When to go to Australia

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No matter what time of year you visit Australia, there’s always a warm and sunny day to be found somewhere in the country. Indeed, there’s never really a bad time to visit the land Down Under. If you have a region or activity in mind though, some months are better than others. Below are just some ideas and tips for when to take your Australian holiday.

Bondi Rockpool in Sydney

Summer:  December to February

Summer in Australia is a fantastic time of year to visit, not just for the warm and sunny weather but also for many of the country’s events. While it’s not the best time to visit the north of the country (tropical storms and high humidity are common during this time), south of the country is where you’ll find ideal weather and a huge range of events including New Year’s Eve celebrations, Australia Day celebrations, the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, the cricket, the Australian Open Tennis, and the popular music event Falls Festival in Victoria.

Best places to visit in summer:

  • Sydney
  • Melbourne
  • The Great Ocean Road
  • Tasmania

Hot Air Balloon over the Barossa Valley

Autumn: March to May

If the thought of 40-degree weather in summer is too much to bear, autumn is an ideal time to visit Australia. Though temperatures begin to cool off, weather can still be warm and sunny, providing perfect conditions for road tripping in Australia’s countryside, visiting wine regions and going bushwalking.

Best places to visit in autumn:

  • Adelaide
  • The popular wine region of the Barossa Valley near Adelaide
  • The Blue Mountains near Sydney
  • The tropical waterfalls of Litchfield National Park in the Top End
  • The beloved beach town of Broome in Western Australia

An aerial view of the Great Barrier Reef

Winter: June to August

While winter sees cold and wet weather hit Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney, perfect conditions arrive in Tropical North Queensland and the Northern Territory. The season in the north of Australia is known as the dry season and while the temperatures remain warm, there’s less humidity, fewer storms and better visibility for snorkelling and diving.

Best places to visit in winter:

  • The Great Barrier Reef
  • Uluru and Kata Tjuta National Park
  • Kakadu National Park in the Top End
  • Hervey Bay near Brisbane for whale watching

Couple looking up at the Daintree Rainforest canopy

Spring: September to November

Spring is a fantastic time to visit much of Australia, with temperatures and humidity still mild enough to visit places like the Great Barrier Reef and Uluru, while the cities like Sydney and Melbourne also experience good weather. Spring is also a fantastic time to see baby wildlife in the country’s abundant rainforests and national parks.

Best places to visit in spring:

  • The Whitsundays
  • Perth
  • The Daintree Rainforest near Cairns
  • The Margaret River food and wine region in Western Australia