Best time to visit Tasmania

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Best time of year to visit Tasmania

A dry and warm period from December through February is the best time to visit Tasmania. Don't let the tourist troops and pricier rooms let you down as summer in Tassie dapples with various festivals and is perfect for hiking and scuba diving. March–May is a season for yachting, wines, and fresh Pacific oysters. If you are up to save money, plan your trip from May to September. Winter months are lavish with truffles and scallops, give you a glimpse of the Aurora Australis, and are snowy on higher elevations. Witness tulip blooming, taste lobster or get a load of Tasmania's remarkable wombats and devils in Tasmania from September through November when the crowds are thinned.

19 THINGS TO DO IN TASMANIA (DECEMBER 25 - JANUARY 03)

Aurora Australis or Southern Lights

Aurora Australis or Southern Lights

May–September (all year round) • nature

Observe mesmerizing southern lights while looking at the beautiful Tasmanian sky

Lavender Blooming

Lavender Blooming

December–January • nature

Enjoy magnificent lavender fields, which are a beautiful symbol of Tasmania

Wombat Watching

Wombat Watching

September–March • nature

Tasmania's wombats might be your cutest experience on the island. You can trace them by the cubic poop

Watching World Smallest Penguins

Watching World Smallest Penguins

October–April • nature

It is a lifetime experience at the edge of the world

Tasmanian Beach Season

Tasmanian Beach Season

December–February • activity

Enjoy the heat and quietness of Tasmanian top beaches

Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil

October–December • nature

Don't miss a chance to meet Tasmania's most dangerous and well-known animal—the Devil

Nelson Falls at Best

Nelson Falls at Best

November–May • nature

Enjoy the magnificent views of the island from the top of Nelson Falls

Bushwalking

Bushwalking

December–April • activity

Take on the Tasmanian bushwalking challenge and make it your hobby

Seal Watching

Seal Watching

September–May • nature

Watch Tasmania’s fur seals in the wild

Rafting Experience

Rafting Experience

November–March • activity

Take on Tasmania's rafting experience and try your hand at island's largest river hills

Boxing Day

Boxing Day

December 26 • event

One of the best days to go shopping or enjoy a family BBQ

Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

November–March • activity

Try Tasmania's scuba diving experience on the top beaches across Australia

Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

December 26–December 31 • event

One of the world's most anticipated race that has a long history and offers some spectacular sights!

Bruny Island Neck

Bruny Island Neck

September–February  • nature

A beautiful nature reserve and isthmus connecting north and south parts of the Bruny Island

Sandboarding Season

Sandboarding Season

October–April • activity

Hit the sand dunes on Tasmania's warm west coast

Chocolate-Coated Raspberries

Chocolate-Coated Raspberries

late December–May • food

Drop in for Tasmanian well-famous chocolate-coated raspberries

Flying Duck Orchid

Flying Duck Orchid

September–January • nature

Tiny flower resembling a flying duck lures insects into its arms, captivates, and enslaves them

Fudge

Fudge

Christmas Time • food

One of the sweetest experiences on the island and most popular dessert locals like to serve for Christmas

Capsicum

Capsicum

December–May • food

This glossy and brightly colored fruit will be a good addition to your meal

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Dark Mofo Festival

Dark Mofo Festival

June 10–22, 2020 • event

Feel the Power of Myth merged with the contemporary art at Dark Mofo Festival

Blooming Tulips

Blooming Tulips

late September–early October • nature

Feel the fragrance of spring at Tasmania's famous tulips fields

Pademelon

Pademelon

April–June • nature

Tasmania's special small and cute kanragoo-animals

Pine Mushrooms (Saffron Milk Caps)

Pine Mushrooms (Saffron Milk Caps)

March–May • food

These grow in places where the soil is densely covered with old coniferous needles, and often hide under them

Echidna

Echidna

June–August • nature

Watch one of the most extravagant animals of the island in the wild

Watching Platypus

Watching Platypus

September–November • nature

Stay up at night watching Tasmania's platypuses

Yachting Season

Yachting Season

March–May  • activity

Find your perfect spot for yachting experience in Tasmania

Pacific Oysters

Pacific Oysters

April–September • food

Often called the best oysters in South Pacific, the Pacific oysters are al​so available mostly in Tasmania

Lobster Season

Lobster Season

September–November • food

Taste Tasmania's culinary delights with a rich local lobster menu

Quince

Quince

March–July • food

One of the latest fruits of the year that will brighten up any dessert!

