Any time is a good time to visit Tasmania. For many, the dry, warm summer months of December-February are popular. But if you prefer cooler temperatures and less crowds, visiting Australia’s island state in either autumn (March-May) or winter (June-August) is a great choice as it provides a pleasant ambience for exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites, sampling the best Tasmanian produce and becoming immersed in Tassie-style festival buzz.
Whether you are travelling solo or as a couple, group or family, there’s something for everyone to indulge in from March to August in the Apple Isle. Here are five reasons why you will fall in love with this unique heart-shaped island.
The freshest seafood, the richest dairy products, tastiest fruit and vegetables and the most elegant wines – all these and more are the gourmet pleasures you’ll find in Tasmania. From fine dining in Hobart to picking up fresh produce at farmers’ markets, there are gastronomic experiences aplenty for you to enjoy in the Apple Isle.
Seeing rare native animals found nowhere else on earth, exploring World Heritage convict sites and participating in unique and artistic winter festivals – are a few of the memorable experiences not to be missed when you are in Tasmania.
From easy bushwalks to challenging cliff-top treks, to the wild thrill of mountain-biking, Tasmania is the adventure island. Whether it’s snorkelling for fresh abalone, abseiling off a granite crags or paddling a sea kayak on sheltered inshore waters – they’re all adventures you can enjoy during your Tasmanian autumn/winter holiday.
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5 Reasons To Fall In Love With Tasmania In Autumn & Winter
1. Great walks with picturesque views
From Cradle Mountain to the Freycinet Peninsula, there are so many great walks offering spectacular scenic views not seen anywhere else in the world. Autumn provides the uniquely Tasmanian sight of fagus trees turning into vibrant hues of red, yellow and gold, while winter offers spellbinding sights of ice-carved peaks and snow-capped alpine lakes in national parks such as Ben Lomond and Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair.
2. Nuzzling up close with local wildlife
Tasmania is a natural haven for Australian wildlife such as wallabies, wombats and Tasmanian devils. See these creatures, including the platypus and echidna, in their natural habitat or up close in wildlife sanctuaries. In Tasmanian waters, dolphins can be spotted from a tour boat, while humpback whales can be sighted on the east coast as they migrate northward towards mainland Australia between May and July.
3. Feasting on authentic Tasmanian produce
Tasmania is a foodie paradise, offering the best in whiskey, cider and beer that Australia has to offer, as well as quality local produce such as artisan cheeses, black truffles and fresh seafood. Gourmet pleasures are easily found in the bistros, cafes and restaurants spread around the island. Food and wine festivals are regular occurrences during autumn and winter, it’s also a good time to visit whiskey, cider or beer trails to experience the best of Tasmanian cellar doors.
4. Immersing in local arts and culture
Tasmania has an active community of artists, designers and performers whose creativity continues to shine bright even in winter. Much anticipated winter festivals include Festival of Voices, Huon Valley Mid-Winter Fest and Dark Mofo which include art exhibitions, food, film, music and song in and around Hobart. The Bay of Fires Winter Arts Festival showcases music, exhibitions and workshops along a stretch of the Tasmanian east coast.
5. Staying in top-notch accommodation
If you just want to relax and chill in Tasmania, the island state offers all kinds of accommodation suited to your mood and holiday needs. Accommodation options range from quaint boutique hotels in Hobart, fully-furnished bed and breakfast cottage in a rustic town, a luxurious spa lodge nestled within a nature sanctuary or a cosy camping hamlet atop a scenic cliff.