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When is the best time to visit Australia?

The best time to visit Australia depends on the area you plan to see. A country of two climates, Australia’s northern half is driest and most accessible between April and September. Warm, sunny days show the national parks and beaches at their very best, providing opportunities for swimming and barbeques. The north is humid from October to March, with more rainfall, but this is offset by the active wildlife, and reinvigorated rainforests and wetlands.

In the southern half of Australia, the summer months (December to February) bring hot weather. Fall (March to May) is also a lovely time, with numerous festivals and the busy grape harvest. Winter (June to August) is less busy and generally attracts a temperate climate that’s ideal for hiking, while spring (September to November) often sees more wildlife activity.

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Australia is all about the outdoor lifestyle, and the warm sunny days of spring are perfect for dining outdoors, taking to the water and hiking along scenic coastal trails. If you’re visiting the north of the country, I’d recommend waiting until April or May, when there are far fewer visitors and you’ll have all the benefits of summer with a slightly cooler, drier climate.

James, Australia and New Zealand Specialist

Australia Climate Guide

Destination Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Adelaide 82°F 1" 84°F 1" 79°F 1" 72°F 2" 66°F 3" 61°F 3" 59°F 3" 61°F 3" 64°F 2" 70°F 2" 75°F 1" 79°F 1"
Alice Springs 99°F 2" 97°F 1" 91°F 1" 82°F 1" 73°F 1" 68°F 1" 68°F 1" 73°F 0" 81°F 0" 88°F 1" 93°F 1" 97°F 1"
Brisbane 86°F 6" 84°F 7" 82°F 5" 81°F 4" 75°F 3" 70°F 3" 70°F 2" 72°F 2" 75°F 1" 79°F 4" 82°F 4" 84°F 5"
Cairns 90°F 19" 88°F 19" 88°F 19" 84°F 10" 82°F 5" 79°F 3" 77°F 2" 79°F 1" 82°F 2" 86°F 2" 88°F 5" 90°F 8"
Coober Pedy 97°F 1" 97°F 1" 91°F 0" 82°F 0" 72°F 1" 66°F 1" 66°F 0" 70°F 0" 77°F 0" 84°F 1" 90°F 1" 95°F 1"
Darwin 90°F 14" 90°F 13" 90°F 12" 91°F 3" 91°F 1" 88°F 0" 88°F 0" 90°F 0" 93°F 1" 95°F 3" 93°F 5" 91°F 10"
Hobart 72°F 2" 72°F 2" 68°F 2" 63°F 2" 59°F 2" 54°F 2" 54°F 2" 55°F 2" 59°F 2" 63°F 2" 66°F 2" 68°F 2"
Kangaroo Island 73°F 1" 73°F 1" 70°F 1" 66°F 2" 63°F 3" 59°F 4" 57°F 4" 57°F 4" 59°F 3" 64°F 2" 68°F 1" 70°F 1"
Melbourne 79°F 2" 79°F 2" 75°F 2" 68°F 2" 63°F 3" 57°F 2" 57°F 2" 59°F 2" 63°F 3" 68°F 3" 72°F 3" 75°F 2"
Perth 88°F 0" 88°F 1" 84°F 1" 77°F 2" 72°F 4" 66°F 7" 64°F 7" 64°F 4" 68°F 3" 72°F 2" 77°F 1" 82°F 0"
Port Douglas 88°F 17" 88°F 17" 88°F 17" 86°F 8" 82°F 3" 81°F 2" 79°F 1" 81°F 1" 84°F 1" 86°F 2" 88°F 4" 90°F 7"
Sydney 79°F 5" 79°F 6" 77°F 6" 73°F 4" 68°F 4" 63°F 6" 63°F 3" 64°F 4" 68°F 2" 73°F 4" 75°F 4" 79°F 3"
The Whitsunday Islands 88°F 13" 88°F 13" 86°F 9" 82°F 6" 79°F 4" 75°F 2" 75°F 1" 77°F 1" 81°F 1" 84°F 1" 86°F 3" 88°F 6"

Month-by-month guide to traveling in Australia

Blue Mountains, Australia

Visiting Australia in October - December

In the north, the temperature and humidity starts to build, causing the odd thunderstorm. This can bring welcome rain, transforming Outback landscapes with wildflowers. Along the coast, high winds can affect access to the reef islands.

In the south, this is the start of spring. Terrific walking and wildlife-spotting opportunities open up in the national parks and coastal regions. As Christmas approaches, Christmas lights and trees appear in towns and cities under blue skies. The year culminates in New Year's Eve celebrations with dazzling firework displays.

Events & Festivals

  • Hike along one of the well-marked trails in the Blue Mountains in October before the summer crowds arrive. Read more »
  • Explore the Margaret River region in November and take in its food and wine festivals. Read more »
  • Dress up for the 'race that stops the nation' as Australians tune in for the Melbourne Cup horse race in early November.
  • Take your seat at one of the many outdoor cinema screenings held throughout the summer.

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