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Amazing Winter in Tasmania

Spring is here but winter has been long, very cold and full of fun things to do. From Dark MOFO to all the amazing snow that had Hobartians freaking out. We keep pretty close tabs on all the things happening on social media, here is all the stuff you guys were showing off and interested in this winter.

Dark MOFO

Dark MOFO was back for it’s third year with huge public art exhibitions and some amazing performances. This year we saw Dark Park take over much of the waterfront area around Macquarie Wharf with some amzing displays including the huge fire organ and Bass Bath.

Lots of Snow

With one of the coldest winters on record we got an amazing amount of snow all around the state. From Hobart to Cradle Mountain there were plenty of places to get out and make a few snow angels. Hobart was also lucky enough to get a once in a generation dumping with snow down to sea level.

Even though it’s absolutely freezing this morning there was no return to #snowbart overnight. But because I’m not ready to let go of snow shots just yet, here’s another capture from Monday morning. Enjoy! | Canon 6D EF 24-70mm f/2.8L | 24mm, f/8, ISO 200, 1/50 second

We also saw a huge amount of snow at Ben Lomond and Mt Field offering plenty of opportunities for skiers and snow boarders to get out and explore the landscape in a different way.

We explored the unknown and landed in this Ben Lomond National Park that is 1500 meters above sea level. It was -5.5 degrees Celsius and it was the coldest I’ve ever really experienced in traveling. Thank goodness I brought my blanket over and I looked like Doctor Doom from Fantastic

Winter Aurora

We have had a number of big Auroras this winter that sent our local photography community scrambling for their gear and the car keys. A number of photographers were lucky enough to grab some amazing shots with breaks in the weather.

Festival of Voices

Festivals of Voices brings choir groups together from all of the country and the globe for a week of performances and workshops. One of the big highlights of the festival is the Bon Fire and big sing event in Salamanca where people gather for a night of singing, performances and a huge fire in the middle of Salamanca Place.

Autumn in Tasmania

We keep close tabs on what is happening all over Tasmania in social media and see plenty of amazing photos and videos produced by our community and visitors as well. Here’s what has been popular this Autumn in our social media feeds.

Turning of the Fagus

The Turning of the Fagus happens every year in Autumn and is a popular event for our local photography community. The Fagus in the Autumn months changes colour creating these amazing yellow, orange, gold and red hues that are often in stark contrast to the deep greens found throughout most of the Tasmanian landscape.

Fagus or Deciduous beech (Nothofagus gunnii) if you want to get technical is a plant native to Tasmania and not found anywhere else in the world. It grows in the more mountainous and alpine regions of Tasmania meaning it’s not always that easy to get to.

Have I told you how amazing this place is? Cradle Mountain is a photography mecca. A perfect spot for a photography workshop for 3 days… smile emoticon Here are some more shots from earlier this morning. We visited the Waldeim Chalet, Weindorfer’s Forest and then moved just down the road to Mt. Kate’s Hut. All within walking distance of each other.

Fagus is also nicknamed Tanglefoot by local walkers as it’s branches which tend to hang around ankle height are easy to get stuck in and makes walking in areas it inhabits often difficult.

New trails at Derby

Derby has seen an explosion in new trails over Autumn with the new Blue Derby trail network opening up and becoming one of the hottest destinations for mountain bikers in the Southern Hemisphere almost overnight.

 

Currently there is almost 40km of single direction trail dedicated specifically for mountain biking in and around the town of Derby with another 40km mapped out or under construction. Trails range in difficulty with multiple lines and are perfect for both XC riders and those wanting to push their new Enduro/All Mountain rigs a little faster.

If you are looking for more information make sure to check out the Ride Blue Derby website.

Snow

Our first major snow of the year arrived in early May and proceeded to drive most Tasmanians into their wardrobes to find the winter puffer jacket. Iconic spots such as Mt Wellington and Cradle Mountain all received fresh coverings with snow on a number of days this Autumn down below 700m (same altitude as the springs on Mt Wellington).

For walkers and those out on some more remote tracks this autumn the fresh snow adds an extra layer of complexity to their trips but does mean we get to see awesome shots like these.

