Spring… a transitional season in Tasmania, the season from 1st September to 30th November, where temperatures are average high 17°C (63°F) to average low 8°C (46°F). Our Winter weather patterns fall behind us, chilly evenings and mornings make way for warmer days, with snowfalls still being common until well into October. In spring, the axis of the Earth is increasing its tilt relative to the sun, and the length of daylight hours rapidly increases.
Spring: Unpredictable But Beautiful
by Carol Haberle
Our temperatures begin to warm significantly, causing new plant growth to spring forth, giving the season its name. Spring weather brings a variety of conditions, is often totally unpredictable, bringing conditions from cold and windy to still and warm and often within the one day. Hence Tasmania is well known for having four seasons in one day!
Our island is located at between latitude 40 and 44 degrees South, the roaring forties are a global wind current that blows around the earth at latitude 40–50 degrees, and puts us directly in the path of these varying winds which are strongest here in both Spring and Autumn. Similar wind patterns exist in the northern hemisphere but the lack of land in the southern hemisphere means there is little to stop or slow these gusty winds as they circle the globe.
Celebration of Life
Spring in Tasmania is the season to celebrate new beginnings as nature bursts into life. Our heritage towns once more come to life with colour as introduced deciduous trees such as the mighty oaks, ashes and elms come back to life cloaked in varying shades of green, and the hawthorn hedges which line the roads of many of these towns become masses of stark white blossom. Spring brings coolness, freshness and shades of green.
The huge array of Tasmanian flora creates a magical landscape, drifts of wild daffodils burst forth across the rural fields creating carpets of yellow, while the flowering wattles create a burst of gold across the sky. Blankets of pink and white as apple orchards begin to blossom, a blaze of wildflowers in our forests and coastal heathlands, our rainforests a carpet of green as mosses, lichen and native ferns begin to flourish, vineyards come to life, our rural farmland takes on a new patchwork of colours and new-born animals frolic in the countryside. Having conserved much of their energy throughout the cold Winter, much of our unique wildlife can now be seen out foraging for food and our birdlife comes to life as Spring marks the beginning of the nesting season.
Tasmania is a world-renowned fishing destination, particularly for trout. Trout fishing is extremely popular and Spring is also the time to get ready for some trout fishing action, as the fish start biting again in our inland lakes and streams as the water levels rise due to highland rains and melting snow, and feed becomes readily available in the form of hatching insects.
Note: A current Inland Fisheries angling licence, available at all Service Tasmania shops or online at the Inland Fisheries Service website, is needed to trout fish in Tasmania. A guide providing one with all rules and regulations is accompanied with your licence. The angling season is from the first Saturday in August to the Sunday nearest 30th April, with some waters being open all year round.
Tasmanian Celebrations: Springtime
Many celebrations of Spring take place in Tasmania each year. The major agricultural show, The Royal Hobart Show (23rd – 26th October, 2013) celebrates Spring and showcases many of the best products Tasmania has to offer. Australia’s largest working display of arts and crafts, the Tasmanian Craft Fair (1st – 4th November 2013) is spread over many different venues in the picturesque township of Deloraine in northern Tasmania, where over 220 exhibitors will display their finest wares and share their techniques in this annual event. The Bloomin’ Tulips Festival (Saturday, 12th October, 2013) renowned for the spectacular display of tulips at Table Cape. The Spring Community Festival (5th Oct – 6th Oct, 2013) is the Hobart Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens premiere festival overflowing with entertainment, activities, rides, food, wine and much, much more.
In Tasmania Daylight Saving starts in Spring on the first Sunday of October, giving an extra hour of daylight in the evenings. Due to a very severe drought in Tasmania, the State Government implemented Daylight Saving back in 1967. As a state powered by Hydro Electricity, this was seen as a measure to save power, which in turn saved water. The majority of the people of Tasmania enjoyed Daylight Saving so much, it has been continued ever since. By late October and early November the days are long and the weather is warming up nicely.
Note: Daylight Saving 2013-14:
- start (clocks forward one hour) 6 October 2013
- finish (clocks back one hour) 6 April 2014
Spring: Behold the Beauty
Spring in Tasmania is a beautiful season, no matter the weather there is much to do and see as this season of new life unfolds. It’s a magical season for trout fishing, bushwalking, golf, to visit open gardens at some of our beautiful heritage homes and estates, or just to drive through the magical countryside… so cool, green and fresh in Spring. If coming to Tasmania for a holiday in Spring, then pack the t-shirts for warmer days, but also the thermals, coats and boots. You may not even need them, but be prepared!
All photos strictly ©Carol Haberle, H&H Photography. You can follow Carol on Facebook at Haberle Photo Cards. Carol writes feature articles for this website about all things Tasmanian. If you’d like Carol to visit you, please contact Think Tasmania.
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