The Best Time to Go to Australia
Australia by seasons
Being in the Southern Hemisphere, Australia’s seasons are the reverse of those in the UK. With such a huge landmass it’s always warm and sunny somewhere in the country so there's never a bad time to go. To get the best out of your chosen region though, you’ll need to time your holiday right. To help you plan, here are our seasonal suggestions and events to travel for.
September – November
Dry weather and mild temperatures make spring the ideal time to get outdoors and explore the countryside of Victoria and Western Australia. In the Northern Territory, thunder and lightning and short, localised showers allow the outback flowers to bloom, while in Northern Queensland gentle breezes, calm seas and excellent visibility mean that conditions are spot on for diving on the Great Barrier Reef.
Brisbane Festival in September: see the city come alive with a range of activities and entertainment at this vibrant three-week celebration which ends with a spectacular fireworks display.
The Great Barrier Reef: while you can visit year round, spring offers the best weather and visibility for snorkelling and diving the Great Barrier Reef.
December – February
Warm temperatures and sunny days make summer an excellent time to visit Sydney and New South Wales, especially if you’ve come for the beaches. Although there will be occasional showers at this time, these usually pass quickly. Across the whole country, Christmas and New Year are peak season for both international and domestic travellers, with flights booking up quickly during this period. But for any Brits wanting to experience Christmas on the beach, this is the perfect time to go.
Christmas: tuck into a barbecued Christmas lunch on the beach and look out for surfing Santas as the yuletide festivities begin across the country.
Sydney at New Year: the spectacular fireworks that launch off the Sydney Harbour Bridge at midnight are legendary. Get there early for the best views.
Australia Day on January 26th: celebrate all things Aussie on this day of concerts, barbecues, fireworks and beer.
March – May
By March, it’s beginning to dry out in far north Queensland and the Northern Territory. The more remote roads start to reopen after the rains, making this a great time to visit Kakadu National Park, where the rivers are full and the waterfalls thundering. April is a lovely time to visit Western Australia too, with minimal rainfall and plenty of sunshine. In New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia, the climate remains warm and sunny, with bright golds and reds appearing on the trees by early May. Gentle breezes, sunny days and beautiful foliage colours also make autumn a great time to visit Tasmania, especially for hiking.
Anzac Day: on 25th April, commemorate the lives of Australians and New Zealanders lost in war with various marches and remembrance services, held across the country.
Australian Grand Prix: in late March and early April, watch the first race of the Formula One season in Adelaide.
June – August
Overall, the whole country is warm and sunny, making this a popular time to visit. Winter brings drier weather and ideal visiting conditions to the Northern Territory and Queensland, with gentle breezes and lower temperatures, especially around Uluru and Alice Springs. With low humidity and warm waters, winter is also an ideal time to hit the beaches of Tropical North Queensland, while in Tasmania, snowy log cabins and fireside hot chocolates are in order.
Swim with whale sharks: from June to August the mighty whale sharks are spotted at Western Australia’s Ningaloo Reef.
Darwin Beer Can Regatta: in July, watch one of Australia’s quirkiest festivals as revellers race in boats made from beer cans.