Perhaps Australia’s best-kept secret, Tasmania’s natural beauty is simply spectacular, with the dramatic coastline of Freycinet National Park, the lofty peaks of Cradle Mountain and one of the planet’s last great wildernesses. More surprisingly still, you’ll also find moving history in Hobart and Port Arthur, endless sandy beaches and some of the finest dining on the continent. You may even meet the inimitable Tasmanian Devil on your travels! The best way to explore this unique Aussies Island is by vehicle meaning your own car or camper van is a great way to get around.

Each area of Tasmania boasts incredible natural attractions. Australia’s smallest state capital Hobart is packed with history and culture and easily warrants a few days of exploration, whilst the national parks boast remote wilderness, deserted white beaches and towering peaks.

Top Recommendations

  • The breath-taking Wingeglass bay within Freycinet National Park – home to dramatic pink granite peaks, secluded bays, white sandy beaches and abundant wildlife
  • Hike the world-class system of walking tracks in Cradle Mountain National Park
  • Soak in the tranquil clear blue seas within the Bay of Fires
  • Chase waterfalls at Mount Field National Park
  • The panoramic views from the top of Mount Wellington

When to Visit

Arguably the best time of year to visit Tasmania is during the summer months, from December to February, when it is warm and dry. March to May brings in the autumn coolness however is the best season for getting out to the farms and vineyards. As produce is at its peak and wines beckon for tasting.

The winter months of June, July and August are the wettest and coldest. Plus there is considerable snowfall at higher elevations. September to November ushers in the springtime with a spectacular burst of colour. It is a season of frequent change though with snowfall still common in the mountains through October. It is also the windiest time of year.

Average monthly high and low temperatures, plus average monthly rainfall and days with rain can be seen below for Hobart.