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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 barbecues. 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 of December to February bring hot weather. Autumn (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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Month-by-month guide to traveling in Australia

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Visiting Australia in January - February

Hot and humid conditions and storms bringing tropical rain bursts typify the start of the year in northern Australia.

In the south, the days are warm and sunny, and while there can be heavy rain showers, these pass quickly. This is the most popular period for Australians to take time off work, with Australia Day celebrated in January, frequent sports events and numerous festivals.

Across the country it can be busy on the beaches and with boat charters visiting the Great Barrier and Ningaloo Reefs.

Events & Festivals

  • In late January take in the firework displays and lively celebrations around Sydney's harbour, which mark Australia Day.
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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"

Trip ideas and travel guides to exploring Australia

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Janin exploring Kata Tjuta in the Red Centre

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.

Janin, Australia Specialist