If there's one place you gotta go to this October, it's the Royal Hobart Show!

This year's event takes place from October 24 to 28 where you will experience the country life with fun activities, displays and entertainment for the whole family.

Each of the four days follow a particular theme, with Farm Wednesday gathering alpacas, goats, horses, pigs, sheep and rabbits among other animals, so bring along your little ones to give them a taste of the farm life!

Thursday is show day with more visitors coming to check out the animal exhibits, rides and food pavilions for the public holiday, with the Grand Parade also in show.

Festival Friday is the next event with night entertainment on hand from 15:00 through to 21:00, with family fireworks kicking off at 20:30.

The last day of the festival is family fun day where everyone can enjoy their favourite activities and entertainment including the new Showtime FMX motorcross riders and the Animal Wrangler shows.

You can make it a special day for the kids by taking them out on a special discovery tour of farm animals, where you can take them to visit the baby animals at the nursery, watch the sheepdog trials (Wednesday only) and visit the life on the farm pavilion to learn about how to shear sheep, make butter and milk cows.

Children under five are admitted free to the festival, with adults able to purchase pre-show discount tickets for $15.53 and children aged five to 15  $9.68.

Family passes are also available for two adults and two children, or one adult and three children for $40.88. Otherwise you can purchase tickets at the gate with a family pass $48.00, adult pass $18 and children aged five to 15 $11.

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Take a breathtaking journey of Tasmania's stunning east coast with the four-day Freycinet Experience Walk.

If you want a true outdoor experience in Tasmania, exploring its natural wonders and wild coastline then this is the journey that you're looking for.

The award winning guided walk, covers the entire length of the Freycinet Peninsula where you will encounter pink granite mountains, white sand beaches, towering forests and an abundance of native wildlife.

The Freycinet Peninsula also contains what is often called one of the best beaches in the world, Wineglass Bay.

The beautiful arc that contains the spectacular ice-blue water is referred to as the "best-known jewel" of the peninsula, where you can stand from the rocks above the bay and take in the wondrous sights.

The first day of the Freycinet experience will see walkers leave Hobart for a scenic journey to Coles Bay and a sea cruise down the western length of the Peninsula. Arriving at Schouten Island walkers will enjoy a picnic lunch before heading up to Bear Hill to take in breathtaking views.

Day two will have walkers visiting the renowned Wineglass Bay for a swim in the crystal blue waters, later climbing to the lookout for stunning views and great photo opportunities!

The third day of the journey will lead walkers to the secluded Bluestone Bay, exploring the geology of White Water Wall before climbing the surrounding cliff tops.

The final leg of the experience will give walkers the option of trekking along the ridgeline of Mt Mary to Saltwater Lagoon, which is the nesting ground of pelicans and black swans. Enjoy a delicious brunch before strolling along the Friendly Beaches to Isaac's Point, signalling the end of a spectacular journey.

You can start making your plans for a summer getaway in Freycinet's four-day Experience Walk, for a nature experience to remember.

Did we tell you about the food

The confortable accommodation during the walk


Famous Wineglass Bay

freycinet scenic everywhere

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October is a big month for Tasmania's north east region, with the annual North East Rivers Festival coming into full swing from October 19 to 28.

Ten events will be held over the same number of days in a vibrant cultural festival that celebrates the importance of the rivers in the north-east and draws in local communities to commemorate the occasion.

Music and dance will be the feature of the first weekend, with the Country Music Concert, Springfield Bush Dance and Vineyard Concert.

The Country Music Concert will feature musicians from Tasmania including Terry Simpson, Bert and June Maher, Steve Irwin, Cheryle Holmes and Gary Penjeley – so if you love your country music, make sure you're there!

The music continues into the night with the Springfield Bush Dance, with Launceston-based group the Bottom Pub Ceilidh Band providing swinging tunes with a variety of instruments including the guitar, accordion, viola, fiddle, bouzouki, banjo, recorder and bass guitar.

Get your dancing shoes on for the event, with tickets $10 for adults, $5 for children and students and $20 for a family.

On Sunday, the Pipers Brook Vineyard will play host to Tasmanian country-rock-pop group The Wolfe Brothers.

Bring your picnic blanket and pack some lunch ready for some great country music to get you through your Sunday afternoon.

Tickets are $20 for single or $35 for a couple – children under 16 are free with entertainment for the kids provided on the day.

Other fun events such as the school fair, fishing competition and men's shed markets – selling fresh produce and crafts – will also take place during the first weekend.

The final days of the festival will usher in a golf challenge – with over $2500 in prizes! – the popular Derby River Derby and the Bridport 10 Fun Run.

The Derby River Derby is a highlight event of the festival, with a myriad of activities taking place on the day including medieval sword fighting combat, the Derby Bike Challenge, wood chopping demos, Bridsport Surf Life Savers display, The Duck Race, Flatland BMX tricks and lessons and many more!

