AAT Kings’ Inspiring Journeys plans luxury Dark Mofo weekend tour for next month’s epic Hobart arts festival

May 7, 2021

Inspiring Journeys, the luxury arm of renowned tour operators AAT Kings, is planning on heading down to next month’s Dark Mofo in absolute style with a four-day excursion. Designed to dive in deep to Hobart’s famously controversial winter arts festival, the immersive luxury tour has been carefully curated to pair the highly anticipated event with […]

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Air New Zealand sets sights on Hobart with new service from Auckland

March 23, 2021

Once quarantine-free travel is up and running, Air New Zealand will introduce a non-stop service between Auckland and Hobart as its tenth Australian destination. The route will provide a much-needed economic boost to both cities and their respective tourism industries, as well as open Kiwi’s up to the absolute wonder of one of Australia’s best […]

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Tasmania eyeing direct flights to New Zealand with trans-Tasman travel bubble

May 7, 2020

Talks of forthcoming travel between Australia and New Zealand, referred to as the “trans-Tasman bubble”, has been the centre of much discussion since The National Cabinet met with New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern earlier this week. The possibility of opening up a travel route between the two countries, despite the global pandemic, is seriously […]

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Tasmanian Whisky Week is kicking off later this month

August 6, 2019

The Tasmanian Whisky and Spirits Association (TWSA) are bringing back their annual Tasmanian Whisky Week, opening up all the many highly regarded distilleries for a huge seven day celebration. With more than 20 events taking place across the island state between Monday 12th and Sunday 18th August, the hotly anticipated event will kick off at […]

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Hotel Review: Mantra Collins Hotel sits at the heart of the best of Hobart

July 3, 2019

Built into an unassuming front, situated in the heart of Hobart and boasting water views from many of its rooms, the Mantra Collins Hotel delivers everything one may want from a visit to Tasmania’s capital. The rooms themselves boast a contemporary design with a touch of luxury, and a taste of the practical, with a […]

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Blue Derby offers one of the best Mountain Biking experiences in the world just outside of Launceston, Tasmania

April 23, 2019

As a travel journalist, sometimes you get into the habit of saying yes to things before you know what you’re getting yourself in for. In 2011, this was taken to the literal extreme when I took part in a Destination NSW campaign where I would be led on a surprise itinerary designed by Danny Clayton […]

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Album of the Week: Pond – Tasmania (2019 LP)

February 27, 2019

We’re a matter of days away from the release of Pond’s eighth studio album, Tasmania. Pond declares Tasmania something of a sister missive to their critically acclaimed 2017 album The Weather. The thematics of both albums are kindred in many respects. Tasmania explores place, history, hints of colonialism, and nature’s unfortunate submission towards humans – themes that […]

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Launceston’s Grain of the Silos named Australia’s “New Restaurant of the Year”

February 18, 2019

It’s no surprise when the nation raves about a restaurant in Tasmania, the island state best known for its impeccable produce and the quirky festivals like Dark Mofo and Mona Foma. Usually that hype is focused in on Hobart though, so it’s refreshing to hear that Australia’s official New Restaurant of the Year, as crowned […]

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Live Review: Party In The Paddock Day One ft. Luca Brasi + Middle Kids + More! White Hills, Tasmania (07.02.19)

February 8, 2019

Moving into another year, Party In The Paddock kicked off it’s first day with it’s classic pre-party. With the main paddock stage cordoned off, ‘Vibestown; the food and second stage district was fired up for some of Australia’s premiere growing talents to show off their talents as breakout 2018 artists GFlip, Middle Kids and Slowly […]

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Festival Review: Mona Foma shines bright, weird and wonderful in its Launceston debut

January 21, 2019

Following ten years in Hobart – and a free block party last year in Launceston to test the waters – Mona Foma made its official debut in the Northern Tasmanian City this weekend, with a stellar weekend of art and music which took over Launceston for an event unlike anything locals have ever seen. Grimy […]

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Photo Gallery: Mona Foma 2019 ft. Courtney Barnett, Jonathan Bree, Neneh Cherry & more – Launceston, Tasmania

