Sorry, that’s a really bad pun… but one of the most common questions we are asked here is, “Where can I see snow in Tasmania?”
Luckily there are plenty of options, and these are the 7 best places to see snow in Tasmania!
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Are you wondering where to see snow in Tasmania?
So many people visit Tasmania during summer when they know (or at least hope) the weather Gods will be kind.
But you know what? If you visit in summer you are totally missing out on one of the best parts of Tassie – the snow!!
Tassie is a small island so you’ll be pleased to know that most locations we recommend here can be reached in less than 2 hours from either Hobart or Launceston.
Enough talk, let’s get this snow show on the road!
#1 - Mt Wellington (Kunanyi)
Mt Wellington is the easiest place to see snow in Tasmania.
It’s a huge mountain – 1200m tall – and it is the first thing you see as you drive into Hobart.
It only takes 30 minutes from Hobart to its summit, and there is plenty of parking up top. Although as you can imagine it is often at its busiest after snowfalls.
On the summit are some fantastic lookouts from which you’ll enjoy panoramic views down to Hobart, up the Derwent Valley and across to the Tasman Peninsula.
For a very different snow experience, park at The Springs and go for a bushwalk in the snow! There are plenty of tracks criss-crossing the mountain, and you can even climb to the summit via the Zig Zag Track if you’re keen!
The road to the summit is narrow and has lots of twists and turns – the views on the way up are almost as good as from the top – but it is completely safe so long as you drive slowly and make room for other drivers.
Caravans and long wheelbase motorhomes can be taken to the summit, but in snowy conditions we recommend parking at The Springs instead – rather than possibly creating additional congestion on the mountain.
The road can be closed after heavy snowfalls – check here for the latest updates. The temperature at the top of the mountain is normally 10°C colder than in Hobart, and strong winds are common – so make sure you pack a lot of warm layers and bring your hardshell jacket.
Prefer to take it easy? You’ll love this Mt Wellington Winter Walking Tour!
Mt Wellington Webcam
#2 - Cradle Mountain
Cradle Mountain would have to be Tasmania’s most famous place for enjoying the snow!
There are so many bushwalking trails in the region that there is guaranteed to be one that suits your style and fitness level. Or you can simply relax in your private hot tub and enjoy the alpine views.
Cradle Mountain is 7km from Cradle Mountain Village and most accommodation options.
You can drive in by car – campervans and caravans are not permitted – however parking is very limited. A more convenient option is to take the shuttle bus. The shuttle is free for anyone with a valid National Parks Pass.
There are plenty of easy walks near the Interpretation Centre, while the most popular walk is Dove Lake Circuit (2 hours) at the foot of Cradle Mountain. It is simply stunning when there is snow on the peaks of Cradle Mountain high above.
For the best views and photos of Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake, climb up to Hanson’s Peak – you won’t regret it!
Access to Cradle Mountain Village is an easy drive from Devonport (1.5 hours), Launceston (2 hours), and Hobart (4 hours).
Keep an eye on the weather forecast, dress for the conditions and pack extra layers in your backpack.
It is rare, but visitors have died from hypothermia when bushwalking in the Cradle Mountain area because they didn’t check the weather forecast and didn’t bring the right gear/clothing.
Cradle Mountain Webcam
Dove Lake is a reasonable distance from most accommodation options back at the Village.
Checking the Cradle Mountain webcam before you leave will help you see if there are car park spaces available, and if you’re a photographer it can show you what the weather conditions are like, possibly saving you a wasted trip.
#3 - Ben Lomond National Park
Ben Lomond is located in Tasmania’s northern midlands and is visible for miles around, its steep cliff-sides soaring into the sky.
It’s a 1.5 hour drive from Launceston, and together with Mt Field is home to one of Tasmania’s two ski fields.
Access to the plateau at 1300m is via the spectacular ‘Jacob’s Ladder’ – a series of hairpins and switchbacks that inch its way up the mountainside.
Before returning, stop at the lookout at the top of Jacob’s Ladder for some epic photos!
In summer access via the unsealed road is easy for all vehicles, but in winter there are strict rules on access to the ski fields due to the crazy terrain.
Check the official website for all the details, but the most important requirement is that from June to September it is mandatory for all vehicles to carry snow chains, and that you know how to fit them correctly.
But don’t worry if you don’t have snow chains, as there is a shuttle bus that will take you to the top for a fee.
The plateau is beautiful, and even in the depths of winter there’s a good chance you’ll spot wombats and wallabies in the snow!
Unlike Mt Field, Ben Lomond has a shop at the top where you can purchase hot food and drinks.
Ben Lomond Webcam
There are quite a few Ben Lomond webcams and this page has all the links you’ll need to see what snow conditions are waiting for you up the mountain!
#4 - Mt Field National Park (Mt Mawson Ski Field)
Mt Field National Park is a stunning part of Tasmania, and it is also home to one of Tasmania’s two ski fields – Mt Mawson Ski Fields.
