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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

Flinders Ranges, SA

Visiting Australia in June - September

Northern Australia’s 'dry season' (during the Australian winter) is a time of lovely sunny days and warm temperatures, well suited for exploring on land or underwater. The tidal currents around the Great Barrier Reef are gentler, creating good snorkeling conditions.

In the country’s southern regions the weather is more temperate, making for good hiking conditions, although it can be rainy in certain parts. This period is a quieter season in the south, and the comfortable temperatures make it an excellent time to explore some of the rural inland regions, such as the Flinders Ranges, that are best avoided during the very hot summer.

Events & Festivals

  • Take in the unusual Henley-on-Todd Regatta, held on the dry riverbed in Alice Springs in August. Read more »
  • Between April and June take a boat trip out to see or even swim with the whale sharks near the Ningaloo Reef. Read more »
  • The Brisbane Festival takes place for three weeks in September with a line-up of music, comedy and theatrical events. Read more »
  • A vibrant mix of wildflowers dot the landscape in Western Australia in September.

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