Picture this; a crackling warm open fire, you are looking out on snow falling and a wallaby peeping in your window, all whilst sipping on a fine whiskey. I could be describing a European winter destination (minus the wallaby) – but no, you guessed it, this could be you and your loved ones at one of many, beautiful Tasmanian destinations this winter.
Tasmania is truly a winter wonderland. Many people think that winter time is not the best time to visit the island state, but the truth in fact, is the opposite. Yes, it is cold, but don’t let that put you off. Flights are well priced, the air is clear and events are in abundance, what more could one want?
In addition to cozy log fires and snowy vistas, there are a number of fantastic events across the state in winter. MONA’s Dark Mofo is probably the diamond in the crown, attracting thousands of visitors each year. Perhaps you would like to brave the nude solstice swim, where on the shortest day of the year, you can jump into the cool, clean waters of the River Derwent with hundreds of other brave souls – in the nude! Not for you? The Dark Feast is sure to get your taste buds dancing, with a slightly creepy and dark mood, the Dark Feast is run over five consecutive evenings throughout the festival. You can try one of dozens of Tasmania’s best food, wine, beer, or spirit offerings all in the one location, while sitting at massive shared tables and listening to weird but wonderful music all under candlelight on Hobart’s waterfront. Of course, a MONA event wouldn’t be a MONA event without lots of amazing art installations and Dark Mofo doesn’t let you down. The majority of the international and national art installations are free for all to see, spread around Hobart and other regions of the state. Visit www.darkmofo.net.au for more information.
Another winter gathering very popular with locals, but not so well known with travellers, is the Huon Valley Mid Winter Fest held at the Willie Smith Cidery just out of Huonville, south of Hobart. A fiery arrow flies through the sky and the giant burning man is born! Be part of the largest wassail in the southern hemisphere and during the day – a whole lot of family fun! A celebration of winter, but in true Tassie style, a festival full of music, awesome food and amazing cider! www.huonvalleymidwinterfest.com.au
My favourite thing to do in the winter, here in Tasmania, is to explore one of the many wine trails throughout the State. There are many to taste your way through and they are found in all regions of Tasmania. The Tamar Valley in the North, the Coal River Valley or the Huon Valley in the South, the East Coast Wine Trail and the North West Wine Trail. Tasmania is becoming more and more popular in particular for its red wine varieties and with so many great cellar doors to experience, make sure you experience at least one of these great wine trails on your trip to Tasmania.
So whether it’s a cosy lodge surrounded in snow, an icy nude swim or a glass of the finest Australian pinot, Tasmania has what you are looking for in the winter months, so think outside of the square, don’t run away to the sun, come and explore the beauty of Tasmania.