Festivale

Wine, Dine and Shine at Tassie's Premier Summer Fest

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Image thanks to: Festivale

Image thanks to: Festivale

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Festivale

Once a year, as summer’s sizzles peak and sparkle, the thriving Festivale Tasmania takes over Launceston’s otherwise tranquil City Park, transforming it into a vibrant 3-day gathering designed to celebrate the Tasmanian region’s flourishing gastronomic abundance. Attracting over 30,000 epicures from all over the world, this festival has become widely known as an iconic Aussie feast.

Mures Upper Deck Seafood Spaghetti, Tasmania, AustraliaNestled amongst beautiful elm trees and blessed with the freshest air, Festivale is all about rejoicing in the region’s best produce, which includes superb seafood, cheeses and chocolate. The area’s exciting multiculturalism allows for a large variety of dishes, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. The festival flaunts superb cool climate wines, beers, ciders and spirits that will make the most experienced connoisseur’s taste buds revel in delight.

There is a wide variety of arts and entertainment offered at Festivale, with its culturally and historically relevant outdoor setting also greatly contribute to making it a experience worth planning for.

What Can You Expect?

Kiss a Fish Cooking School, Tasmania, AustraliaEntertainment of all sorts, from music performances to circus artists, cooking demonstrations to ingenious street performances, Festivale caters to every desire. The delectable platters and spirituous beverages create the perfect ambiance to deliver fun new memories with friends and family. Expect to be stricken with wonder by the endless spectacles of acrobatics and body contortions, magic tricks, belly-grasping comedy shows, hula hoop skills and costumed creatures prancing around.

Who Does It Appeal To? Why Go?

If your favourite way to spoil yourself is by bathing your palate in delectable juices, this is no doubt the place to be. If you’re a lover of culture, let Launceston’s fascinating history enthrall you, as well as the splendid colonial and Victorian architecture, being Australia’s third-oldest city. Families will find select areas for their children, who delight in finding small oases of play and rest. Young ladies and gents may even participate in a youth talent contest and strengthen their skills (and hey, youth refers to 35 just as much as 16)!

When Is It?

What better time of the year to host the Festivale than on the first weekend of February? The years since 1988 confirm this to be the most adequate time of the year, as summer is shining in all its glory.

Where?

Launceston’s aesthetically-pleasing City Park is blessed to accommodate the Festivale each year, with all and its gardens, duck pond, monuments, the City Park train, a children’s playground and toilets.

Launceston city, possessing the facilities of a much larger city without the crowds or traffic, boasts a central location, only 90 minutes from Cradle Mountain, 2 hours from Coles Bay and the popular Wineglass Bay on the east coast and 2 hours from the gorgeous coastal capital of Hobart.

The Tasmanian region as a whole, with its urban and rural charm, exquisite wineries, and scenic landscapes, truly makes the visit more than worthwhile.

Getting There

You can fly into Launceston from Melbourne or Sydney, and choose between a number of public transport options to move around. Conveniently, a number of Launceston’s hotels are within walking distance of Launceston’s City Park.

Food, Drinks & Local Tips

Cataract Gorge Tasmania, AustraliaAmongst the must-sees in Launceston are the serene Cataract Gorge, with panoramic lookouts to spectacular views, the Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery, the James Boag Brewery, and Harvest Launceston, an outstanding farmer’s market, where you can splurge on nuts, berries, truffles, organic meats, and more.

History

The Festivale was established in 1988 as a multicultural street party, and oh how it has grown! In terms of the area of Launceston, its first inhabitants were nomadic Aborigines. Later in the early 1800’s, Europeans made their first establishment. Small hotels and breweries started to pop-up in the 1820’s, expanding rather quickly. Decades later, in the 1980’s and 90’s, Launceston grew from a small town into an urban centre. Who would have guessed?

Tickets

Tickets for Festivale go on sale the October before the event.  Family passes and 3-day single person passes are available.

