I LOVE Tasmania, it’s one of my favourite destinations to visit and offers an amazing array of experiences throughout the year. My last trip to Tassie was in the summer (read more about it here) and it was all about bushwalking on hot summer days, visits to the local outdoor market and boat rides. But arguably, there is even more to do in winter.
Visit MONA for art & culture (my favourite art gallery in Australia, possibly the world), discover an amazing food & wine scene, embrace the outdoors & adventure with dramatic scenery, meet the wildlife, and learn more about Tasmania’s fascinating heritage & history.
So pack your woolies and get ready, here’s why you need to visit Tasmania this winter!
Dark Mofo | 12-22 June
MONA’s Dark Mofo is the annual festival that celebrates the winter solstice. Set in Hobart, it embraces the colder, darker and weird things in life. There’s an amazing lineup of music (including Antony and the Johnsons and The Preatures), a huge array of performance and theatre arts, incredible local food on offer (including a 5 night winter feast). This is all building up to an all-night performance that finishes with the annual Dark Mofo Nude Solstice Swim. I kid you not.
Festival of Voices | 3-12 July
Each year the Festival of Voices welcomes thousands of singers and visitors to Hobart to put on Australia’s premier festival celebration of the voice. From choirs and spoken word performers to gospel singers and a cappella groups, the festival has something for everyone. There are a huge array of performances, masterclasses, multi-day workshops and short courses for singers of all experiences and ages.
Huon Midwinter Festival | 17-19 July
The Huon Valley in Tasmania is famous for its apples, and Willie Smith’s Apple Shed is the place to be in July as they offer locally made craft ciders, artisan cheeses and entertainment as they throw a mini midwinter festival to celebrate the region’s apple-picking history. And don’t forget your costume, there’s prizes for the best dressed!
Chocolate Winterfest | 9 August
You’re not surprised I’ve included a Chocolate festival, are you? Fellow sweet-toothed fans flock to Latrobe, just 10 minutes’ drive from Devonport for the wickedly delicious festival celebrating all things chocolate. There are opportunities to eat, drink, decorate and mould your own chocolate for the ultimate sugar fix. It is no coincidence that the Latin name for cocoa, from which chocolate is made, translates as “food of the gods”!
The Agrarian Kitchen | Classes throughout June & August
The Agrarian Kitchen, located just outside of Hobart, is a sustainable farm-based cooking school set in a 19th century schoolhouse. They have a variety of paddock-to-plate experiences on offer from preparing locally-sourced meat to making sourdough bread and desserts. But hurry, their classes book out fast.
Now that I have you all excited about Tasmania, do you want to pack your bags for the ultimate Dark Mofo adventure? The lovely folks at Qantas are hosting a Facebook ballot to register for tickets to ‘Wild at Heart’, a two-night packaged event from 15-17 June held in wild, wintery Cradle Mountain during Dark Mofo. Register here!
Or to book flights to Tassie this winter, Qantas has you covered.
Have you visited Tasmania in winter before? Do you want to go after reading this? (I sure hope so!)