Autumn is a stunning time of year in southern Tasmania. Not only do we witness the amazing seasonal colours but southern Tassie also enjoys clear, crisp mornings and beautiful sunny days (most of the time).
There are a great range of events to enjoy along with farmers’ markets serving up the best seasonal local produce. So, head out this autumn and discover the delights of the season in Hobart and beyond.
Discover the colourful countryside
Derwent Valley Salmon Ponds
Salmon ponds and autumn you may ask? Well, these salmon ponds are a little different than the usual. Developed in 1861 by Europeans to make their new surroundings feel a little more like ‘home’, the Derwent Valley Salmon Ponds were filled with salmon and trout eggs and the surrounding garden’s landscaped with European plants. These beautiful gardens are now flourishing with mature trees, many of which transform into an array of colours over the autumn period. The driveway into the Salmon Ponds is particularly impressive and photographers are sure to want to stop for a photo or two.
Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens offer a wide range of plant species from around the globe and are extra vibrant during Autumn. Pack a picnic and find a spot on the grass where you can admire the landscapes.
Coal River Valley
Wineries are great any season but have you visited in the autumn? The vines transform into rows of glittering gold and are a delight to see. Head out along the Coal River Valley wine region and enjoy the spectacular scenery (and some spectacular wine too, of course). While you are there, drop into the quaint town of Richmond and admire the pretty streetscape before enjoying the autumn scenery around the historic Richmond Bridge.
The picturesque Huon Valley becomes next level pretty in the autumn time. The orchards offer rows of golden delicious-ness and the reflections of the colourful trees on the Huon River are sure to take your breath away. Venture your way through the valley, stop to take some photos, and enjoy some fresh seasonal flavours from the local producers.
Heartlands Drive Journey
Head out and explore one of Tasmania’s incredible drive journeys and bask in the beautiful scenery.
The Heartlands Drive Journey takes you across Tasmania’s midlands countryside where colourful popular trees grace country lanes and yellow willow trees line riverbanks. Explore the picturesque sandstone towns of Oatlands, Kempton and Ross and enjoy the gold autumn foliage against the charming sandstone buildings.
Set the scene
There’s nothing quite like golden hour to really highlight those autumn colours. Better yet, with shorter days, you won’t have to worry about getting up at a ridiculous hour to catch the sunrise (we’re looking at you, photographers)!
Tassie does sunrises and sunsets pretty darn well (not biased) and there are plenty of great locations to sit back and enjoy a colourful start (or end) to the day. You can find few of our favourites in our Best Places to watch the Sunrise blog!
Visit an Autumn Event
Held at the picturesque foreshore overlooking Port Esperance Bay in Dover, the Dover Seafest is an annual event celebrating the fresh local seafood available in our southern seas. The event also features an array of local produce including cider, wine, spirits and beer along with live music and a makers and growers market from the region. There are also plenty of activities to keep the kids entertained on the day.
Event: Sunday 14th March, Kent Beach Road Dover
Ten Days on the Island
Dedicated to Tasmania’s island culture, Ten Days on the Island is an immersive festival celebrating Tasmanian artists and acts as a platform to promote our creative culture. The 2021 event will be run over three weekends with the final weekend held in Hobart and surrounds. The large program of events features live music performances, dance, virtual reality experiences and film.
Event: Southern Tasmania dates from 19 – 21 March 2021. The full event runs from 5th March – 21 March 2021.
Australian Wooden Boat Festival Maritime Trail
Discover the magic of the traditional wooden boat along the Maritime Trail 2021. The trail showcases the rich maritime heritage and culture in Tasmania. Explore hidden boatyards, tour marinas, take a sail on a tall ship or learn about traditional wooden boat building. Bookings are required, please visit the festival website to secure your tickets.
Event: 10 – 11 April 2021
Turning of the Fagus
The Fagus is Australia’s only winter deciduous tree and during Autumn the colours of the Fagus begin to turn from lushy greens to yellow, golds a rich orange colours. Found only in Tasmania, the Fagus (Nothofagus gunnii) has thick, twisted branches that make for pretty impressive photos. This little beauty is only found in certain parts of the state, thriving in alpine areas. So grab your woolies, a waterproof jacket and a pair of walking boots and head out to discover the Fagus blanketing the landscape. It is a must-see, we promise.
To mark the turning of the Fagus, there are an array of events held in the Mount Field National Park so be sure to mark April 24 – 26th 2021 in your calendar so you can enjoy the events.
Breath of Fresh Air (BOFA) Film Festival
The Tasmanian Breath of Fresh Air film festival is a dedicated Tasmanian festival celebrating the art of film.
Enjoy films made by local filmmakers, who explore what it means to be Tasmanian, with a curated selection of 20 films across themes of; Our Stories, Climate Action, World Stories, Eat and Drink and The Choices We Make. BOFA will also be streaming additional films online via their website, so you can watch the films anytime, anywhere!
Event: Friday 28th – Sunday 30th May, Hobart
The festival will also be run over the weekend of Fri 30th April – Sun 2nd May in Launceston.
For more events in the region, be sure to visit our events page.
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Header Image: Derwent Valley by Natasha Mulhall