WHEN IS THE BEST TIME TO VISIT Tasmania?

A little planning can take your Tasmanian holiday from memorable to perfect. We have tried to answer the most common questions we get below, but if you have one we have missed, head over to our Facebook Group and ask a local for help.

Weather in Tasmania

Tasmania has four distinct seasons with very mild summers (temperatures usually reaching the low 20s and cold winters where snow is not uncommon on Mount Wellington. The state’s eastern side is colder and wetter than the western side. It’s worth remembering that Tasmania is the closest place to Antarctica, so it can get pretty chilly!

Most people consider November to February the best time to visit the island; however, we think spring and autumn are better choices with good walking and exploring weather. The lower crowds make it easier to find excellent accommodation at affordable prices.

The winter is too cold for multi-day hikes unless you are very well prepared but do note some tracks are closed over July and August.

Tasmanian Festivals and events

Tasmania has a pretty busy events calendar. Along with good fun, these festivals can see an influx of mainlanders, so book accommodation early.

January Mona Foma
JanuaryCygnet Folk Festival
FebruaryFestivale
March Ten Days on the Island (every other year)
March/AprilSpiegeltent Hobart 
AprilTarga Tasmania
JuneDark Mofo
SeptemberBlooming Tasmania Flower & Garden Festival
October Devonport Food & Wine Festival
OctoberBloomin’ Tulips Festival
DecemberSydney to Hobart Yacht Race
December/JanuaryThe Taste of Tasmania
December/January Falls Festival
Dates correct at time of publication

Tasmanian School and Public Holidays

School holidays see prices go up and availability reduce. If you don’t need to be travelling at this time, you can save quite a bit by avoiding it.

Public Holidays in Tasmania 2022-2023

Holiday 20222023
New Year’s Day 01 January 01 January
Australia Day26 January26 January
8-hour day 14 April13 April
Good Friday15 April07 April
Easter Mon.18 April10 April
Anzac Day25 April 25 April
Queens Birthday 13 June12 June
Christmas Day25 December 25 December
Boxing Day26 December 26 December
Christmas Day Holiday 27 December27 December
New Year’s Eve31 December31 December
Correct as of 2nd November 2021, the Information presented is from ACT Government sources. Tasmania has several regional holidays that you might want to check.

School Holidays in Tasmania 2022-2023

Period 20222023
Autumn break:15 April – 01 May 06 April – 25 April
Winter break: 09 July – 24 July 08 July – 24 July
Spring break:01 October – 16 October 30 September – 15 October
Summer break:15 December – TBA 22 December – TBA
The information provided above is from the Tasmania – Department of Education website.

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