Tasmania's weather and climate is relatively moderate and although the summers are warm and sunny, winter temperatures do tend to drop and the atmosphere can get quite cool and crisp. However, this is part of the attraction and Tasmania was actually recently named Best Temperate Island by Conde Naste Traveller.
Unlike some of Australia's climates, Tasmania does feature four distinct seasons which means there's always something new to discover, no matter what time of year you're visiting. From December to February, Summer offers warm weather and pleasant temperatures that average about 21°C. These conditions are ideal for enjoying the island's natural environment including beaches, fishing, boating and bushwalking.
From March to May, Autumn brings with it a blaze of colour and as temperatures drop slightly to the mid-teens, the foliage on the trees transform into a spectacular array of golden and red hues. The weather remains sunny even as it gets cooler and this time of year is ideal for grape and apple picking. Held every two years, the Season of Entertainment and Romance is also celebrated at this time of year.
Between June and August, Winter sees temperatures fall to a maximum of around 12°C. The ideal weather for rugging up or relaxing in front of an open fire, the highland peaks are dusted by pure white snow and some areas of Tasmania come alive with skiers. However if you prefer a more relaxed pace, the local art galleries, heritage sites and antique shops also go a roaring trade at this time of year.
Finally, Spring falls from September to November and brings mild temperatures also in the mid-teens as well as the majority of the state's rainfall, from 2400mm on the west coast to 626mm in Hobart. The fresh and cool climate of a Tasmania spring is perfect for visiting the streams and lakes in the highlands, especially for trout fishing. Tasmania is also transformed into a riot of colour during spring when the state's wildflowers bloom and the famous gardens are at their best.