Congratulations – exams are finished, assignments are done. All that’s left to do is leave the stress behind you and unwind!

If you’re not hopping on a plane back home – and why would you with this incredible weather we’re enjoying this week – put these activities in your diary and get the end of exams party started.


1. After Exams Party Barrel
Friday, 17 November, 5-8pm
Ref Steps
Sandy Bay Campus

There’s no better way to celebrate the end of uni exams than with a post-exam barrel. Get summer off to a great start with music and a drink with mates before heading down to the city to continue the party at Hobart Brewing Company.

TUU will be subsidising the food from Big Henry’s food truck and TUBS have ‘something a little fancy’ to offer you. A complimentary bus service is being provided by the TUU to the afterparty in the city.



2. Food Truck Friday
Friday 17 November, 5-9pm
Wines for Joanie Vineyard
163 Glendale Rd
Sidmouth (north of Launceston)

Kick off your Friday afternoon on the farm. Find a hay bale or BYO picnic blanket, sit back, relax and enjoy delicious food from local food vendors. And of course being a vineyard, there’ll be Wines for Joanie offerings as well as local beers and ciders and non-alcoholic options too.


3. Christmas in the City (Launceston)
Friday, 17 November
Charles St, Launceston

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OK, so Christmas is more than a month away but with December and January jam-packed with festivals in Tasmania, it’s not surprising all the cities get their Christmas celebrations in during November. Enjoy a Launcestrian Christmas tradition with the lighting up of the Christmas tree in the Brisbane St Mall.  In addition to music and food stalls, you might even see Santa (Australian style)!

 Christmas in the city


4. Rektango
Salamanca Art Centre Courtyard
Salamanca, Hobart


There’s no better way to celebrate than with a free event. If you live in Hobart and haven’t yet been to the weekly Friday night, now’s the time to go. This is a great place to go with friends for a party. Hemmed in by a cliff face stretching up to Battery Point, people from all walks of life gather for live music every Friday evening. It’s a free event run by the musicians themselves, with lots of dancing, catching up with old friends or meeting new ones. The music may be anything from gipsy swing, cool funk or Latin sambas to daft disco depending on when you drop in, one thing we can promise is there will always be plenty of dancing to forget the exam horrors!


5. Willie Smith’s Cider 5th Birthday
Saturday, 18 November 1-9pm
Willie Smith’s Apple Shed
Huon Highway, Grove (Huon Valley, near Hobart)


Music, apple pie, cider, and a birthday celebration in a barn – what’s not to love! A quick 25-minute drive from Hobart in the picturesque Huon Valley, Willie Smith’s Apple Shed has become a local institution.  With some great bands and $5 drinks all evening, you can expect the band and beer garden to be totally packed with birthday well-wishers!

Willie Smith’s birthday party


6. Bicheno Food and Wine Festival
Saturday, 18 November
Lions Park, Bicheno

Bicheno festival

The Bish Festival is a celebration of everything that is special about Tassie’s East Coast lifestyle: great food, great wine and that relaxed beach culture. Whether you’re into eating seafood, listening to bands, checking out surfboards, or just chilling out enjoying some stunning coastal scenery with a drink in your hand, this is the festival for you. Bicheno is the perfect antidote to exam stress, so make a holiday of it and check out the whole East Coast while you’re at it.


7. Huon Show
Saturday, 18 November, 8am-4.30pm
Ranelagh Recreational Ground
49 Marguerite Street


Who can resist baby alpacas, puppies, calves, lambs and kids (of the hairy variety)? The Huon Show is a traditional country show, with best in show competitions for agricultural animals, good country cooking (if you’re into granny’s cakes, this is the place to be but don’t worry, being Tassie there is always wallaby and seafood on the menu too)! Woodchopping, stalls, weird agricultural equipment that will have you scratching your head wondering what it’s used for and all the usual entertainment – it’s so far from a day at uni you’ll forget you have spent the past year slaving over the computer.


8. Ben Salter Concert
Sunday, 19 November

OK, the bad news is iconic Australian singer-songwriter, Paul Kelly, is playing the day before but unless you’ve already got tickets you’ll have to write that special MONA event off. The good news for music lovers is that Indie rock musician, Ben Salter is playing on the MONA Main Stage the next day and what’s more, he’s free! Ben will be performing songs from his brand new record, Back Yourself, recorded around Tassie (and Victoria but we’ll ignore that little indiscretion).

He’ll be supported by All The Weathers, and David Blumberg and the Maraby Band – a lazy Sunday arvo spent relaxing to great music on the MONA lawns. Chillaaaaaaxe!


9. Point to Pinnacle Road Run and Walk
Sunday, 19 November
Wrest Point Boardwalk (starting line)
Sandy Bay, Hobart

Point to Pinnacle

If lying around in the sun or partying isn’t your idea of de-stressing after exams, then the Point to Pinnacle just might be. Heralded as the world’s toughest half marathon (or a pleasant “recreational walk” if you believe certain tourist sites!), the P2P is one of those events you have to do at least once when living in Tasmania. Starting on the shores of the Derwent River, the race takes you through Sandy Bay and up the foothills of Mt Wellington… and up… and up some more… and just a little bit more up… to the very top of Mt Wellington. For the entire way, you will enjoy stunning views of Hobart (and even Bruny Island). As some people run or walk in costume, you’ll be distracted from any aches and pains by watching people dressed in tutus, banana suits and Donald Trump costumes trotting past on their way up Tasmania’s most famous mountain.

The good news is that this year there is also a 10km Point to Pub – and as we still use the abbreviation P2P no one will be the wiser as to which of the two events you completed!



10. Healthy Options
Healthy Hobart’s free activities in the parks
Various locations and dates around Hobart


If you fueled yourself to exam success on mounds of junk food and late night cram sessions, your body might be crying out for something other than a uni barrel to chill out with. If you’re down south in Hobart, give any of the 28 FREE activities happening in Hobart’s parks and reserves. From yoga to abseiling, kite flying to cricket, mountain bike riding to pétanque–find out what you and your friends enjoy and connect with local clubs for free – your body and mind will love you for it!


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