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Australia is a beautifully diverse country that is great for travel at any time of the year. Every season offers a new adventure, and each region has a unique personality of its own.

The best time to visit Australia depends on you

When deciding the best time to travel to Australia, the question becomes - what do you want to do there? Do you want to snorkel the Great Barrier Reef? Take an adventurous tour of the Outback? Explore ancient rainforests?

Below you can get a sense of all that Australia has to offer - and what the best time is for you, based on the climate you’re looking for, your favourite activities, and your travel dreams.

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Feel free to contact one of our travel specialists. They would be more than happy to discuss Australia’s climate and seasons in detail, as well as the best time to visit each region based on your specific interests. Or, feel free to attend one of our live and informative presentations for more inspiration on the best travel time.

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Australia’s climate

Tropical

In the most northern parts of Australia, you will find a tropical climate. This area has a wet and humid season (November to April) and a warm and dry season (May to October).

Subtropical

Some parts of Australia, such as Brisbane, have a subtropical climate. During the summer (November to March), you can expect sunny weather, some humidity, and a chance of thunderstorms. In the winter months (June to August), you will experience mild sunny weather with an average temperature of 10 to 20 degrees celsius.

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Desert

The centre of Australia is mostly made up of a desert landscape with an arid climate. Summer temperatures are generally hot throughout. In the winter, you can experience freezing temperatures.

Dry Mediterranean

In some southern parts of Australia, you will find a Mediterranean climate, with mild and rainy winters and sunny summers.

Temperate

The southern part of Australia has a temperate climate. The rainfall is generally spread out over the seasons. You can experience a warm to hot summer, and a cool to cold winter.

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Discover the best time to visit Australia for you

Our travel specialists are more than happy to discuss Australia’s climate and seasons in detail, as well as the best time to visit each region based on your specific interests.

Australia's seasons

With the exception of the north, the seasons in Australia are the exact opposite of the United Kingdom. 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.

Spring

Spring in Australia is from September to November. This is an ideal time to visit! It brings sunny warm days and crisp evenings. Since this is a shoulder season, it's generally less expensive and less crowded compared to the summer months. We highly recommend travelling during this period.

If you would like to visit the Northern Territory and Tropical North Queensland, early spring is the best time. In Tasmania, it's still warming up after the cold winter months, with temperatures ranging from 8 to 17 degrees celsius.

Summer

Summer lasts from December to February. This is a busy period with six weeks of school holidays. If you would like to travel during this period, we recommend skipping the northern parts of Australia. This is the ‘wet season’, with plenty of rain and unpleasant humidity. However, the southern parts of the country are warm and waiting to be discovered.

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Autumn

Autumn falls between March and May. Another ‘shoulder season,’ it’s a beautiful time to visit Australia. The Grampians, the wineries of South Australia, or the vibrancy of Melbourne are all at their best during this season. With the colours that autumn brings, Australia is an ideal escape.

Winter

June to August is the winter season. It's an ideal time to visit the northern parts of Australia. Queensland is the sunshine state, after all. This time of year is the 'dry season', which brings with it an abundance of sunshine and lovely temperatures.

Seasonal activities

Is your dream to marvel at whales? Or snorkel the Great Barrier Reef? Some activities are only offered seasonally, or are at their best at certain times of the year. The best travel time in Australia depends on what excites you the most. If you have an activity on your bucket list, let’s sit down together and have a chat about it. We will ensure that you won’t miss out on the experience of a lifetime.

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Australia's regions

The Red Centre

In central Australia, you will enjoy pleasant temperatures from May to October. This is a great time to visit the orange-coloured rock formations of Ayers Rock and the area around Alice Springs.

In the months of July and August, temperatures range between 15 and 20 degrees. At night it can cool down to about zero degrees. Outside of May through October, temperatures in this region can be very hot. We don't recommend travelling outside of these months unless you really love hot weather.

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

Ilona, Travel specialist
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The northern parts of Australia

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. It's the most ideal time to discover Australia’s undiscovered regions.

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 days by the beach under a palm tree, or explore an ancient rainforest with elusive flora and fauna.

The southern parts of Australia

On the lines of Perth, Adelaide and Sydney there is a maritime climate that you can compare with the Mediterranean climate. In summer, temperatures range between 25 and 36 degrees. Winter has an average temperature of approximately 14 degrees. Temperature wise, summer and winter are great times to visit the southern parts of Australia. However, the summer months of December and January are the high season in Australia. This period is very busy and expensive. Between October and November, as well as February to April, you will experience pleasant temperatures, less crowds, and little rainfall.

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The east coast of Australia, from Sydney to Brisbane

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

With these temperatures, it's great to relax on the beaches around Sydney or take a kayak trip at Noosa, near Brisbane. In the winter, temperatures between these cities quickly drop between 14 to 20 degrees, making the water much cooler.

Tasmania

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

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

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