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It’s a common question – what to pack for a holiday in Tasmania?

It’s possible to experience a few seasons in one day here and the temperature can vary greatly from one side of the island to the other. But as comedian Billy Connolly said: “There's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.”

Consider these things when packing the bag.

It’s all about the layers in Tasmania. Pile them on to keep warm and peel them off to bask in the sunshine. The weather can change quickly here. Be prepared. Pack warm, fast-drying layers for maximum flexibility. If hiking, wear sturdy waterproof shoes and woollen socks. Always carry a waterproof jacket.

In the warmer months carry a hat, sunscreen and a light long-sleeved shirt – despite what the weather forecast says, the sun gets hot and can come with a bite.

The surest way to blend in during a Tasmanian winter is to dress like a local. Puffer jackets (typically black) are ubiquitous enough that Tasmanians have coined a nickname for them: the Tassie tuxedo. Woollen beanies top off the winter wardrobe and are best seen while you’re soaking in a steaming outdoor bath. Gloves and a scarf seal the deal.

Person outside, sitting down, looking out to the incredible scenery, while enjoying a cup of coffee at the Eagles Nest Retreat.
Eagles Nest Retreat
Lusy Productions
Breathtaking and vibrant image of person on top of the mountain, hiking around cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park.
Walking, Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park
Jason Charles Hill

Other handy stuff

Bring a journal and drawing pad – there are many inspiring scenes and tranquil moments to capture and remember.

A lightweight day pack is handy for a short hike. Bring a reusable water bottle.

A first-aid kit is a must for a multi-day hike or when venturing into remote areas.

A head lamp might seem a bit OTT, but it could be the best thing ever if you need to get up in the middle of the night in remote places.

All packed? Let’s go.

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