Tasmania is a hidden gem waiting to be explored!
Nestled in the southern part of Australia, this island state has a unique blend of stunning landscapes with a rich culture. So picture this: wilderness, rugged coastlines and beautiful mountains all wrapped up in one so whether you're an adventure seeker or a nature lover, Tasmania has something for everyone.
The diverse wildlife in Tasmania is like a real-life National Geographic episode. You can come up close to adorable wallabies, playful wombats and maybe even spot a Tasmanian devil – the iconic and rather feisty marsupial unique to this region. For nature enthusiasts, Cradle Mountain has beautiful hikes and incredible panoramic views and don't forget about the stunning Wineglass Bay, where the turquoise waters and white sandy beaches create a postcard perfect setting.
Tasmania's rich history is evident in its towns, each with its own story to tell. Hobart, the capital, has a vibrant arts scene and the historic Salamanca Market, where you can immerse yourself in local crafts and lovely foods. Meanwhile, you can go back in time to Australia's convict past with its well-preserved penal colony, Port Arthur.
Tasmania is also a foodie haven, with all its fresh, local produce. Try seafood, artisanal cheeses and world-class wines.
And here's the cherry on top – the weather. Tasmania has a cool, temperate climate, making it an ideal year-round destination, whether you're chasing the auroras in winter or basking in the sunshine during summer.
In a nutshell, Tasmania is not just a destination; it's a captivating journey through nature, history and culture.
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), perfect for exploring the stunning landscapes though it can rain in the summer.
- 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, a great time to see the changing leaves.
- 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, so bring your layers and a good waterproof jacket.
- 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 and an absolute showstopper! The island comes alive with colours, from the vibrant flora to the crystal-clear waters. The temperatures range from 12 to 21 degrees Celsius (54 to 70 degrees Fahrenheit), so the perfect time for every outdoor adventure.
Be aware though that this is prime time for visitors to Tasmania so booking ahead is a good idea if you don't want to miss out on anything. Get ready to dive into the heart of Tasmania's peak season—where every moment is a memory waiting to be made.
Things to do in the peak season in Tasmania
There’s a lot to do here during the peak season and here is just a sample.
- Visit Cradle Mountain National Park and explore the stunning landscapes, go for a hike around Dove Lake and see the iconic Cradle Mountain.
- Visit Freycinet National Park and take in the breathtaking views of Wineglass Bay, known for its beautiful beaches and crystal-clear waters. Hiking the Freycinet Peninsula is definitely worth doing.
- Immerse yourself in Tasmania's convict history by visiting Port Arthurs Historic Site, a well-preserved penal settlement.
- MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) is located in Hobart, a unique museum showcasing an eclectic collection of contemporary and ancient art.
- Try some fresh Tasmanian produce and seafood. The local markets are a great place to start.
- If you're in Hobart on a Saturday, don't miss visiting Salamanca, an great place to shop for local crafts, fresh produce, and souvenirs.
- Take a day trip to Bruny Island for stunning landscapes, wildlife and delicious local produce.
- Try some wine tasting at the Tamar Valley, known for its vineyards and picturesque landscapes.
- For panoramic views of Hobart and beyond, drive or hike up Mount Wellington. The scenery is especially spectacular during the peak season.
- Visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to get up close with Tasmanian devils, kangaroos, and other native animals.
Low season in Tasmania – June to August
In Tasmania, the low season has its own distinct appeal. It typically falls in the winter months from June to August and there will be fewer crowds and it’s a lot quieter. The weather is much cooler with crisp mornings and chilly evenings and this can create a lovely cosy atmosphere.
While some attractions may have reduced hours, the advantage is that you can explore famous sites like Cradle Mountain and Wineglass Bay without dealing with lots of people so a great opportunity to capture the raw beauty of Tasmania without the hustle and bustle.
Things to do during the low season in Tasmania
- Go walking and hiking on trails like the Overland Track or the Tasmans Arch and Devils Kitchen.
- Go wine tasting at renowned vineyards like Josef Chromy or explore the Tamar Valley Wine Route.
- Try local Tasmanian food with meals at local cafes and restaurants. There’s fresh seafood and don't miss the chance to try Tasmanian salmon.
- Visit places like Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to interact with native animals without the usual crowd.
- Immerse yourself in Tasmania's history by exploring places like Port Arthur.
