5 Reasons to Visit Tasmania in Winter

Don’t be put off by the cold, toughen up! We think Winter is a great time to visit Tasmania

See snow on the mountains- Snow is still a novelty for many Aussies and Tassie provides quick and easy opportunities to experience it. Cradle Mountain, Mount Wellington and Ben Lomond all regularly receive a white dusting during winter. 

Go to a festival- Dark MOFO is the uber cool celebration of darkness. There’s also Festival of Voices, Huon Mid-Winter Festival, Devonport Jazz Festival and Latrobe's Chocolate Winterfest. 

Go to the footy- Hawthorn play 4 games a season in Launceston. Aurora Stadium holds only 21,000 fans so its a great place to watch footy. Check the fixture and head down for a weekend. 

Avoid the crowds- Tasmania is a small island. Popular attractions like MONA, Wineglass Bay and Cradle Mountain are overrun with visitors during Summer. While some attractions and services are limited or closed during Winter, with a little forward research, you’ll still have a great trip. You’ll save a few bucks on flights & accommodation too.

Indulge in Tasmania's excellent food and wine. Winter produces the most delicious oysters. Truffle season is in June and July. Enjoy rich dishes made from Tassie beef with a glass of pinot noir. Warm up with Tassie whisky.

Top tip: Moores Hill cellar door is open everyday throughout winter from 10am to 5pm. Relax by the fire with a glass of wine and a cheese toastie.

Travel tips:

  • Be prepared for cold weather & pack the warm gear. Thongs in a Tassie winter are simply not practical.

  • Check Winter opening hours/ days for attractions and restaurants.

  • Look out for winter specials on accommodation.

  • The winter days are short and roads can be affected by fog & ice so plan your driving. Plan to do less, not more. You can always come back again.

Have you visited Tasmania in Winter? What are your tips?