Aaah, winter. So fresh. So chill. (It is rather exciting to guess how low the snow has settled down the mountain each morning.) While your seasonal instinct might be to curl up by the fire and not leave the house, we hereby challenge your post-Dark Mofo hibernation with these six winter warmers!
1. The Festival of Voices
This year’s Festival of Voices began on Friday, 29 June and the festivities continue until Sunday, 15 July. Celebrate song across all genres, with concerts, massed choirs, workshops, cabaret and contemporary performances, family activities, and pop up events.
Warm up your voice for the popular Big Sing Bonfire (5pm on Sunday 8 July at Salamanca Place). The community huddles together to celebrate singing with crackling bonfires, wonderful entertainment, and the fun and joyful mass chorus!
2. The Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival
Now, usually if a willy burns, it’s time to visit the doctor. Thankfully, it’s a different story for the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival at Willie Smith’s Apple Shed. On Friday 13 July, ‘Big Willie’ will be set on hot, hot fire to purge that nasty negative energy! The festival runs until Sunday 15 July, so get into the spirit and dress in your finest pagan attire, bang some pots and pans, and yell at the apple trees. Enjoy storytelling, feasting by firelight, live music, and of course cider! There’s fun on offer for the whole family.
We have two double passes to give away, so enter the draw before 8 July 2018 for your chance to win.
3. Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs
Picture yourself soaking in a pool fed by thermal spring water, surrounded by peaceful forest, with bird calls echoing playfully through the trees. If this sounds like your cup of tea, drive 90 minutes south from Hobart to Hastings Caves and Thermal Springs.
Also, you’re not going to get rained or snowed on underground in a giant cave (it’s actually very impressive, with all the dolomite and special subterranean formations, so do the tour!)
Enter our ‘There’s More to Explore’ competition before 31 July 2018 for your chance to win a Family Cave Ticket, Springs Reserve access, and Devonshire tea for four (plus some other awesome prizes).
4. Fill your belly with hot stuff
Warm yourself from the inside out! You’re spoilt for choice with all the incredible local produce in Southern Tasmania. For starters, visit the lovely cafés in the Derwent Valley, join a gourmet food tour of Bruny Island, warm your cockles on the Tasman Peninsula, go wine tasting, or eat your way around the Coal River Valley.
Make yourself a hot drink to sip while you peruse the many options on our Eat & Drink page. The more you eat, the more insulation you’ll have against the cold.
5. Walk until you’re warm
Adorn yourself with your fanciest puffer jacket and glamorously accessorise with warm gloves, a woolly scarf and socks, and a thick beanie. Now, step out into the wilderness. Don’t protest—we promise that the scenery is worth the initial chill, and you’ll get warm when you start walking! Choose a beautiful crisp and sunny winter’s day and treat yourself to some Vitamin D (although cloudy, foggy days can make for some dramatic scenery).
There are tonnes of walks to choose from, including hikes to waterfalls, dramatic peninsula walks, leisurely on foot heritage explorations, and enchanting strolls in the Southern Trove. Do be sure to adequately prepare for unexpected changes in weather.
6. Get some culture… indoors
The exhibitions that launched at Mona and TMAG during Dark Mofo are still up, so if you didn’t get a chance to see them during the festival, there’s still time. Mona’s Zero is on until 22 April 2019 and TMAG’s A Journey to Freedom is on until Sunday 29 July 2018.
Image (Mona): @paula.nerissa/Instagram
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kunanyi / Mt Wellington, @aaronchingaling/Instagram