Spring has finally sprung and after a trying year, we couldn’t be happier to see the flowers blooming, smell their sweet perfume and enjoy those longer days. Enjoy a picnic in the sun, a walk in the wildflowers or take a stroll through the many gardens are parks in full bloom. There is also a great range of events coming up in the Spring months from open garden events and exhibitions to flowers shows and a great range of local markets.
We have pulled together 11 things that might inspire you to get out on an adventure this Spring.
1. Enjoy an art walk
Take a walk in nature and enjoy some art along the way. Sci Art Walks is a series of audio-escapes featuring talks by Tasmanian artists and scientists along with music composed by Tasmanian musicians. Each episode is paired with a walking track from around Tasmania.
The Art Farm at Birch’s Bay, a 35-minute drive south of Hobart, features the Art Farm Sculpture Trail where visitors can take a walk through pear orchards, bush trails and across fields and features a number of sculptures for you to enjoy. Visit from October 17 to experience the annual Sculpture Prize Exhibition installed along the trail.
2. Experience Longford’s Garden Festival
There’s nothing more Spring than wandering through a garden in full bloom with a gin in hand. This year, the Longford Blooms Open Garden Festival will be held on the 14th and 15th of November and features 13 open gardens, 10 specialist nurseries, a garden market and gourmet food, wine and gin to keep you going. Visit the Eventbrite page to book your garden adventure.
3. Do a spot of whale watching
From July – December Humpback Whales are making their migration back to the nutrient-rich waters of Antartica, via Tasmania. Head out on a cruise with Penincott Wilderness Journeys or Wild Ocean Tasmania and see if you can spot a breaching whale and (fingers crossed) a healthy whale calf. If you are more of a land-based human, head out to the Tasman Peninsula beaches or coastal walking trails with binoculars in hand and try your luck spotting from the shores. Alternatively, head to the far south region of Cockle Creek and see what you can see – keep an eye out for a unique bronze whale.
4. Visit a local market
There’s no shortage of great markets in Southern Tasmania and Spring is a great time to get out and about and explore the markets and surrounding regions. Visit Tasmania’s Own Market – a slightly scaled-down version of Salamanca Market – for a range of goodies every Saturday from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm. For great farm-fresh, local produce head to Hobart’s Farmgate Market, held every Sunday from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Take a weekend drive and visit the Cygnet Market, held on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of every month from 10 am – 2 pm, and discover a trove of Huon Valley treasures. Meet the makers and explore the Bream Creek Farmer’s Market. Held on the first Sunday of the month at the Bream Creek Showgrounds, the market is centred around fresh, seasonal, local produce.
5. Enjoy a wilderness hike
Spring is here and the longer days and [slightly] warmer weather make it a great time to head out into the wilderness and enjoy some fresh mountain air. Take a wander in the wilderness and spot some blooming wildflowers. For the mountain lovers, take a wander on the many trails within Wellington Park and see if you can spot the native Tasmanian Waratah which begins to flower from November, or hit the peaks in the Hartz Mountains National Park. For those after a more coastal scene, the Tasman Peninsula’s walking tracks are often filled with beautiful wildflowers and if the day is warm, you might even sneak in a cheeky dip in one of the beautiful beaches near the trails.
6. Taste a Tassie tipple
There is nothing quite like a cold refreshing ale on a warm spring day. Head out to Willie Smith’s Apple Shed for a pint of Tasmanian made cider in the sun. Further down the road and you will find Franks Ciderhouse and Pagan Cider who also offer some great Tassie tipples.
Those sticking closer to Hobart can enjoy a drink in the beautiful gardens of the Cascade Brewery – their bar has just reopened after some renos. Pop some bubbles and cheers to Spring at Stefano Lubiana or enjoy the picturesque views of the Richmond countryside at Pooley Wines. Whisky and gin lovers will feel right at home at McHenry Distillery on the Tasman Peninsula, be sure to visit Bangor Vineyard Shed on your way to/from the Peninsula for a drink overlooking the grapevines.
7. Visit an Art Exhibition
Enjoy the beautiful gardens of Blenheim Gallery and Garden in spring and visit the Newfields Printmakers Exhibition, an exhibition of collagraphs and linocuts. The exhibition is open from 16 September – 1 October and is open Wednesday – Fridays from 10:30 am – 4 pm and Saturdays from 10 am – 2 pm. The beautiful Old Kempton Distillery will be hosting Artlands, an exhibition which celebrates the Southern Midlands. The exhibition will be open from 27 September – 25 October from 10 am – 4 pm, daily.
8. Wander the Botanical Gardens
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens are lovely at any time of the years but particularly in the spring when the blossom trees, daffodils and magnolias and out in full bloom. Enjoy a wander around the gardens, perhaps pack a picnic or visit the garden’s Succulent restaurant for some tea and scones.
9. Explore the Heritage Highway
Hit the road and take a drive in the countryside along the beautiful Heritage Highway. Visit historic towns such a Ross and Oatlands and wander the blossom-filled main streets. Keep an eye out for some cute little baby lambs playing in the sun.
10. Walk with giants
There is nothing quite like a walk amongst the forest to shake out that winter hibernation. The Tahune Airwalk is an elevated walkway 30 metres above the forest floor and Huon River where you can see the giant trees up-close. Enjoy the scenic views from the airwalk and take a stroll along the forest floor. Currently open on Saturday and Sunday only.
11. Enjoy a picnic in the sun
Spring is the perfect time to pack a picnic and find a beautiful spot to enjoy some fun in the sun with friends or family. The riverbanks of the Coal River at Richmond is always a great spot, you might even spot some little ducklings!
Alternatively, enjoy the many beautiful parks in and around Hobart such as the Fitzroy Gardens or St Davids Park.
For more information on upcoming events in Southern Tasmania, visit our Events Page
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The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens: Andrew Ross @novisiblemeans