Winter Festivals In Tasmania
Tasmania in the winter? Isn’t it cold and dark and boring? Not anymore! Tasmania comes to life in the winter months with festivals and events to warm your body, feed your belly and entice your senses.
Tasmania has fast become the winter destination of choice for travellers from around the world who want to have an extraordinary experience. And what better way to experience all the tourist attractions this beautiful island has to offer than to hire one of our motorhomes or campervans! But wait, what is the difference between a campervan and a motorhome? Campervans and motorhomes have fully equipped kitchens and comfortable beds. Additionally, motorhomes have a shower and toilet with hot water supply.
Now that you know the difference, why are motorhomes and campervans the way to go during peak winter festival season? Well…
- You take your home with you: no more hauling your luggage about.
- You choose your setting: Retreat to your wilderness paradise while sipping on a drink around the fire with friends and family.
- Community: Some of the best friendships have been made around a campsite.
- You won’t have to worry about getting reservations at the same accommodation for you and your festival accomplices: hire one of our bigger campervans and keep the festivities going away from the crowds.
We have compiled a list of the best winter festivals in Tasmania between the months of June and July and which vehicle we would suggest you book to suit your specific festival needs as well as giving you a few suggestions of where you can set up camp.
When you think motorhome hire in Hobart, not only are we conveniently located close to Hobart airport, but we can also provide you with travel information to make your road trip one to remember.
When: 8 – 10 June
“Be immersed in the vibrancy of Tasmania’s East Coast this June long weekend.”
Held on the beautiful East Coast of Tasmania, this event is the premier arts festival of the state and encompasses all forms of art ranging from painting, sculpture, open studios, music, art market and so much more. The festival’s base is in the beautiful town of St Helens and includes the Great Eastern Drive which goes from Four Mile Creek through St Mary’s, Scamander and Binalong Bay.
The festival is a crowd pleaser for both young and old and is guaranteed to keep you busy for the duration of the weekend.
For more information, visit www.bayoffireswinterartsfestival.com.au
When: 7-9 June & 14-23 June
“I found myself within a forest dark”- Dante
Dark Mofo is by far the premier winter festival in Tasmania, if not in the whole of Australia. The much anticipated event is a creation by the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) and brings locals and tourists from around the world out into the fresh winter air to experience music, art, food and film almost everywhere you look in and around Hobart.
Local and international artists and musicians will be performing at various places across the city, with most centralised around the Salamanca, waterfront and CBD areas. For the duration of the festival the entire town glows red.
There is plenty to see with events for the whole family, grab a bite to eat and drink at the Winter Feast across from Salamanca market on the waterfront and discover why Tasmania is home to world-class, award winning food and drink.
If you’re feeling game, you can take part in one of the most popular events, the Nude Solstice Swim, where brave crowds’ dash into the chilly waters of the Derwent River at sunrise for a midwinter swim.
Visit www.darkmofo.net.au for the full festival program and tickets.
What to rent: Why not hire a few 2 Berth Hi Tops between you and your friends so you can all be in the same place and cosy up by the fire when not attending the festivities.
When: 28 June – 14 July
From its humble beginnings as a bonfire being lit in the middle of the city for a sing along in 2004, to Australia’s premier celebration of vocal magic that attracts over 30 000 people to Hobart every year, Festival of Voices is one for the books.
The festival aims to not only attract spectators, but to get people involved in the festivities. One of the ways this is done is through the Big Sing Bonfire in Salamanca. It is a free event and attracts up to 5000 people and they all sing along.
The festival has gained a reputation for becoming a platform for people to learn more about singing, improve their singing and repertoires or simply immerse themselves in the harmony of group singing.
From choir to cabaret, jazz to contemporary and everything in between: singing can be heard coming from venues large and small be it City hall, a church, a museum or a wide open space.
For more information visit, www.festivalofvoices.com
What to rent: The 6 Berth Discovery or Deluxe accommodates the whole family while attending the festival. Have a home-cooked meal before attending your chosen events and then keep the spirit of the festival going when you get back to your home away from home by having a sing along around the fire.
When: 12 – 14 July
“Come get lost and found”
The festival has its roots set firmly in the fertile apple picking soil of the Huon Valley. It is a festival of traditions from the Aboriginal welcoming ceremony, to the burning of Big Willie to the age old English ceremony of Wassailing.
Festival goers are encouraged to get into the spirit of the festivities by dressing up and immersing themselves in every aspect of the festival.
The Mid-Winter Banquet is a long table feast of fresh, seasonal produce that has been prepared over fire and is shared by all seated at the table.
If you don’t make the banquet, don’t fret! There’s a line-up of food and beverage stallholders to cater to every appetite.
Live music, artisan stalls, storytelling and a sculpture competition completes this unique festival that has something for both old and young.
So don your best pagan tatters and get amongst it!
For more information and ticket sales visit www.huonvalleymidwinterfest.com.au
Where to stay: Huon Valley Caravan Park
When: 25 – 28 July
“Not to toot our own horn, but we pull the talent”
Set in the North West coastal city of Devonport, the Devonport Jazz festival is an annual award winning festival celebrating everything jazz.
The infectious sounds of jazz can be heard floating around the city at numerous venues from cafes, to churches and community halls. All genres are represented by the cream of the crop of Australian musicians, coupled with international jazz collaborations and showcasing emerging artists.
For more information and ticket sales visit www.devonportjazz.com.au
What to rent: Our newest member to the fleet, the 2 Berth Sandpiper is the way to go for this festival. It is perfect for a couple wanting a smaller vehicle while still having shower and toilet facilities.
But your adventure doesn’t have to stop at the festivals! Take your campervan rental and visit one of our beautiful national parks, take a drive up Mount Wellington, or visit the world heritage site of Port Arthur and Battery Point. Or you can go a bit further out to Cradle Mountain, you won’t be disappointed!
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