Truffle Season

Truffle Season

mid-June–July • activity

Hunt for the world's finest truffles in Tasmania's rainforests

Cool-Climate Wine Season

Cool-Climate Wine Season

April–May • food

Feel the fragrance of Tasmania with its richest wines

Whale Watching in Tasmania

Whale Watching in Tasmania

May–November • nature

The annual migration brings whales to Tasmania waters

Venison

Venison

late February–March • food

One of the world's rarest and most delicious meat that you may try in the most pristine courner of Australia

Asparagus

Asparagus

September–November • food

In most refined dishes, asparagus should maintain its taste and structure: it should be slightly soft, but not too much

Pumpkin Season

Pumpkin Season

March–August • food

Pumpkin seeds were brought to Australia on the First Fleet back in 1788

Birdwatching

Birdwatching

April–October • nature

Set out for your Tasmanian birdwatching adventure

Scallop

Scallop

Easter Saturday–late July • food

The delicacy that you must try now, or it will be too late! Try it in a soup or plain raw with tiny bit of salt to get the best taste possible

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Tasmania weather in January

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One of the finest months to visit Tassy with mildly warm summer weather and little rainfall. During the brief and rare hot spells from the Australian desert, the highest records hit 37/39°C (99/102°F). Luckily, wind and low humidity make it feel quite bearable. The sea stays cold, with an average of 17°C (63°F) recorded in Hobart. The amount of sunshine is never excellent—eight hours on the coast on average. Precipitation is concentrated on the west coast and inland. The Central Highlands are colder and windier, with night temperatures dropping to the freezing point sometimes. So snow and frost are possible there even in the summer. Nights in the lowlands tend to be chilly too, often cooling down to 10°C (50°F) and below. Preparing for a trip to Tasmania, pack layers to be ready for the chills of the nights. A windbreaker and an umbrella are also useful. A heavy jacket will be necessary for the mountains.

Tasmania weather in February

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The last month of the Aussie summer, almost the same as January in the context of the weather. February is slightly drier than the previous month. The lowest precipitation is observed in Hobart, famous as Australia's second-driest capital city after Adelaide. Generally, the west coast area, along with central inland, receives the most rainfall. Heatwaves with the highs exceeding 37°C (99°F) occur rarely and don't last long. Owing to the windy weather and low humidity, it isn't as uncomfortable as it might sound. The sea is cold as always, reaching its average max 17°C (63°F) in the south and 18°C (64°F) in the north. Summer nights are cold—the temperature plunges below 10°C (50°F), and decreases to freezing in the mountains, where snow and frost are possible. The luggage of a February visitor to Tasmania shoud have various items in case of warm and cold weather. Bring a windbreaker and umbrella, as well as a heavy jacket for the mountains.

Tasmania weather in March

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The weather in early autumn is generally warm and relatively dry, pretty similar to that of summer months. However, it starts deteriorating with the onset of autumn. The average temperatures cool down. Rain becomes more frequent on the west coast exposed to westerlies and also in the Central Highlands. The likelihood of cold air spells from the Antarctic is higher in the mountains, where frost and snow are possible even in the summer. The sea, which is cold year-round anyways, retains its temperature in March. The amount of sunshine hours per day decreases a little with an average of seven hours in Hobart, but it's still enough to enjoy the pristine nature of Tasmania. What's important, summer tourist crowds have thinned out too. To stay warm and comfy during your visit, pack long-sleeves, a windbreaker, a raincoat, and an insulated jacket for the mountains.

Tasmania weather in April

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With the onset of the autumn, the weather gets progressively colder, rainier and windier. In April, the sea temperature also decreases. West coast receives more precipitation than the east one. The north is slightly warmer than the south. Days get shorter, and sunshine in Hobart falls to an average of six hours per day. The inland areas are colder than the coast. They are affected by Antarctic air masses, which occasionally bring frost and snow to the highest peaks in the Central Highlands. Nights get especially cold. On the upside, fall foliage is splendid, the tourists are fewer, and hence the prices get lower. To make your visit to Tasmania cozy and comfy, bring warm and waterproof clothes, along with sweaters and long-sleeved shirts. An insulated coat is a must if you're planning on hiking in the mountains.

Tasmania weather in May

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With the autumn in full swing, the weather is progressively deteriorating. The rainfall gets more abundant, the average temperatures decrease, and the intense wind blows more often. Generally, cold spells are felt most in the inland areas and Central Highlands as these are affected by the air masses of the Antarctic origin. In the meanwhile, the climate along the coastline is mild with frequent wind and rain on western slopes. The days are short. Hobart receives only five hours of sunshine per day. For many operators, winter season comes already after Easter, so they close until spring. Hence, this is not the best time to visit Tasmania, but tolerable if you pack your clothing accordingly. Take long-sleeves, sweaters, a heavy jacket, an umbrella, and an insolated coat if you aim at Central Highlands.

Tasmania weather in June

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Winter weather in Tasmania varies depending on the area: it's cool and rainy on the coast; frost and snow and complicated road conditions are typical for the inland and mountainous regions; northernmost islands enjoy the mildest climate. Generally, this season is characterized by high precipitation well-distributed all across Tasmania. Western slopes receive most of it throughout the year, including winter. Even on the coast, the lows at southern latitudes can plunge a few degrees below the freezing point. For example, the lowest values recorded in Strahan was -3 °C (27 °F). Also, June is the month with the shortest days of the year. On average, Hobart has only four hours of sunshine. Winter gear is essential if you're visiting Tasmania in June. Make sure to bring a warm rain-resistant jacket, a hat, a scarf, and gloves. For the mountains, pack a heavy coat and snow boots.

