Hobart Weather Guide

Hobart has 4 distinct seasons much like the rest of southeast Australia, however it’s usually a few degrees colder. Tasmania’s capital also has just 5.9 hours of daily sunshine in winter but the most daylight hours in summer with 15.2 hours during the summer solstice! Hobart lies in the path of the 'Roaring Forties', a strong band of wind that circles the world, producing somewhat unpredictable weather. The city's climate is usually quite mild, with OK weather all year round and less rain than many other parts of Tasmania.

Season and Clothing

Summer: December to February

Hobart has some spectacular sandy beaches, just pack a wetsuit on a cool day – those Antarctic streams of water can get a little frosty. Festive holidaymakers will be treated to the Taste of Tasmania Festival,  a week-long celebration in late December to early January that celebrates Tasmanian food and wine at Princes Wharf No 1 and the Salamanca precinct. The MONA FOMA art and music festival brings many hip culture lovers to Hobart each January.

Average temperatures: 11 – 21 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Jeans and t-shirts, clothes for layering.
Don’t forget: A hat, sunglasses, a jacket for crisp mornings and cool evenings.

Autumn: March to May

March, April and May are agreeable, despite the temperatures beginning to drop at this time of the year. The Hobart Baroque festival is celebrated in late March – the only event in the country solely dedicated to music performances of the late-17th and early-18th centuries. Hobart is undeniably pretty in autumn. Trees hue the city in deep red and yellow shades so it’s also an ideal time to visit the Cascade Brewery gardens.

Average temperatures: 8 – 17 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Jeans and t-shirts, warm clothes for layering.
Don’t forget: A jacket and thermals for when the temperature drops.

Winter: June to August

The city rarely receives snow in winter however, the adjacent Mount Wellington is often snow covered in winter and has received unseasonal snowfalls in all seasons - even summer. Cultural stalwart, MONA , shines a light on winter in Hobart with the Dark MOFO arts festival, bringing thousands of tourists to the city in the crisp month of June to check out large-scale public art, music and performance. The brave can participate in the festival’s nude solstice swim.

Average temperatures: 5 – 12 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Jeans, long-sleeved shirts, warm clothes for layering.
Don’t forget: A jacket, beanie, scarf and gloves.

Spring: September to November

Although it’s more likely to rain in springtime, the skies in Hobart are generally quick to clear – in fact, Hobart is actually known for being one of the driest capital cities in the whole of Australia. The Spring Community Festival has been taking place every October since 1986 and welcomes 15,000 visitors each year. If you’re visiting during this time you’ll be treated to cooking lessons and demonstrations, live entertainment and even more local produce to sample.

Average temperatures: 8 – 17 degrees Celsius.
Appropriate clothing: Jeans and t-shirts, warm clothes for layering.
Don’t forget: A jacket for cooler days.