When is the best time to visit Tasmania?

Situated in the southern part of Australia, the island state of Tasmania is a unique blend of stunning landscapes and rich culture. It has wilderness, rugged coastlines and beautiful mountains all wrapped up in one for those looking for an adventure or just to see lots of nature. 

Choose the right time to visit Tasmania and you may get the opportunity to see wallabies, wombats and possibly spot a Tasmanian devil – the iconic marsupial unique to this region. Go for a beautiful walk up Cradle Mountain and take a trip to Wineglass Bay, with its turquoise sea and white sandy beaches.

Tasmania has a rich history evident in its towns. Hobart, the capital, is great or artists and there are lots of local crafts and food at the Salamanca Market. You can also find out lots about Australia's convict past by visiting Port Arthur, the penal colony.

Wellington Park Tasmania

So when is the best time to go?

Let’s look at the climate in Tasmania first

Climate in Tasmania

Tasmania has a bit of everything when it comes to weather so let’s break it down.

  • Summer (December to February) is when Tasmania is at its warmest with temperatures ranging from 12 to 21 degrees Celsius (54 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • Autumn (March to May) is when the temperatures start to cool down, hovering between 7 to 17 degrees Celsius (45 to 63 degrees Fahrenheit) and rainfall is moderate.
  • Winter (June to August) in Tasmania can be cold with daytime temperatures at around 3 to 11 degrees Celsius (37 to 52 degrees Fahrenheit). Snowfall is not uncommon at higher altitudes and rainfall increases. 
  • Spring (September to November) is when the temperatures climb back up to 6 to 15 degrees Celsius (43 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit). There are still showers but overall, it's a great time to explore before the summer crowds kick in.

Let’s now look at the seasons in more detail

Peak Season in Tasmania – December to February

Peak Season is summer in Tasmania when the island comes alive. Temperatures range from 12 to 21 degrees Celsius (54 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit) which make it a nice time to go hiking, camping or just being outside.

Because its Tasmania's peak season it could be busy so its worth booking ahead for activities and accomodation.

    Dove Lake Cradle mountain Tasmania

    Low season in Tasmania – June to August

    In Tasmania, the low season is in the winter months from June to August when it will be quieter. The weather is much cooler with coldish mornings and chilly evenings.

    During the low season some attractions may have reduced hours so just be aware of this.

    Shoulder season in Tasmania – September to November, March to May

    The shoulder season in Tasmania is a great time to visit Tasmania as the weather is just right – not too hot, not too cold with fewer visitors so whether you love hiking, wildlife spotting or simply spending time relaxing on the island then the shoulder season is a great time to go.

    Things to do in Tasmania

    • Visit Cradle Mountain National Park with its stunning landscapes, hike around Dove Lake.
    • Visit Freycinet National Park and Wineglass Bay, it has beautiful beaches and clear waters. 
    • Port Arthurs penal colony is well worth a visit to learn a bit about Australian history.
    • MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) is located in Hobart.
    • Try some fresh Tasmanian produce and seafood. The local markets are a great place to start.
    • Take a day trip to Bruny Island and see the wildlife.
    • Try wine tasting at the Tamar Valley
    • Visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to see Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, and other native animals.

      Bruny Island Tasmania

      How many days in Tasmania is enough?

      How many days you spend in Tasmania very much depends on what you want to do there. Generally 7 to 10 days is a good amount of time as it gives you time to cover the main touristy spots and relax for a while.

      A sample itinerary may help you:

      • Hobart and Surroundings (2-3 days):

        • Explore Hobart, including Salamanca Place and Battery Point.
        • Visit MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) and other art galleries.
        • Take a day trip to Bruny Island to see the wildlife.
      • Launceston and Tamar Valley (2 days):

        • Visit the Cataract Gorge and explore Launceston.
        • Taste some wine in the Tamar Valley's vineyards.
      • East Coast (2-3 days):

        • Visit Freycinet National Park, including Wineglass Bay.
        • Explore the Bay of Fires, the beaches are lovely and the sea is incredibly clear.
      • Cradle Mountain and Northwest (2 days):

        • Hike in Cradle Mountain National Park.
        • Visit the towns of Sheffield and Devonport.
      • Flexible Days (1-2 days):

        • Use any remaining days to revisit the places you liked the most or just relax.

      What months are hot in Tasmania

      Tasmania is hottest during December to February but be aware that the climate in Tasmania is not the same as Australia, it is cooler even in the summer.

      So temperatures start to rise in December, around 12 to 22 degrees Celsius (54 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit). January is usually the warmest, and by February, temperatures start to cool down.

      Tasmania's weather can be quite variable and if you prefer to travel in quieter times then the shoulder seasons of spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) are probably the best times to go.

      Is April a good time to visit?

      Definitely, April is the perfect time to explore Tasmania. The weather is just right – not too hot, not too cold and its pretty quiet at this time of year.

      Its also a great month to go if you want to see seals, penguins and possibly whales. Take some warm clothes and your camera....have a great trip! 

      Best time to visit Tasmania? Conclusion

      Whether you love the outdoors or learning about different cultures, Tasmania has a lot to offer. Every season has something special to see and i hope this blog has helped with your decision. You'll love it here so happy travels!