It’s slightly more difficult to access than most other options in Tasmania, but the reward is worth it!
The Tarn Shelf bushwalk is one of Tasmania’s most picturesque. It’s a great way to explore the region, and get your snow fix at the same time.
Most people that visit Mt Field will stop at the Visitor Centre and then do the short walk to Russell Falls – but to get to Mt Mawson Ski Field keep driving past the Visitor Centre and up the narrow unsealed road for around 30-45 minutes to the car park at Lake Dobson.
Follow the Pandani Grove Nature Walk on foot around the shores of Lake Dobson before heading uphill on the Urquhart Track for another 30 minutes to the cosy, and totally brand new day shelter near the ski fields.
For more information about the ski fields, including ticket prices, click here.
Of course, if you just want to have a play in the snow it’s totally free!
A tour can also get you there with no fuss – this Tarn Shelf and Mt Field Walking Tour is a great choice.
Mt Field Snow Cam
If you’re only going for the snow it’s a loooong way to Mt Field. By checking the webcam you can see the snow cover for yourself, and decide on whether it’s worth the drive.
#5 - Hartz Mountains National Park (Hartz Peak)
Hartz Mountains National Park flies under the radar for many visitors, which is strange because it is a magnificent part of Tasmania and is a wonderful place to visit in the snow!
The park is located in the Huon Valley south of Hobart and will take around 1.5 hours by car.
The road is sealed to Geeveston, but from there it is unsealed and becomes narrow and winding for the last 21km.
The road to the park is occasionally closed after heavy snow falls. Call ahead to check on the condition of the road – 6121 7026.
Once you’re up there though there are plenty of options for fun in the snow.
The plateau offers a number of different walking trails. Arve Falls is beautiful and very easy to reach – as is Lake Osborne.
Even the walk to Hartz Peak itself is relatively easy (3-5 hours return), as it is flat nearly the entire length, with just a short climb near the end.
#6 - Central Highlands
Tasmania’s Central Highlands is the land of a thousand lakes, and winter often brings snow to Miena, Liawenee, Derwent Bridge and Bronte Park.
There isn’t one specific location where you should go to enjoy the snow in the Central Highlands. Instead, we recommend a day trip through the region between historic Bothwell in the south and Great Lake in the north – or stay at Thousand Lakes Lodge for a couple of nights.
Central Highlands Webcams
Fishing is a Big Deal in Tasmania’s central highlands, and the Anglers Alliance have a number of webcams dotted across the lakes.
They are perfect for snow-spotting, and you’ll find all the central highlands webcams here:
#7 - The Overland Track
We’ve already described Cradle Mountain as one of the best places for snow in Tasmania, but did you know that Cradle Mountain is where the Overland Track starts?
This walking track is more than 60km long and passes through the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area between Cradle Mountain in the north and Lake St Clair in the south.
The Overland Track is challenging in summer, let alone winter. Only attempt this multi-day walk if you have extensive bushwalking experience, equipment and clothing.
Most walkers complete the trail in summer, but if you’re an experienced bushwalker and have the right gear for camping in alpine conditions, then the Overland Track may well be the best experience of your life!
Barn Bluff, Waterfall Valley, Helion Plains and the Acropolis…this is pristine wilderness at its finest, and it is like a fairyland under a blanket of snow.
Find out more about the Overland Track here.
Would you like to experience the Overland Track with a hiking and photography professional? This 6-Day Overland Track Tour is hosted by one of Tasmania’s finest landscape photographers. Amazing photos guaranteed!
Take care if you are the first to drive on a road covered in snow – even more so if the road is unsealed and in a remote area.
Drive to your capabilities and don’t be afraid to back out if you feel unsure. You can always return another day!
Don’t forget to pack for cold conditions – the weather can change from blue skies to storms within 30 minutes.
When does it snow in Tasmania?
The best time to see snow in Tasmania is in July and August, and to a lesser extent June and September.
You’ll be excited to know that even if you’re not visiting at that time it is still possible for it to snow. All it takes is one big Antarctic blast and you can have a dusting of snow at Christmas!
Can I take my Tasmania rental car into Alpine regions?
In our research we found that all Tasmania car hire companies allow you to drive in alpine areas, but most won’t let you drive in the snow.
We strongly recommend reading our Guide to Tasmania Car Hire, and then speaking with your rental company to be 100% sure.
Do you need snow chains in Tasmania?
For almost all locations and conditions you won’t need snow chains in Tasmania.
Snow falls do occur during the year, but the snow rarely settles except at high altitude.
As we talk about above, the only exceptions are for Ben Lomond National Park or Mt Field National Park (if driving beyond the Visitor Centre to Lake Dobson) during winter.
What should I pack for my Tasmania road trip?
Tasmania’s cool climate does mean you need to pack a little differently to most Australian holidays.
Check our packing list to make sure you don’t leave anything out.
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We hope this itinerary has helped you plan your Tassie road trip. If you’ve got any questions at all please get in touch, we’d love to hear from you.
Happy road tripping!