January 21, 2019

Mona Foma made its official Launceston debut over the weekend, featuring art installations around the city and performances from the likes of Courtney Barnett, Jonathan Bree, Neneh Cherry, Nakhane (pictured above), WWWATER, Ewah and the Vision of Paradise, Southeast Desert Metal & much, much more. Larry Heath was on ground at the event and brings us […]

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Hotel Review: Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge offers an unforgettable wilderness experience

November 2, 2018

The immense beauty of Cradle Mountain and Lake St Clair National Park – a deserving UNESCO World Heritage Site – is a good trade-off for no Wi-Fi, phone reception or television. Throw in a charming lodge to rest your feet after iconic hikes, a deceptively understated restaurant serving up beautiful local produce, and an exceptional […]

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Mona Foma wants to fly you to Launceston on their own “weird” airline, for free

October 31, 2018

The team behind Mona Foma are celebrating the infamous summer festival’s new home in Launceston by launching an airline, Air Mofo, to fly mainlanders to the event for free. Festival curator and Violent Femmes rocker Brian Ritchie is giving away airline seats in rows of six via a competition that’s now live and will also […]

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Hotel Review: Peppers repurpose Launceston’s grain silos with style

August 13, 2018

Originally erected in 1960, the stately grain silos perched on Launceston’s King’s Wharf, where the North Esk meets the Tamar, stood abandoned and disused for fifty years before an ambitious project led by Errol Stewart sought to transform the four empty barrels into a high-end contemporary hotel. That project began two years ago, resulting in […]

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Third Season of Rosehaven is ready to roll in Tasmania

June 17, 2018

The third season of the multi-award winning ABC and Sundance TV comedy series Rosehaven is set to start filming this week in Tasmania. Starring two of Australia’s famous comedians Luke McGregor (Utopia) and Celia Pacquola (Offspring), the third series finds workmates and best friends Daniel (McGregor) and Emma (Pacquola) as successful Rosehaven real estate agents. As […]

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Launceston’s grain silos will be turned into a $25 million luxury hotel next year

December 14, 2017

Mantra Group will be bringing a high-profile opening to Launceston in Tasmania next year when it welcomes the 108-room Silo Hotel to the Peppers brand. Reimagining the Kings Wharf grain silos of the city, the $25 million redevelopment will make unique use of the location, with 52 of the 108 rooms location in the barrels […]

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A big Tasmanian food and wine festival is coming to Sydney and Melbourne this August

May 30, 2017

A huge showcase of Tasmania’s famed produce will once again hop on over to the mainland when Vin Diemen returns later this year. The traveling food and wine festival will bring a very comprehensive platform for Tasmania’s finest producers to both Sydney and Melbourne, celebrating the event’s third year with an extended lineup. Some of […]

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The Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest will make a fiery return to The Apple Shed this July (Tasmania)

June 28, 2016

Backed by Dark MOFO, Events Tasmania and the Huon Valley Council, the annual Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest will be returning to the apple valley for a three-day pagan inspired celebration of the long-standing and renowned apple history of the region. Home of the largest organic apple orchard in Australia, Huon Valley’s The Apple Shed will […]

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Winter Feast returns to Dark Mofo (Hobart)

April 10, 2016

Mona’s winter solstice festival Dark Mofo will sweep through Hobart for 11 days this June, bringing a multitude of the weird and wonderful to venues, dark corners, and hubs across the city spanning the arts, live music, food, light, film, and more. Cerebral works from local and international artists will be displayed in temporary hubs […]

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First arts line up announced for Dark Mofo 2016

April 8, 2016

Winter solstice festival Dark Mofo will return to Hobart this June to greet the colder months with fire, art, music, food, film, and more, and we’ve finally got our first look at how this year’s event will be shaped. The midwinter festival brings visitors from all over Australia and abroad to be a part of […]

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On the Shelf: Jansz Tasmania Premium Cuvee NV + Vintage Rose 2011

December 12, 2015

Tasmanian sparkling is an MVP every time NYE comes around, due to the region’s famously cool climate, offering an alternative to French sparkling that is now widely known to be just as good – if not better – for big occasions. Two varietals have remained the brand’s most acclaimed, the classic Premium Cuvée NV, and […]

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