Best time to go to Australia & Oceania

With boundaries stretching from Southeast Asia to Hawaii, Oceania incorporates Australasia and is in the southern hemisphere when it comes to seasonal variations – with more tropical climes the further north you go. Winter falls between June to August with summer from December through to February. Aside from the seasons, other factors need to be taken into account if you're looking for the best time to go to Australasia and Oceania as from swimming with humpback whales in Tonga to knowing when stingers congregate around the Great Barrier Reef, this maybe the world's smallest continent but it still requires a very big calendar.
Best time to visit Australia & Oceania
Best time to go to Australia
Best time to go to Micronesia, Papua New Guinea or New Zealand
Best time to go to Fiji, Samoa, Tonga & Vanuatu

Australia & Oceania, month by month

The closer you get to the equator the more tropical the conditions with countries like Papua New Guinea, Tonga and the Solomon Islands experiencing their rainy season from December through to March. The heat in Northern Australia is quite intense around the start of the year, with really oppressive weather up in Darwin meaning hiking in January is definitely not recommended. Further south in New Zealand however, you'll find relatively mild temperatures with chances to spot orcas, sperm whales and dolphins off Kaikoura, definitely worth adding to a Valentine's itinerary in February. November to April is cyclone season, particularly along the coastlines of Western Australia, northeast Queensland, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and the islands of the South Pacific. Tropical cyclones can occur at any time of year though, so please keep abreast of regionalised warnings. April and May are often considered the best time to go to Australia and Oceania as temperatures are starting to dip and rains are felt with a little less consistency in sub-regions like Micronesia and Polynesia.
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