Plotting your first trip to Tasmania? Don’t forget to pack our quick Hobart travel tips on when to go and what to expect.

When to Go: Tasmania sits about 240 kilometres south of mainland Australia, with Hobart located near the island’s southernmost tip—next stop, Antarctica. The city is coolest from May to September (average daily highs of 12 - 13 degrees Celsius), and warmest during Australia’s summer months of December to March (20 – 21 degrees C). Summer is also the driest season; snow is uncommon.

If you’re planning to visit in January—a gorgeous time of the year—book your Somerset serviced apartment well in advance. It can get busy, particularly around the annual MONA FOMA festival, a nearly week-long arts, music, and cultural affair based at the Museum of Old and New Art.

Visas: All travellers must obtain a visa prior to arrival in Australia. The online application process is fairly straightforward, and once issued the visa will be automatically linked to your passport—in-person visits to a consular office are usually unnecessary. Fees vary based on which country issued your passport; residents of most European countries, for example, can apply for a free eVisitor visa.

Check eligibility and apply at Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Tipping: Tips are not required or expected in Australia, as service charges are automatically included in the price of everything, including hotels, tours, and restaurants. However, small tips for good service are certainly appreciated. If you’d like, round taxi fares and restaurant bills up a few dollars, and leave a couple dollars for the hotel housekeeping staff when you check out.

Dress: The locals’ casual dress reflects Hobart’s laid-back attitude, though business-casual attire is appropriate for meetings and upscale restaurants. Pack warm clothes, no matter the season, if planning to visit Mount Wellington—it’s always chilly near the summit.