Places to go in the Tasmanian off season

Cradle Mountain, St Clair National Park | Paul Maddock
Cradle Mountain, St Clair National Park | Paul Maddock

The Tasmanian peak summer season is soon coming to an end, but that doesn't mean your travel plans have to!

While any time of the year in Tasmania will offer a wilderness experience you won't forget, there are plenty of adventures to be had during its off season. 

When is Tasmania's off season?

The off season is generally during the wintertime, between June to early September, when Tasmania's highlands transform into a snow-frosted alpine wonderland topped with crisp air and incredible starry nights for superb winter walking and snowshoeing.

While it's much colder during this time, it also means prices are generally cheaper when travelling during this season. You can also view our top picks for the Tasmania shoulder season in this blog.

See below some of the top places to head to in the Tasmanian off season.

Things to do in Tasmania during winter

Off season on the Overland Track

A winter wonderland on the Overland Track |  <i>Shelby Pinkerton</i>

While most people aim to trek the Overland Track during the summer months, there is something truly special about completing the Overland Track Winter Trek, when the landscape is transformed into a tranquil environment blanketed by snow.

With fewer hikers on the track, this means uninterrupted views of the spectacular Cradle Mountain National Park.

Hikers on the Overland Track during winter Winter on the Overland Track |  <i>Aran Price</i> Walk through a forest of snow and trees along Tasmania's Overland Track during winter |  <i>Andrew Bain</i> Walking in Cradle Mountain |  <i>Aran Price</i> Trappers Hut covered in snow, Overland Track Tasmania |  <i>Nick Scharm</i> Trekker pauses to admire the diverse scenery along the trail |  <i>Great Walks of Australia</i> 20210913_112748 20210913_120244 |  <i>Shelby Pinkerton</i>

Many of the park’s lakes freeze over during winter, creating unique photographic opportunities that not many travellers are able to experience. 

Departures: June to September. Find out more

Off season on the Walls Of Jerusalem

Snowshoeing amongst the Pencil Pines, Walls of Jerusalem |  <i>Aran Price</i> Winter Trekking in the Walls of Jerusalem becomes a very alpine experience |  <i>Chris Buykx</i> The Walls of Jerusalem are a fantastic winter expedition |  <i>Aran Price</i>

There’s something special about trekking around the Walls of Jerusalem during winter. Maybe it’s the fact that you have the grandeur of this alpine destination pretty much all to yourself; or that the only tracks you see on the walk are the fresh tracks you make in the snow each day, or that the frozen lakes turn into a shimmering scattering of silver coins from the many summits along the way.

Whatever the case, the Walls of Jerusalem is an exceptional destination to explore during the Tasmanian off season winter months. 

Departures: June to September. Find out more

Active winter escape on Maria Island

If you prefer a bit more sunshine, Tasmania's east coast island, Maria Island, makes a great escape.

During the winter season, Maria Island is at its most tranquil so it'll feel as if you have the whole island to yourself when exploring it on foot. This also means the island's rare wildlife is even more accessible.


The winter climate on the island is cool, with an average daytime temperature of 13°C and nighttime can be 0-7°C. You can expect frosty mornings, cool winds and occasional rain but of course, the weather can be unpredictable and so we recommend walkers pack for all conditions.

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