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What's on in Tasmania.
Wild terrain, fascinating history and a try-anything spirit give Tasmania a special creative energy.
Watch this space – there’s always something happening in Tasmania. The Hobart waterfront is the place to be for Tasmania’s Taste of Summer (28 December-3 January 2022), with more than 80 stalls showcasing Tassie wine and food, and to soak up the finishing-line excitement of the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. Up north, bring in the new year at Launceston BeerFest (31 December), featuring Masterclasses, tastings and pairing sessions. Music and arts lovers are spoilt for choice with Cygnet Folk Festival (14-16 January 2022), Mona Foma, Mona’s summer music and art festival held across two weekends in Launceston (21-23 January 2022) and Hobart (28-30 January 2022), Festival of King Island (28-29 January 2022), and Pangaea (11-14 February), with camping onsite at Buckland.
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Meet the makers, mingle with the producers and rub shoulders with locals at the island’s thriving markets. Pick up a handcrafted souvenir and try a range of locally made treats, from whisky and sheep’s whey vodka to nougat and Tasmanian truffles. The renowned Salamanca Market in Hobart has more than 230 stalls to explore every Saturday. Harvest Launceston starts bright and early on Saturdays and Farm Gate Market in Hobart’s city centre is on every Sunday. Head to Bream Creek Farmers Market on the first Sunday of every month, and Willie Smith’s Artisan and Produce Market in Grove on Saturdays.
The subterranean Mona (aka Museum of Old and New Art) is a powerhouse of challenging ideas, provocative contemporary art, rare antiquities and curveball events. Travel deep into this alternate universe by eating, drinking and staying on-site. Or catch a camo-catamaran from Hobart’s waterfront for a day of shock and awe.
Wooden Boat Centre Tasmania
The island’s boatbuilding traditions are thriving at the Wooden Boat Centre Tasmania in the town of Franklin, on the bank of the Huon River in southern Tasmania. Take a guided tour of the last wooden boatbuilding school in Australia and its busy workshop, or roll up sleeves to make your own Inuit canoe or timber oars – courses run as short as a week.
The light-filled Design Tasmania exhibition space beside Launceston’s City Park showcases the state’s vibrant design talent in wood, ceramics, metal, glass and wicker. The showpiece is a permanent collection of more than 70 pieces of contemporary wood design assembled since 1990, including works in distinctive Tasmanian timbers such as Huon pine, king billy pine, celery top pine, sassafras and myrtle.
Science meets art in the wilderness in Sci Art Walks, a series of free audio episodes featuring talks by prominent Tassie scientists and cultural figures, teamed with original music performed by local artists and paired with walking trails around the island – from The Nut in the north to South Cape Bay in the south.
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