Dark MOFO – 8th – 24th June 2018 – is MONA’s winter festival, delving into centuries-old winter solstice rituals, exploring the links between ancient and contemporary mythology, humans and nature, religious and secular traditions,darkness and light, and birth, death and renewal. It’s a heady fortnight of festivities.
Highlights for travellers often include the Winter Feast on Hobart’s waterside docks, the ogoh-ogoh parade and burning on the solstice night, and the annual Nude Solstice Swim, where hundreds of brave souls plunge into the River Derwent at sunrise to welcome back the return of the light after the longest night!
A ‘must do’ event on your annual calendar!
Bay of Fires Arts Festival – 9th – 11th June 2018 – immerse yourself in the vibrancy of Tasmania’s East Coast this June long weekend at a weaving, winding trail of arts extending over four glorious days through the northern reaches of the Great Eastern Drive from Four Mile Creek right through St Marys, Scamander, St Helens and Binalong Bay. Continuing to celebrate winter and all it brings with it!
Festival of Voices – 29th June – 15th July 2018 – Bringing together international, national and local artists and workshop leaders, choirs and audiences in a celebration of song across all genres. Opening on the stunning East Coast, and closing with a spectacular Finale Concert in Hobart, and in between massed choirs, cabaret and contemporary performances, family and pop up events. Whether you want to learn, perform or just listen, there’s something for you.
AFL comes to Tassie – Saturday 23rd June 2018 – Hawthorn v’s Gold Coast Suns – game starts at 1.45pm!
Whale Spectacle – June to September – Southern right whales and humpback whales travel north up the East Coast of Tassie – a spectacle not to be missed! The best time to see Humpbacks whales is between May and July when they migrate northward to breeding areas off the coast of Queensland and Western Australia and between September and November on their return southward to their sub-antarctic feeding grounds. Southern right whales migrate north from June to September to the waters of southern mainland Australia and return southward between September and late October. A proportion of the population gives birth in Tasmanian waters.