About North Eastern Tasmania
Extending down the east coast almost to the Freycinet Peninsula, inland to the Central Highlands and north to the coast of Port Sorell, the north east part of Tasmania is an area of extreme beauty. It is a region with a fertile, productive agricultural inland, peaceful beaches, fishing villages, world class scenery and history at every turn. Remnants of a tin mining industry can be found in some of the small townships of the north east corner.
Launceston is Tasmania's second largest city and gateway to the northern and eastern regions. Often referred to as 'the garden city', it has many parks and reserves including the 13-hectare City Park. At its heart is the magnificent Cataract Gorge Reserve. The Tamar River links Launceston with its ocean port of Bell Bay. The Tamar Valley contains many vineyards, orchards and forest areas.
Apart from Launceston, only small country and seaside towns dot the landscape. It is an area of small farms growing a variety of produce including grapes, potatoes, dairy cattle to name a few. The small seaside villages increase dramatically in size during the summer holidays and are fairly quiet at other times. The clear water of the rivers, bays and miles of beaches about with sea life including lobster, abalone and many varieties of scalefish.
There are many walking tracks in the Northeast region of Tasmania, mostly into its mountain regions; some are well marked and are well known but many are still being developed. These tracks give access to a world that is untarnished by our modern world. Waterfalls can be found in many places in the northeast.
Climate: Launceston and surrounds
Launceston has an oceanic, temperate climate, with four distinct seasons. The city is located in the Tamar Valley and is surrounded by many large hills and mountains. With this type of topography, Launceston's weather patterns can change considerably in a short period. The warmest months are in January and February with an average air temperature range of 12.2 to 24.4 °C (54 to 76 °F). Throughout the year there is an average of 4.3 days a year over 30 °C (86 °F). The maximum recorded temperature was 39 °C (102 °F) on 30 January 2009, with Launceston Airport reaching 40.4 °C (105 °F) on that same day, during the 2009 Southeastern Australia heat wave.
Winters are cool with minimum temperatures dropping below 2 °C (36 °F) an average of 61 days a year. The coldest month is July, with an average temperature range of 2.2 to 12.5 °C (36 to 55 °F). The lowest recorded minimum at Launceston's current weather station, Ti Tree Bend was −5.2 °C (22.6 °F) on 21 July 1991. Launceston very rarely receives snowfall, with snow falling in 1951 and 1986, and again on 3 August 2015, when most of the state received snowfall due to a cold front moving up from Antarctica.
Winter, for Launceston, is also the season with the least amount of wind. Because of this and the topographical effect of the Tamar Valley, Launceston winters are renowned for foggy mornings, with Launceston Airport the most fog-bound commercial airport in Australia. The average annual rainfall, with moderate to low variability, is 665 mm (26 in), falling on an average of 88.4 days a year. The most rain Ti Tree Bend has received in a year was 829.6 millimetres (32.66 in) in 1992, though Launceston Airport received 953.1 millimetres (37.52 in) in 1956. As in most of Tasmania 2006 was the driest year when just 394.8 millimetres (15.54 in) fell.
The Bureau of Meteorology reported that 2007 was the warmest year ever recorded in Launceston since temperatures were first recorded in 1884. Temperatures ranged from a minimum of 8.1 °C (46.6 °F) to a maximum of 19.2 °C (66.6 °F). During 2006 and 2007, Launceston had the hottest maximums throughout the state. In 2008, Launceston had the highest average maximum temperature out of all Tasmanian cities with 18.6 °C (65.5 °F).
Climate: Upper East Coast
St Helens has a mild temperate climate, with four distinct seasons. Summers are warm and sunny and winters are cool to mild. Rain falls consistently through the year, peaking slightly in winter. Being on the East Coast, St Helens winter temperatures are warmer than most parts of Tasmania. Summer temperatures are not as warm as inland areas, however are still warmer than experienced in Hobart. St Helens record high temperature is 41.8 °C (107 °F) recorded on 30 January 2009, the equal second highest temperature recorded in Tasmania.
Climate: Central Highlands
Miena is one of the coldest non-alpine locations in Australia with its cool summers and cold damp winters. Miena has an altitude-influenced subpolar oceanic climate (Köppen: Cfc)—a classification quite unusual for an Australian town, being climatically very close to other towns with subpolar oceanic climates; such as Punta Arenas in Chile and, to some degree, Reykjavík in Iceland.
Measurable snowfall averages 40–50 days per year, and can fall in any month. This can cause occasional road closures in the area, even in summer.