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Best Time to Visit Tasmania

25 March 2024
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The allure of Tasmania extends throughout the year, offering something unique for every season. While any time is a great time to visit this captivating island, understanding the nuances of each season can enhance your experience even further. As we delve into each season, let’s highlight the main attractions that Tasmania has to offer throughout the year.

The Main Tourism Seasons

Tasmania’s main tourism season typically spans from September to May

During these months, the island comes alive with visitors seeking to explore its natural beauty, indulge in its culinary delights, and immerse themselves in its vibrant culture. 

This period also coincides with many festivals and events, making it the best time to visit Tasmania for those who crave a bustling atmosphere and a plethora of entertainment options. 

Gordon River – image by Lauren Bath

Quieter Times to Visit Tasmania

For those who prefer a more secluded retreat, March, April, October, and November offer a quieter alternative to the bustling summer months. 

During these shoulder seasons and the winter months of May, June and July, you can revel in Tasmania’s splendour without the crowds, all while enjoying the added advantage of discounted accommodations. 

Bridestowe Lavender Estate

The Summer Months

December through February attracts throngs of visitors eager to partake in the island’s festivities. 

From food and wine festivals to arts exhibitions and music events, Tasmania offers an eclectic array of experiences during these warm, sunny months. 

For those who relish in the vibrancy of a bustling scene, summer is the perfect time to explore Tasmania’s rich culture. 

Here are some main attractions to enjoy during the summer season:

  • Beach Escapes: Tasmania boasts stunning coastal landscapes, with pristine beaches and crystal-clear waters perfect for swimming, surfing, and snorkelling. Explore iconic spots like Wineglass Bay in Freycinet National Park, Bay of Fires, or the secluded shores of Bruny Island.
  • Hiking and Bushwalking: With mild temperatures and longer daylight hours, summer is ideal for exploring Tasmania’s diverse range of hiking trails and national parks. Embark on the iconic Overland Track in Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park or tackle the summit of kunanyi/Mount Wellington for panoramic views of Hobart.
  • Cultural Festivals: Tasmania comes alive with a vibrant calendar of cultural events and festivals during the summer months. From the Taste of Tasmania food festival in Hobart to the Falls Festival in Marion Bay, there’s always something exciting happening on the island.
  • Wine Tasting: Tasmania’s cool climate and fertile soils produce some of Australia’s finest wines, particularly Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and sparkling varieties. Explore the island’s picturesque vineyards and cellar doors in regions like the Tamar Valley, Coal Valley, and Huon Valley.
  • Wildlife Encounters: Summer is a fantastic time to spot Tasmania’s unique wildlife in their natural habitats. Take a cruise to see seals and dolphins off the coast, visit the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo for a close encounter with these iconic marsupials, or embark on a birdwatching tour to spot rare species in their native habitats.
  • Festivals and Events: From outdoor concerts and markets to art exhibitions and cultural performances, Tasmania hosts a diverse range of events throughout the summer season. Don’t miss the Mona Foma festival in Launceston, the Taste of the Huon food and wine festival, or the Salamanca Market in Hobart.
  • Historic Sites and Heritage Trails: Explore Tasmania’s rich history and heritage by visiting historic sites such as Port Arthur, a UNESCO World Heritage-listed former convict settlement, or taking a heritage trail through quaint towns like Richmond and Stanley.

Looking for the perfect tour for your summer trip to Tasmania? Our 13-day Complete Tassie Tour is the ultimate experience. Explore iconic destinations like Port Arthur, the Port Arthur Lavender Farm, Bay of Fires, Cradle Mountain, and the Gordon River. 

Immerse yourself in the rich history of The Wall, indulge in the vibrant atmosphere of Salamanca Markets, and embark on an unforgettable journey aboard the West Coast Wilderness Railway. With so much to see and do, this tour promises an adventure of a lifetime!

Whether you’re seeking adventure in the great outdoors, indulging in gourmet delights, or immersing yourself in Tasmania’s vibrant cultural scene, summer offers endless opportunities to discover the beauty and diversity of the island. 

So pack your sunscreen, grab your camera, and get ready for an unforgettable summer adventure in Tasmania.

Image by Jasper Da Seymour

Autumn in Tasmania

Autumn in Tasmania brings a tapestry of colours, cooler temperatures, and a bounty of seasonal delights. 