Excitement and Competition Derby River Derby


There are also land based activities

North East Rivers Festival Collage

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The streets in the peaceful village of Evandale, northern Tasmania will come alive with festivities for the arrival of the 31st annual Evandale Village Fair and National Penny Farthing Championships in February.

Festival goers are transported back 100 years as the high-wheeled penny farthings roll into town, with other activities of old such as a country fair and period themed festival also celebrated in the village fair.

The event began in 1983 and has built up a reputation over the years for holding one of the most competitive penny farthing races in the world.

Evandale held the world record – officially recognised by Guinness World Records – for a Penny Farthing Stack, with the greatest number of penny farthing bicycles, freestanding and held together by hands only in February 2000.

The feature event, the National Penny Farthing Championship, will see the fastest eight riders move through heats to make the final, which will have riders doing over four laps of the circuit.

The fair will hold fun for the whole family, taking place on February 23 from 10:00 to 16:00 with a variety of events including a novice race for first time riders, a slow race with the last rider over the line winning, relays with teams of four doing one lap each and a obstacle race among other activities.

Entertainment will also be provided on the day with face painting, hair styling and fairy dances on offer for the kids, Taiko Drummers, Pelican Puppets, stilt walkers, pony rides, Longford Morris Dancers and a wide variety of stalls selling food and crafts.

During your stay in Evandale, make sure to visit the popular Sunday markets!

The village hosts a regular country market from 08:00 to around 13:30 every sunday in Falls Park on Logan Road.

Visit a variety of stalls to sample tasty local produce, make rare book finds, take home local crafts and also treat the kids to pony rides and the Evandale Light Rail.

Racing underway in the penny farthing race

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Ranked just outside of the top 20 longest running shows in Broadway history, witty adults-only musical Avenue Q will make its way to Tasmania for nine shows in October.

If Avenue Q was to be described in only a few words, the best description would probably be finding the dark side of Sesame Street.

The musical, conceived by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx (who wrote the music and lyrics), is aimed to shock and entertain audiences aged over 16, pairing colourful Sesame Street-like puppets with heavy adult themes such as racism and homosexuality.

First opening in March 2003, the show was quickly snapped up and transferred to Broadway in July the same year where it enjoyed great success with two national tours, Las Vegas and West End productions and an array of international shows.

The musical won three Tony Awards in 2004 for Best Musical (beating out Broadway smash Wicked), Best Book of a Musical and Best Original Score.

It has also received favourable reviews with the New York Times commenting that Avenue Q is "savvy, sassy and eminently likable…".

The New Yorker wrote in its review from August 2003: "…'Avenue Q' (at the Golden) has so much to recommend it—an exceptionally gifted cast, a strong book by Jeff Whitty, with equally strong music and lyrics by Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, and the splendid direction of Jason Moore—that to focus on the highs in the production is rather like begging at a banquet when one’s plate and cup are full to overflowing."

Avenue Q will be showing at the Earl Arts Centre in Launceston from October 11 to October 20, with tickets $30 or for groups of more than ten $27. You can get your tickets now from the Theatre North website.

Earl Arts Centre Audience Seating

Earl Arts Centre Sign

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Looking for a spot of adventure in Tasmania? Well Dirt Trax Tas may be able to give you the thrill-fix that you're seeking!

Located in Springfield, approximately a 45 minute drive north east of Launceston, Dirt Trax Tas offers exciting off-road motorbike adventure tours.

You will be able to ride your way through a mass of dirt bike trails amongst a wide variety of terrain including sand dunes, beaches, creek crosses, hills, rocks, rocky ridge trails, fire trails, wet forest tracks and of course dirt trails.

Join existing tour groups or gather some friends to form a group of your own, with tours running between one to seven days and tailored to suit the group's skill levels and preferences.

Why not try the most popular tour that covers a wide range of terrain – the three Day Tasmaniacs?

On your first day out, you'll start at a location near Scottsdale before heading off into the hills on fire trails. You will head towards the beach taking the long way – with the first night's accommodation in the popular holiday destination, Bridport.

Day two will see riders head out on more level fire trails toward North Scottsdale, leading you to your arrival at Gladstone for an entertaining evening.

Your last day on the three day tour, which costs $820, will see riders experience a great ride 'home' through a variety of trails.

Victorian Offroad Committee President Chris Gray praised the tour.

"What can I say? Awesome ride. I have been riding for over 15 years and as the chairman of the Victorian Offroad Championship I get to ride some special tracks, however yours were by far the best I have ridden," Mr Gray told Dirt Trax Tas.

"All in all without a doubt the best ride I have been on ever. Keep up the good work and we will be back next year for sure …"

Road stage on the back roads and hills of North East Tasmania

Spectacular Sand Hills

Backtrails are there to be ridden? Yes!

Large Group Ride NW Tasmania

LARGE Groups are catered for and arrangments made for clubs

It is as good as it gets - this is great riding country

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Have you got what it takes to make it through the grueling Point to Pinnacle course?

