Originally Posted by Panny
Even though you didn´t prefer one side, it´s helpful.
We heard a lot of positive things about Tasmania, but the high ferry costs might be the ultimate argument against it.
Regarding "cold and wet". Does that mean: some rainy days and some without or some rain each day or what?
Cold = what temperature? 15°C or maybe 20°C on average would be fine. 10° on bad days okay. 0° or below at night no problem for us. We are used to MUCH colder nights here in the Andes.
If your used to the Andes southern Australia will be mild in Comparison.
If you ask a Queenslander they will go on about the miserable weather down south. The reality is the climate is pretty mild especially from March-july when you will be in Australia.
As an example for Melbourne
The average minimum temperature in Celsius for those months are (these are overnight lows not daytime)
apr 16.3 may 14.5 jun 9.8 july 7.5
Average maximum temperatures
Mar 26.2 Apr 22.9 May 18.2 Jun 14.6 July 14.6
So you can still get some nice warm days in March and April.
10deg would be considered a coldish day in Melbourne but your unlikely to experience that in your time frame.
As for rainy days, hard to say, absolutely nothing to worry about though. Melbourne can typically have 4 seasons in a day particularly as it gets into April/may but expect the odd shower or rainy day but certainly you will get many rainless days.
As an example commuting everyday to work last winter I had my rain gear on maybe 5-7 times total.
The best website for planning is the bureau of meteorology at Bureau of Meteorology - Home Page
Gives historical weather data for all over Australia and real time forecasting as well.
If you cannot get to Tasmania then The Great ocean road is a favourite biking trip from Melbourne along the coast and I would include wilsons promontory, a national park at the most southerly point in Mainland Australia for wildlife and amazing beaches. IMHO some of the best white sand beaches I have seen, better than anything I have seen in Asia, the Caribbean etc
This is where the QLDers will chip in to disagree