10 Reasons Why You Need to Winter in Tasmania

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Lean into it and head to where it’s colder this winter with a trip to Tasmania.

When we think of winter, we think of big woolen jumpers, fires, misty forests and – well – snow.

But let’s face it, that’s generally not Australia in the winter.

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It is somewhat similar though to what Tasmania has to offer.

So pack your gloves and scarves and maybe another scarf get to Tassie for the winter wonderland of your dreams.

1. There are some GORGE-us sites

Cataract Gorge
Launceston Cataract Gorge

We promise the much-loved gorge is better than our much-less-loved puns.

Cataract Gorge is 15 minutes from Launceston and a beautiful spot of rocky outcrops, forests and well-kept gardens.

There are hiking trails, a suspension bridge, restaurant and the world’s longest single span chairlift.

2. It has snow, yes snow

Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain

Australia might be referred to as a sunburnt country, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t parts of it that know how to chill.

And Tasmania is one of them.

If you visit in the winter there are some key places you’re likely to see the best of the snow.

The key one would be one of Tasmania’s iconic peaks such as Cradle Mountain and Mt Wellington.

But if you want to actually get on a board or pair of skis, Mt Mawson is one of the key slopes to carve up – complete with snow dusted gum trees (the most bizarre sight ever).

3. There’s a thing called the Southern Lights

Mount Amos
Mount Amos, Freycinet National Park / Source: @danieltgum

The Northern Lights might be a pipe dream for most of us – being just a slight trek off to Europe or Alaska.

But the Southern Lights – or Aurora Australias – is a phenomenon very much in our reach, occurring in Tasmania between June to August.

There are some pretty specific conditions you’ll need: a not-too-bright moon on a very clear night. But it happens, this lightshow is something to behold.

Popular spots to view the Southern Lights include Cradle Mountain and Mt Wellington.

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