Let's get down to business and answer some of the most common questions about winter vacations in Tasmania:
When is winter in Tasmania?
Officially winter begins on the 1st of June and ends on the 31st of August. Of course, the weather gods don't do things by precise dates, so we can get early snow in April and warm sunny days in September. In fact throughout the winter, we often experience clear, sunny "bluebird" days that make you happy to be alive. It's not like Northern Europe, where it gets dark mid-afternoon.
How cold will it be?
This depends on where you live and what feels cold to you. If you live in Alaska, much of Tasmania will feel positively balmy, while if you're from Las Vegas it'll be noticeably cooler than you're used to! Since we're located in the Southern Hemisphere, the temperature tends to drop as you travel from north to south.
Average winter high temperatures in the northernmost parts of the island are around 14 degrees Celsius (57 Fahrenheit). In the southernmost regions, the average high is around 13 degrees Celsius (55 Fahrenheit).
Won't it rain a lot?
In general Tasmania does get quite a lot of rain - this is why we have such stunning greenery, so we’re actually pretty happy about it! As a general rule, rainfall is frequent throughout the year, with a maximum in winter and a minimum in summer. However, it varies greatly in quantity, since the bulk of the rain falls on the western side. In fact, annual precipitation is equal to or higher than 1,500 millimeters (60 inches) on the west coast, around 2,000 mm (80 in) and more on the western slopes of the inland hills, around 900/1,000 mm (35/40 in) on the north coast, and down to 600/700 mm (24/28 in) in the east coast.