Best Times to Visit Tasmania
The best time to visit Tasmania is between December and February, Australia's summer season. Though crowds are at their thickest and room rates at their highest, these months offer the most comfortable temperatures for enjoying the island's abundant outdoor activities. Additionally, summer is filled with food and culture festivals. If you're hoping to hike but want to save some money, consider visiting in late spring (October and November) or early fall (March and April). June, July and August are also months where you're more likely to find accommodation and airfare deals, but you'll want to pack appropriate attire and snow boots to help you cope with the region's chilly temps and ample snow.
Weather in Tasmania
Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
Although you'll find more tourists and pricier accommodations this time of year, Tasmania's peak season boasts pleasant temps in the low 50s to low 70s, making it the best time to spend multiple days trekking the Three Capes Track or through Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park. Plus, you're less likely to encounter weather-related road closures at sights like Wellington Park. But keep in mind that Tassie's national parks are popular to visit in the summer, so you should try to arrive early. Also, pack an umbrella since rain is common in December, and save some time for summer events like the Falls Festival, MONA FOMA and The Taste of Tasmania.
Room rates and airfare start to drop after Australia's summer season, but if you want to take advantage of Tassie's outdoor activities, you'll need to plan your visit accordingly. By May, average temperatures sit in the mid-40s to high 50s, so some operators will close after Easter until winter has passed. However, most top attractions stay open and there's a little more elbow room to explore during these months. Autumn is also a great time for visitors in search of fall foliage.
Snow is common between June and August, but if you're sticking to a tight budget, a winter visit may be worthwhile. Average temps are in the low 40s to mid-50s, but some hiking trails – such as Cradle Mountain - Lake St Clair National Park's Overland Track – waive access fees during these months. What's more, hotels and airlines often offer reduced rates. But remember, the island's snowy conditions may make traversing some roads challenging, so stay alert while driving and see if attractions are accessible before you plan on visiting. You'll also want to bring cold weather essentials like snow boots, long-sleeved clothes, gloves, a hat and an insulated jacket.
You'll likely still see snow at the start of spring, but September, October and November are slightly warmer (temps usually fall in the mid-40s to mid-60s) and are often an affordable time to visit. Most must-see sights also have thinned crowds until tourists flock to Tasmania for the summer. If you're a budding naturalist, you'll find many plants in bloom at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens and throughout Tassie during these months, but rain showers are frequent at the start of the season, so be sure to pack an umbrella. Also, consider hiking the Overland Track in September if you want to avoid making a reservation; trail access fees are reinstated in October.
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