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Frequently Asked Questions

1. When is the best time to visit Tasmania?

2. Do you have a listing of special events?

3. What weather can I expect?

4. What should I wear in Tasmania?

5. Is it too cold to go to Tasmania in winter?

6. Where can I find snow in Tasmania?

7. Where can I get information about walking in Tasmania?

8. Do I need to pay to enter Tasmania's National Parks?

9. Do I need a fishing license to fish in Tasmania?

10. When and where is the Salamanca Market held?

11. Where can I see a Tasmanian devil?

12. Can I visit the Cadbury chocolate factory?

13. What are the quarantine restrictions on coming into Tasmania?

14. How can I get to King or Flinders Islands?

15. When is the best time to see tulips in bloom?

1. When is the best time to visit Tasmania?

Tasmania has four distinct seasons. For many visitors, seasonal experiences are one of the main reasons to visit.

Summer is festival time - Festivale in Launceston, Taste of Tasmania in Hobart, and small local festivals right across the state. It's the busiest time of the year so book well in advance to secure accommodation in the most popular areas.

Autumn is one of the best touring and walking seasons with calm sunny days, cool crisp evenings and lots of autumn colours thanks to the early settlers' love of European trees. Autumn is also the best time to sample some of the best, fresh Tasmanian produce at events like the Devonport Food and Wine Festival and Agfest. Visitors during autumn are also drawn to events like the well-known Targa Tasmania rally car race and the biennial cultural celebration Tasmanian Arts Festival (previously 10 Days on the Island).

Winter is the time to relax indoors by a log fire, indulge in beachfront winter storm watching or visit pristine alpine national parks. You can join with the locals at the Longest Night Film Festival and Dark Mofo in June, and at Hobart's Festival of the Voices or at Chocolate Winterfest, in Latrobe in July.

Spring welcomes the return of longer, warmer days accompanied by fresh cool nights. It's the season of blooming gardens in the grounds of renowned historic houses, flower farms including the acclaimed Tulip Festival and the explosion of trout and other fish in highland rivers and lakes.

2. Do you have a listing of special events?

To find out what's happening in Tasmania, please see our Events Calendar.

3. What weather can I expect?

Tasmania has four distinct seasons. The warmest months are December, January, February and March. Autumn has still sunny days. Winter runs from May through August. However, because we sit beside the Southern Ocean, the world's weather engine, our climate can vary greatly - on any given day.

The average maximum daily summer temperatures sit between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius and winter daily temperatures between 3 and 11 degrees Celsius.

Rainfall varies dramatically across the island. Hobart, with an average of 626 millimetres is Australia's second-driest capital city (after Adelaide), while on the West Coast an annual average of 2,400 mm ensures the rainforest thrives. For more information see Climate and Weather.

4. What should I wear in Tasmania?

As Scottish comedian Billy Connolly once said, 'There's no such thing as bad weather - just bad clothing'. So no matter when you come, be sure to bring a warm jacket and a rain jacket. In the cooler months, it's best to bring clothing you can layer because even the winter sun is quite warm.

5. Is it too cold to go to Tasmania in winter?

No. Despite Tasmania's southern location, there are areas of inland and regional Australia that experience colder winters. Winter days are generally bright, clear and crisp and in the highlands the snow-capped mountains sparkle in the sunlight. These days are great for walking followed by evenings spent by a log fire after a delicious meal of Tasmanian produce.

6. Where can I find snow in Tasmania?

The central highlands and the more mountainous areas often get snowfalls in the winter months. However, snow rarely settles at sea level.

Mount Wellington in Hobart has sporadic snow in the colder months (although it's even been known to have snow in December), and you can drive up the mountain to meet it.

Ben Lomond in the north-east, a 1-hr drive south of Launceston, is the perfect place for downhill and cross-country skiers. Mount Mawson at Mount Field National Park in the south (90-min drive from Hobart) is also a great spot after heavy snowfall. During the season, ski tows operate at both locations.

7. Where can I get information about walking in Tasmania?

Tasmania's tracks and trails are world-renowned. If you're a keen bushwalker, there's no better place to be. Here's more information on walking in Tasmania.

8. Do I need to pay to enter Tasmania's National Parks?

There's an entry fee for all Tasmanian national parks. The money raised protects and maintains the parks for the future. You must display a parks pass while in a national park. For more information, see pass prices and information. You can purchase a pass at most Tasmanian Visitor Information Network centres

9. Do I need a fishing license to fish in Tasmania?

You don't need a license to fish with a rod and line in marine waters in Tasmania.  You will need a license for freshwater. For more details see the Inland Fisheries Commission website.

10. When and where is the Salamanca Market held?

Salamanca Market operates every Saturday along Salamanca Place in Hobart, rain, hail or shine. It's open from 8:30am to 3pm and has some of the best arts, crafts, food and flowers in Tasmania. It's also a great spot for breakfast or lunch. Open every weekend of the year;  if Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, the market is held on the Sunday (Boxing Day). For more information see Salamanca Market

11. Where can I see a Tasmanian devil?

There are plenty of opportunities to see Tasmanian devils in one of our wildlife parks - they're not so easy to see in the wild. 

12. Can I visit the Cadbury Chocolate factory?

Unfortunately no. The Cadbury Chocolate factory no longer offers tours and is now inaccessible to the public.

13. What are the quarantine restrictions when coming to Tasmania?

Tasmania has some of the world's most stringent quarantine regulations. Please help us retain Tasmania's disease-free status by ensuring that when you visit you're not carrying or importing any restricted items. Find out more about what you can and can't bring into Tasmania.

14. How do I get to King or Flinders Island?

King Island is around 80 km north-west of Tasmania in Bass Strait. Several airlines fly into Currie (King Island)

Travel information for Flinders Island

Flinders Island is about 50 km off Tasmania's north-east in Bass Strait.

Sharp Airlines flies to Whitemark (Flinders Island) from both Essendon Airport in Melbourne and Launceston.

Furneaux Freight offer passenger service to Flinders Island on the Southern Condor departing Bridport Mondays at high tide.

Cars can travel to Flinders Island on the Southern Shipping Company's weekly service (scheduled for Mondays) between Bridport (northeast Tasmania) and Port Welshpool (Flinders Island). For more information or to make a booking call (03) 6356 1753.

15. When is the best time to see tulips in bloom?

Wynyard, is carpeted in tulips in September and October. You can visit the farm itself on open days during these months or enjoy all the festivity of the week-long Blooming Tulips Festival in Wynyard in October, the same month that Hobart's Royal Botanical Gardens celebrates with a tulip festival. For more information on Tasmania's natural events see our Natural Events Calendar.