Map of Festivale

Hedera on Frankland – Newly Renovated 3 Bedroom Home in Central Launceston
Launceston - North
Welman Street Cottage
Launceston - North
Quality Hotel Colonial Launceston
Launceston - North
BIG4 Launceston Holiday Park
West Launceston - North
Comfort Inn Coach House Launceston
Launceston - North
Forest Road 92A
Trevallyn - Launceston
Forest Road 92C
Trevallyn - Launceston
Auldington
Launceston - North
Elphin Motel & Serviced Apartments
Launceston - North
Box Cottage Apartment
Evandale - North
The Wellington Bed & Breakfast
Longford - Launceston
Blakes Manor
Deloraine - North
Trevallyn House
Riverside - Launceston
Launceston Apartments & Cottages
Launceston - North
Clarion Hotel City Park Grand
Launceston - North
Best Western Plus Launceston
Launceston - North
Country Club Tasmania
Prospect Vale - Launceston
Commodore Regent
Launceston - North
Balmoral On York
Launceston - North
West Launceston Townhouse
Launceston - North
Bowerbank Mill B&B
Deloraine - North
In the Center of Grindelwald With Air Conditioning, Washing Machine
Grindelwald - Launceston
The Mews Motel
Launceston - North
Wines for Joanie Cottage
Sidmouth - North
Tamar River Apartments
Grindelwald - North
Punchbowl Executive Apartments
Punchbowl - North
The Racecourse Inn
Longford - North
The Dragonfly Inn
West Launceston - North
Areca Boutique Hotel
Riverside Serenity Launceston
Launceston - North
Mercure Launceston
Launceston - North
Olde Tudor Hotel
Prospect - North
Edenholme Grange
West Launceston - North
White Dove Cottage Bed and Breakfast
Longford - North
Launceston Backpackers – Hostel
Launceston - North
Hazelcreek Cottages
Exeter - North
Arcoona Manor
Deloraine - North
Windarra on High
East Launceston - North
Turret House
Trevallyn - North
The Sebel Launceston
Launceston - North
The Centennial Hotel
Launceston - North
Ardmore Apartment – 12 Minutes Walk to the City Centre
East Launceston - North
Mantra Charles Hotel
Launceston - North
Deloraine Hotel
Deloraine - North
Hotel Grand Chancellor Launceston
Launceston - North
Alice’s Cottages and Spa Hideaways
Launceston - North
Relbia Lodge
Relbia - Launceston
The Abel Tasman
Youngtown - Launceston
Quest Launceston Serviced Apartments
Launceston - North
Brickendon
Longford - North
96 on Arthur Apartments
East Launceston - North
Hideaway on George
Launceston - North
Adina Place Motel Apartments
Launceston - North
49 m From the Center of Launceston With Air Conditioning, Washing Machine
Launceston - North
Batman Fawkner Inn
Terrace on Walbourne
Launceston - North
Launceston Waterfront Apartments
Launceston - North
Entally Estate
Hadspen - Launceston
Arendon Cottage
Evandale - North
Launceston City Park Apartments
Launceston - North
Armalong Winery Chalets
Grindelwald - North
Terrace on York
Launceston - North
Discovery Parks – Hadspen
Hadspen - Launceston
Glebe Cottage – Garden Loft Close to the CBD
Launceston - North
Art Hotel on York
Launceston - North
Country Club Villas
Prospect Vale - Launceston
Windermere Cabins
Windermere - North
Mowbray Hotel
Mowbray - Launceston
Aspect Tamar Valley Resort
Grindelwald - North
Star Bar Cafe and Hotel
Launceston - North
Peppers Seaport Hotel
Low Head Tourist Park – Caravan Park
Low Head - North
Apartments at York Mansions
Launceston - North
Hi George Bed & Breakfast
Launceston - North
The TRC Hotel
Launceston - North
Twofourtwo Boutique Apartments
Launceston - North
SJ Hostel
Legana - Launceston
Hillview House
Launceston - North
Ashton Gate Guest House
Launceston - North
Esk Apartment – Launceston
Launceston - North
Tamar River Villas
Riverside - Launceston
Haven House Launceston
Launceston - North
Red Rooster Host Farm
Wyena - North
CBD Apartments Launceston
Launceston - North
Highbury Apartments
Launceston - North
Aberdeen Court Motel
Punchbowl - North
Leisure Inn Penny Royal Hotel & Apartments
Launceston - North
Hawthorn Villa Stables
Carrick - North
41 on York
Launceston - North
Parklane Motel
Launceston - North
Waratah on York
Launceston - North
Sporties Hotel
Launceston - North
Village Family Motor Inn
South Launceston - North
Kurrajong House Launceston
East Launceston - North
Threetwentyseven – Gravelly Beach, Tamar Valley
Gravelly Beach - North
Mountain View Country Inn
Deloraine - North
Riverside Hotel
Riverside - Launceston
Pastimes Riverfront Apartments
Rosevears - North
Number 10
Launceston - North
Cherry Top Accommodation – Cherry Top
Lilydale - North
Topiary Haven
West Launceston - North
Panorama Estate
Legana - North
Peppers Silo Hotel
Invermay - Launceston
Fitzpatrick’s Inn
Westbury - North
Westbury Gingerbread Cottages
Westbury - North
West Launceston 3BR Townhouse
West Launceston - North
The River House Launceston Tamar Valley
Dilston - North
Ashcroft Apartments
Launceston - North
Hotel Launceston
Launceston - North
Rosevears Hotel
Rosevears - North
Glenayr Apartments
Waverley - Launceston
Kilmarnock House
Launceston - North
Hatherley Birrell Collection
Launceston - North
Arthouse Hostel
Ivermay - Launceston
Terrace on George
Launceston - North
Woolmers Estate
Longford - North
Launceston Holiday Park Legana
Legana - North
Low Head Penguin Tour
Launceston to Low Head Coastal Reserve
Walls of Jerusalem Circuit
Launceston - Walls of Jerusalem National Park
The Overland Track
Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Forest
The Walls of Jerusalem Experience
Launceston - Walls of Jerusalem National Park
Ben Lomond Descent
Ben Lomond National Park
Cataract Gorge Introductory Rock Climbing and Abseiling
Launceston - Cataract Gorge
wukalina Walk
3 Day – South East Tasmania – Freycinet and Tasman Peninsula
2 Day – Cradle Mountain & Lake St Clair camp fire tour
Freycinet and Wineglass Bay – 4 day walking holiday
Launceston - Freycinet National Park
Tasmania’s East Coast Highlights 8-Day Walking Tour
Launceston - Hobart
3 Day – North East Tasmania – Bay of Fires and Freycinet Peninsula
Franklin River Rafting 9-day Expedition
Launceston - Franklin River
Franklin River Rafting & Frenchman’s Cap 11-day Expedition
Launceston - Franklin River
Food and Wine Day Tour
Launceston
Let’s do Lunch
Launceston - Josef Chromy Winery
Winery Tours
Launceston - Josef Chromy Winery
THE ART OF SPARKLING
Launceston - Josef Chromy Winery
Introduction to Fly Fishing
Josef Chromy Wines
Go Behind The Label
Launceston - Josef Chromy Wines
LAUNCESTON FESTIVALE WHITE WATER SPECIAL
Launceston - Cataract Gorge
Rugged Indulgence – EPIC Tasmanian Adventures
Launceston - Cradle Mountain
8 Day Tasmanian Wildlife and Wilderness Encounter
Launceston
7 Day Tasmanian Wildlife and Wilderness Encounter
Launceston - East Coast
5 Tage Tasmanien für Genießer Westküste
Launceston - Cradle Mountain
7 Day Tasmanias Wilderness small group tour
Launceston - East Coast
5 Tage Tasmanien für Genießer Ostküste
Launceston - Hobart
Tantalising Tasmania
Hobart to Launceston

