WEATHER AND CLIMATE

The Australian climate can vary due to the size of our continent but is generally not subject to prolonged extremes of hot or cold during the year. This is described as temperate weather. In the northern states, warm weather is expected for most of the year, whilst the southern states experience cooler winters. Being one of the driest continents on earth, the average annual rainfall is less than 600 millimetres.

Australia’s seasons are as follows – December to February is summer; March to May is autumn; June to August is winter; and September to November is spring.

Tasmania is a beautiful destination to visit year-round with four distinct seasons and plenty of activities to entertain no matter what the time of year.

The summer months are from December to February and the warmest time of year to visit the state is between December to March where temperatures range between 18-25 degrees Celsius. This time of year is an exciting time to visit due to major events including the Taste of Tasmania festival showcasing the state’s finest seasonal, local and fresh produce. The Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race concludes during this festival, and locals and tourists alike can be found down by the wharf cheering as the yachts glide past the finish line.

Tasmania’s moderate winter is fast becoming known for its vibrant atmosphere due to the introduction of Mona’s acclaimed Dark Mofo festival. During this festival, make the most of the winter nights and attend the famous Winter Feast or watch the iconic light installation cut across the dark night’s sky as part of this annual event.

Rainfall varies dramatically state-wide. The island’s capital of Hobart is Australia’s second-driest capital city and averages approximately 626 millimetres. The rugged west coast however receives an annual average of 2,400 mm ensuring that the surrounding national park protected forests thrive.

No matter what time of year you plan to visit the Apple Isle it is important to prepare for varying weather conditions especially if you are participating in activities out in the elements. It is possible to experience all four seasons in one day and a sunny day may quickly deteriorate so it is advised to bring warm clothing and a rain jacket. Find more information on what to bring here.

You can log on to the Bureau of Meteorology website to get more accurate weather predictions to plan you campervan trip.