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Outdoors type? Creative-curious? Love a good party?

Whatever your predisposition, Tasmania has a winter experience that’s right up your alley. Our Off Season articles and community of seasoned Off Seasoners – artists, hikers, makers and musos – will open the door and give your winter a sassy spin. The Off Season Community is your personal invitation to embrace the cooler weather, banish the winter doldrums and fall asleep with a satisfied grin. Come on in…



Cooling off

Meet Matt Wesley, a serial ‘cold plunger’ whose guided wilderness walks end with an almighty dunk into the freezing Tasmanian water. In the Off Season, snowmelt from kunanyi / Mount Wellington surges down the Hobart hillsides and fills the cool pools of North West Bay River. Are you up for the plunge?

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A man jumps up from beneath the surface of a small, rocky pond situated within a forest, splashing water.

Buzzing with bees

High in the hills of scenic southern Tasmania, Lisa Britzman keeps a hive of happy bees at her boutique farm Campo de Flori. In wintertime, snow dusts the olive trees and the air grows misty. It's during this season that Britzman offers a rare glimpse into the secret lives of bees.

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Lisa Britzman portrait

Winter underground

Head underground this Off Season to discover Tasmania's wild water caves. Deb Hunter takes visitors on otherworldly adventures through the caverns and passages of these subterranean labyrinths – a realm of glittering glow-worms, dark-dwelling cave spiders and beetles.

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Hunting for truffles

On the outskirts of Deloraine, Anna Terry and her dogs dig for hidden treasure in the frosty earth among the 5000-odd trees of the Truffle Farm. During winter, while many crops lie dormant, the aromatic black truffles are ready for harvest. Rug up and join the hunt.

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Going Off Leash

Welcome to Lonnavale: a lush hamlet with little more than 100 inhabitants...and 35 resident sled dogs. Peter deVries shares the lively joy of his huskies with visitors, but only during winter, when the southern forests grow cold enough for thrilling sled rides over misty hills and frosty plains.

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The snowy Off Season

Which Australian capital city has its very own snow-capped mountain? When the weather is right, you can see the white stuff on Hobart’s kunanyi / Mount Wellington, or get snowy at Mount Field, Cradle Mountain or Ben Lomond. Pull on a beanie, zip up your Tassie Tuxedo and start hurling snowballs.

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Wallaby resting among bushes whilst getting lightly snowed on.

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