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Tasmania’s climate is not extreme and that ensures it’s always comfortable for activities, whether you’re indoors or out.

Tasmania, world over, is known as an island paradise and those moving here do so knowing full well the pleasures of living in a region like this. The country offers some pristine natural beauty, especially considering that close to 40 per cent of it comprises protected World Heritage wilderness, national parks as well as reserves, not to mention a fabulous coastline.

Weather in Tasmania

Tasmania enjoys a temperate climate and has four seasons, each of which are distinct. As a point of reference, Tasmania lies on latitudes similar to Madrid, Southern France as well as central Italy and therefore enjoys the best of temperate climate. You will find the summers mild, with temperatures hovering between 17 to 23 degrees Celsius; the winters pleasantly cold at 3 to 11 degrees Celsius. In fact Hobart (the capital of Tasmania) records the second lowest rainfall among all Australian capital cities.

But, the one thing you have to remember in Tasmania is that you need to be prepared for all kinds of weather. Having warm and a waterproof layers handy, particularly if you are spending long hours outdoors, is a good idea.

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The Tasmanian lifestyle

Anyone coming to live in Tasmania will know that you are surrounded by beaches all around. So naturally, the lifestyle here is an outdoors one. Going swimming, surfing or sailing and kayaking with friends from college or colleagues from office (sometimes mid-week), is a regular affair.

With the region having a lot of wilderness around it, activities such as hiking and mountain biking, as well as rock climbing and camping are always being planned. Another draw for those who love the outdoors is Aurora chasing, which is a great thing to do, especially when camping.

And for those times when you want to enjoy the city life for a bit, the food as well as the art and culture scene constantly have something to offer. There are numerous award-winning festivals related to food, music and arts all through the year. The café culture is quite strong in Tasmania and you will find one that you will make a regular haunt. For the avid shopper, there are places that you can head to no matter what the theme to your shopping plan is. You will come away satisfied.

Let’s take a look at some of the interesting things you can do in Tasmania each season.

The Summer Months (December to February)

Summer is considered peak season in Tasmania and it is a time when everything is open all day long and you have a range of activities to choose from. Besides all the water-based activities that you can indulge in and of course all the hiking you can do in the great outdoors, there are several activities you can plan to make the best of this great weather.

During these months you can plan weekend getaways that cover a few activities, take road trips, head to wineries and indulge in a few tours and tastings as well. You can spend days at farms, indulging in local, fresh produce and of course, cooking outdoors. A number of short walks can always be on the cards, any time of the day or night.

Summer in Tasmania is also a time when there are major events that you can head out to, such as the Falls Festival, Mona Foma, The Taste of Tasmania as well as the Cygnet Folk Festival and the bi-annual Wooden Boat Festival. The great part about these festivals is that they run all through summer.

Autumn Months (March to May)

Come autumn and the tourism crowd starts to wane. It gets a lot cooler as well. This is a great time to get some good deals on accommodation and activities around the region, if you are taking a break from work. This is the best time of the year to go on a road trip too. With the trees changing colour, the countryside is a photographer’s dream. You can head out to the east coast that does not see large tourist crowds.

Make sure to research the availability of any adventure sports that you may be keen on. This is a time when most operators shut shop or are close to doing so. But, with some bit of planning, you can create an itinerary of multiple fun outdoor activities for each day, which are a mix of land and water-based fun.

Adventure-wise most operators finish up for the year around Easter before the cold sets in so it's best to get in before then if you are planning a multi-day or just some more adventurous (and water based) trips.

Culture buffs will love the Tasmanian International Arts Festival that spans 10 days and which is the highlight of the season. You could also consider heading out to Sheffield that plays host to the International Mural Painting Festival.

Winter time (June to August)

Winter is the most popular time of the year. It can get a bit wet and quite cold but, it is also a time when some of the best festivals come to town. It is also when you can indulge in some great activities, all on a budget. Hobart is place to visit during the winter. You can attend the Dark MOFO which has some great art installations, internationally renowned music acts and more. In fact, if you are up to it, you could even consider skinny dipping in the Derwent River. At the Festival of Voices which takes place in July, vocalists and choirs from across the country come to Hobart for a week of shows as well as interactive workshops. Do not miss the massive bonfire in Salamanca that signals the close of the festival.

It snows in the winter and a sight to see is Hobart’s Mount Wellington. Cradle Mountain too offers a great view and there are a good number of snow shoe trips on the Overland Track that you can join.

Spring (September to November)

Spring is welcomed with open arms after all the snow and cold. Don’t be mistaken – there is still a lot of snow on the mountains during spring but it does stand out as being the best time of the year to explore. Things are a bit quieter than during the summer and you can head out to see the first flowering of plants. Adventure tours start up by October and there are several multi-day tours you can consider, or simply chart out an itinerary of your own. Rafting is one of the top activities of the season – as the waters levels are quite high. If the weather is something you can manage, then it is also the best time for mountain biking and hiking.

Owing to the fact that Tasmania’s weather is not in the extremes, it’s also conducive to spending a good amount of time outdoors. The café culture, art and performances variety too ensures that if you are looking for something that is indoors, you have great options. The lifestyle is Tasmania is laidback, giving you the best of professional and personal lives.

If you do decide to move here, it’s a great choice. Contact AusMove to find out how we can ship all your possessions from NZ to Tasmania, no street, no fuss.

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