Dark Mofo 2017: a weekend worlds away

Each year Hobart transforms into a dark wonderland where the cold depths of winter are celebrated along with the state’s best food, wine and music.

Far from a local produce festival, Dark Mofo brings acts, art and theatre from around the world to celebrate individuality, creativity and expression in beautiful Hobart.

This year we invited some friends from Queensland to show them not only Battery Point’s best, but a little of what makes today’s Hobart so special. They were not disappointed with the new ‘David Walsh’ era town, nor its fine selection of artisanal delicacies. With so much on offer it’s hard to nail down just which events to attend so in the end we found ourselves at Mogwai, Sleeping Beauty, Dark Park & of course the Winter Feast on many occasions. Unfortunately I was too ‘in-the-moment’ ahem, to take any photos during Mogwai but I did manage a few at other occasions. See below.

With plenty of time to spare on the area’s year-round attractions and dining opportunities such as Dier Makr, Frank, Jackman & McRoss & MONA, we barely scratched the surface and left each of them planning their next Tasmanian adventure.


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The wonderful Winter Feast – a huge selection of premium Tassie foods and beverages served at Princes Wharf. Long tables inside complete with candles and above the neon crosses cast ever-changing light down on the crowd.

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The Winter Feast – from purple to red but always too much food. Outside fires burn, music plays and above the trees are illuminated with fairy lights.

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When it’s time to get back on the horse. A bloody good pit-stop at Frank before Sleeping Beauty (but after a Saturday night at Mogwai…)

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The Grand Old Duke – the perfect location on Hampden Road in Battery Point. Just a 5 minute walk to the action at Princes Wharf.

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The weather really turned on for the first weekend of Dark Mofo providing clear blue days and stunning views from the city toward Mount Wellington.

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A whiskey to warm up at Lark Distillery, just a short stroll from the Grand Old Duke.

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It’s easy to lose yourself at MONA and spend hours wandering through the exhibitions, new and old.

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