Sweat it out on November 18 along 21.4 kilometres, starting from Wrest Point car park and ascending just over 1,270 metres to the pinnacle of Mount Wellington.

You can choose to run or walk the course, with the physically challenging event supporting Movember this year – an initiative aimed at raising funds and awareness for men's health, with an emphasis on prostate cancer and depression.

Fundraising for charity is a huge part of the Point to Pinnacle event, where you can opt to support the Movember cause or choose your own charity close to your heart.

During the registration process you'll be given the option of selecting your charity group to support, and will be sent prompts to help you set up a personalised fundraising page.

Send messages out to your networks asking to help donate to your cause, or come up with your own creative fundraising initiatives!

"Come to Tasmania. Come to run. Come to have fun. This could be the best time of your life," event patron Bryce Courtenay said.

You can choose to enter the event in teams of four (all male, all female or mixed), where you have the chance to compete for prestige and prize money.

A new category for corporate and recreational teams has been added to this year's event to cater for large groups wanting to compete in a range of ways. This includes big teams running to fundraise money for charity, businesses wanting to join the event as a large group and those interested in participating as a training squad.

Register now for the Hobart Point to Pinnacle, with early registration encouraged as the event is expected to sell out with a maximum of 1,900 entries.

Standard entry fee costs $60 per person and is valid until November 11, registrations after that date are $70 per person and closes on November 17 at 16:00 (EST).

The height plot for the event - Image Credit: The Mercury

Point to Pinnacle site header and logo

Mt Wellington Panorama - what a view

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Tasmania is well-known for its fine selection of wines and delicious local produce, so why not enjoy the best of both by making your way to the east coast region for the Bicheno Food and Wine Festival?

Celebrate "Tassie's best little food and wine festival" in this one-day event, where you'll meet local chefs, winemakers and food producers – if you're lucky enough, they might even share their secrets with you!

Circle November 17 on your calendar, where you'll make your way to the Bicheno Memorial Hall and its surrounds for a whole day of fun starting at 11:00 through to 17:00, with some great local blues and roots musicians to take you through the rest of the afternoon.

Bicheno's "Toast to the Coast" will have you tasting some freshly shucked oysters, chomping down on "seriously good" game burgers, sampling some artisan award winning pies and witnessing the talented chefs hard at work in cooking demonstrations.

Entry costs $10 for adults, $5 for children from the ages of five to 16, with children under five free.

The entry fee includes access to the festival, live music, the art space and a ticket to be in the draw to win a fantastic helicopter ride on the day.

Bicheno Food and Wine Festival

The Blowhole near Bicheno

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Tasmania's Cadbury Marathon is on again for 2014 on January 12, so lace up your runners and get along to the event!

Over 2,000 runners are expected to take part in the fun run – the only one of its kind in the world to start and finish at a chocolate factory – with a new course which will see participants run over the Bowen Bridge for the first time to celebrate the momentous occasion.

A number of events will take place including the Cadbury Marathon, the Cadbury Half Marathon, Running Edge 5km and the Caramello 1km.

The Running Edge event takes entrants around the Claremont Golf Club, with the Caramello course set up for the little ones, with and all entry money going towards the Clown Doctors charity.

The Clown Doctors is the official charity supporting the Cadbury Marathon – helping bring joy to sick children in palliative care, helping to "bring a smile" to the face of around 85,000 Australians.

The half marathon is open to anyone over the age of 16 and entrants under the age of 12 are eligible to take part in the Caramello 1km.

To enter now, share your details on the Cadbury Marathon website, with an entry fee of just $5, all proceeds go towards the Clown Doctors.

The Cadbury Marathon have again partnered with GoFundraise for 2014, which means you can choose your own charity and set up a fundraising page to share with your friends and family to further help those in need.

Updated for 2014

Cadbury Marathon 2014  site header image

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Hobart’s Cartela is unusual in many ways. Without a single break she has provided the people of southern Tasmania with one of the most enduring and reliable forms of transport and communication. Cartela holds the record as the vessel in longest continuous current commercial service in the world. Cartela is also one of the oldest timber passenger carrying screw driven vessels in Australia and holds a host of other distinctions.

Originally steam powered, the owners (Tasmania’s Roche Brothers) intend to return her to her former glory in this centenary year. The vessel marked the occasion by leaving Brooke Street Pier for a two hour Centenary Cruise with a fitting 100 members of the public on board.

There is something timeless about wood, the tilted decks, the drop windows and the honourable smell of time. Her striking dark green paint serves to further add to the charm of this treasured vessel.

As owner Peter Roche has said, “A lot of harbours around the world that would love to have a vessel like the Cartela amongst their fleet”, and sitting as it does near the square rigger ‘The Lady Nelson’ our harbourside just oozes touchable history.

The Cartela at anchor waiting for its refurb and re-engine

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