Why? Because spring in Tasmania means the days are getting longer, the weather is warming up and the wildflowers are in bloom. Plus, you avoid the throngs of summer tourists. Read on for some of the best things to do on your next trip.
Best things to do in Tasmania in spring
Savour the tastes of spring
Spring time in Tasmania offers up a bounty of produce. Hit some of the local farmers markets and take your pick from the best local fruit, vegetables, meat, cheese and honey. You might even pick up a few good cooking tips from the locals. Hobart’s Farm Gate Market on a Sunday and Launceston’s Saturday Harvest Market are just two of many markets on offer.
If you’re a seafood lover, spring is oyster and scallop season. Go direct to the source for some of the freshest oysters on offer. Barilla Bay Oyster Farm is just a few minutes’ drive from Hobart Airport, or incorporate Get Shucked on Bruny Island or Freycinet Marine Farm into your itinerary.
Scallop pies are also a must try. They are traditionally filled with juicy scallops, bechamel sauce and a touch of curry powder. Available at all good Tasmanian bakeries.
Enjoy the beach to yourself
It may surprise you to know that Tasmania has more coastline than New South Wales and Victoria combined. And with a much smaller population, it’s easy to find a beach to yourself, particularly in spring.
Tasmania’s Bay of Fires and Wineglass Bay are some of the most famous. Both are situated on Tasmania’s Great Eastern Drive, a road trip that incorporates stunning coastal scenery, national parks and quaint coastal villages.
Immerse yourself in nature
Tasmania is famous for its stunning scenery and a mecca for nature lovers.
An overnight hiking trip is a perfect way to immerse yourself. There are hundreds of options: from the challenging Frenchman’s Cap, to the more comfortable Three Capes Track with warm, eco cabins along the way. And the best bit about hiking in spring – lots of the beautiful native fauna is in bloom.
September through to November is also one of the best times of year to spot a humpback whale, as they make their way back to Antarctic feeding grounds. Places like Bruny Island are spectacular for spotting marine wildlife, including whales, dolphins, seals and migratory birds in the wild.
Enjoy the springtime blooms
Tasmania’s stunning coastal heath, wattle and native orchids are in full swing in spring. Freycinet National Park, Rocky Cape National Park and Mount Field National Park are just a few wildflower destinations to immerse yourself in Tasmania’s native flora.
Not only are the wildflowers in bloom, the gardens and parks are too. Visit the Emu Valley Rhododendron Garden with more than 24,000 rhododendron species from around the world.
The Table Cape Tulip Farm also explodes with colour. Visit between late September and late October and walk through fields of yellow, pink. purple and red tulips. Early October is your best chance to catch them in full bloom.
Welcome Tasmania’s spring babies
Tasmania is famous for its unique and prolific wildlife. And every year in spring, a new generation is born. If you don’t manage to spot them in the wild, try one of Tasmania’s many wildlife parks or sanctuaries for your chance to see an incredibly cute wallaby, baby Tassie Devil or tiny echidna.
Get out and get active
Spring offers warmer, longer days without the intensity of the summer heat. The perfect time for outdoor sports, and Tasmania offers something for everyone.
Tee off by the ocean at Barnbugle Dunes, known as one of the top public-access golf courses in Australia. Or get your adrenaline pumping on the downhill mountain bike trails in Derby, weaving through the temperate rainforests of North East Tasmania.
However you like to spend your holidays, Tasmania in spring has something for you.