Where to Stay

Mantra Charles Hotel

Launceston - North

Located in the center of Launceston, this family-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Brisbane Street Mall and Quadrant Mall. Penny Royal Adventures and City Park are also within 2 km.
A restaurant, a bar/lounge, and WiFi in public areas are available at this smoke-free hotel. Self parking is free. Additionally, coffee/tea in a common area, 24-hour room service, and conference space are onsite.
All 99 rooms provide conveniences like sitting areas and refrigerators, plus iPod docks and LCD TVs with digital channels. Guests will also find 24-hour room service, WiFi, and microwaves.

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Auldington

Launceston - North

Located in Launceston CBD, this luxury guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Launceston College, Royal Park, and Penny Royal Adventures.

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Peppers Seaport Hotel

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The Sebel Launceston

Launceston - North

Located in Launceston CBD, this luxury hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Boags Brewery and Queen Victoria Museum. Aurora Stadium and Cataract Gorge are also within 3 km.

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Hideaway on George

Launceston - North

Located in Launceston CBD, this romantic bed & breakfast is within a 5-minute walk of Quadrant Mall and Princess Theatre. Brisbane Street Mall and Design Centre of Tasmania are also within 10 minutes.

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Art Hotel on York

Launceston - North

Located in Launceston CBD, this historic hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Launceston College, Royal Park, and Penny Royal Adventures. Queen Victoria Museum and Brisbane Street Mall are also within 15 minutes.

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Twofourtwo Boutique Apartments

Launceston - North

Located in Launceston CBD, this luxury apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Brisbane Street Mall and Quadrant Mall.

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Areca Boutique Hotel

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Ashcroft Apartments

Launceston - North

Located in Launceston CBD, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Princess Theatre, Quadrant Mall, and Design Centre of Tasmania.

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