Glorious spring is in the air and our winter hibernation is pretty much done and dusted (we reserve the right to come back to it at any time). To help you make the most of the season, we’ve put together some tips on the best things to do in Hobart and surrounds in spring.
Hobart’s parks and gardens are joyous in springtime. The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is home to thousands of species of native and exotic plants. Explore the beautifully landscaped gardens, admire the stunning spring blooms, look for boisterous ducklings lily-pad hopping in the pond, have a picnic, or treat yourself to lunch at the restaurant.
Visit the historic Cascade Brewery (est. 1824) and explore three acres of heritage gardens (and of course taste the beer and cider). The Inverawe Native Gardens at Margate are a delight (keep an eye out for birdlife and quirky sculptures). Our other tips include Cascade Gardens, St David’s Park (check out the historic gravestones), Fitzroy Gardens, and Lazy Tearooms at Hawthorne Lodge (for the scones as well as the garden).
Spring is the perfect time for a romantic picnic, with all the chirpy birds and the scent of blossom in the air (so very Disney). Find a secluded spot in one of the lovely parks around Hobart and surrounds, or maybe even head to the beach. One of the best places to roll out the picnic rug is on the banks of the Coal River by the convict-built Richmond Bridge (keep an eye out for fluffy ducklings).
During late winter and early spring, wildflower season is in full swing in Tasmania’s beautiful national parks and reserves. Wellington Park is right on Hobart’s doorstep, offering a range of walks. Further afield discover the Mount Field National Park (great for chasing waterfalls after a spring rainfall), the remote Southwest National Park, the glacier-carved Hartz Mountains National Park, the South Bruny National Park (home of the historic Cape Bruny Lighthouse and Bruny Island‘s famous white wallabies), the Tasman National Park (spring is a great time to do the Three Capes Track), and the Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair National Park (stay in luxury at Pumphouse Point).
If you’ve been anywhere near the bush, chances are you’ve glimpsed a wallaby or other bouncy animal friend. Maybe you’ve even spotted a little one peeking out from the safety of Mum’s pouch! To learn more about Tasmania’s curious creatures, visit Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Tasmania’s Midlands or the Tasmanian Devil Unzoo on the Tasman Peninsula.
The milder spring weather means it’s time for the whales to head home from their winter migration. Some are proudly making the journey south with calves! If you’re keen to do some whale watching, there are some good land-based lookout points along the east coast. Try Cockle Creek, at the end of Australia’s southern-most road (you are at least guaranteed to see the big bronze whale sculpture). You will probably have more luck on the water. Pennicott Wilderness Journeys run regular eco-tours, including Tasman Island Cruises and Bruny Island Cruises. Whales aren’t guaranteed, but you might just get lucky. Playful dolphins are very likely on the cards (maybe with babies!), as they love playing chasings with the boat.
How cute are wobbly little lambs?! Spring is the best time to head to the farm! If you’re looking to tour a farm and/or enjoy a relaxing farmstay, check out Curringa Farm, 28 Gates Luxury Farmstay and Fishery, and Ratho Farm. If you are most excited about eating incredible farm fresh food, check out Grandvewe Sheep Cheesery, Coal River Farm, and Fat Pig Farm.
While the gardens and streets around Hobart do come to life with blossom, it is particularly charming in the country. Go for a leisurely drive and admire Southern Tasmania’s flourishing orchards. In the Huon Valley, the sight of blossom bursting from the apple trees is a real treat. Tour the cider trail and taste the delicious end result at Pagan Cider, Willie Smith’s Apple Shed, and Frank’s Cider House & Cafe (designate a driver or stay overnight).
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