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Tell anyone you're spending summer in Tasmania and be prepared for the jokes: 'what summer?', they'll say. And there's no denying it - the weather can be unpredictable.
But, while you'll definitely need a jumper when visiting the island state (and maybe even your beanie), for my money there's no better place to be during summer.
Here, the sun rises earlier and sets later in the day, and with daylight savings in play it's not uncommon to watch the sun dip below the horizon close to 10:00 PM. While temperatures can sore during the day, most nights offer a cool reprieve from the heat: it really is the best of both worlds.
But it's what's going on that is the true star of the Tasmanian summertime. This is a time where the state's legendary art, food and performance industries are at their finest, with events such as Mona Foma transforming Launceton, while the Taste of Tasmania takes over Hobart's waterfront.
This is a time where the state's legendary art, food and performance industries are at their finest, with events such as Mona Foma transforming Launceton, while the Taste of Tasmania takes over Hobart's waterfront.
No matter what's on your agenda, no visit to Tasmania is complete without a stop at one of its legendary beaches. Here, everyone is catered for, with wild oceans churning up the surf on the West Coast while the East Coast basks in those postcard scene of white sand and turquoise water.
If you're heading to the East Coast make sure you check out our guide to its most picture-perfect beaches on page 40, which have become synonymous with those Instagram shots that have put Tassie on the map.
Music-lovers won't want to miss the wealth of events arriving during the warmer months, and with not one but two quintessential folk festivals, there's no shortage of tunes to keep you happy.
Few visits to Tassie won't include calling by one of our National Parks, but if the array of parks passes on offer has you confused, don't miss our comprehensive guide on page 38.
So get out there are enjoy the sunshine! It's the best time to see Tasmania - and don't forget to tell us all about it at our Travelways Facebook page.
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