What to pack for winter in Tasmania, our 2015 Kit List

Winter is one of the most spectacular times of the year to explore Tasmania with some amazing festivals as well as plenty of snow to create the perfect winter back drop to any weekend or short break away. One thing you absolutely need to make sure of however is to bring the right warm clothing. Winter nights here can get quite cold and on days when the weather has turned bad or there is snow even the middle of the day can be freezing.

With that in mind here are our tips and must have items when packing for a winter holiday in Tasmania.

That time I had Cradle Mountain to myself... @tasmania

Our tips

Think Layers

It's best to dress in layers on cold days, this gives you plenty of opportunity to strip down if you get warm and are being a bit more active or add a few more on if it gets cold. As such you can easily get away with a good wool coat and various other layers without having to go to a big outdoor store like Katmandu or Mountain Designs and spend huge sums on hi tech jackets or garments made from materials NASA or DARPA probably cooked up in a lab.

Snow = Sunscreen

If you are planning on heading up to the snow and it's a sunny day make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen. The UV levels in Tasmania even over winter can be harsh and snow will reflect plenty of that back at you so it's worth making sure you have sun protection.

Stay Dry

Staying warm in winter as a rule means staying dry, if it's raining or you plan on playing around in the snow it's worth having a change of clothes in the car just in case and even a pair of dry shoes. Even if you are wearing waterproof gear expect to get at least a little wet so it's worth following this tip anyway.


It's cold, people snuggle, you do the math.

My happy place... Mother Nature. It's safe to say that Tasmania rocked my world.. I'm absolutely in love with it. I have so many photos to edit and share... I can't wait!! An epic 4 hour hike above Dove Lake in beautiful Cradle Mountain National Park!

Our Favourite Items to Pack

Puffer Jacket

We're not sure what we would do without one of these, they may be ugly and look bulky but they are by far the best way to keep warm when the temperature plummets. A good jacket made using the lighter goose down will set you back around $400 to $500, however you can purchase cheaper options that use synthetic materials as well.

A couple of things to note with these jackets, firstly they don't react well to open flames or heat sources so well worth keeping away from fires as sparks can melt them easily, same goes for cigarets.

One great use we have found for these jackets as well is their ability to be easily turned into a pillow. Most jackets will come with a small bag and you can easily put your jacket in that and use it as a pillow when out camping in the wilderness.


A good set of thermals can cut down on the amount of layers you have to wear on any winter trip and are well worth the investment. Woolen thermals are our prefered option, they stay warm when wet, and after a few days on a trail or in a boat they tend to still smell good. 

There are plenty of synthetic options out there that will keep you warm and a bit of extra coin in your pocket. It's worth checking reviews some synthetics tend to develop a smell after a few days of constant wear.

Looking back down the rock scramble through the narrow passageway up Solomon's Throne in Walls of Jerusalem National Park

Beanie and Gloves

You would be surprised how much body heat you lose through your head and your hands so a good pair of gloves and a beanie are an amazing investment. There are heaps of modern alternatives to the traditional woolen hand knitted options so it's worth having a browse around the outdoor stores and see what feels comfortable and suits your clothing budget.

Soft Shell Jacket

Soft Shell style jackets are a great investment, they are super warm and lightweight making them perfect for throwing in a day pack. Soft Shells generally aren't waterproof but they are also more than light enough to fit under a rain coat.