People seem to think wombats don’t like the snow. Those people are probably right! However, fresh snow doesn’t stop a hungry #wombat from exploring and foraging for its next grassy meal. On my hands and knees, I went fully wombat mode and chased after some cuties today around Cradle Mountain – with @kathflem we found six wombats today, which is awesome added with yesterday’s eight! If you’re wanting to see these guys in the wild, this area is a hot spot for them.

The snow also doesn’t slow any of our native wildlife down with plenty of wombats being spotted braving the cold conditions. We saw some great shots on snow days from Cradle Mountain with Wallabies, Wombats and Pademelons all featuring heavily in our Instagram feeds.

A number of our photographer friends also ventured further afield with areas such as the great lakes providing some amazing shots and slippery conditions for drivers. If you plan on driving up into high altitude areas remember to take snow chains.

Bioluminescence

Hobart residents were treated to a bit of a surprise this week with bioluminescent phytoplankton washing up on a number of beaches around Hobart including at South Arm and Kingston.

Mother Nature at her finest. Here you are seeing a large number of bioluminescent dinoflagellates creating phosphorescence in breaking waves. The most frequently encountered bioluminescent organisms may be the dinoflagellates present in the surface layers of the sea, which are responsible for the sparkling phosphorescence sometimes seen at night in disturbed water. This was my first time seeing this occurrence. No trick photography, no filters, this is what I could see with my eyes! Beautiful! As you walked towards it the ground glowed where ever you placed your feet! Was I excited? You bet!

The phytoplankton are a form of algae that under the right conditions can bloom and wash up on beaches creating this amazing light display.

The phytoplankton in spots were over an inch deep and up to two metres wide enabling people to walk out into it and set off the light generating chemical reaction. Even ripples and small waves were enough to generate the amazing blue light.

Shipsterns

Autumn is the perfect time of year for surfers visiting Tasmania with antarctic swells from the Southern Ocean smashing up against Tasmania creating some massive surf breaks.

The massive break at Shipsterns Bluff on the Tasman Peninsula produces huge 20 foot barrels and attracts some of the best big wave surfers in the world. This surfing spot is also incredibly dangerous with a history of causing broken bones and near death experiences.

South West Tasmania

Exploring the South West

The South West of Tasmania has become a popular destination to explore Tasmania’s beautiful world heritage wilderness. There are a number of ways to reach and explore the South West and the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage area.

Flights to Melaleuca

Flying is the easiest and one of the most scenic ways to explore the South West and provides you with an amazing aerial view of the peaks around the South West and the amazing coastline. Par Avion run regular flights between Hobart and Melaleuca with options for both a half and full day trip into the South West that includes the a boat ride around Melaleuca inlet with opportunities to spot rare wildlife such as the Orange Bellied Parrot.

A Day in the Wilderness – South West Scenic Flight

Sea Kayaking is one of the best ways to explore the waterways around Bathurst Harbour and the South West wilderness. Kayaking allows you to get up close to wild life and explore where powered vehicles can’t go.

Roaring 40s run three and seven day trips in the South West that include scenic flights in and out, equipment, meals and accommodation utilising both specially designed huts and spacious tents. Trips run throughout the summer months.

If you are looking for a luxury option then there is no better way to reach and explore the South West than from a privately chartered Yacht. Hobart Yachts run a number of private charters each year sailing from Hobart that allow you to enjoy the amazing scenery as well as a convenient floating hotel. You can also jump in a kayak while there if you want to go and explore on your own.

Visit Cradle Mountain At Weekend

Cradle Mountain is one of Tasmania’s most popular destinations with stunning views and plenty to do all year round. Here is a quick guide for planning your perfect Cradle Mountain weekend.

Walking at Cradle Mountain

The Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park is one of the most popular parks in Australia with some amazing walks throughout the park that will suit any fitness level. Most walks are easily accessible and maps are available from the park visitors centre.

If you are looking for an amazing view make sure to take the walk up to Marions Lookout which provides amazing views over the park and the mountain.

Cradle Mountain is also the departure point for the famous and popular Overland Track which goes through the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park from Cradle Mountain itself to Lake St Clair. On average the Overland Track takes between four and five days to complete with options to do the track yourself or with a variety of guided tours.

