There is something special about spring in Tasmania. The mild weather makes this the perfect time to explore the island's lush landscapes, while food fans will rejoice in the roadside stalls laden with fresh produce and the new releases on offer at local wineries. Throw in some fantastic festivals and events and you have plenty of reasons to fly south for spring.
Tiptoe through the tulips
The tulip fields of Table Cape in North-West Tasmania are a magnificent sight. From late September to early October, against the shining blue backdrop of Bass Strait, hectares of blooms blaze red and orange, yellow, white, pink and purple. Wynyard's lively Bloomin' Tulips Festival, taking place on 14 October, is a highlight.
Experience the offbeat at Junction Arts Festival
We expect festivals to take place inside theatres and galleries, but Launceston's Junction Arts Festival does it differently. At this cutting-edge event, taking place from September 6 to 10, you will find performances taking place in unexpected venues, from the inside of an old 1960s caravan to churches and disused shop fronts. The contemporary music and arts events include plenty of family-friendly options.
Attend a sparkling garden party
Anyone for bubbles? Drink a toast to spring at Effervescence Tasmania, a four-day celebration of the island's superb sparkling wines. Hosted by Josef Chromy Vineyard, the festival, which takes place from 16 to 19 November, includes a selection of dinners, music events and master classes. From sampling rare vintages to learning how to match cheese and sparkling wine, it's a feast for fans of good wine and food.
Get your craft on
Eight venues, five galleries, 200 artisans and 20,000 visitors: the Tasmanian Craft Fair is by far the biggest thing to hit the pretty town of Deloraine. Taking place from 3 to 6 November, the fair showcases crafts of all sorts. Expect to meet makers of jewellery and fishing flies, knives and stained glass, timber furniture and even plant growers.
So you've heard Tassie has good wine
Want to discover more about the cool climate wines that are generating such a buzz? Then the Great Eastern Wine Weekend is for you. From September 8 to 10, winemakers located along the Great Eastern Drive will offer visitors a number of cellar door specials and one-off events, including a Meet the Maker gourmet barbecue.
Spring babies galore
Where to start? Tasmania's wonderful wilderness is home to an extraordinary array of animals. Spring is the time to spot adorable baby wombats and Tasmanian devils. Along the coast, keep an eye out for short-tailed shearwaters that have flown all the way from Alaska, as well as Southern Right and Humpback whales. Then there is the endearing Little Penguin, found along the north and east coasts until March.
More Tassie food and wine
Spring is also when Tasmania celebrates the new season harvest, with food and wine events popping up around every corner. Among the biggest is the Devonport Food and Wine Festival. Taking place right through October, it includes everything from cooking classes to wine tastings. Smaller towns also get in on the action; the seaside haven of Bicheno hosts its one-day Food & Wine Festival on 18 November.
Visit the museum of everything
Art lovers know that Hobart's Museum of Old and New Art, better known as Mona, always delivers something unexpected. Its current show, the Museum of Everything – on display until April – is a celebration of art created by non-artists. The exhibition includes nearly 2000 artworks from 200 different creators.
Go behind the farm gate
Sample the best Tassie produce fresh from the farm during the Farmgate Festival. Taking place on 25 and 26 November in the beautiful Tamar Valley, the festival sees local growers throw open their gates and invite visitors to sample everything from hazelnuts and truffles to apples, pork, olives and berries.
Take a gourmet walk
Tasmania's wilderness is made for walking. Whether you are drawn to the lush Tarkine rainforest, the alpine peaks of Cradle Mountain or the pristine coasts of Maria Island, the mild weather makes spring the perfect time to get out and get active. Best of all, the Great Walks of Tasmania's selection of multi-day hikes are as famous for their superb food and wine as for their stunning scenery.
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