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Best time to visit Australia

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Australia, endless opportunities. A massive country with a variety of seasons. Since Australia is so big, means the travel opportunities are boundless. You could visit Australia and experience several different climates! The question is ‘What do want on your trip to Australia?’ Based on your wishes and desires, we can advise you on when the best time to travel to Australia is.

When should you travel to Australia?

The best time to travel to Australia is based on your desires and needs. Would you like to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef? Learn about the Aboriginal culture? Discover wine regions? Take an adventurous tour of the Outback? Or explore an ancient rainforest and learn about the flora and fauna?

By listing your wishes, we can advise you on which regions are the best to visit and when. Here, we have listed some regions and the best time to visit them. We would love to talk with you further about Australia’s spectacular regions and climates. The possibilities are endless!

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Australia’s weather

With the exception of the north, the seasons in Australia are the exact opposite of the UK. Australia is located in the Southern Hemisphere, so summer is from December to February and winter is from June to August. Autumn is from March to May and Spring is blooming from September to November.

However, even during these four seasons, temperatures and weather conditions vary by region. For example, the south of Australia and the island of Tasmania have a maritime climate. The area between Sydney and Brisbane has a subtropical climate and the middle of Australia has a desert climate.

Another climate zone can be found in the north of Australia. This area has a tropical climate with a dry and wet season. The rainy season is generally between December and March, which means a lot of rainfall. It is also possible to experience storms and cyclones during this time of the year.

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Tropical North Queensland is best visited during the Australian winter
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The beating heart of Australia

The south of the state of Northern Territory and the north of the state of South Australia, also known as Central Australia, enjoy pleasant temperatures from May to October. This is, therefore, a good time to visit the orange-coloured rock formations of Ayers Rock and the area around Alice Springs.

In the months of July and August, it is between 15 and 20 degrees and at night it can cool down to about zero degrees. Outside of May through October, it can be very hot in Central Australia. Unless you love hot weather, we wouldn’t recommend visiting here then.

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Abundant and spectacular sunny days

The northern part of Australia is best visited during the months of May to October. This period is known as the ‘dry season’ which means beautiful blue skies and sunny days. The dry season is, therefore, the most ideal time to discover Australia’s most undiscovered regions.

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Arnhemland, home to the traditional landowners, the Yolngu people
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Admire ancient rock painting in timeless landscapes

The Kimberley’s and Arnhemland are spectacular places to visit. In these regions, you can experience the real Australian Outback. And learn about the ancient culture of the Aboriginals. The Kimberley’s is a place bursting with fresh swimming holes, outback stations, wide rivers, ancient rock formations and gorges that have eroded over millions of years.

The UK summer is also a great time to visit Northern Australia. With an average temperature of 25 degrees, you can go snorkelling with tropical fish amongst the coral reef. Spend lazy day’s by the beach under a palm tree. Or explore an ancient rainforest with elusive flora and fauna.

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Be mesmerised by the Corroboree Billabong

The southern parts of Australia

On the lines of Perth, Adelaide and Sydney (and below) there is a maritime climate that you can compare with the Mediterranean climate. In summer, temperatures are between 25 and 36 degrees. Winter has an average temperature of approximately 14 degrees. Both summer and winter are therefore great times to visit the southern parts of Australia.

The summer months of December and January are the high season in Australia because then the Aussies themselves have holidays. This period is very busy and expensive, so we recommend avoiding these months. In the period between October, November, February, March and April, you will experience the best travel time, with pleasant temperatures, not large crowds and little rainfall.

"I love travelling to Australia in October, the temperatures are rising, fewer tourists and it's the perfect month to combine different regions."

Ilona, Travel specialist
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The colourful east coast, from Sydney to Brisbane

You can travel all year round between Sydney and Brisbane. However, we recommend October to April as the best travel time. You will then experience the real holiday feeling with temperatures between 20 and 30 degrees.

With these temperatures, it is pleasant to relax, for example, on the beaches around Sydney or take a kayak trip at Noosa, near Brisbane. In winter, temperatures between these cities quickly drop between 14 and 20 degrees, making the water a lot cooler.

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Purely picturesque, Tasmania

Tasmania has pleasant temperatures between November and the end of March. This is also the time for nature lovers, hikers and to visit the island with about twenty national parks, various walking tours and many vineyards.

It is generally a lot cooler in Tasmania in comparison to the rest of the southern parts of Australia. The island is even further south than the mainland. In December and January, it is summer in Tasmania, but this is also the high season with more crowds and high prices. July and August are the heart of winter. It can be very cold, cosy and possibly snowy.

Would you like to travel to Tasmania in winter? Or somewhere else in another season? We would love to sit down with you and discuss all the possibilities further.

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