In the depths of winter, nature sometimes rewards us with a special gift… beautiful, fresh snow! Dusted in white, our favourite places transform into enchanting winter wonderlands.
Next time snow is forecast, head south! We’ve put together some tips on the best places to see snow in Tasmania’s Southern Trove—whether you want to get your hands dirty with the cold stuff, or just admire it from afar.
Please be careful on the icy roads and walking tracks. Go slow, take your time, and obey all signs and instructions (check out Hobart & Beyond’s tips for driving safely in the snow). We don’t want anyone catching a chill, so please dress appropriately and activate full winter woolly, snow shield mode.
1. Snug Tiers Nature Recreation Area
After a generous dumping of snow, the Snug Tiers give off serious Narnia vibes. The snow-covered branches are particularly fabulous (and great for shaking over the heads of unsuspecting friends). Try your luck along the Pelverata Falls Track (2–3hrs/6km return).
2. The Hartz Mountains National Park
When snow falls and settles, the Hartz Mountains National Park becomes a magical winter wonderland. Access to the park is via Geeveston (don’t forget your Parks Pass). This one is a fantastic place to take the kids, as there are a range of walks to choose from suited to different abilities.
More experienced hikers will get a kick out of conquering a snowy Hartz Peak. The white stuff adds an enchanting layer of beauty to the highest point in the park. Pause for a while and enjoy the spectacular panoramic views from the top (it can get quite windy, so please dress appropriately).
The iconic Adamsons Peak makes a beautiful backdrop to the pretty village of Dover, in Far South Tasmania. The pointy peak looks even lovelier wearing a neat white cap. Dover is a wonderful spot to stay for a few nights, unwind in cosy accommodation, and explore the many attractions of the region (the 28 degree forest pool at Hastings Caves & Thermal Springs is just a half hour drive away).
4. Mountain River
The mountain range known as ‘Sleeping Beauty’ (aka Collins Bonnet) can be admired from various points in the Huon Valley. She dozes on as freezing snow falls and settles on her face—such is the strength of the spell! Fans of TV series The Kettering Incident will remember Sleeping Beauty looming mysteriously in the background of many shots, as Mountain River was a key filming location. So atmospheric!
5. The Huon Valley
Sometimes, on rare occasions, snow has fallen and settled among the suburbs of the Huon Valley. Seeing the rolling hills turn white is very special indeed. For residents, waking up and seeing snow in their backyard is magical.
6. Kingston Beach
We’re sneaking this one in because the view of kunanyi/Mt Wellington from Kingston Beach is pretty lovely. During winter (and sometimes other seasons), the mountain regularly cops a dusting of snow. Rug up in your winter woollies, stroll along the beach, and enjoy the wonderful mountain view from the sand.
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