Festival enthusiasts looking for a different type of experience would do well to consider the virtues of a trip into the northern part of lush central Tasmania, where the bi-annual Jockeys Marsh Forest Festival will take place early next month.
While this is not the place to come for wild partying, few festivals in Australia can rival this event for an idyllic setting or pleasant atmosphere that the whole family can enjoy.
Held over three wonderful days from February 3 to 5, it is a smorgasbord of music, art, food and workshops – all indulged upon whilst maintaining a keen sense of the surrounding environment.
Spectacularly situated by Quamby Bluff and the Great Western Tiers, this is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the delicate beauty of the region and take part in the numerous activities or forest walks.
With an eclectic mix of folk tunes, instrumentalists and a few good old-fashioned rock bands at night there is always something happening for the music lover, while visitors with children will find the venue caters superbly to kids' entertainment as well.
The largely volunteer-based and community-run event can be found in the valley of Jackeys Marsh, 16 kms from Deloraine and about a 50-minute drive from Launceston and Devonport.