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December through to February are the warmest months in Tasmania with daily average temperatures ranging from the low teens to the mid 20s Celsius (mid 50s - mid 70s Fahrenheit) across the state. It’s also the driest time of year and experiences the longest daylight hours anywhere in Australia – up to 15 hours! As you can probably guess, it is also the most popular time of year for visitors to Tasmania – including many cruise ships that temporarily inject thousands of visitors onto Hobart’s historic waterfront. Therefore do keep in mind that whilst the weather is warm and sunny and the days are long, this is also when Tasmania is the busiest and accommodation prices can rise.
Bushwalking options are plentiful around Tasmania, and the jaw-dropping scenery is one of the biggest reasons for visiting. Of course, visiting in summer means less chance of rain but so long as you pack smart and dress in layers (including a waterproof layer), you’ll have a blast no matter when you visit. Tasmania is a brilliant location for a hiking experience and interest in hiking based holidays is growing fast, as we all increasingly want to disconnect and get back to nature. Whether you’re after a quick day hike to add some exercise to your self-drive holiday, an overnight camping trip or a deluxe guided hiking adventure with gourmet food included, let us help you find the ideal hike to add to your next Tasmania trip. From mountains to rainforest to coast, breathe in the fresh air of the Tasmanian wilderness and feel instantly invigorated and refreshed.
For a deep-dive into some of the First Light Travel team’s favourite hikes and bushwalks around Tasmania, read our blog on The Best Tasmania Hikes. We share a great mix of short hikes and overnight guided hikes, catering to all levels of fitness.
Summer is the perfect time to discover the music scene in Tasmania with outdoor events happening all around the island state. The glorious Marion Bay on the East Coast hosts a three day music festival over New Years called The Falls Festival, with a huge line up of both international and local acts. Marion Bay is a pristine location to bring in the new year, with the local beach for a fresh morning dip, and a range of food vans for festival tucker. Spend the last days of the year soaking in the sunshine, perched on the hill watching over top music acts with a stunning ocean view to compliment. The vibrant community of Cygnet hosts Australia’s most iconic folk music festival in mid-January, highly regarded by musicians and festival-goers alike. Drive 50 minutes south of Hobart to find Cygnet, a food and cultural hub of the Huon Valley. The festival celebrates a collection of eclectic music genres through local and international talented folk artists. Tasmania’s leading celebration of folk and world music, dance, poetry, performance art, food, and cultural pursuits.
One of the world’s toughest ocean races, the Sydney Hobart Yacht Race pits sailors against the might of the great Southern Ocean and the wild winds of the Roaring Forties. Hobart is the finishing line for this international yacht race, sought out by passionate yachties and maritime lovers. To join in the landmark event, visit the race village on Constitution Dock with plenty of food and fun for the family. We’ll catch you for “a quiet little drink” at your choice of the Hobart waterfront eateries and bars post-race! With the race being unpredictable in every way, wandering the docks after the race is fascinating - watch and listen on as the yachties debrief and recall tales (tall and otherwise) of the open ocean. The Hobart International is held in mid-January and you can watch top tennis talent battle it out with a glass of sparkling in hand, to the backdrop of Hobart’s scenic river and mountain. Celebrate top female athletes with live music, the finest local food and drink, and a twilight market - the Hobart International is Tasmania’s premier international women’s sporting event.
The Taste of Tasmania Festival
A celebration of Tasmania’s best food and drink? Yes please! The Taste of Tasmania is Australia’s biggest and longest running food and wine festival. With stunning waterfront views, awe-inspiring performances, live music and local gourmet offerings, ‘the Taste’ (as it’s affectionately known) is an unmissable free event. The Taste of Tasmania festival is held at Princes Wharf Shed on Hobart’s docks, for a week from late December until early January. The festival offers culturally diverse food stall selections, with a focus on local, seasonal and vegetarian produce. We also can’t forget to mention the array of local wineries, breweries and distilleries on offer. You can try anything from small samples to buying a whole bottle of wine to share with friends in the picnic area, along with indulging in fresh local seafood, tempura mushrooms, wood fired pizzas, berry ice-creams and loads more. Our favourite Tasmanian summer festival for sure!
The perfect summer itinerary
All of our self-drive itineraries are a perfect option for exploring Tasmania during the summer time. A fantastic introduction to the island if you want to see a little bit of everything is our fully customisable 12 Day Complete Tasmania itinerary, and for those wanting to take advantage of the long warm days with some time sailing and walking, we highly recommend the 7 Day Wineglass Bay Sail and Walk Trip.