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Someone’s been working hard on a very special project. Just quietly, we reckon this one’s going to get full marks (and maybe even a gold red star).

It’s big. It’s bold. It’s time to head south for Project X.

Okay, but what is Project X?

Wow, you’re already on the way?! We didn’t know we had such influence (be right back, just have a few phone calls to make to certain world leaders). And hold your horses—you’ll need to book a ticket.

The mysterious Project X will present a series of major, large-scale public artworks in the Huon Valley. The project will open at Dark Mofo with an amazing artwork in Tasmania’s wild Far South, then continue on past the festival.

What’s the opener?

You didn’t get a raven about this? Project X will launch with Hrafn: Conversations with Odin by Chris Watson and The Wired Lab. Watson is a renowned composer and wildlife sound recordist who has worked on some pretty impressive stuff, including David Attenborough’s ‘Life’ series and the BBC series ‘Frozen Planet’. Watson specialises in creating spatial sound installations which feature a strong sense and spirit of place.

Chris Watson

Photo: Rémi Chauvin/DarkLab

During Dark Mofo, journey into the deep, dark wilds of Tasmania’s Far South for something very special. At the Hastings Caves State Reserve, follow your guide into the trees and listen as 2,000 ravens come in to roost—an event not usually witnessed by the likes of us.

Hell yes! How do I get there?

Due to the nature and timing of the artwork, every Dark Mofo pilgrim must travel to Hastings Caves via the bus from Hobart or the Huon (transport is included with your ticket). Choose your night between Wednesday 12 to Sunday 16 June, or Wednesday 19 to Sunday 23 June. Tickets are limited, so jump on the Dark Mofo website quick smart and snap one up (they cost $55 + booking fee).

  • The Hobart Bus departs Brooke Street Pier at 2:15pm and arrives back in Hobart at around 9:20pm. If you are already local or travelling independently, you’ll need to be at the Hastings Caves Visitor Centre at 4:30pm to meet with the Guides and be ready to board the bus as it arrives from Hobart.
  • All tickets include supper at Geeveston, so whether you are on the bus returning to Hobart, or travelling independently, after the performances head to Geeveston.

What’s for tea?

During Dark Mofo, certain eateries at Geeveston will be opening for dinner on different nights (don’t forget to leave room for dessert).

  • Wednesday 12 June: Harvest and Light
  • Thursday 13 June: Baker & Co Providore and Patisserie
  • Friday 14 June: Baker & Co Providore and Patisserie
  • Saturday 15 June:  Michelle’s Roadhouse Kitchen
  • Sunday 16 June: Bears Went Over the Mountain
  • Wednesday 19 June: Harvest and Light
  • Thursday 20 June: Michelle’s Roadhouse Kitchen
  • Friday 21 June: Bears Went Over the Mountain
  • Saturday 22 June: Baker & Co Providore and Patisserie
  • Sunday 23 June: Michelle’s Roadhouse Kitchen

Explore the Huon Valley

Hrafn: Conversations with Odin continues beyond the festival (more info should soon be announced). There’s tonnes to do in the Huon Valley and Far South, so why not make a trip of it, stay awhile and explore? Pop into the Huon Valley Visitor Centre for travel tips and help booking attraction tickets and accommodation.

See Southern Trove Journeys for route inspiration, Where to Stay for accommodation options, Things to Do for fun activities, and Eat & Drink for dining tips.

We love it when you share your adventures with us! Share your snaps by tagging @hobartandbeyond and using #HobartandBeyond on Instagram and Facebook – we’ll share our favourite pics on social media and in the blog.

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Cider & Wine in the Huon: 4 Places to Stop for a Tipple
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Header image:
Rémi Chauvin / Project X / DarkLab

Isabel Galloway

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