Hello folks, are you visiting Tasmania in August?
Well done you brave soul. I like you already. So whatya gunna do?
If you’re in any way unsure, I’m going to remedy that.
5 Cool Things in August 2018
Here are 5 cool things you can do to get the most of the month of August.
1. The Three Capes Track
The first of the “5 Cool Things” is The Three Capes Track located on Tassie’s Tasman Peninsula in the south-east of the island. Bushwalking in Tasmania in deep winter? Are you effing crazy? Well, yes and hell yes!
Not only do you get to walk a premier track and settle in for the night in classy huts, you can do for a massively reduced rate!
When? All month mate!
Tasmania Parks and Wildlife are offering $360 passes for the walk between 1 – 31 August 2018 until sold out. That’s 25% off the regular fee. For those less inclined to venture in to the bush because of snakes, being winter, it’s very unlikely to come across them. That’s a plus, right?
I did the Three Capes Track in July 2016. It was brilliant. It even snowed on the second evening!
Check the website for further details.
2. Australian Antarctic Festival
Hobart is the place for the biennial Australian Antarctic Festival, where the connection with “Going South” is so strong, being the base of operations for the Australian Antarctic Division, and the launching point for significant expeditions (Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition of 1911, for one).
When? 2-5 August (next week!)
Including Antarctic Photography Exhibition, ship tours, vessels Aurora Australis and Investigator, Open Days at The Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS) and Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) marine labs and polar history tours.
On the Sunday, the Huskies Picnic at Mawson’s Replica Huts. Play with huskies!!!
Check the www.antarcticfestival.com.au website for more details on the 2018 Australian Antarctic Festival.
3. Chocolate Winterfest
The third cool thing is very chocolatey.
Get yourself to Latrobe on the north-west coast of Tassie for your winter time chocolate needs. Very much children friendly with fun and games.
When? Sunday 12 August 10:30 – 3:30, Latrobe.
30 choc obsessed stalls with games, challenges, sculptures, prizes, and most importantly chocolate.
Latrobe is a short drive from Devonport, and about 10 minutes from Devonport Airport.
Burnie Airport is 45 minutes from Latrobe; Launceston Airport is an hour’s drive away while Hobart Airport is three hours away. You will need to organise your own transport to Latrobe from these locations.
Check the website for further details: www.chocolatewinterfest.com.au
4. Festival of Bright Ideas
When? Saturday, August 18 2018. 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Princes Wharf in Hobart
A warehouse full of science experiences, including mind-blowing shows, workshops and an endless array of interactive activities. A festival for the whole family.
Get your brain in to action at www.festivalofbrightideas.com.au
5. Steampunk Festival
And now for something completely different….
Steampunk Tasmania is holding their annual festival at George Town on Saturday 18 August 2018.
What is Steampunk? Steampunk is inspired by 19th century British Victorian and American Wild West West era.
Before digital, there was steam powered machinery.
Steampunk is science fiction, history, machinery and fashion. Anyway, it’s a thing, and its on in George Town in August.
Maybe watch Will Smith’s 1999 movie Wild Wild West (if you can bear to) to get an idea?
Watching that movie is NOT a recommendation. Don’t go blaming a wasted two hours on me.
For more details check the website: steampunktasmania.com.au
If you go, please tell me how it was!
There you have it. 5 cool things to do in Tasmania this August. I hope there is something there to get you up and about; be it, walking, discovering, chocolating, thinking or Steampunking.
Okay, there’s more…
As an encore, I have a sixth very cool event on around Tassie in August.
Tasmanian whisky is doing great things in the world of whisky. Tasmanian Whisky Week is bound to be fantastic, but I have found it is almost too popular as most events are ticketed and some have already sold out. Sad face.
Still, check it out, there may be something for you. If not, purchase yourself a Tassie whisky and savour it in your own time.
Tasmanian Whisky Week
That’s whisky with a “y”.
When is it? Celebrate all things Tasmanian whisky between 13-19 August.
Events are being held in Hobart, Launceston, Devonport, Burnie, Freycinet, Kempton and Bothwell.
Tastings, education, dining experiences, more tastings, storytelling, a chance to meet the distillers, all the “gold” stuff.
Check taswhiskyweek.com for further details.
Are there other cool activities on, that due to my own ignorance I have not included? If so, please let me know.