Tassie offering a summer of action

TASMANIA is offering visitors an action-packed summer, from the Adventure Racing World Championships on the North West Coast to the new Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge Adventure Run to the thrilling Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race.

This is the first time the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge is opening entry up to the public, with the single day 'Adventure Run' following the same route as competitors.

The seven day Taste Festival on Hobart's historic Sullivans Cove and Festivale in Launceston's City Park, will appeal to gourmands with a penchant for Tasmania's excellent wine, beer and produce, while the third MONA FOMA is set to thrill art and music lovers with an exciting, avant-garde program of performances in January 2012.


Adventure Racing Wold Championships 2011

The North West coast wilderness of Tasmania, Australia, will provide a rugged and wild backdrop for the 2011 Adventure Racing World Championships (ARWC 2011).

The expedition course will include rich and diverse temperate rainforests, mountain peaks, uninhabited coast lines and crystal clear rivers.

Up to 90 teams of four from around the globe will take part in the race, making it the largest Adventure Racing World Championships ever held.

The City of Burnie, Tasmania, will provide the ideal host and launching point to the North West coast wilderness for national and international teams.

Teams will race day and night over a 700km course in the disciplines of trekking, kayaking, mountain biking and roping, vying for a share of $75,000 in prize money.

What: Adventure Racing World Championships 2011 on Tasmania's west coast

When:31 October to 11th November, 2011

Where:Burnie and surrounds

How:  Spectators are invited to visit Burnie to take in the action as teams cross the finish line. For more information on the Adventure World Racing Championships visit XPD.


Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge Adventure Run

After a one year hiatus, the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge will be returning to Tasmania - this time with a one day 'fun run' style community event that gives the general public the chance to participate in the iconic challenge.

Participants will follow the actual route that will be undertaken by the Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge competitors, passing historic Hobart sights and running through bush and parkland on a combination of sealed footpaths, gravel walking tracks and narrower cross-country adventure trails.

Designed to suit runners of all abilities, the Adventure Run is expected to take two hours. Mark Webber himself will compete in the event giving the general public a rare opportunity to compete against him.

This event precedes the five-day Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge which takes elite athletes and high profile identities across the state in the country's top multi-sport adventure race from December 7-11.

What: The first Swisse Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge Adventure Run

When:Sunday 4 December, 1:45pm - 3:45pm

Where:Hunter Street, in front of the Henry Jones Art Hotel

How: Entries are accepted online at Mark Webber Tasmania Challenge or in person. Early bird tickets cost $25 for adults and are on sale until November 13. Standard entry fees are $35 for adults, $15 for children (under 15) and $20 for concession.


Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, now in its 67th year is one of the most exciting events on the nautical calendar, and also one of the most challenging - as crews cross Bass Strait through rough seas, strong winds and big waves to reach Hobart.

Over 100 entrants are expected to head south to Tasmania this year, turning Hobart's idyllic waterfront into a thrilling racing ground as the teams bid to outsail each other and claim the 2011 Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race title.

A highlight of this year's race will see Young Australian of the Year, Jessica Watson, skipper the youngest crew to ever compete in the event.  After conquering some of the most treacherous oceans to become the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world, this next challenge will see Jessica skipper a crew of 10, all of whom will be 21 or younger - making them the youngest crew ever to compete in the famous race.

What: The iconic Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

When: Friday 30 December

Where:Hobart's waterfront

How: Free event. Spectators are invited to come down to Hobart's waterfront to take in the action

For more information on the Rolex Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race visit Rolex Sydney Hobart.


The Taste Festival

Running across seven days and nights, The Taste Festival is Hobart's largest gourmand event, celebrating some of the very best food, wine and beer that Tasmania has to offer.

The festival takes over the historic Sullivans Cove precinct, transforming the waterfront into a lively space with picturesque views of Hobart's harbour.

Popular amongst locals and visitors, The Taste Festival showcases the uniqueness and diversity of Tasmania's acclaimed produce, bringing together boutique, artisan and established winemakers, brewers and producers at one venue.

Roving performers, buskers, bands and children's activities lend to the atmosphere. The Taste Festival also coincides with the end date of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, and provides an excellent vantage point for patrons to cheer on their favourite teams while indulging in some of Tasmania's finest food.

What: Hobart's largest gourmand event, The Taste Festival

When:Wednesday 28 December to Tuesday 3 January

Where:Sullivans Cove, Hobart

How: To purchase tickets, visit Taste Festival closer to the date

For more information on The Taste Festival, visit Taste Festival.



One of Hobart's most colourful and eccentric events, MONA FOMA (Museum of Old and New Art, Festival of Music and Art) returns in January 2012, and will thrill audiences with its avant-garde program of mostly free art installations and musical performances.

Brian Ritchie, MOFO's curator, has once again gathered the noble troubadours of the weird, world famous and never- heard-before music, dance, theatre, visual art, and sound.

This year's featured performer PJ Harvey (Miss Polly Jean) will offer thought-provoking songs from her current Let England Shake album, as well pieces from previous albums.

Some MOFO favourites will be returning - like BalletLab, Gabriella Smart, IHOS, and Robin Fox, along with a bunch of MOFO newcomers who promise everything from sexy math - on a giant screen, to German gospel, nude tours of MONA, and bagpipes. 

What: One of Tasmania's most outstanding music and arts festivals

When:Friday 13 January to Saturday 21 January 2012

Where:Sullivans Cove, Hobart

How: Most events are free with some standout performances ticketed. The full program is available at MOFO.

For more information on MONA FOMA, visit MOFO.



Festivale is Launceston's annual celebration of Tasmanian food, beer and wine, with City Park transformed into a vibrant hub hosting some of the region's (and Tasmania's) best producers, winemakers, brewers and cafes.

Set up al fresco style, the event is a great way for visitors to taste Tasmania's excellent beer, wine and food, in a lively atmosphere accented by music and street theatre performances.

Sunday will be Family Day at Festivale, with additional activities including dance and juggling workshops and craft activities to keep the younger ones entertained.

There will also be a Paddock to Plate market in the Design Centre Courtyard on Sunday (10am - 4pm), where visitors can taste emerging Tasmanian produce and talk to the producers.

What: Launceston's main celebration of Tasmanian food, wine and beer

When:Friday 10 February to Sunday 12 February 2012. Opening hours are as follows:

Friday:5:30pm - 10:45pm

Saturday:11am - 10:45pm

Sunday:10am - 4pm

Where:City Park, Tamar Street, Launceston

How: Ticket information will be made available closer to the date at Festivale.

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