When is the best time to visit Australia?

The beautiful Sydney Harbour

Heading down under? Visiting Australia is a popular choice for all types of traveller. It’s a huge place with so much to explore and discover, no matter if you’re going on holiday, backpacking or making use of the new working holiday rules. Whatever the reason for your trip, check out AuVisa.org prior to your travels to see which visa you’ll need. It’s good to get this ticked off your list as soon as possible so there’s one less thing to worry about.

There’s much debate surrounding the ideal time to travel to Australia. However, every traveller has a unique experience in mind and what may appeal to you may not be at the top of the list for someone else. This brief guide looks at what you can expect from each season in Australia to help you decide when best to visit.

What to expect in summer

The Aussie summer is actually winter in the UK. So, if you fancy escaping the dark and dreary British climate this can be a great time to travel down under and tick off those bucket list activities in Australia. It’s when the country is at its hottest which is good news for sun seekers and beach lovers.

December to February is the height of the summer season in Australia. During this time you can expect dry weather and temperatures hovering around 30°C in southern regions. Further north, you get into the tropics which will experience more rain, higher humidity and hotter temperatures. If you’re not a fan of the heat, this might not be the best time to travel.

Christmas and New Year on the beach is one of the great attractions of the Australian summer. This literally couldn’t feel anything further from the usual festive routines at home. If you enjoy a bit of sun, sand, and beach barbecuing, then this could be the perfect time for you.

Summer can be great for wildlife watching

What to expect in winter

During the UK summer, the seasons are once again reversed which means this is when Australia experiences its winter. However, it’s nothing like a chilly European winter which brings snow, heavy rain and freezing temperatures.

From June to August, average temperatures usually stay in the teens during the day in southern and eastern areas, although warmer winters are becoming more common. Up north and in large parts of Western Australia, the winter is actually the dry season and temperatures can still be rather warm.

Winter can be a good chance to experience more of the country and sightsee without the scorching heat. You will need to pack some warmer clothing if you’re travelling further south, but you’ll still be able to do activities such as diving, wildlife watching and trekking wherever you go. If you fancy some heat, you can always head to the Northern Territories or North Queensland.

Sydney harbour at night
Sydney is great at any time of year

What to expect in spring and autumn

Spring and autumn separate the two major seasons and these are transitional periods in the Aussie calendar. March to May are the autumnal months while September to November fall in spring. The climate during spring and autumn in the southern regions is very pleasant and can make for a great trip before or after the hottest and coldest months. You should be able to enjoy all the activities you can do in summer, whether that’s relaxing on the beach or attending many of the great events and festivals.

In the north, the humidity and rainfall are more of a factor with more consistent temperatures year round. If you go in autumn, you’ll be arriving during the transition into dry season, or coming out of dry season if you go in the spring.

You can have amazing Australian adventures all year round. If you’re choosing when to book, consider the types of experiences you want to have and where you’re thinking of visiting because there are so many different regions and climates to consider. Sort your visas and get planning!

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