Tasmania is believed to be Australia’s only floating wood-fired sauna. There are two pavilions – one a changing room and the other the sauna – both connected to the shore by a narrow pedestrian bridge with views directly out to the lake.
The idea was the brainchild of Nigel Reeves, who was hoping it would help draw international visitors to the tiny town. Now he’s banking on locals to take up the ancient ritual. You needn’t be a cyclist to enjoy the benefits either – anyone can hire out the sauna privately and the best bit is it can fit up to nine of your closest friends.
Be aware: you need to book well in advance to bag one of the coveted sunset spots on the weekend.
An hour-long visit to the sauna costs AU$45 a person. You can hire it privately for AU$300 an hour.