G’day everyone, how was your August?

August is just about in our rearview mirror. Now, we are steaming towards September.

September is bringing Tasmania music and drinks with options for a run and some railway history.

5 Cool Things in September 2018

Here are 5 cool things you can do in the month of September.

1.Triple J One Night Stand 2018

Each year Triple J ships the best Aussie acts out to a different town for a massive free party: that’s the One Night Stand!

The One Night Stand is an all ages gig. All you’ve gotta do is get there (and find a place to camp).

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Triple J One Night Stand 2018

This years performers are Vance Joy, Peking Duk, Tkay Maidza, Middle Kids and Alex the Astronaut plus The Sleepyheads.

This the coolest thing to happen in St Helen’s for a long time.

When: Saturday 1 September

Where: St Helens Football Club, St Helens, Tasmania.

While you are in St Helens you can check out the Bay of Fires!


2. Great Eastern Wine Weekend

Make the Great Eastern Wine Weekend your east coast escape.

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The East Coast of Tassie and wine makes for a great weekend

Design your weekend to include cellar door specials, lazy brunches hopping between vineyards and cruisy sipping en route to Wineglass Bay. Sounds rather luxurious.

Get some wine, get some seafood and get comfy on a picnic rug on a secluded beach. If you can find someone to share it with even better!!

At the very worst make use of cellar door special offers exclusive to the Great Eastern Wine Weekend and stock up on some great Tassie wines.

When: Saturday 8 Sep – Sunday 9 Sep 2018

There is also a meet the makers on Friday evening.

Check the website for further details: www.freycinetlodge.com.au/wineweekend

May the weather be generous.

3. Tasmanian Microbrew Fest 2018

My favourite beer festival in Tasmania.

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Get a taste for some of Tassie’s best microbrewed beer

Tassie is home to many tops breweries. This is great opportunity to get to taste some of the up and comers and some established breweries.

There’s an array of food and other beverages available to compliment the beers.

When: Saturday 8 September Noon – 8pm

Where: Princes Wharf 1, Hobart

Entry: 10 bucks on the door

Check the Facebook page for further details: www.facebook.com/tasmicrobrewfest

While I am talking beer, you might like to visit Australia’s oldest brewery (which is not a microbrewery). Have a read about my tour of the Cascade Brewery earlier this year wp.me/p8IeV8-6d 

4. Grapes 5K Run Tasmania

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Can there be better places to run than through Pipers Brook Winery?

You don’t have to run to have fun at this event (I know you won’t run, it’s OK, neither would I), but the idea is that you have a run, and have yourself a grape time with a few cheeky wines. Enter as a team or by yourself.

When: Saturday 8 September

Pipers Brook Winery, Pipers Brook

Please check the website for registration and further information: www.grapest5krun.com.au/pipers-brook

5. Steam Age Ida Bay Festival 2018

The last of September’s 5 Cool Things is The Steam Age Ida Bay Festival. It celebrates Tasmania’s unique railway heritage at Ida Bay.

The annual event in southern-most Tasmania features a vast array of antique machinery from all over Australia including traction and portable engines.

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The steam engines will be less talkative than Thomas

20 working steam machines are being demonstrated, stallholders exhibiting/providing services and products of the steam age era as well as family entertainment. My nephews will love this.

See how things were done in days gone by at the interactive Rally Ground display.

When: Saturday 29 September – Monday 1 October

Where: Ida Bay Railway, Ida Bay, Tasmania

Check the website for tickets and further details: www.idabayrailway.com.au/steam-age-ida-bay-festival-2018-2/


I hope this short list helps you find something cool to do this September! It is a pity that three events all take place on the same weekend.

August Review

How did the 5 Cool Things to do in August go for you?

I made my way to the Australian Antarctic Festival.  I saw the Lego model of ‘RSV Nuyina’ (but my photos were rubbish. Sorry), took the tour on the icebreaker ‘Aurora Australis’, which was brilliant, but in doing so missed out on playing with the huskies.

Unfortunately I dinged my back a couple of weeks ago and was unable to attend “A Night of Stories” at the Story Bar for Whisky Week. It would have been a great evening of Tassie whisky.

Let me know if you went along to any of the August events.


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