Tasmania weather in July

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Mid-winter is the coldest and wettest time in Tasmania. The season varies depending on the latitude and altitude. The oceanic climate on the coast results in cool and rainy weather, with the most abundant rains observed on the western slopes. Sometimes temperatures can drop below freezing due to southern latitudes. The lowest records in Strahan was -3 °C (27 °F). The inland hilly and mountainous areas affected by Antarctic air masses are especially cold with frequent frosts and snowfall. So driving can be complicated in such conditions. The northernmost islands, including King, Deal, Flinders, and Cape Barren, stand out with the mildest climate. The most positive aspect of July is the darkest month of June has passed, and daylight hours began to increase. Despite some weather disadvantages, this month is often chosen by low-budget travelers. Make sure to pack appropriately—a raincoat, a down jacket, a hat, a scarf, gloves, and snow boots are a must.

Tasmania weather in August

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August is another winter month in Tasmania, cold and wet, but with growing daylight hours and a little more sunshine. Weather conditions differ depending on the area. The coastline is characterized by cool temperatures and abundant rain, particularly frequent in the west. Southern latitudes are usually cooler—even on the coast, the temperatures occasionally drop to the freezing point and below. Frost and snow are typical for the inland and mountains, which sometimes result in complicated road conditions. The northern latitudes enjoy the mildest weather—this refers to the islands of King, Deal, Cape Barren, and Flinders. To stay warm and comfy in Tasmania, pack warm winter gear, including a waterproof jacket, a heavy coat for the highlands, and possibly snow boots. A hat, a scarf, and gloves go without saying.

Tasmania weather in September

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The start of spring has much in common with August. At the beginning of September, you can still see the snow, especially in the inland areas and at higher altitudes. The weather on the coast is chilly and wet. The rainfall is well-distributed across Tasmania, but the western side receives the greatest bulk of it. The northernmost areas that enjoyed mild weather throughout the winter months are still the warmest. Overall, the days get longer, and the sun comes out more frequently. However, unstable weather with sudden outbreaks of rain showers is typical. Towards the end of the month, the average temperatures rise a little. If you're visiting Tasmania in September, make sure to pack a rainproof jacket and umbrella. Long-sleeved shirts and warmer sweaters will come in handy too. Also, bring a heavy jacket if you go to the mountains.

Tasmania weather in October

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With the onset of spring, lots of plants on the island are in bloom. The average highs and lows increase, and the days get longer. In Hobart, the daily amount of sunshine reaches its maximum of eight hours. Due to frequent weather disturbances, this value remains the same through February. Rainfall is observed all across Tasmania. Most of the precipitation falls in the western part of the island, affected by westerlies. Additionally, the inland and highlands are exposed to the cold air masses of the Antarctic origin. Therefore, the latitudes above 1,000 m (3,281 ft) may get frost and snow all year round, including spring and even summer. If you go in mid-spring, expect milder weather, but pack layers anyways, including long-sleeves, a sweater, a light coat, a rainproof jacket or umbrella, and also a heavy jacket for the mountains.

Tasmania weather in November

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Late spring in Tasmania is comfortably warm, with a sufficient amount of sunshine on the coast (the average of eight hours per day in Hobart). Western slopes are cooler and rainier than the rest of the island due to the westerlies. Eastern slopes, on the contrary, are the driest. Hobart is renowned as the second driest Aussie capital city. Even though the overall amount of rainfall decreases as summer approaches. The weather disturbances with occasional outbreaks of rain showers are still possible yet less likely than at the beginning of the spring. The Central Highlands are cooler than coastal areas because of the air masses coming from the Antarctic. On their way across the ocean, they arrive in a somewhat mitigated form. Nevertheless, they can cause frost and snow on the highest elevations even in the summer. Come to Tasmania prepared for unstable weather—bring layers, including both light and heavy clothes, a raincoat or an umbrella. An insulated jacket might be needed if you decide to climb the highest peaks.

Tasmania weather in December

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The first summer month brings the warmest, longest, and driest days to Tasmania, which is especially advantageous for the always cooler and windier inland and mountains. The sea, however, remains cold. Most rain showers occur on western slopes of the island owing to the westerlies. Normally, the air temperatures are pleasantly warm. However, hot air masses from the Australian desert may cause brief heatwaves, especially felt at the low altitudes. The heat is tolerable thanks to the wind and low humidity. On the other hand, the high altitudes of the inland are exposed to cool air masses from the Antarctic, which is why night temperatures there can plunge to freezing point. Rarely frost and snow are seen on the highest peaks. Nights are rather chilly in the lowlands too. Even though it's the warmest season of the year, come prepared to some sudden weather changes, and cool nights, which get freezing at the highlands. A rainproof outer layer, a sweater or a light jacket, and a heavier jacket should be packed.