Wildlife at Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is one of the best places to see Tasmanian Wildlife with Pademelon, Wallabies, Wombats all being spotted in the park all year round. We regularly see great wild life shots from around the National Park on Instagram and Facebook and you often don’t have to go too far to see wild life. Just be careful of the wombats, they will chase you if you annoy them.

The Boat Shed

The Boat Shed on Dove Lake is one of the most famous land marks in Tasmania and also possibly one of the most shared and photographed places in Tasmania. The Boat Shed can be reached on the Dove Lake circuit walk.

The Boat Shed was built in 1940 by the parks first ranger at a time when boating on the lake was popular and was used up until 1960s to house a number of Huon Pine boats used to ferry visitors around the lake.

Cradle Mountain Canyons

Cradle Mountain Canyons is one of the most popular tours at Cradle Mountain and explores a number of the areas hidden away creeks and waterways.
Cradle Mountain Canyons run tours throughout the summer months (end of October through to April) with both advanced and family friendly options available.

Devils at Cradle

Devils @ Cradle is a wildlife sanctuary on the edge of the Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair national park that runs a number of breeding programs helping to support conservation efforts for Tasmanian Devils and the Spotted Tail and Eastern Quolls.
You can visit the sanctuary during the day and also at night time where you can see the Devils feeding and hear the amazing sounds they make.

Getting to Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is a two and a half hour drive from Launceston and a four hour drive from Hobart. If you don’t have a car there are a number of guided tours that take in Cradle Mountain as part of a multi day tour.

Somethings to do in Tasmania this summer

Summer is the most popular time of year to visit Tasmania with heaps to do from amazing outdoor experiences to some huge summer festivals. Here are a few of our favourite things to do in Tasmania during summer.

Walking in Tasmania

Tasmania has some of the best walking in Australia with a number of the Great Walks of Australia all being located here. There are plenty of walking options from short day trips to longer walks such as the Overland, Three Capes and the South Coast Track Walks with options to both do them yourself as well as take a guided tour.

Mona and Mofo
MOFO has become one of the major highlights of the year with amazing performances drawing huge crowds to venues all over Hobart. Previous headliners have included Nick Cave and Amanda Palmer.

MONA itself is a great gallery to explore and always nice on a hot summers day. The gallery is huge and well worth setting side a day to get the full experience.

Swimming on the East Coast

The East Coast of Tasmania has some of the best white sandy beaches in Australia perfect for cooling off on a hot summers day.

In addition to amazing beaches the East Coast has some amazing places to explore including Freycinet National Park and the stunning Bay of Fires. If you are looking for the perfect road trip destination then this part of Tasmania has to be on the top of your list.

Explore the Tarkine

The Tarkine is one of Tasmania’s natural marvels and the largest temperate rainforest in the Southern Hemisphere. The Tarkine is also a great place to see Tasmanian wild life with Quolls, Devils, Echidna, Platypus and the endangered Orange Bellied Parrot all calling the region home.

Check out a Brewery

Tasmania creates some great local beers and there are plenty of amazing pubs around the state to enjoy a beer or many.

If you are in Hobart make sure to check out Cascade Brewery in South Hobart, the oldest operating brewery in Australia. Make sure to take a tour and stop by the gardens for a drink afterwards.

Falls Festival at Marion Bay

Falls Festival at Marion Bay has been a huge highlight of the year and one of the best places to spend new years.

This years festival includes ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic, Art vs Science, Birds of Tokyo and Disclosure.

Camping is available at the venue but you can also stay in Hobart and drive down each day if you prefer somewhere with a bed.

Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain is beautiful and well worth a visit at any time of year but summer is the perfect time if you are looking for a bit of an adventure or to get out and do some of the amazing walks.

In addition to a number of great walks including the Overland Track there is also canyoning, horse riding and quad biking available in the area.

Visit the South West

The South West corner of Tasmania is a beautiful and incredibly remote area of Australia but well worth the trip if you get the chance, the only way in is by plane or by boat with a number of ways to explore the region once there including on foot along the South Coast track or by sea kayak.

End of the Road

Cockle Creek is one of our favourite spots during summer with camping available and some amazing beaches to cool off at. Cockle Creek is the furthest south you can drive and is also nearby to Hastings caves which are a great spot to explore on a hot day and you can also take a swim in waters from the nearby hot springs.