Whether you’re here for the city, the wilderness or the festivals, Tasmania’s winter weather can get a little…cool.
This isn’t to say that the sun doesn’t shine – mornings in winter can be sunny, crisp and mesmerizingly still. But come back in the afternoon (or half an hour) and it’ll often be a different scene. Sometimes it even snows.
But don’t let the weather get you down: the Off Season is when you can avoid the crowds and meet the real Tasmania. Just rug up and come properly equipped. You can warm up in front of a hotel fire later on.
In the city
Escape the mainland malls and revel in Tasmania's urban virtues. Along with a ubiquitous 'Tassie tuxedo' (puffer jacket), here's what you'll need on the streets:
- Discover Tasmania App Download the official app and hit the ground running. Don’t forget your phone charger.
- Woollen beanie Accessorise with a scarf, why don't you?
- Rainwear Soggy tourists have less fun. Go for something lightweight so you can carry it around and pack it away.
- Comfy shoes Slow down and check out the architecture: comfort is a must when experiencing Tasmania's cities on two legs.
- Water bottle Keeps you hydrated and saves you from having to buy one.
- Backpack Keeps your snacks handy, with space for shopping.
- Keep cup The coffee in Tasmania is great, but so is the environment.
- Sunscreen This is Australia, after all.
- That book you've been meaning to read Cosy-up by the fire in the pub, hotel, B&B...
Into the wild
Venturing into Tasmania’s winter wilderness is a soul-enriching experience – but like every good scout, be prepared and put safety first. Choose walks appropriate for your fitness level; bring equipment and gear for all weather conditions; use the provided logbooks to record your plans; let someone know where you’re going and avoid walking alone.
And remember to embrace the ‘Leave No Trace’ ideology (you know it makes sense).
- Walking boots Tasmania’s trails can get wet and muddy.
- Thick socks Forget the flimsy office versions and get serious.
- Waterproofs The brighter the better: hi-vis means you’re easy to spot if things go south.
- Water bottle It may be pristine wilderness, but no one really wants to drink the rivers.
- Sunscreen Even when it’s not sunny…yada, yada, you know the drill.
- Thermals There aren’t many clothes shops in the bush, and you can always take them off if you get too toasty.
- Broad-brimmed hat Sunproof and rainproof – and you’ll feel like Indiana Jones.
- Binoculars The local wildlife doesn’t like to get too close.
- National Parks pass If you don’t have one, they won’t let you into some of the best bits. Get yours here.
...And for the more intrepid
- Compass Phones lose signal pretty quickly in wilderness areas and so can’t be relied on.
- Wristwatch When your phone dies, so does your timekeeping.
- Torch Magical superpowers: see in the dark.
- Satellite phone and/or personal locator beacon (PLB) So someone can find you if you’ve lost yourself.
- Paper maps Online maps don’t work offline.
- EpiPens If you have severe allergies, you may need more than one shot while you wait for help to arrive, so bring a couple.
- Lighter Fire = warmth = survival.
- Poo trowel Head 100m off-track and bury it 15–20cm deep (including toilet paper).
- First-aid kit No brainer.
Off Season is festival season, with plenty of ways to keep warm on a long winter night.
- Snazzy outfits It’s not where you go, it’s how you look when you get there.
- Drinking shoes Yes, some events can get a little boozy.
- Hair to let down Tasmania is big on public partying.
- Hashtags Let your mates know what they’re missing. #DiscoverTasmania #TassieOffSeason
- Rideshare app You’ll need to get to bed eventually.
- Your friend’s number written on your hand For when you lose your phone (and your friend).
- Water bottle Hydrated revellers are happy revellers.
- An open mind It’s the Off Season. Things can get a little leftfield...
OK, let's go.