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4 Places to Visit the Snow in Southern Tasmania

Discover the best places to find and see snow in Tasmania.

Are you dreaming of a winter wonderland?

Look no further than southern Tasmania, where snow-capped mountains and picturesque landscapes await.  Experience the magic of snow in Tasmania at these stunning locations.

While southern Tasmania may be known for its temperate forests and unique wildlife, pristine beaches, fresh produce and historical places, a secret side to this region emerges when the temperature drops.

In this article, we’ll reveal four enchanting places where you can experience the pure magic of snow in southern Tasmania. So, pack your thermals, dust off your mittens, and let’s embark on a snow-filled adventure like no other!

Does it snow in Tasmania?

Yes, it does snow in Tasmania, particularly in the central highland areas and mountainous regions during winter.

Where does it snow in Tasmania?

Snowfall is common in the mountainous areas of the Southwest National Park, Mount Field National Park, kunanyi / Mount Wellington range near Hobart, and the Central Highlands.

When does it snow in Tasmania?

Snowfall in Tasmania typically occurs during the winter months, from June to August, but it is not uncommon to see snow fall at other times throughout the year.

Does it snow in Hobart?

While snow is rare in Hobart itself, it can occasionally fall, especially on the higher peaks of kunanyi / Mount Wellington, which overlooks the city.

Snow in Tasmania. kunanyi / Mt Wellington. Image Credit: @novalia.rachmawati
Snow in Tasmania. kunanyi / Mt Wellington. Image Credit: @novalia.rachmawati

1. kunanyi / Mt Wellington

The most accessible spot to find snow in Hobart (aka Snowbart) is kunanyi / Mt Wellington. Grab your woollies and head up the mountain for a fun day out!

Be sure to check the Pinnacle Road status before departing on your adventure, as, in many cases, the road is closed due to hazardous conditions. If that’s the case, throw on those snow booties and enjoy a scenic walk from Fern Tree. For those with a little more energy, wander the Organ Pipes Track or brave the Zig Zag Track to the pinnacle (beware, it can get wild at the summit).

Sometimes, if the weather is getting a bit wild, the road to the summit closes for safety reasons. The good news is, you can still get to the snow in comfort by catching the kunanyi/Mt Wellington Explorer Bus. The bus is snow safe and the drivers have all been specially trained. Book the City to Snow 2.5 hour return tour from Hobart’s waterfront up into the snow. There’s time at the top to play in the snow and admire the snow-covered landscape.

Snow in Tasmania. kunanyi / Mt Wellington. Image Credit: @5.seb
Snow in Tasmania. kunanyi / Mt Wellington. Image Credit: @5.seb
kunanyi / Mt Wellington @oliviaclaire._
Image credit: @oliviaclaire._
Snow in Tasmania. kunanyi / Mt Wellington. Image Credit: @digitalhippie67
Snow in Tasmania. kunanyi / Mt Wellington. Image Credit: @digitalhippie67
Mt Field National Park. Image Credit: @zozo__tas
Mt Field National Park. Image Credit: @zozo__tas

2. Mt Field National Park

Mt Field National Park is around a 90-minute drive from nipaluna/Hobart through the scenic Derwent Valley. Winter offers a whole new take on the park, with frozen lakes and snow-covered Pandani forests providing all the Narnia vibes. Take a short walk around Lake Dobson or enjoy the scenic mountain vistas from the Tarn Shelf Circuit. 

If you’re into snow sports, hit the slopes at Mount Mawson, there are a number of tows that operate during the snow season or pack a toboggan for some relaxed family fun. Be sure to check the road status to Lake Dobson before leaving Hobart, as snowy conditions may require snow chains to be fitted, the road may be closed, or the road is accessible to 4WD vehicles only.

Start your day at the Visitor Centre

The Visitor Centre in Mount Field National Park is the perfect starting point for any visit to the park. It’s full of information about the park’s unique history, geology, and ecology. The welcoming staff are also a wealth of knowledge and can provide you with everything from maps to advice on hiking trails and much more.

Mt Field. Image Credit: @kbone68
Mt Field. Image Credit: @kbone68
Mt Field National Park. Image Credit: @judem15
Mt Field National Park. Image Credit: @judem15
Mount Mawson. Image Credit: @cj_wadley

Mt Mawson Ski Field

Mt Mawson Ski Field sits at an altitude of around 1250m, and generally gets snow during the winter months, which provides some downhill skiing from mid-July to mid-September. 

Mt Field. Image Credit: @tassie_wild
Image Credit: @tassie_wild
Pumphouse Point, Central Highlands. Snow in Tasmania. Image Credit: @pumphousepoint
Pumphouse Point, Central Highlands. Image Credit: @pumphousepoint

3. The Central Highlands

If you are looking for some snow play without the commitment of pulling on the hiking boots, the Central Highlands is a great place to visit. Search for snow pockets at the old hydro town of Tarraleah, around the lakefront settlements of Miena and Liawenee, and by the roadside in the wombat havens of Bronte Park and Derwent Bridge.

Some short walks around Lake St Clair offer beautiful views of snow-capped peaks. Our hot tip – stop off at the Great Lake Hotel for a warm beverage and some lunch.

Central-Highlands. Image-Credit: @Chelsea-Bell
Central-Highlands. Image-Credit: @Chelsea-Bell
Central-Highlands. Image-Credit: @Chelsea-Bell
Central-Highlands. Image-Credit: @Chelsea-Bell
Snow in Tasmania. Hartz Mountains National Park. Image Credit: @tasmaniaparks
Snow in Tasmania. Hartz Mountains National Park. Image Credit: @tasmaniaparks

4. The Hartz Mountains National Park

The spectacular Hartz Mountains National Park is accessed via Geeveston in the far south. The unique landscape, shaped millions of years ago by ancient glaciers, offers plenty of opportunities to see some snow!

If you enjoy hiking, pop the 3–5 hour / 7.4km return walk to Hartz Peak on your list. At the top, the iconic view of Hartz Lake, with rugged mountain peaks in the distance, is even more special when the snow has settled. For those not so keen on a long walk, Arve Falls is a 20-minute return journey or you can enjoy the views from Waratah Lookout.

If you are keen for more adventures in the area, visit  Tahune Adventures and enjoy views of the surrounding snow-capped peaks from the treetops.

Hartz Mountains National Park. Snow in Tasmania. Image Credit: @digitalhippie67
Hartz Mountains National Park. Snow in Tasmania. Image Credit: @digitalhippie67
Hartz Mountains National Park. Image Credit: @escape_valve
Hartz Mountains National Park. Image Credit: @escape_valve

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