The Huon Valley Midwinter Festival takes its inspiration from the old English tradition of wassailing, whereby apple trees are ‘woken’ from their winter slumber with food, booze and a general racket, to ensure plenty of fruit – and cider – in the following year.
Hobart’s pubic and private buildings again turned on the red lights during Dark Mofo.
Dark Mofo has been and gone for another year. The festival expanded to encompass two full weekends of the Midwinter Feast as well as a progressive nighttime journey from Launceston to Hobart stopping off at churches along the Midlands Highway for a series of artistic happenings. My own participation focussed on the activities in and…
I combined three short walks around the town to make a very pleasant afternoon stroll of around 2 1/2 hours and about 8km.
Tasmania’s Midlands Highway is the island’s main north-south route, linking the two major cities of Hobart and Launceston. It runs for about 200km through a broad grassland valley that contains farmland, sheep properties and historic towns and villages that were once major coaching stops for a journey that could take several days.
This New Year’s Eve walk took me along beaches, bush tracks and suburban streets to revisit some old and familiar haunts, revisit one I’d not seen for years, and to explore a new trail at the southern end of Blackmans Bay Beach.
The area south of Hobart offers a wealth of experiences, incredible scenery ranging from alpine areas in the Hartz mountains, dense rainforests, calm rivers, fertile agricultrual land and coastal beaches.
The annual Open House Hobart provides the opportunity to have a good old stickybeak inside buildings that are not normaly accessible to the public.
I recently had the opportunity travel aboard the boat for the start of the Three Capes Track experience.
Arm End is the northernmost tip of the South Arm peninsula, which sits near the mouth of the River Derwent, south east of Hobart.