Here are some main attractions to enjoy during March, April and May:

  • Foliage Drives: Tasmania’s landscapes explode with vibrant hues of red, orange, and gold as the foliage transforms during autumn. Take scenic drives through regions like the Tamar Valley, Derwent Valley, and Huon Valley to witness the stunning display of autumn colours against the backdrop of rolling hills and vineyards.
  • Wine and Food Festivals: Autumn is harvest season in Tasmania, making it the perfect time to indulge in the island’s renowned culinary delights. Explore food and wine festivals like Festivale in Launceston, the Tasmanian Cider Trail, or the Tamar Valley Wine Route to sample fresh produce, artisanal cheeses, and award-winning wines.
  • Wildlife Spotting: Autumn is a fantastic time to observe Tasmania’s native wildlife as they prepare for the cooler months ahead. Take a cruise to see migrating whales along the coastline, spot echidnas and wallabies in national parks like Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair, or join a guided tour to watch platypus in their natural habitat. You might also have the chance to catch a glimpse of Tasmania Devils during your visit to the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo.
  • Scenic Walks and Hikes: Cooler temperatures and clear skies make autumn an ideal time for outdoor exploration in Tasmania. Lace up your hiking boots and embark on scenic walks through lush forests, towering mountains, and coastal cliffs. Highlights include the Bay of Fires Walk, the South Coast Track, and the Wineglass Bay Circuit.
  • Arts and Culture Events: Tasmania’s arts and culture scene comes alive in autumn with a variety of festivals, exhibitions, and performances. Immerse yourself in the creativity of events like the Ten Days on the Island arts festival, or the Cygnet Folk Festival
  • Heritage Rail Journeys: Experience Tasmania’s rich history and scenic beauty aboard one of the island’s heritage rail journeys. Ride the West Coast Wilderness Railway through ancient rainforests and mining towns, or take a journey on the Don River Railway for a nostalgic trip back in time.
  • Autumn Gardens and Parks: Explore Tasmania’s botanical gardens and parks, which come alive with autumnal hues and seasonal blooms. Visit attractions like the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart, the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden in Burnie, or the Japanese Garden in Launceston for a tranquil escape amidst nature’s beauty.

Do you have 10 days to spare in Tasmania this autumn? Dive into the wonders of Tasmania with our 10 Day Tasmanian Wonders Coach Tour. Discover atmospheric towns, innovative producers, and embark on Cradle Mountain and Freycinet adventures. Get ready for 10 days of pure wonderment.

Whether you’re savouring gourmet delights at a food festival, hiking through breathtaking landscapes, or immersing yourself in Tasmania’s vibrant arts scene, autumn offers a wealth of attractions to delight every traveller. 

So pack your camera, pull on your sweater, and get ready to discover the magic of autumn in Tasmania.

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Winter in Tasmania

As temperatures drop between May and September, Tasmania transforms into a winter wonderland, offering a different kind of charm for adventurous souls. 

Winter beckons outdoor enthusiasts to don their warmest attire and embark on exhilarating hiking adventures amidst breathtaking national parks. Picture yourself cozying up by a crackling fire with a glass of Tasmanian wine, savouring the island’s delectable cuisine as snowflakes dance outside. 

It’s a season of tranquillity and enchantment, perfect for those seeking solace amidst nature’s embrace.

Winter also presents an opportune time for walking trips, with shelters available around iconic locations like Cradle Mountain. Indulge in a dedicated food tour, relishing the comfort of hearty meals against the backdrop of Tasmania’s wintry landscapes.

Winter in Tasmania offers a unique blend of experiences, from snow-capped mountains to cosy evenings by the fireplace. Here are some main attractions to enjoy during the winter season:

  • Snow Sports: Tasmania’s alpine regions, including Mount Wellington near Hobart and Ben Lomond National Park, offer opportunities for skiing, snowboarding, and snowshoeing. Embrace the winter wonderland atmosphere and hit the slopes for a thrilling adventure.
  • Dark Mofo Festival: One of Tasmania’s most renowned events, Dark Mofo celebrates art, music, food, and the winter solstice with a series of immersive experiences and exhibitions. From fiery rituals to thought-provoking performances, Dark Mofo offers a unique perspective on winter in Tasmania.
  • Cosy Accommodations: Winter is the perfect time to indulge in a stay at one of Tasmania’s charming lodges, boutique hotels, or cosy cottages. Imagine snuggling up with a cup of hot cocoa beside a crackling fireplace while taking in panoramic views of the snow-covered landscape.
  • Whale Watching: Winter marks the migration of southern right and humpback whales along Tasmania’s coastline. Head to coastal lookout points such as Bruny Island, Maria Island, or Stanley to witness these majestic marine mammals breaching and playing in the chilly waters.
  • Winter Festivals and Markets: Embrace the spirit of winter at local festivals and markets, where you can sample hearty winter fare, mulled wine, and artisanal products. Look out for events like the Huon Valley Mid-Winter Festival or winter markets in Hobart and Launceston.
  • National Parks and Wilderness: While some trails may be covered in snow, Tasmania’s national parks offer breathtaking winter scenery and opportunities for wildlife spotting. Explore the pristine landscapes of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park or venture into the rugged terrain of Southwest National Park for an unforgettable winter adventure. Join our three-day Tasmania Tours Big Three Tour for an unforgettable experience, featuring visits to iconic destinations such as Port Arthur, Wineglass Bay, and Cradle Mountain.
  • Food and Wine Experiences: Winter is the perfect time to indulge in Tasmania’s world-class food and wine offerings. Warm up with hearty Tasmanian cuisine, including seafood chowder, slow-cooked lamb, and artisanal cheeses, paired with award-winning wines from the island’s renowned vineyards. Why not treat yourself to our Mona and Wine Experience Day Tour, where you’ll indulge in the exquisite flavours of Tasmania’s finest cool-climate wines and cheeses amidst the picturesque Coal River Valley, renowned for its exceptional wine-growing heritage?

