Can you feel it? Change is in the air!
Autumn in Hobart and beyond is an absolute delight. Go exploring and perhaps discover a new favourite place among the shimmering golds and rusty reds. Celebrate the joy of the season (and crunch all the leaves) at these wonderful events.
The Derwent Valley
The Derwent Valley is always super scenic, but really ups its game in Autumn. Go for an enchanting stroll by the riverside or throw up handfuls of leaves along the Salmon Ponds’ tree-lined driveway.
Picturesque New Norfolk is around a 35 minute drive from Hobart. On Sunday, 14 April enjoy yummy food, local wine, live music, and great entertainment at the Derwent Valley Autumn Festival. On Sunday, 25 May head along to Glen Derwent for their whizz bang Cracker Night.
Visit the local markets for fresh produce, artisan products, art and craft, and more. The New Norfolk Market is on every Saturday in High Street from 8am to 2pm. The Derwent Valley Community Market is held on the third Sunday of the month, at the Derwent Valley Community House, from 10am to 2pm.
History enthusiasts, discover fascinating stories on the Willow Court History Tour (on the first Sunday of every month), or join a Willow Court Asylum Paranormal Investigation Experience if you dare.
Mt Field National Park
Celebrate the turning of the fagus, Australia’s only cold climate winter-deciduous tree, at Mt Field’s Fagus Weekend (Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 April). Join informative guided walks and admire the rusty reds and glowing golds, then treat yourself to some tasty eats at Waterfalls Cafe & Gallery.
Maydena’s original Australia Day Events were postponed, but that just means you’ve had extra time to practice your thong throwing. The festivities will take place on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 March, with thong throwing competitions, cricket matches, live music, the big Aussie Brekky, and more.
Maydena Bike Park’s Enduro Fest (Friday 5 to Sunday 7 April) is an awesome weekend of enduro racing down some top trails in the Tasmanian wilderness. There are categories for amateur and pro riders, plus social events including a short film competition.
Ladies, join Wild Island Women’s Overnight Kayaking Expedition from Meadowbank to New Norfolk on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March. Another great women only event is the Wild Island Women’s Retreat (Friday 3 to Sunday 5 May), a luxury glamping weekend adventure. Challenge yourself to a day hike through Mt Field, kayak through platypus feeding pools on the River Derwent, and unwind in the evening with freshly prepared meals by the fire.
The Southern Trove
Wrap yourself up in the season’s magic on a Southern Trove adventure. Discover the scenic d’Entrecasteaux Channel, natural beauty Bruny Island, artsy Huon Valley, and stunning Far South.
The Huon Art Awards exhibition is on from Saturday 2 to Sunday 17 March at the Cygnet Town Hall (10am to 4pm daily).
On Easter Sunday and Monday (21 and 22 April), local artists and makers open their studios and workshops to the public for the Handmade in Cygnet Open Studio Art Trail. Collect your trail map brochure from the Cygnet Town Hall.
Enjoy the family friendly festivities at A Taste of the Huon, on Sunday 10 March and Monday 11 March at the Ranelagh Showgrounds (adults $12, children $6, family day pass $30). Enjoy fine food, wine, entertainment, arts and crafts, and other delights from the Huon and Channel regions.
The Huon Small Farms Expo is on Sunday 31 March, from 10am to 3pm, at the Ranelagh Showgrounds. See wonderful speakers and demonstrations, stalls with local produce, livestock, and a yummy range of local artisan food.
Catch big names in laughs in at Frank’s Cider House & Cafe‘s regular comedy nights (and treat yourself to dinner and drinks). The next FunnieS at Frank’s is on Thursday, 21 March, and stars the hilarious Clare Hooper (now sold out, but follow Frank’s Cider House to keep track of upcoming comedy shows). During the day, head across the road to the Wooden Boat Centre, and perhaps join one of their regular tours or boat building courses.
Yukon‘s crew and the team from Fat Pig Farm present Fat Pig Farm Afloat (departs Franklin Marina on Saturday, 30 March and Saturday, 6 April). Enjoy amazing artisan produce while cruising the picturesque Huon River. Yukon also offer regular tours, and Fat Pig Farm put on an amazing Friday Feast.
Pull into the Huon Aquaculture Wheels in the Park Car & Bike Show on Sunday, 24 March and admire over 300 vehicles. There are trophies up for grabs, and food and drink will be available on the day.
While in Geeveston, pop into the Museum & Visitor Centre to learn about the area’s history and get top travel tips from the locals.
Visit the Dover Museum and Gallery (open Saturday to Monday from 10:30am to 4:30pm) and check out their March exhibition, ‘Commercial Fishing’, which is on loan from the Maritime Museum. In April, the exhibition changes over to ‘A History of Dover Regattas’.
The Huon Tasmanian Salmon Dover Regatta is on over the Easter long weekend (Friday 19 April to Sunday 21 April). Enjoy the races as well as the Friday evening welcome BBQ, spit roast and live music on Saturday night, and curry night and presentations on Sunday night.
Celebrate the sea at Dover Seafest on Saturday, 20 April (10am to 3pm). There will be kids’ activities, food stalls, a makers and growers market, live music, and the Dover Regatta events running concurrently. Make a trip of it and explore the attractions of the Far South, such as Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs and Cockle Creek.
For more travel tips, see Self-Drive Journeys.
In the Southern Trove, accommodation options include: Kermandie Waterfront Hotel, Huon Valley Escapes, Frenchman’s River, Walton House B&B, Whispering Spirit Holiday Cottages & Miniature Pony Stud, Cygnet Old Bank B&B, Highland Getaway Luxury Farm Stay, Smugglers Rest, Driftwood Cottages, Ashdowns of Dover B&B, and The Peninsula Experience.
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