When people think about travelling to Tasmania, one of their most common questions is – what's the weather like?
Here is some information about the different seasons in Tasmania and what you can expect when it comes to the weather.
Tasmania has a different kind of climate to many other parts of Australia. Its temperate, maritime climate means that extreme temperatures in either direction are a rarity, but common enough to prepare for.
Seasons are quite defined. The winter can bring a chilly breeze and would likely be cold for many mainland Australians who experience milder weather on average year-round. Winter months span from May to August, and tend to be felt more on Tasmania's higher peaks and anywhere near them – hence areas around Hobart, near Cradle Mountain and the road through to Queenstown sometimes copc an icey blast.
Winter temperatures tend to stick between three and 11 degrees Celsius. Many people do enjoy hiking during the cooler months, but need to be prepared for highly changeable conditions with the right clothing (layers) and equipment.
You might want to go whale watching in winter’s later months, as southern right whales and humpbacks glide by on their migration down the East Coast.
Summer temperatures, in December, January, February and March, tend to fluctuate between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius. Tasmania's long summer evenings shouldn't be missed! These are perfect for heading to the coast in search of Little Penguins, or to the National Parks for wombats and other easily accessible wildlife. Summer is also a great time for diving with its abundance of marine life in the warmer water.
Autumn is a particularly stunning time to visit Tasmania, as oaks, elms, birches and beech turn red and gold before they fall. It also tends to be a sunny time of year and many enjoy hiking at this time, although it's a good year-round activity.
Spring is also a beautiful season to visit Tasmania, when wildflowers are in bloom and the light changes. It's also the perfect season for fishing – think inland lakes and trout or along our coasts; it is a favourite time for family groups to be seen dropping a line from wharves at St Helens and Triabunna.
But spring is also when all the trees bud up again, when green erupts everywhere, tulips and other flowers from bulbs hit their peak and new season’s produce such as the unique and sought after South Arm pinkeye potato appears on plates – they are worth asking for.