Autumn is a wonderful time to experience the Tasmanian midlands. The soft golden glow from the changing leaves, the array of unique events and the great line up of farmers markets on display. There is plenty to see and do this Autumn along the Heritage Highway.
Visit a Farmer’s Market
The Heritage Highway is home to plenty of great local producers, artists and collectors and you can find many of them selling their goods at one of the local farmers markets. Head along, wander the many stalls at chat to the enthusiastic artisans and producers.
- Evandale Market: Every Sunday 8:00am – 1:30pm
- Campbell Town Market: Last Sunday of the month,
- Oatlands Community Market: First Sunday of the month, 9:00am – 1:00pm
- Ross Village Market: Third Sunday of the month, from 9:00am – 2:00pm
- Liffey Valley Market: Second Saturday of the month, 9:00am – 1:00pm
- Epping Forest Market: Second and Forth Sunday of each month, 8:00am – 2:00pm
- Longford Car Boot Sale: Last Saturday of the month, 9:00am – 1:00pm
- Cleveland Community Market: First Saturday and Sunday of the month, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Experience a local event
The Midlands is full of fantastic heritage, agriculture and art events. While there may be a few changes to the look and feel of the events due to the current pandemic, there is still plenty to see and do!
Held annually the prestigious Glover Prize is one of Australia’s most significant awards for landscape painting. Open to artist worldwide, the prize celebrates the legacy of Tasmanian artist John Glover. Visitors can view the exhibition of finalists in the Falls Park Pavilion in Evandale. The exhibition is open on Saturday 6 March through to Sunday 14th March from 10am – 4pm Monday to Saturday at 9am – 4pm Sunday.
Head along and celebrate Ross’ 200th birthday picnic. Celebrating in classic heritage style, the picnic offers a free gathering of vintage, veteran and classic cars. Guests are able to bring along their own picnic or enjoy refreshments from the local eateries. The event will be held on 2 May 2021, from 10am – 3pm.
Dedicated to celebrating Tasmania’s island culture, Ten Days on the Island offers a platform on which to profile and promote Tasmania’s innovative, creative and resourceful character and unique cultural identity. Celebrating its 20th year, Ten Days on the Island’s main event, If These Halls Could Talk, is a pan-Tasmanian series of art adventures in community halls across the state. Two of these events will be held at Liffey and Ross on the weekend of 12 – 14th March and include poetry and historical readings.
Re-igniting the glory days of Longford Motor Racing, the Motorama Longford is a celebration of the buzzing Longford motor racing scene of the 1950s and 60s. The event will feature vintage cars, caravans, boats, music, dancing, food and wine along with a pop-up museum and plenty of activities for the kids to enjoy. The event will be held on the 7th March from 10am – 4pm in Longford.
Enjoy Live Music
What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than with a cold beverage and some local live music. The Clarendon Arms in the quaint town of Evandale, offers live music every Sunday afternoon from 12 – 3pm, supporting local artists ranging from solo acoustic artists to duos and jazz bands. Bookings are essential.
The Heavy Rollers band will be playing live at the Country Club Hotel Longford as part of the Motorama weekend in the town. The high energy classic rock and the Best of Oz show is guaranteed to get you moving. The event is free and will be held on Saturday March 6 from 6:30pm – 9:30pm.
Discover the vibrant Autumn colours
As the seasons change, so do the colours of the surrounding landscapes and autumn is our favourite for capturing the beautiful and vibrant seasonal hues. While you can witness the stunning landscapes throughout the region there are a few spots in particular that are worth taking some time to admire.
The town of Perth is a photographers delight during autumn. In the early morning head down to the South Esk River that runs through the town and see the mirror reflections on the water of the colourful trees on the river bank. You might be lucky to catch some low hanging fog for an even dreamier scene.
Longford is a stunner year-round but particularly pretty in autumn. Enjoy a meander through the countryside and down country roads to find paths bordered by colourful hedges. Tip: the natural tree tunnel along Pateena Road is definitely worth a visit!
Ross is a popular spot to visit along the Heritage Highway and if you have ever been, you will know why. The cobblestone style paths and old elm trees ooze character and old English charm. Take a wander down the main street and witness the gold autumn foliage against the charming sandstone buildings.
For more great locations to visit along the Heritage Highway in autumn, visit our 7 places to visit in Autumn.
For travel tips from the friendly locals, pop into the region’s Visitor Information Centres.