5 of the best outdoor events

With the summer holiday fast approaching, we have a guide to five of the best outdoor events for you to enjoy, no matter what your passion.

​​Christmas sports carnivals

17 December – 1 January

Each year, thousands of sports fans flock to the Christmas sports carnivals series, featuring the best action in athletics, cycling and woodchopping in the West, North-West and North of the state. Starting with the Rosebery Track Carnival on 17 December, these excitement-filled events have a long history in Tasmania.

Dates are as follows:

Rosebery Track Carnival, 17 December, Rosebery Park Oval, Park Road, Rosebery.

Westbury Cycling Criterium, 26 December, Village Green (finish).

Latrobe Track Carnival, 27 December, Latrobe Recreation Ground.

Launceston Track Carnival, 28 December, Launceston Silverdome.

Ulverstone Cycling Criterium, 29 December, Ulverstone town centre.

Devonport Track Carnival, 29-30 December, Devonport Oval.

Burnie Cycling Criterium, 31 December, Burnie city centre (North Terrace finish).

Burnie Track Carnival, 1 January, West Park, Burnie.

Carnivals are also held in Hobart (8 January) and St Helens (21 January).​

Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race

26 December – 1 January

Hobart's waterfront comes to life during the finish of the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, one of the world's most popular sailing events.

After leaving Sydney on 26 December, boats make their way down Australia's East Coast for the 628 nautical mile trek to Hobart. There are many shore-based spots along the River Derwent from which to watch the spectacle of hundreds of boats joining the flotilla to welcome the winners.

After finishing, the yachts line up on Hobart's docks, where members of the public can get an up-close look at these ocean-conquering beasts.

Sydney-Hobart finishers are also joined by Melbourne-Hobart and Launceston-Hobart racers, making a spectacular sight on the docks precinct.​

​Taste of Tasmania

28 December – 3 January

Tasmania's longest-running and most popular summer event, The Taste of Tasmania showcases the variety of dishes and beverages available from producers from every region of the state. This year's menu caters for all tastebuds and budgets and highlights the quality produce that is making Tasmania famous around the world.​ Celebrity host Maeve O'Meara will introduce you to innovative local chefs in The Smeg Kitchen. 

If you're passionate about wine, don't miss the keynote address by major writer and critic Huon Hooke. Kate Ceberano is the special guest for the ticketed New Year's Eve party. Proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal.​

The Falls Festival

29 – 31 December

The Falls Music & Arts Festival is getting set to deliver a massive line-up of international talent at the picturesque waterside backdrop of Marion Bay.

Joining the huge line-up including Childish Gambino, London Grammar, The Avalanches, Violent Soho, Matt Corby and Alison Wonderland will be You Am I, Dope Lemon, Kingswood, Northeast Party House, Spit Syndicate, Moonbase Commander and Mallrat.

Festival-goers can camp on-site, with family friendly areas also available.


18 – 22 January

Curated by musician Brian Ritchie, 2017 is the ninth year of Mona's Festival of Music and Art, bringing together an eclectic mix of old and new talent and culminating in Weekend at Walshy's on 20-22 January.

More than 200 artists from all over the world will take part in events across Hobart. "Mofo again challenges artists to collaborate and extend their practice by using experimental instruments and techniques or extending their skills in multidisciplinary ways," Mr Ritchie said. "Artists and punters alike can interact and create within the context of several of our art, science and music installations."

Tasmanian residents have access to discounted tickets.