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Immerse yourself in the warm glow of winter in Tasmania with its heady mix of wild festivals, raging bonfires, nude swims, whiskey tasting, bracing walks, unexpected scenes and always warm hospitality.
Tasmanians see winter as a time for adventure, bonfires, festivals, food, mystery, whiskey and oh, so much more. So, pack your scarves and your pom-pom beanie and head to the Apple Isle for a whimsical, exciting and at-times mind-bending winter experience.
The jewel in Tasmania’s flaming winter crown, Dark MOFO celebrates winter in ways so wild, whacky and, sometimes challenging, that you’ll never see winter in the same way again. Swim nude in the icy Derwent River on the shortest day of the year, feast en masse and feel warm from within and keep your mind and eyes open for the phenomenal fire, art, light, and performances throughout the festival.
Have you ever sung to an apple tree whilst banging pots and pans by firelight? Well, here's your chance!
The Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival invites you to join in this age-old tradition of wassailing to help scare the ‘nasties’ out of the apple orchard’s cider trees to ensure a bumper crop. So, you guessed it, there’ll be cider a-plenty, alongside music to keep you dancing, fires to keep you warm, crazily costumed people to keep you thoroughly entertained and a ceremonial burning of the two-story wicker man 'Big Willie'. Never a dull moment in the valley.
The original idea for the Festival of Voices was to light a bonfire in the middle of the city and have a sing along. Turns out, it was a great idea and the Big Sing Bonfire now attracts up to 5,000 people and is a centrepiece for this festival that celebrates the amazing human voice. This year is extra special as the festival celebrates its 15 years with spine-tingling performances from popular artists, choirs and ensembles, a series of workshops that eventuate into a showcase performance at the Finale Concert and a really big, and warm, bonfire where you can go to spectate.
Get familiar with Tasmanian whiskies and the experts behind them. During this week-long event, you will find a great variety of distilleries, bars, barns, stables, restaurants and hotels opening their doors to offer tours, tastings, masterclasses and meals that will start a gentle fire in your belly and enlighten you on the ways of the Tasmanian whiskey maker.
Otherwise known as the Aurora Australis, the Southern Lights put on a very special light show during the long dark Tasmanian winter nights that stargazers, photographers and romantics alike travel the world to experience.
If you fancy catching a glimpse of the lights, check out the Aurora Australis Facebook group for great info, tips and sightings.
There is no better way to warm up and feel alive on a winter’s day than to go outside and stretch your legs on a scenic walk. And when the walks include majestic waterfalls, giant trees and ferns, cute furry animals, spectacular views and maybe even some fluffy white snow, you’ll wish it was winter 12 months a year. From easy strolls to physical challenges, bracing coastal hugging treks or mountain elevations, if you like a good walk, Tasmania is your place.
Tasmania’s Parks and Wildlife Service have created a fantastic app called 60 Great Walks, that gives you detailed info on……you guessed it……..60 great walks.
Just in case you’ve been under a rock, there is a museum to end all museums in Hobart. And despite what you may think, it's far from boring. Full to the brim of art, old and new, showcasing the highlights (and sometimes lowlights) of creator David Walsh's collections. You’ll need at least a day to scratch the surface with so many exciting exhibitions to explore.
You'll need to see it to believe it!
Hobart Central YHA offers some great special deals to help entice you into the magical Tasmanian Winter, so now, you’ve got no excuses.