Tasmania Weather in August

 

August is the last month of winter in Tasmania. Although the days are getting longer and the sun is shining a few more hours, it is still quite chilly and dark. But Tasmania knows how to make the most of winter and if you visit in August, you can expect to witness some of the most festive events of the year. 

 

Freycinet National Park

What Is the Weather Like in Tasmania in August?

August marks the end of the winter season in Tasmania. The temperatures are still quite cold, ranging between 5 °C (41 °F) and 11 °C (51.8 °F) and days are mostly cloudy with frequent rain and snow in the mountains. 

 

Average Temperatures in Tasmania in August

Average daytime temperatures in Tasmania in August oscillate between -2 °C (28.4 °F) in Central Highlands and 15 °C (59 °F) along the East Coast. 

In 2020, many places had their lowest August temperature on record. On 7 August, the temperature dropped as low as -14.2 °C in the town of Liawenee in Central Highlands, setting a new cold record for Tasmania.

Average temperatures in Tasmania in August

Region

Min °C

Max °C

Average °C

Min °F

Max °F

Average °F

Strahan

5

13

9

41

55.4

48.2

Hobart 

6

14

10

42.8

57.2

50

Launceston

4

14

9

39.2

57.2

48.2

East Coast

6

15

10.5

42.8

59

50.9

Cradle Mountain

-2

4

1

28.4

39.2

33.8

rural Tasmania

Average Sunshine Hours per Day in Tasmania in August

Tasmania gets around 6.6 hours of sunshine per day in August. The days are now more than 10 hours long, with the sun rising between 6:40 am and 7:20 am and setting between 5:11 pm and 5:43 pm. 

UV levels in Tasmania in August

August is the month with the lowest UV index, however, protection against sun damage is still recommended. 

Average Rainfall in Tasmania in August

August is Tasmania’s rainiest month. It rains on average 15 days during the month, the West Coast being the wettest part of the island. 

 

Average rainfall in Tasmania in August

City / Region

Rainfall (mm)

Rain (inch)

Relative humidity

Rainy days

Strahan

270

10.6

81%

13

Hobart 

55

2.2

78%

15

Launceston

78

3

84%

17

Coles Bay

86.4

3.4

76%

4

Cradle Mountain

201.6

7.9

68%

25

West Coast

Is There Snow in Tasmania in August?

The best chances of seeing snow in August in Tasmania are in high-altitude areas such as Cradle Mountain and kunanyi/Mount Wellington. Snow accumulation remains under an inch in most parts of the island and coastal areas rarely see any snow at all. Launceston got 30 cm (12 in) of snow on 4 August 2020, its most significant snowfall since 1921.

Best Things to Do in Tasmania in August

August is still the low season in Tasmania, but there’s plenty to see and do, so bundle up and check out the many ways to have fun in winter around the island.

Tasmanian Whisky Week

In August each year, Tasmania hosts a seven-day festival dedicated to whisky. Tasmanian Whisky Week features a range of events hosted by distilleries, bars, and restaurants across the island. You'll be able to discover local distilleries and meet the distillers, in addition to sampling locally-produced blends, limited-edition whiskies, and new releases. 

 

Chocolate Winterfest

If you're a chocolate lover, Tasmania’s Chocolate Winterfest in Latrobe near Devonport is a great reason to visit Apple Isle in August. You’ll get a chance to taste artisanal chocolate, participate in games and competitions, learn how to make your own chocolate, and even get a chocolate massage and a chocolate tattoo. 

Ghost tour of Port Arthur

Take a 90-minute lantern-lit ghost tour to discover the convict ruins of Port Arthur. You’ll hear fascinating stories and get an insight into the lives of people who worked and served their time here as your guide takes you through Port Arthur’s infamous convict-constructed buildings. 

 

Port Arthur Ghost Tour

Cosy up by the fire at Saffire Freycinet

Saffire Freycinet is an all-inclusive luxury lodge overlooking the Hazards mountain range and Great Oyster Bay. Its welcoming style and range of spa treatments will keep you cosy when indoors, while the stunning nature and a range of outdoor activities make for exciting exploring.
Read our Tasmania in Winter Guide for more inspiration on what to do and see in Tasmania in August.

Recommended Itineraries for Tasmania in August

The Tasmania Winter Wonderland Self Drive Itinerary is a great starting point for planning your August trip to Tasmania. The tour includes our winter sightseeing suggestions, giving you full flexibility and freedom to take charge of your experiences. It also offers a complete day-to-day driving itinerary and our best hotel recommendations.

Irma Vuckovic
By
Irma Vuckovic
: 27 May 2022 (Last updated: 7 Jun 2022)

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