1. When is the best time for my clients to visit Tasmania?
One of Tasmania's unique points of difference is that it has four distinct seasons. For many potential travellers seasonal experiences become one of the main reasons to visit. Of particular interest is recent research which indicated that Tasmania's climate is viewed by potential travellers as an incentive to visit, not an impediment to travel.
Summer is festival time – Festivale in Launceston, Taste of Tasmania in Hobart, and small local fairs right across the state It is the busiest time of the year so your clients will need to book well in advance to ensure they can secure accommodation in some of the most popular areas.
Autumn is one of the best touring seasons, with calm, sunny days, and cool crisp evenings and lots of autumn colours thanks to the early settlers' love of European trees. Autumn is also the best time to sample some of the best, fresh Tasmanian produce at events like the Taste of the Huon and Agfest. Visitors during Autumn are also drawn to events like the well known Targa Tasmania rally car race and the biennial cultural celebration 10 Days on the Island.
Winter is the time to relax indoors by a log fire, indulge in beach front winter storm watching or visit pristine alpine national parks. You can join with the locals at the Longest Night Film Festival and Antarctica Mid-Winter Festival in June and be warmed by serenading voices at Hobart's Festival of the Voices, or indulge at the Chocolate Winterfest, in Latrobe, in July. These and other events make up part of Lumina. A Winter of Festivals, a new 3 month long campaign that communicates the huge variety of events taking place across Tasmania during winter.
Spring welcomes the return of longer, warmer days accompanied by fresh cool nights. It's the season of blooming gardens in the grounds of renowned historic houses, flower farms including the acclaimed Tulip Festival and the explosion of trout and other fish in highland rivers and lakes.
Tasmania has four distinct seasons. The warmest months are December, January, February and March. Autumn has still sunny days. Winter runs from May through August. However, because we sit in the Southern Ocean, the world's weather engine, our climate can vary greatly - on any given day.
The average maximum daily summer temperatures sit between 17 and 23 degrees Celsius and winter daily temperatures sit between 3 and 11 degrees Celsius.
Rainfall varies dramatically across the Island. Hobart, with an average of 626 millimetres is Australia's second-driest capital city (after Adelaide), while on the west coast an annual average of 2,400 mm ensures the rainforest thrives.
Like the rest of Australia we have an informal and relaxed style of dressing. Smart, casual street wear is acceptable for most restaurants and evening events.
Remember, as Scottish comedian Billy Connolly said, 'There's no such thing as bad weather. There's only bad clothing'. So no matter when your clients come, be sure to recommend they bring a warm jacket and a rain jacket. If they are coming in the cooler months, it's best to bring clothing they can layer because even the winter sun is quite warm.
No. Despite Tasmania's southern location, there are areas of inland and regional Australia which experience colder winters.
Winter days are generally bright, clear and crisp and in the highlands the snow-capped mountains sparkle in the sunlight. These days are great for walking followed by evenings spent by a log fire after a delicious meal of Tasmanian produce.
The central highlands and the more mountainous areas often get snowfalls in the winter months. However, snow rarely settles at sea level.
Mount Wellington, in Hobart, has sporadic snow in the colder months (although it's even been known to have snow in November), and you can drive up the mountain to meet it. Find out current conditions on Mount Wellington.
Ben Lomond in the northeast (one hour's drive south of Launceston) is the perfect place for downhill and cross-country skiers. Mount Mawson at Mount Field National Park in the south (90 minutes' drive from Hobart) is also a great spot after heavy snowfall. During the season, ski tows operate at both locations. Find about current snow conditions at Ben Lomond or Mount Field.
Tasmania's tracks and trails are world-renowned. If your clients are keen bushwalkers, there's no better place to be. Direct your clients to the following link, or download some of the information yourself and pass it on.
A National Parks Pass is needed for entry into all of Tasmania's national parks. All money raised protects and maintains the parks for the future. Your clients must display a parks pass while in a national park.
Salamanca Market operates every Saturday along Salamanca Place in Hobart, rain, hail or shine. It is open from 8:30am to 3pm and has some of the best arts, crafts, food and flowers in Tasmania. It is also a great spot for breakfast or lunch.
Please note that if Christmas Day falls on a Saturday, the market is held on the Sunday (Boxing Day).
* Note: It isn't always easy to see our wildlife in their natural habitat because most of our native animals are nocturnal (most active at night).
Cadbury Chocolate Factory is in Claremont about 15 minutes' drive north of Hobart.
At the Cadbury visitor centre, an access fee of $7.50 per adult (children $4.00, family pass for two adults and three children is $17.50) will entitle your clients to view an informative DVD in a theatrette, where they can also talk to guides about the chocolate-making process. At the end of the viewing, each person will receive a small gift of chocolates and be invited to relax in the café and browse the great range of gifts, t-shirts, souvenirs and, of course, chocolates.
The centre is open for half-hour visits from 8.30am to 2.30pm weekdays and bookings are essential (ring 1800 627 367). Cadbury is not open on weekends, public holidays or during factory shutdowns. Factory shutdowns happen around the Easter period and from December to January.
Tasmania has some of the world's most stringent quarantine regulations. Please help us retain Tasmania's disease-free status by ensuring that when your clients visit us they are not carrying or importing any restricted items.
Travel information for King Island
King Island is located around 80 kilometres northwest of Tasmania in Bass Strait.
Travel information for Flinders Island
Flinders Island is located about 50 kilometres off Tasmania's northeast tip, in Bass Strait.
Sharp Airlines flies to Whitemark (Flinders Island) from both Essendon Airport in Melbourne and Launceston.
Furneaux Freight offer passenger service to Flinders Island on the Southern Condor departing Bridport Mondays at high tide.
Cars can travel to Flinders Island on the Southern Shipping Company's weekly service (scheduled for Mondays) between Bridport (northeast Tasmania) and Port Welshpool (Flinders Island). Call (03) 6356 1753 for more information or to make a booking.
14. When is the best time to see tulips in bloom?
Table Cape, on the north-west coast near Wynyard, is carpeted in tulips in September and October.
Your clients can visit the farm itself on open days during these months, or enjoy all the festivity of the week-long Bloomin' Tulips Festival in Wynyard in October, the same month in which Hobart's Royal Botanical Gardens also celebrates with a tulip festival.