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Take on Winter Camping in Tasmania with these Top Activities

Friday 28th June 2019
By Ely Power
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By Ely Power
Tasmania is pretty breathtaking all year round. But there’s something especially enchanting about this little island in wintertime - The fresh air cools, the waterfalls surge and the rugged mountains are dusted in powdery snow. This is the time and place to explore nature’s raw beauty. And if you’re feeling like a break from the great outdoors, Tassie’s famed winter festivals will keep the whole family entertained! From whiskey tasting to chocolate chomping, sing-alongs to art exhibits, there’s a bit of everything for everyone.

With heaps of wonderful activities for adults and children alike, you’ll wish you had braved winter camping sooner. Check out our list of must-dos below. 

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Wander around some Winter Festivals 

Let music warm your soul
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If you’re in Tasmania this June, Dark Mofo is an absolute must. Run by the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA), this whimsical and slightly wicked festival has taken Hobart’s cultural scene by storm. With live music, art installations and a Winter Solstice Nude Swim, you could stay for days. Not to mention its glorious Winter Feast for all you foodies out there.

And if you arrive too late for that one, no worries! Luckily, the Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival is held every July in celebration of the area’s long tradition of apple growing. Here, you can dine, rave, storytell, make sculptures and even wassail. What’s that last one you ask? A very lively ceremonial song and dance to ward off evil spirits, rouse the apple trees and guarantee a good harvest.

We promise you, camping in the cold is worth it for these festivals alone.

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Explore the Enchanted Walk

Cradle Mountain hike
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Drive up to Cradle Mountain-Lake St.Clair National Park for a spot of snow camping. Once you’ve set up camp, tie up your boots and embark on the Enchanted Walk through the frosty rainforest. Another option is to stroll around sparkling Dove Lake, which lies below the staggering spires of Cradle Mountain. Last but not least, you can also venture to south to Lake St. Clair, the deepest freshwater lake in Tasmania. 

Just remember to bring some warm winter camping gear to keep you cosy! 

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Keep an eye out for critters

Tassie Devil
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Tasmanian unique wildlife doesn’t shy from the cold. This is especially true in the Cradle Mountains, so don’t leave before visiting Devils @ Cradle. This quality conservation park offers the perfect family winter activity - watching playful Tasmanian devils frolic in the snow! Once you’ve managed to tear yourself away from this sight, make sure to check out the protected Forester kangaroos at Narawntapu National Park, and the little penguins waddling about on Stanley’s shoreline. You’re welcome.

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Stare in awe at the Southern Lights 

Stand in awe of the Aurora
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We’ve all heard of the renowned northern lights, but Tasmania has an aurora just as magical on its doorstep. And with its relatively mild climate, these otherworldly hues can be seen dancing across the sky throughout the year. Sadly, it’s not as easy as peering out your window wherever you are and whenever you feel like it. 

You’ll have to wait for a cloudless, pitch-black evening. Luckily, Tasmania’s darkest nights are in the colder months - From June to August, you’ve got the greatest chance of glimpsing the spectacular southern lights! Now there’s a reason to go camping in winter.

You can also boost your odds of witnessing this natural wonder by joining the Aurora Australis Tasmania Facebook group. Here, you’ll find tips on the best vantage points and photography settings, as well as information on real-time sightings.

If you’re setting up camp in Hobart, head to Mount Nelson in its southern suburbs. Make it up to the Signal Station at the very top and you’ll have the best seat in town for watching the southern lights glow above panoramic views of the city. 

For those willing to travel a bit further so that you can tick the Aurora off your bucket list, cruise two hours south to Cockle Creek. This southern tip of Tasmania is the most suggested spot for an aurora australis show - It’s distance from any large towns means minimal light pollution and the less you’ve got of that, the better your luck!

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While away the evening with Whiskey Tasting


You can’t venture to the southernmost part of Australia without a taste of Tasmanian whiskey. With so many local distilleries winning awards around the world, it’d be a shame not to warm up your cold weather camping with a glass or two. Or three.

Embark on the Tasmanian Whiskey Trail, stopping for a sip at both Sullivan’s Cove and Larks in Hobart. If you’re camping in August, make sure to attend Tasmanian Whiskey Week, which holds fun festivities across local distilleries, hotels, restaurants and bars. Not only can you hang out with the distillers themselves and enjoy tasty meal pairings, but you’ll also be able to try whiskies that haven’t even hit the shelves yet!

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Chocolate Winterfest. Need we say more? 

All the chocolatey goodness
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This deliciously decadent festival is a chocoholic’s dream. Taking place every August in the northern town of Latrobe, you’ll get to taste all sorts of chocolate and attend workshops that show you how to create your very own chocolate treats - Don’t forget to take some back to the RV so that you can make your winter camping recipes even sweeter!

Don’t miss out on chocolatey fun for the whole family.

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Belt it out at the Festival of Voices

Are you ready to belt out a tune?
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Here’s yet another fantastic festival to add to your winter camping trip.

If you or anyone in your family enjoys a good singsong, head on down to Australia's greatest commemoration of all things music. Join the thousands of musicians, vocalists and hobbyists who travel from various corners of the earth to listen to and participate in beautiful performances. Every June and July, you can experience these gatherings by bonfires, at concert halls and in public areas throughout Tasmania. 

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Chase some Waterfalls 

The beautiful Russell Falls
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There’s a silver lining to every cloud. All of that snow and rain you endure while camping in freezing weather builds up to form some incredible waterfalls. And Tasmania has no shortage of these surging stunners.

St. Columba Falls near Pyengana wins the prize for height at 94m, and also boasts a very well-kept walking track that means easy access for all ages. Despite this, Russell Falls at Mount Field National Park steals the show. A mere trickle in the summertime, the powerful gush from this waterfall is deafening in the colder seasons. Added bonus: You can start a snowball fight or make snow angels on the mountain afterwards!

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Warm up Underground

Marakoopa Cave
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Keeping warm while camping in winter can be tough if you’re playing in the snow, hiking mountains and exploring festivals. One thing that all of these winter activities have in common? They’re above ground. To escape the crisp, chilly air outside, delve into the depths of Tasmania's subterranean caves, which keep a constantly comfy temperature regardless of the season. 

Don’t forget to look out for glow worms as you discover the glistening crystals and shimmering pools within Marakoopa Cave at Mole Creek Karst National Park. Alternatively, check out Gunns Plains Cave on a guided tour of crazy cave formations. 

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Rather discover what there is to do on the mainland? We’ve got you covered. Check out our top winter camping activities in NSW, Victoria or South Australia. 

Or maybe you’re ready to escape the cold and head up north! See the top winter activities to do in Queensland or the Northern Territory.


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