Lifestyle and climate in Tasmania
When you choose to study in Tasmania, you choose the ‘Tassie’ lifestyle. Life in Tasmania is unlike anywhere else - refreshing, safe and full of adventures.
We embrace diversity and balance
Tasmania embraces diversity and welcomes new Tasmanians, which is why many people from around the world choose to live in Tasmania. Our cities are not overcrowded, and you can freely walk around the cities and feel safe. Tasmanian cities are small enough to feel connected to the community, but large enough to have the conveniences of all the great elements of a city at your doorstep.
Tasmanian life is all about balance. You can enjoy everything about a great city life, while also being so close to nature to unwind from your studies.
Tasmania’s cities and towns are rich in history yet has all the modern amenities and services you would expect.
Living in Tasmania, you will have the opportunity to visit many local boutique shops, trendy cafes, restaurants and weekly markets along with a line-up of vibrant festivals, events and internationally renowned museums and art galleries.
Food and activities
Tasmania is a food lovers paradise, so when taking a break from your studies, you can enjoy some of the islands specialties and many multicultural restaurants and supermarkets are also available.
Tasmanians love their sport and activities, so if being part of a sports or community group interests you, you will certainly feel right at home here.
To see life in Hobart and Launceston visit our virtual tour.
To explore everything to do in Tasmania and to discover more about our major cities visit our explore page.
What to expect with the weather
Tasmania has a refreshing maritime climate where you can enjoy the stunning seasonal changes in the scenery. Sometimes we have four seasons in one day.
Tasmania shares the same latitude as Mediterranean cities like Barcelona and Rome. The surrounding oceans give Tasmania a moderate climate without the scorching heat of many parts of Australia or the deep freeze winters that effect northern hemisphere countries. Tasmania has four very distinct seasons, which means there are beautiful and striking visual contrasts in the natural environment as one season transitions to the next.
December to February - summer is the season of fun and festivals such as the Launceston ‘Festivale’, the Hobart ‘Taste of Summer’ and the coveted Mona Foma festival throughout the state. The average temperature in summer is a moderate 23 degrees Celsius but can reach the high 30s.
March to May - autumn is a settled season with calm, sunny days and blue skies. The trees blaze red, orange and gold and the state’s delicious produce is at its best. This is often a good time to visit Tasmania with warm days and cool nights.
June to August - winter brings snow to highland peaks and evenings spent sitting by open fires. The famed kunanyi/ Mount Wellington behind Hobart is blanketed with snow, while skiers go to Ben Lomond, near Launceston, for alpine winter sports. Winter days are often crisp with beautiful clear blue skies. You will need to dress warm with the right shoes, and always be prepared for a brief shower of rain.
September to November – Gardens, fields and vineyards around the State look magnificent at this time as they come into bloom. This is the time of year where you can literally experience four seasons in one day – so keep an umbrella, a jacket and a hat handy!
Visit Bureau of Meteorology for further information regarding Tasmania’s weather.
How do you get around Tasmania
With great public transport links, quality roads and short travelling times, Tasmania is an easy place to both commute and explore. Find out more about transport in Tasmanian visit our page on transport.
Public holidays + daylight savings
Tasmania also has lots of public holidays throughout the year to celebrate days of national or religious importance and local events. When some holidays like Christmas, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day, Australia Day fall on a weekend, the holiday is observed on the following Monday or Tuesday.
For a list of all public and regional holidays in Tasmania, visit the Worksafe website.
In Tasmania and few other states in Australia, daylight saving time begins on the first Sunday of October and ends on the first Sunday of April each year. During daylight saving, there will be more light in the evening – which is arguably one of the best perks of an ‘Aussie’ summer.
While most smartphones will automatically adjust the time, it’s important to remember to manually change the time on your watches and clocks on the day daylight savings begins and ends.
When you attend virtual events or meetings, make sure you check the time zone, as some states like Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia don’t take part in daylight saving.