When to go to Australia

Much of Australia is warm or hot throughout the year, even along the cooler southern coasts where the winters are reasonably mild. Only Tasmania has a temperate climate comparable with that of Britain or northwest Europe.

If you’re planning on visiting Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef as well as Sydney and Melbourne further south, then a good time to visit is during our Easter and summer periods, as it’s drier and warm in the north, and cooler but not cold in the south.

If you’re focusing on the southern half of the country, then the climate will be warmer between December and February. Christmas is one of the most expensive periods to fly, whilst spring and autumn will have some of the best deals on airfares.

In terms of rainfall, the east and southeast coasts of Australia do get rain, particularly in the summer (December – February), whilst the tropical north and northeast have more rainfall between November and April.

The south and southwest coasts of South and Western Australia have their maximum rainfall during the cooler winter season (June – August), whilst central Australia is extremely dry and comparable to the Sahara and Kalahari deserts of Africa.

Seasonal highlights

If you want to avoid the humidity and the jellyfish around the coast of Queensland, aim for May to September.

Tasmania has so much to offer in terms of wild and diverse landscapes and stunning food and wine, and an optimal time to go is between Decemeber to February.

If you want to get off the beaten track, why not visit the wild and remote North West coast. If you want to avoid the most extreme heat, then time your visit for between March and October.

Please get in touch with our contact our Australia specialists to find our more about the best time for your trip to Australia.

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