Geeveston and Forestry Tasmania
Forestry Tasmania Festival
In March, Geeveston hosts the Forestry Tasmania Festival (now a bi-annual event) to celebrate the industry providing a livelihood for many locals. And if this is the working man’s town, then the festival is pure heaven for boys!
With light rain providing a base of mud to tromp through and an excuse to don the beanie (there’s a good look), the entertainment was a whole lot of horsepower…
- huge logging trucks loaded with big chunks of wood
- chainsaw sculptors carving up big chunks of wood
- a tree climber tackling a big chunk of wood…
Okay, so you can see where I’m going with this!
The ute muster, motorbike demonstration and draught horses were only slightly surpassed by the tug of war – burly men versus an eight tonne truck. No wonder they needed the supplies of pies, burgers and donuts on offer!!
There’s More to Geeveston…
So there’s no doubting that Forestry Tasmania has the bulk of the attention in Geeveston. But some clever locals are starting to promote their town as an arts epicentre with several creators making a business from their talents. Craftspeople combine to exhibit a myriad of clever art forms at galleries like the Southern Design Centre.
The lamp working was enthralling! Turning coloured rods of glass into beautiful beaded jewellery with the wave of a blow torch is a dazzling spectacle. Just had to buy some and Rino even customised some earrings to my particular liking – a souvenir for the grand sum of $35.00.
There are also many active outdoor pursuits in the area: bush-walking in the Tahune Forest Reserve or nearby Hartz Mountains National Park and the region has a sound commercial and recreational fishing industry. And of course buying fresh apples, berries and other produce from roadside stalls will always appeal.
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