It would take a Spring-time bunny to keep up with hopping from one event to the next this Spring. With so much on, this season might be Tassie's most vibrant yet. There's film festivals, a New World wine garden party, tulips adding their vibrant splash, Antarctic celebrations and even a curious west coast festival dubbed The Unconformity.
1. Become part of the festival
Junction Arts Festival is not your typical festival. Much of the live art and performance across Launceston is participatory. You might just find yourself centre stage with an international artist. Launceston transforms for five days (7-11 September) with theatre, music, dance, visual arts and more spread across non-traditional venues throughout Australia’s third oldest city.
2.Hop aboard an ice break
Always had a fascination with our southern icy continent? From September 8-11, Tasmania celebrates its close connection with Antarctica during the Australian Antarctic Festival. There’s film, international photography awards, lectures and exhibitions. Plus, for the first time in over a decade you can hop aboard the Aurora Australis ice breaker.
3. No need to conform on the west coast
The Unconformity – if you haven’t heard of this relatively new West Coast festival, take your curious self to Queenstown October 14-16. Named for a geological fault on which the town is built, The Unconformity is a celebration of arts and heritage held biannually. It is bold and non-conforming by design. To find out more you’ll just have to go.
4. So you’ve heard we have good wine
If it’s our cool climate wine that excites you most about a visit to Tasmania, the Great Eastern Wine Weekend is for you. Across the weekend of September 10-11, the region’s cellar doors open for your sipping pleasure. There are discounts, special events, Freycinet Marine Farm oysters and a gala dinner at Freycinet Lodge. Book a night and make an East Coast weekend of it.
5. Those Bloomin’ Tulips are nearly here
If you haven’t seen Table Cape tulips in bloom with Bass Strait as their deep blue backdrop, head for the North West at once. This blanket of vivid colour in late September through early October, naturally, coincides with the Bloomin’ Tulips Festival. Be part of the vibrant festivities on the Inglis River banks and surrounds.
6. Attend a sparkling garden party
If a sparkling garden party sounds to you like an appropriate way to welcome Spring, head for the hills of Relbia. Josef Chromy Vineyard will again play host to Effervescence Tasmania from November 3-6. Pick and choose from masterclasses, degustation dining, behind the scenes tours and plenty of New World sparklings on offer in the rural Spring air.
7. Get your craft on
You don’t have to be a knitter to enjoy the Tasmanian Craft Fair in Deloraine. The event that began as a petite offering has now grown to have an international reputation. From wood carvers to glass blowers to furniture designers to silver smiths, our finest creatives converge on this picturesque North West town across four days, November 4-7.
8. A breath of fresh air
It’s Tasmania’s major film festival and is touted as small enough to be friendly but large enough to have an international perspective. The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival will deliver close to 40 films for movie lovers along with competitions, masterclasses and community sessions across four movie-buff friendly days from November 10-13.
9. Come on Aussie
If you like your cricket served live, head for Hobart’s eastern shore to see Australia versus South Africa, November 12-16. It’s the second Test in the Commonwealth Bank Test Series and it’s going to be a cracker at Blundstone Arena. Come cheer on the Aussies, eager to become the number one test team in the world once more.
10. Eco film time
The Tasmanian Eco Film Festival, or TeFF, is all about using the power of film to stir a connection with our natural world. With all its natural attributes, Tasmania is a fitting home for the festival, now in its second year after great success in 2015. This year, November 17-20, TeFF will be held at the State Cinema and will welcome all manner of VIPs from around the world.
11. More food and East Coast wine
Come November 19, be sure you’re in the seaside town of Bicheno on Tasmania’s east coast. The Bicheno Food & Wine Festival is your opportunity to rub shoulders with leading wine and beer makers, food innovators, chefs and even a vintage surfboard collector. There’s live music and a patch of grass waiting for you, along with crays, mussels, oysters, Pinot and more.
12. Springtime Nature’s Way
If there’s not enough man-made fun above, let Mother Nature deliver your Tasmanian Spring thrills. Meet baby Tasmanian devils, greet short-tailed shearwaters who have flown from Alaska, or keep an eye out for Southern Right and Humpback whales along our coastlines. Plus, there’s sweet Little Penguins, scampering up to their burrows along our north and east coasts until March. What a parade we have in store this Spring!