Agfest

Tasmania's Number One Agricultural Field Day

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Agfest
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Agfest

Every spring, thousands flock to Carrick, a small town outside of Launceston, Tasmania, to sell, show off, and compete in Tasmania’s number one agricultural event. Filled with an array of activities, from cattle handling to agricultural costume contests, Agfest is recognised as one of the top-three field events in Australia.

What Is It?

Agfest is an annual agricultural event held in the island state of Tasmania, and run by the Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania. The Agfest is touted as Australia’s Premier Agricultural festival, held annually over several days in springtime, usually at the beginning of May.

What Can You Expect?

The festival highlights the agriculture of Australia. In addition, it also holds industrial demonstrations. With 60,000-70,000 visitors annually over the short two-to-three-day period, you can expect a bustling ambiance of agricultural workers and farming enthusiasts.

Who Does It Appeal To?

Tasmania’s Agfest is a family friendly event. Its activities appeal to young and old alike with costume contests and ice cream. It’s also more than a dry field day for machine and husbandry workers. Events happening at the festival include: a dairy exposition, sheep dog trials, an Equestrian exposition, a heritage display, and much more. Also appealing to teenagers is an agricultural artware competition.

Why Go?

Agriculture is a huge part of the cultural foundation of Australia and Tasmania, comprising over 12 percent of the overall GDP on the continent. In addition, over a quarter of Tasmania’s land is committed to agriculture.

Where?

The festival is located in Carrick, 17 km from Launceston, on the banks of the Liffey River, via the Meander Valley Highway.

The best way to get to the Agfest is to fly into Launceston by plane. You may also want to take the ferry if you are coming from Sydney or Melbourne and drive from Hobart Harbour. From Launceston you can hire a car or get a cab. Carrick is only a short drive away.

Food/Drinks/Local Tips

Food and drink at the agricultural event comes almost exclusively from animal husbandry, like dairy, meat, and corn. At Tasmania’s Agfest, you can enjoy the freshest produce the island has to offer. Also, be sure to try the Cape Grim beef, for which Tasmania is famous.

History

The event first took place in 1983. However, it was first held informally (not by the Rural Youth Organisation of Tasmania) in 1982 in Perth, Australia. Every year, the event grows in popularity.

Tickets

Tickets are available for purchase at the gate on festival days or beforehand via Agfest’s website. Prices range as follows: $20 – $25 for adults, $5 for students and children, with free admission for those under five.

Where to Stay

Hawthorn Villa Stables

Carrick - North

Situated in Carrick, this apartment building is 4.6 km from Entally Estate and within 15 km of Westbury Maze and Christ Church Longford. Country Club Tasmania and Pearns Steam World are also within 15 km.
Dry cleaning, tour/ticket assistance, and a garden are available at this apartment building. Free WiFi in public areas and free self parking are also provided.
Each apartment provides a refrigerator and a microwave, plus free WiFi and a flat-screen TV with a DVD player. Additional amenities include a coffee/tea maker, a hair dryer, and a shower.

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Entally Estate

Hadspen - Launceston

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is 0 km from Entally Estate and within 15 km of Country Club Tasmania and Launceston College. Royal Park and Penny Royal Adventures are also within 15 km.

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Hadspen - Launceston

Situated in the historical district, this campground is 2.2 km from Entally Estate and within 15 km of Country Club Tasmania and Penny Royal Adventures.

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Country Club Tasmania

Prospect Vale - Launceston

Situated in Prospect Vale, this golf resort is within 10 km of Cataract Gorge, Queen Victoria Museum, and Boags Brewery. Josef Chromy Wines is 14.1 km away.

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White Dove Cottage Bed and Breakfast

Longford - North

Situated in Longford, this luxury bed & breakfast is 0.7 km from Christ Church Longford and 2.2 km from Brickendon Estate. Entally Estate and Evandale Market are also within 20 km.

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The Racecourse Inn

Longford - North

Situated in the historical district, this bed & breakfast is 1.8 km from Brickendon Estate and 17 km from Symmons Plains Raceway. Royal Park and Clarendon are also within 25 km.

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The Wellington Bed & Breakfast

Longford - Launceston

Situated in the historical district, this bed & breakfast is close to Christ Church Longford, Brickendon Estate, and Woolmers Estate.

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Brickendon

Longford - North

Situated in Longford, this cottage is 0 km from Brickendon Estate and 2.8 km from Christ Church Longford. Symmons Plains Raceway and Entally Estate are also within 20 km.

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Olde Tudor Hotel

Prospect - North

Situated in Prospect, this hotel is 3.5 km from Country Club Tasmania and 4.9 km from Cataract Gorge. National Automobile Museum and City Park are also within 10 km.

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Village Family Motor Inn

South Launceston - North

Situated in South Launceston, this motel is within 5 km of Centro Meadow Mews Shopping Centre, Launceston College, and Queen Victoria Museum.

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