Whether you’re seeking adrenaline-pumping snow sports, cultural experiences at winter festivals, or simply a cosy retreat in the wilderness, Tasmania offers a wealth of attractions to enjoy during the winter months. 

So bundle up, embrace the chill, and discover the magic of Tasmania in winter.

Multi-coloured tulips in Tasmania

Spring in Tasmania

Spring in Tasmania offers a delightful array of attractions and experiences, as the island awakens from its winter slumber and bursts into vibrant life. 

Here are some main attractions to enjoy during the September, October and November:

  • Flower Festivals and Gardens: Spring heralds the blooming of Tasmania’s diverse flora, with colourful displays of tulips, daffodils, and cherry blossoms adorning gardens across the island. Don’t miss events like the Tulip Festival in Wynyard or the Bloomin’ Tulips Festival in Table Cape.
  • Wildlife Watching: Spring is an excellent time to spot Tasmania’s unique wildlife as they emerge from hibernation or breed. Keep an eye out for native birds, including swift parrots and wedge-tailed eagles, as well as iconic marsupials like pademelons and wombats.
  • Coastal Walks and Scenic Drives: With milder temperatures and longer daylight hours, spring is perfect for exploring Tasmania’s stunning coastline. Embark on scenic drives along the Great Eastern Drive or take leisurely walks along coastal trails like the Three Capes Track or the Bay of Fires.
  • Spring Festivals and Events: Tasmania comes alive with a variety of festivals and events during spring, celebrating everything from food and wine to arts and culture. Highlights include the Blooming Tasmania Flower and Garden Festival in Launceston, or the Tasmanian Craft Fair in Deloraine.
  • Whale Watching: Spring marks the annual migration of humpback and southern right whales along Tasmania’s coastline. Head to coastal lookout points such as Bruny Island, Maria Island, or Stanley to catch a glimpse of these majestic marine mammals breaching and playing in the waters.
  • Farmers’ Markets and Foodie Experiences: Spring brings an abundance of fresh produce to Tasmania’s farmers’ markets, showcasing the island’s renowned culinary delights. Sample farm-fresh fruits, vegetables, cheeses, and artisanal products while mingling with local producers and artisans.
  • Gardens and Parks: Explore Tasmania’s lush parks and botanical gardens, which come alive with vibrant blooms and lush foliage during spring. Don’t miss attractions like the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart, the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden in Burnie, or the Cataract Gorge Reserve in Launceston. Why not take our Tassie Parks and Nature Coach Tour from Hobart to Launceston. With highlights like a Gordon River cruise and Cradle Mountain tour, it’s the ultimate Tasmanian adventure in a scenic snapshot.

Whether you’re marvelling at colourful blooms, spotting wildlife in their natural habitat, or indulging in Tasmania’s culinary delights, spring offers an abundance of attractions and experiences to delight every traveller. 

Want some help planning your trip? Spring is the perfect time to experience our most popular tour, the 8 Day Tasmania in Circle tour. Designed to fit neatly into one week, it’s the ultimate way to explore Tasmania’s breathtaking beauty.

So, When is the Best Time to Visit Tasmania?

There’s no best time to visit Tasmania as it truly shines in every season, offering a diverse array of attractions and experiences to suit every traveller’s preferences. Whether you’re captivated by the vibrant hues of autumn foliage, enchanted by the tranquillity of winter snowscapes, rejuvenated by the blossoming beauty of spring, or invigorated by the sun-drenched adventures of summer, Tasmania never fails to delight and inspire.

No matter when you choose to visit this remarkable island, there’s always something magical awaiting you. So why not embark on your own Tasmanian adventure with us? Explore our range of tours and experiences designed to showcase the best of Tasmania in every season. From scenic hikes and wildlife encounters to gourmet food and wine tours, we have something for everyone.

Don’t wait any longer to discover the wonders of Tasmania. Book your unforgettable journey with Tasmania Tours and let the adventure begin!