Best time to visit Australia

Best time to visit Australia


TEMPERATURE & RAINFALL

Locations: Sydney | Darwin | Perth
It gets hotter the closer you get to the equator which means the Northern Territory, the north of Queensland and Western Australia get pretty darn hot from November to March. Darwin, Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef tend to be sweltering all-year-round and wet in the winter; however, the rest of Australia follows a fairly similar pattern. September to November is very pleasant, as is March to May; whilst June through to August can get 'chilly' which means you might need some form of jacket. Basically, the best time to visit Australia is whenever you get the chance to do so.

When to visit Australia & when not to


A month by month guide

As a rule of thumb the further north you travel the hotter it gets so bear this in mind when planning your vacation to Australia. However, heat can hamper any tour here and traveling around the north or the central regions during December and January is definitely not advisable. Head further south to Tasmania for the best of the weather.

January is also cyclone season in the north of Australia as well as vacation time for families across the country so beaches can get crowded and accommodation prices rise.

February and March are still hot; however, there's a bit more space on the beach during weekdays and you might catch a glimpse of a whale off the coast of Victoria.

April and May are great months to visit Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Melbourne as things are cooling down and there's not much in the way of rain.

Whale watching moves along the coast into New South Wales from May through to July and August with cooler temperatures making for an ideal time to visit the Northern Territory and the northern regions of Western Australia.

June is the start of the Aussie winter and perhaps offers the best time to explore Australia's cities or, alternatively, go hiking in places like Kangaroo Island, Kakadu National Park or the Kimberleys.

September and October are lovely months to visit, with whales moving further north into Queensland or in the other direction into South and Western Australia. The Aussie spring signals the start of flowers and warmer days with wine estates such as Hunter Valley or Barossa Valley offering an abundance of colour as well as grapes on the vine.

The tropical north gets its annual deluge from November through to May and you're advised to look out for jellyfish (stingers), especially around the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays.

Best time to visit Australia


WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IN AUSTRALIA

James Frickey, Australia and New Zealand Senior Specialist at Audley Travel, shares his best time to visit Australia: “October – November and April – May are definitely the best times to visit Australia as you get good weather in both the north and the south and not so many crowds. Melbourne is amazing for festivals all year round with March probably providing the pick of the bunch with food, fashion and flowers all included. April in Sydney is a great time for opera lovers as there are often outdoor performances on a platform on the water – amazing!”
Photo credits: [Temp chart: ilaria] [helpdesk: Alan Levine] [What happens when: Roanish]

Written by: Chris Owen
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