Tasmania in spring
There’s never been a better time to visit the island state, with a springtime calendar packed full of colourful festivals and special events.
Bloomin’ Tulips Festival
11 October, 2014, Wynyard
It’s tulip season on the north west coast – and what better way to celebrate than the Bloomin’ Tulips Festival. Table Cape, the volcanic plateau sheltering Wynyard from the strait, produces some of the world’s best tulips, with bulbs exported as far as the Netherlands. Over three weeks, the coastal town comes into full colour with markets, film screenings, tulip farm tours and other special events celebrating the beauty of spring. Then on 11 October it’s festival day, with a Colour Run, live music, carousel rides, tulip-throwing competitions, fireworks over the Inglis River and much more.
25 October 2014, Old Beach, Hobart
Fancy yourself the active adventure type? Get ready to get muddy and take on the Raw Challenge, an 8-km obstacle-race through the legendary Baskerville Raceway in Hobart’s northern suburbs. Anyone who is game is invited to put their strength, stamina and agility to the test in this fun but gruelling challenge. Clamber over dirt mounds, slosh through water pits, swing across monkey bars, fly on a trapeze, make your way through a rope maze – and that’s just the beginning. Family-friendly activities are on throughout the day, so whether you’re a challenger or a spectator there’s plenty of festivity to keep you entertained.
Tasmanian Craft Fair
31 October- 3 November 2014, Deloraine
Australia’s largest showcase of hand-produced arts and crafts is back this spring at 12 venues across the picturesque town of Deloraine. Explore everything from fudge, pickles and preserves to woodwork and aluminium moulding, all from the state’s best artisans and producers.
Breath of Fresh Air Film Festival
6-9 November 2014, Launceston
Get inspired by the power of screen-based storytelling to generate positive social change. Tasmania’s largest film festival is back, with a diverse four-day program of films based on a desire to “inspire people to make changes personally, locally or globally.” Documentaries, feature films and shorts are showcased alongside workshops, debates and other special events focusing on political, economic, environmental and social issues affecting Tasmania and the world. Plus, there’s some delicious Tasmanian food and wine on offer to nourish your body as well as your mind.
Bicheno Food and Wine Festival
22 November 2014, Bicheno
Head to Tassie’s east coast and indulge in the freshest produce the region has to offer – from its world-famous mussels, oysters and crayfish, to delectable cheeses, cold-climate wine and chocolate cake. Set against a backdrop of flawless beaches, lush wilderness and the sparkling Lions Park waterfront, this local favourite brings chefs, producers and food lovers together to celebrate everything fresh and delicious. Tastings, demonstrations and performances from some of Tasmania’s best blues and roots musicians will give you a rich experience of the food, wine, art and music of this beautiful pocket of the state.
Find more events at discovertasmania.com.au