Things To Do in Tasmania in Winter

Off-Season in the Huon Valley

The Huon Valley is a magical place to enjoy a Tasmanian winter – Snow-covered landscapes, Dark Sky star displays, stunning misty scenes, quirky winter festivals, hot spiced cider, and loads more.

Only a 40-minute drive from Tasmania’s capital city of Hobart, it’s easy to get to.

Stay for a while and like many of us, you won’t want to leave.

The Best Place to See Aurora Australis and Starry Nights

The Huon Valley and its far south is one of the best locations in Tasmania to experience the Dark Sky and its displays of stars. It is also the most southerly region to seek out the one of the best views of Aurora Australis/Southern Lights.

Starry night sky in the Huon Valley
Photo taken by Toby Schrapel – Huon Valley night sky

There are a couple of Facebook groups to follow if you are keen:

Cockle Creek at the very furthest point you can drive in the Huon Valley, is a popular spot for star and Aurora Australis gazing. However, anywhere that gives you southern sky views can be just as good which is easy to find in the Huon Valley. The below photo was taken by Junaidi at Franklin (Instagram – @junaidisusantio)

Aurora Australis viewed from Franklin in the Huon Valley, Tasmania.
Aurora Australis taken in March 2021 by @Junaidisusantio

Snowy Winter experiences

If you are in Tasmania’s south and there is snow about, one of the best places to see it from afar or up close is in the Huon Valley. There are a lot of mountains so when it snows we get snowy peaks which can be seen from all over.

Sleeping Beauty with winter snow from Huon Valley, Tasmania.
Sleeping Beauty. Taken by Paul County.

The very best place to get amongst it is the Hartz Mountain National Park. Only 1-hour drive from Hobart.

Hartz Peak Track with Winter snow, Hartz Mountains National Park, Tasmania
Hartz Peak Track, Hartz Mountains National Park, Tasmania
Hartz Peak Track with Winter snow, Hartz Mountains National Park, Tasmania
Hartz Peak Track, Hartz Mountains National Park, Tasmania

As you’d imagine snow can be slippery for cars and humans alike so we recommend you take proper precautions when visiting. Make sure you have a suitable vehicle, drive to the conditions and have the right footware and clothing!

Quality Craft Cider to Warm Your Winter

Like the sound of some hot spiced cider by the fire?

Franks Ciderhoues and Cafe and Willie Smiths Apple Shed both have mulled cider available at their Ciderhouse and cafes, including a great fire to sit by while you drink it. Alternatively, if you want to enjoy it at home or at your accommodation you can also purchase a mulled cider spices pack so that you can prepare it yourself.

Misty Valley Landscapes

Winter mornings in the Huon Valley are simply stunning! Yes of course they can be cold, it’s winter. However, if you rug up and head out you won’t be disappointed with the scenes. In amongst the fog is stunning but if you find a spot above it you will feel like you could walk out on top of it.

Winter mist at sunrise, Huonville, Tasmania.
Taken by Toby Schrapel. Looking over winter mist at sunrise, Scenic Drive Huonville
Huon River Winter Mist, Franklin, Tasmania.
Taken by Toby Schrapel. Franklin Huon River Winter Mist

Discover Tasmania and Huon Valley Off-Season Offers

Want to spend the off season in the Huon Valley?

Discover Tasmania has invited Tasmanian businesses to provide you with some special Off-Season experiences, and the Huon Valley has obliged!

Here’s the list:

Off-Season Accommodation

The Peninsula Experience

Villa Talia

The Kermandie

Essentially Tas – The Beach House

Off-Season Experiences

Huon Valley Mid Winter Festival

Campo De Flori In the Olive Orchard

The Farmhouse Kitchen Tasmania

Sled Dog Adventures Tasmania

Tahune Adventures

Why not visit?

Things To Do in Tasmania in Winter

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