There’s snow doubt about it, there’s nothing quite as magical as a walk through fresh, white, powdery snow. This week, Southern Tasmania is bracing for a snowy winter blast and to prepare, we’ve put together a few locations where you can enjoy some white goodness.
1. kunanyi / Mt Wellington
The most accessible spot to find some 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 very wild at the summit).
2. Mt Field National Park
Mt Field National Park is around a 90-minute drive from 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 prior to 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.
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.
There are also some short walks around Lake St Clair that offer beautiful views of snow-capped peaks. Our hot tip – stop off at the newly refurbished Great Lake Hotel for a warm beverage and some lunch.
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 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.
- It is winter and the cold icy conditions can change rapidly. Always pack a waterproof/windproof jacket, gloves, beanie and appropriate shoes when visiting the snow.
- Road conditions can be hazardous and care must be taken when driving. View our tips for driving in the snow and safety pages to check out before you head out here.
- If it’s not on Instagram it didn’t happen so make sure you take some snaps and tag us #HobartandBeyond @hobartandbeyond.
- Stay safe and have fun!