- Visit local galleries and museums without the hustle. MONA (Museum of Old and New Art) is a definite must see for art enthusiasts.
- Take a road trip along the scenic routes, like the Great Eastern Drive. The landscapes are stunning, and you'll have the freedom to stop and appreciate the views.
- Find a remote location and go stargazing as with fewer city lights Tasmania has wonderful clear night skies.
Shoulder season in Tasmania – September to November, March to May
The shoulder season in Tasmania is a perfect time to go as the weather is just right – not too hot, not too cold.
And even better? There are fewer visitors during these months so you can bask in the beauty of Tasmania without the hustle and bustle. So whether you love hiking, wildlife spotting or simply soaking up the beauty of the island then the shoulder season is a great time to go.
Things to do during the shoulder season in Tasmania
- Go hiking and explore the landscapes without the summer crowds. Cradle Mountain and the Three Capes Track are worth a visit.
- Head to places like Bruny Island to see the seals, penguins and various bird species in their natural habitats.
- Take a road trip along the East Coast or through the Tamar Valley. The changing colours of autumn or the flowers in spring will make the journey worth it.
- Immerse yourself in Tasmania's rich history by visiting convict sites like Port Arthur or the historic towns of Ross and Richmond.
- Visit farmers' markets and try out the diverse culinary scene in Hobart and Launceston.
- Discover the cool-climate wines of Tasmania. The Tamar Valley and Coal River Valley have fantastic winery experiences.
- Explore the vibrant art scene in Hobart, with galleries like the Museum of Old and New Art (MONA) or look for local crafts in Salamanca Market.
- Relax on Beaches even during the shoulder season as Tasmania's beaches have their own charm. Take a walk along Wineglass Bay or enjoy the beauty of Seven Mile Beach.
- Check out local events and festivals happening during your visit. The shoulder season often hosts celebrations which add something extra to your trip.
How many days in Tasmania is enough?
The ideal number of days to spend in Tasmania depends on your interests and the specific activities you want to do. However, a general guide would be around 7 to 10 days so you can cover the key highlights of the island. Here's a breakdown to help you plan:
Hobart and Surroundings (2-3 days):
- Explore Hobart's historic sites, 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 for wildlife encounters and stunning landscapes.
Launceston and Tamar Valley (2 days):
- Discover the Cataract Gorge and explore Launceston's charming streets.
- Enjoy wine tasting in the Tamar Valley's vineyards.
East Coast (2-3 days):
- Visit Freycinet National Park, including Wineglass Bay.
- Explore the Bay of Fires for pristine beaches and vibrant landscapes.
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 favourite spots, explore additional attractions, or immerse yourself in specific activities like hiking, wildlife spotting, or cultural experiences.
This suggested itinerary will provide a mix of city exploration, outdoor activities, and cultural experiences.
What months are hot in Tasmania
Tasmania experiences its warmest months during its summer, which is from December to February when you can expect relatively higher temperatures in various parts of the island. However, it's worth noting that Tasmania's climate is cooler compared to mainland Australia, even in the summer.
In December, temperatures start to rise, with averages ranging from around 12 to 22 degrees Celsius (54 to 72 degrees Fahrenheit). January is often the warmest month, with averages between 13 and 23 degrees Celsius (55 to 73 degrees Fahrenheit). February sees temperatures beginning to gradually cool down.
Keep in mind that while these months are considered warmer, Tasmania's weather can be quite variable, and cooler temperatures are still possible. If you prefer milder weather with fewer crowds, the shoulder seasons of spring (September to November) and autumn (March to May) might be a good time to visit.
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 the landscapes are turning into a canvas of autumn colours. And the best part is you won't be jostling with summer crowds, you can have the place all to yourself.
So whether you fancy a hike, want to try the local wine in the Tamar Valley, or just soak in the beauty of Tasmania without lots of people then April is a great time to go.
Oh, and did I mention the wildlife? Seals, penguins, and maybe even a whale or two might be putting on a show along the coast. So pack a sweater, your camera, and get ready for a laid-back Tassie adventure!
Whether you love the outdoors or are a culture seeker, Tasmania caters to every wanderlust whim. So as the sun sets over the horizon, casting a warm glow on this island and you say goodbye to Tasmania you'll have a heart full of stories and a soul enriched by the magic of the Land Down Under.