Seaside dining, long-table banquets, and cooking classes are a few of the dining experiences that Tasmania offers during its coldest months, from June to September.
Although Tasmania is one of the coldest regions in Australia during winter, similar to Victoria and New South Wales, its temperatures are not as frigid as other destinations globally. The mild winter season enables visitors to make the most of the available experiences.
During the winter season, the Three Capes Lodge Walk offers a four-day, three-night walk through Tasmania National Park. Participants will be provided with luxury accommodations and will have the opportunity to dine at the Restaurant at the Edge of the World the fourth night. Chef Luke Burgess, who also guides the tour, will showcase his best dishes in a gastronomic experience accompanied by an exquisite wine tasting and live music.
With the Southern Ocean in the background, this hike provides a chance to explore one of Tasmania's most stunning and untouched environments.
Dark Mofo Winter Feast Festival
The winter nights are longer in Tasmania's early weeks, which the Dark Mofo Winter Feast Festival in Hobart leverages for eight nights of bonfires under the stars, over 85 food stalls, live music, and local performers.
Chef Ana Ros collaborates with Rodney Dunn and Stephen Peak of The Agrarian Kitchen to craft a four-course winter feast solely from Tasmanian components.
Globally, Australian wines are esteemed, with over 60 wine-growing regions in the country. Tasmania, in particular, provides tours to discover and enjoy local vineyards in Barringwood, Tamar Valley, Piper River, Launceston, Coal River Valley, and Derwent Valley.
Embrace the Dark
Nevertheless, cider and whisky also serve as traditional Tasmanian beverages. In the Tamar Valley, Brady's Lookout Cider offers a sensory experience with their “Embrace the Dark" cider tasting. Guests are blindfolded and brought into the silent atmosphere of the cider mill to savor the world-renowned 16th-century beverage.
Meanwhile, on the east coast, Waubs Harbour Distillery is the perfect place to enjoy local whiskey at sunset. Situated by the sea, guests can gather around a campfire while sampling the distillery's finest offerings. Diners can savor a tasting plate and oysters, ideal accompaniments to enhance their experience.
Tasmanian Whisky Week
Tasmania currently hosts nearly 50 whisky distilleries, making Tasmanian Whisky Week (August 7-13) a prominent event featuring guided tours, tastings, whisky dinners, and masterclasses.
During this season, Twamley Farm Cooking School is offering the Winter Warmers experience, allowing tourists to savor a homemade pie before preparing a three-course feast with farm-fresh produce. At the end of the course, each class will have a maximum of eight students who will be able to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Tasmania is an ideal place to be as the colder months approach.
Text: Alejandra Cañedo ± Photo: Jarrad Seng, Lusy Productions, Adam Gibson, Jasper Da Seymour, Tourism Tasmania