Tasmania often faces unfair criticism regarding its climate, but despite being Australia's coldest state, it actually enjoys warmer weather than the United Kingdom. In fact, Hobart, the second-driest capital in the country, reinforces this notion.
So, for those considering a visit to Australia's Apple Isle and worrying about the weather, they can find solace in the words of British explorer Ranulph Fiennes: “there is no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing”.
Located in the southernmost part of Australia, Tasmania distinctly experiences the four seasons, with the island's geographical position and cool maritime climate contributing to its unique seasonal patterns.
Tasmania showcases warm and dry summers, where the mercury climbs to the inviting low 20s°C (68-77°F). It's a season of endless blue skies and gentle breezes, boasting the longest days in Australia, with approximately 15 hours of daylight during the summer solstice.
Perfect for immersing yourself in one of our operators’ active adventures, summer in Tasmania offers a vibrant playground for nature enthusiasts and sunseekers alike. It is no wonder that summer is the peak season for tourism in Tasmania.
The options for exploration are diverse, ranging from gentle strolls among the historic structures of the Port Arthur Historic Site, to following footpaths that lead into the picturesque Cataract Gorge. For the more adventurous, there are challenging hikes, such as the trek across the Hazards to Wineglass Bay in the heart of Freycinet National Park.
Locals would argue that autumn is the perfect season to visit the southernmost state of Australia, as the warm summer weather gives way to clear days and fresh evenings – ideal for exploring Tasmania’s natural wonders.
As autumn graces the island, the landscape transforms into a mosaic of fiery hues through the months of March, April and May, creating a picturesque backdrop for leisurely walks amidst the falling autumn leaves. Temperatures settle in the low 20s°C (68-68°F) in valleys, while the coast enjoys the high teens°C (mid-60s°F), inviting travellers to discover coastal landscapes and soak in those last rays of warmth.
The Tasmanian winter holds a strong allure for mainlanders seeking a glimpse of snow, and during July and August, there is often a higher-than-average likelihood of witnessing the beautiful white fall somewhere in the state. Many of our operators run tours through the winter months, giving travellers the opportunity to experience a different side of Tasmania.
The island dons a mystical charm, as misty mornings shroud mountains. Think – roaring fireplaces, warm woollen blankets and comforting cups of hot chocolate after an adventurous day of exploring the sights.
Winter in Tasmania also offers a chance to witness nature’s majesty, with the mesmerising Southern Lights.
With the arrival of spring in the state, flowers and gardens burst into life. As the snow melts away, creeks flow and rivers surge with vitality, while vineyards transform into vibrant shades of green. Ideal for those seeking a glimpse of Tasmania’s wildflowers.
If you are touring the coast, you may even spot the migrating whales on their annual journey back to Antarctica.
Although spring brings gusty winds, reminiscent of the fierce Southern Ocean gales, they quickly pass, making way for serene and sun-drenched weather. This idyllic climate is perfect for leisurely exploration of wineries, cycling between charming cafes, or taking leisurely walks along the unspoiled beaches of the eastern coast.