Tasmania Weather in October

 

October is an excellent month to visit Tasmania. The days are getting warmer, colourful spring flowers are in bloom, and new arts, food, and wine events are being scheduled throughout the month. In this guide, we tell you everything you need to know about the weather in Tasmania in October.

Tasmania wildlife goes to the beach

What Is the Weather Like in Tasmania in October?

The weather in Tasmania in October is generally pleasant, but you can still expect chilly evenings and quite a few rainy days, so plan to pack plenty of layers and a waterproof jacket. 

 

Average Temperatures in Tasmania in October

Temperatures in Tasmania in October range from 7 °C (44.6 °F) at night to 18°C (64.4 °F) during the day. In 2017, Hobart saw its warmest October on record, with a minimum night temperature of 10°C (50 °F) and a maximum of 20 °C (68 °F).

Average temperatures in Tasmania in October

Region

Min °C

Max °C

Average °C

Min °F

Max °F

Average °F

Strahan

7

16

11.5

44.6

60.8

52.7

Hobart 

8

17

12.5

46.4

62.6

54.5

Launceston

7

18

12.5

44.6

64.4

54.5

East Coast

9

18

13.5

48.2

64.4

56.3

Cradle Mountain

0

9

4.5

32

48.2

40.1

Average Sea Temperatures in Tasmania in October

The average seawater temperature is around 13.3°C (55.9 °F) throughout the month of October, which is too cold for swimming without a full wetsuit. 

Tasmaia Bruny Island Cruise

Average Sunshine Hours per Day in Tasmania in October

Tasmania gets around 11 hours of sunshine per day in October and the days are more than 13 hours long. The sun rises between 5:45 am and 5:56 am and sets between 6:17 pm and 7:53 pm. Daylight saving starts on the first Sunday in October, so don’t forget to move your clocks forward an hour.

UV levels in Tasmania in October

The UV index in Tasmania in October is typically 4 and sun protection measures are strongly recommended.

 

Average Rainfall in Tasmania in October

In October, Tasmania’s West Coast is lush and rainy, with an average of 210 mm (8.3 in) rainfall, while the East Coast sees between fewer rainy days and up to 65 mm (2.6 in) rainfall. Rain showers are frequent at the beginning of the month, so be sure to pack an umbrella.

 

Average rainfall in Tasmania in October

City / Region

Rainfall (mm)

Rain (inch)

Relative humidity

Rainy days

Strahan

210

8.3

81%

16

Hobart 

52

2

74%

8

Launceston

56

2.2

78%

7

Coles Bay

65

2.6

56%

6

Cradle Mountain

210

8.3

76%

19

Is there snow in Tasmania in October?

Snow in October is very unlikely, but there may be rare falls at high altitudes on Cradle Mountain or kunanyi/Mt Wellington. 

 

Best Things to Do in Tasmania in October

October is one of the best times to visit Tasmania. The weather is warming up, the vegetation is exuberant, and Tasmania’s love of festivals continues this month with a host of events to enjoy. Here’s our pick of the experiences not to be missed when visiting Tasmania in October.

Bloomin’ Tulip Festival

The coastal town of Wynyard on Tasmania’s North West Coast celebrates the arrival of spring with food, music, arts, and performances during the Bloomin' Tulip Festival in October.

Tasmania bloomin tulip festival

Devonport Food and Wine

Devonport Food & Wine is a month-long festival with more than 80 events taking part across 35 different venues. Highlights include food trails, tastings of gin, wine, beer and cider, cooking demonstrations, producer tours, and gourmet classes.

The Annual Royal Hobart Show

The Royal Hobart Show in the suburb of Glenorchy celebrates Tasmanian rural exploits for a few days in October every year. Expect livestock judging, wood chopping, entertainment, food, and plenty of special events.

Burnie Shines

Burnie Shines is the annual celebration of spring in the port town of Burnie in the North West of Tasmania. This month-long festival features numerous performances, music, and art exhibitions in local galleries.

Unconformity Festival

This one-of-a kind festival takes place in the historic town of Queenstown on Tasmania’s West Coast. It gathers acclaimed Australian and international contemporary artists to explore the town’s relationship with its mining past through innovative art displays. 

Looking for more things to see and do in Tasmania in October? Find inspiration in our Two Week Best of Tasmania Road Trip

Recommended Itineraries for Tasmania in October

First Light Travel offers a wide range of self-drive Tasmania itineraries that give you the flexibility to explore at your own pace with the benefit of following well-researched routes. You can also get in touch with our travel experts who will help you curate your dream Tasmanian trip tailored to your personal tastes and interests.

Irma Vuckovic
By
Irma Vuckovic
: 15 Jun 2022 (Last updated: 15 Jun 2022)

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