Winter in Tasmania Rocks!
If you think Winter is nothing but a cold, grey opportunity to hibernate, then winter in Tasmania is going to have you thinking again.
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.
Dark MOFO – 8-21 June 2017
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 yourself warm
from within and keep your mind and eyes open for the phenomenal fire, art,
light and performances throughout the festival.
Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival –
Have you ever
sung to an apple tree whilst banging pots and pans by firelight?
Valley Mid Winter Festival invites you to assist in this ages-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 and crazily costumed people to keep you thoroughly entertained.
Festival of Voices – 30 June-16 July
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 centre piece for this
festival that celebrates the amazing human voice. Prepare yourself for 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 might come to spectate and find it irresistible
Whisky Week – 4-13 August 2017
to Launceston and plenty in between, you will find a great variety of bold, old
and new 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 Whisky
known as the Aurora Australis, the Southern Lights put on a very special light
show during the long dark Tasmanian Winter nights that star gazers,
photographers and romantics alike travel the world to experience.
serious about this, 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 for a big
walk. And when the walks includes
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.
Parks and Wildlife Service has created a fantastic app called 60 Great Walks, that gives you detailed
info on……you guessed it……..60 great walks.
Museum of Old and New Art
Just in case
you’ve been under a rock, there is a museum to end all museums in Hobart. It’s full of art, old and new. You’ll need at least a day to scratch the
to want to see it.
Central YHA is offering some great special deals to help entice you into the
magical Tasmanian Winter, so now, you’ve got no excuses.