As the mercury comes down, Tasmania's star rises. Between March and May, The whole island embraces the season of late summer harvests, changing colours, enjoying coffee in cosy cafes and mild hiking weather.
To make the most of autumn in Tasmania, make sure you tick off a few of the following activities.
Nothing signals autumn in Tasmania like the golds and reds sweeping through the Fagus trees.
1. See the Fagus trees changing colour
Nothing signals autumn in Tasmania like the golds and reds sweeping through the Fagus trees. Dressed in this autumn finery, this is arguably Tasmania at its most beautiful. A leftover from Gondwana days, the Fagus is the only deciduous tree in Tasmania, reaching a modest height of two metres.
The best place to see the Fagus trees is in Mt Field National Park, around Lake Fenton.
2. Go hiking
In the heat of summer, it's hard to enjoy Tasmania's hikes. When autumn rolls around the weather cools down, making for much more pleasant hiking temperatures. Mt Wellington Park is one of the best places to hike near Hobart. There are a range of walking trails to choose from in the park, but one of the standouts is the Organ Pipes track.
The Tasmanian National Parks Association holds an annual Autumn Walks event, a series of guided walks through Tasmania's parks and nature reserves. This takes all the hassle out of planning a walking trip, and it's a lot of fun too!
3. Visit a winery
One of the richest autumn colours is the rich red of a good wine. Puddleduck Vineyard in the Coal River Valley has a tasty drop (and an adorable name!). Only 20 minutes from Hobart, this boutique vineyard is the perfect escape from the city. You can easily 'wine' away a whole afternoon here, with tastings straight from the cellar and delectable platters to accompany the wine.
One of the greatest things about this vineyard is their 'reverse barbecue' concept – you can bring your own food and spread out a picnic on the glass while enjoying a Puddleduck wine or local beer.
4. Check out the Spiegeltent in Hobart
Hobart's Spiegeltent is a collision of cabaret, music, circus and other live entertainment acts. The show of the season, this is the place to retreat to if autumn skies decide to let water loose. You can enjoy pieces from international stars as well as home-grown Tasmanian talent.
Warning: None of the above activities should be undertaken on an empty stomach. Fill up at Mood Food in Kempton, with meals that will warm you from the creeping autumn chill!