Closer to The Uluru (Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park), Red Centre, Australia

The best time to visit Australia

The best time to visit Australia is from September to December. Unsurprisingly, the weather here is superb here across the year, but this winter stretch offers a combination of mid-to-high temperatures and low rainfall.

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Visiting Australia in January

In the north, tropical rain brings hot and humid conditions, which can make access difficult. In the south, days are generally hot and sunny. Australians have their summer holidays, so it is a busy time, with numerous festivals and sporting events.

Visiting Australia in February

The warmest month for much of the country. Australians go back to work, easing pressure on accommodation. A great time to enjoy the beaches of southern Australia or Tasmania.

Visiting Australia in March

Early autumn brings harvest time in Australia’s vineyards, so an ideal time to sample and learn about the excellent wines on offer. Tropical humid weather and cyclones persist in the north, but outside of Easter, it can be a quieter experience in the south.

Whale sharks off Western Australia

Visiting Australia in April

Autumn colours start to appear around Melbourne and Adelaide, making it a beautiful time to be there. April is one of the best times to visit anywhere in the south.

Visiting Australia in May

In the north, temperatures decrease and humidity drops. Roads open up after the tropical rains, making transport easier. It is an ideal time to explore Ningaloo Reef, with the opportunity to swim with whale sharks, rays and humpback whales.

Visiting Australia in June

The dry season starts in Northern Australia, meaning it is the perfect time to use the sunny days and warm temperatures to explore. In the south, it is cooler and can be a good time for hiking.

Visiting Australia in July

Snow falls on the southern ski resorts, and the inland regions of the south are ideally explored at this time. The Great Barrier Reef has much gentler tidal currents, making for clearer and easier snorkelling conditions.

Visiting Australia in August

Australians head to the north for some winter sun, meaning it can be a busy time. It’s also a great time to explore the outback before the weather turns too hot and wet.

Visiting Australia in September

The first signs of spring present themselves best in Western Australia, as a vibrant mix of wildflowers sprinkle the landscape. Flower festivals are held across the country.

Visiting Australia in October

Not recommended to go to the north, as humidity peaks before the rains arrive. Everywhere else, the weather is pleasantly warm. An ideal time for camping, relaxing at vineyards, or hiking and wildlife viewing.

Visiting Australia in November

In the north, beaches start to close due to the ‘stingers’ – jellyfish in the shallow waters. High winds start to pick up in the reef islands along the coast. The Melbourne Cup is a horse race that ‘stops the nation’, definitely worth experiencing.

Visiting Australia in December

Temperatures ramp up as the holidays near for locals. Barbeques are sparking up, ready to celebrate Christmas Aussie style – on a beach. Admire the spectacle that is the start of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, with the fabulous Sydney Harbour backdrop, on Boxing Day.

Australia climate guide

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Maximum Temperature (°C) Monthly Rainfall (mm)
Alice Springs
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Kangaroo Island
Port Douglas
The Whitsunday Islands

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  • Alice Springs
  • Brisbane
  • Cairns
  • Coober Pedy
  • Darwin
  • Hobart
  • Kangaroo Island
  • Melbourne
  • Perth
  • Sydney
  • Whitsunday Islands

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