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a VirtualTourist member from Kuala Lumpur asked on Jan 18, 2012

State of Tasmania

Best Time To Travel

Hi everyone,
I am planning a trip around Tasmania with a couple of friends. We plan to drive around and wish to cover the whole of Tasmania.

1) What is the best time to travel to Tasmania?
2) How long does it take to go around?
3) Would 10 days be enough?

Thank you in advance.


8 Answers

answered on 1/18/12 by
a VT member from Brisbane

Yes, 10days is a good choice for touring Tasmania. This gives you time to have a look and enjoy the island, and do some nice walk's if you want to.
June, July & August is Winter, and it is cold, snow in the south at Mt. Wellington and rain season.
Summer, is cooler than on the mainland. The lavender field's bloom in Summer.
The main school holiday's are Dec/Jan so it is the busiest time of the year.
Spring is pretty, as the deciduous tree' are coming into leaf, and in Tasmania, all the bulb's are coming up and flowering.
Really up to you!

answered on 1/18/12 by
a VT member from Newcastle

What month are you planning to travel in please?

You could drive the whole of Tassie in 10 days but you would not see much, just lots of highway wooshing by. I have been to tassie twice for a week at a time and only saw Launceston, Davenport, drove down the middle to Hobart and a day trip to Port Arthur.

Tassie may seem small but its deceptive but very very beautiful!

answered on 1/18/12 by
a VT member from Los Angeles

I spent a full week there and only saw half the island and I wasn't even spending as much time in each place as I would have liked to spend. There is so much to see! It's such a beautiful place. Could you afford to spend a full 2 weeks? 14 days would give you a little more time to see everything. Otherwise, I would suggest studying what all the cities and parks have to offer and choosing a coast. That's what I did - flew into Hobart & spent a couple of days there and then drove over to the East Coast and drove along it up to Launceston and then took the highway through the middle of the state back down to Hobart. It was a very full 7 days but such good times!

I was there in mid-September and the weather was a bit chilly but pleasant - blue skies and not any rain and, like mentioned above, the bulbs were in bloom - so lots of pretty flowers in the gardens and parks.

answered on 1/19/12 by
a VT member from Northern Territory

The best weather in Tassie is generally late summer. Otherwise it can often be more changeable (sometimes from bad to worse). But it's a very subjective issue, depending a lot on what you like. If you wanted to see the snow then winter you'll usually find it in the mountains.

And the same goes for how long a reasonable stay would be. For me 10 days to really see the place wouldn't be long enough. Although you could cover quite a lot of it if you kept moving. But if you wanted to take in some of the walks, well some of them alone would take you 2 weeks.

answered on 1/21/12 by
a VT member from Tuncurry

I have been to Tasie a few times, up to 3 weeks spent there, I like to explore , drive everywhere and do lots of day walks . so much to see and do in a small place. apert from all the nature definitely spend sometime in the museum in hobart, it is very interestinf and I think at ross was an interesting display on wool.

answered on 1/21/12 by
a VT member from Kuala Lumpur

Thanks everyone for sharing your experience and advice. I am hoping to head to Tassie in Autumn or Spring for 2 weeks. Thanks again.

answered on 1/21/12 by
a VT member from Brisbane

That's good! You will have a lovely time, it is so scenic, and is quiet to drive around, with the extra time you will see heaps.
Have a wonderful holiday!

answered on 1/28/12 by
a VT member from Perth

We went late April a few years ago and were lucky with the weather. I would think best time would be Jan to Mid April

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