When to visit
The best time to explore Australia depends entirely on where you wish to visit and what you wish to do. The tropical North of Australia can be completely different to the southern half of Australia at the same time of year. There are four seasons across most of the country, however the top end of Australia experiences a ‘wet season’ and ‘dry season’.
Summer Months – December to February
Summer brings warm, sunny days that are best spent at the countries' stunning beaches. The southern parts of the country have the best weather during this time of year. During this time the tropical north is in the middle of its’ west season which runs from November – April; this can bring heavy rains and tropical storms to Darwin, Cairns, Broome and the Whitsundays. It is also the stinger season on the Great Barrier Reef; meaning snorkelers are required to wear full-body wetsuits. In the outback; temperatures soar during this time of year, averaging around 36-39°C during the summer months.
Autumn Months – March to May
Autumn brings the transformation of the colours from lush green to brilliant hues of red, orange, ochre and gold as the temperatures start to cool. There are many festivals happening in the major cities during this time of year. While Autumn is generally a pleasant and uncrowded time to visit, be aware of the Easter holiday period which brings out many holiday goers. In the tropical north it can still be wet during the start of Autumn, so aim for later in the season if you’re planning on heading up there. Heading to the Northern Territory on the Ghan Expedition is the perfect way to explore some of the most remote and captivating places in the Australian outback; all whilst travelling in total comfort.
Winter Months – June to August
The Australian Alps in the south of the country are home to some great ski fields which are very popular during this time of year. If you’re not a fan of the cold, this is the perfect time to visit the north of Australia; you will experience balmy days and cooler evenings. Ideal for getting outdoors and exploring the incredible natural landscape of the region. During these months; the magnificent humpback whales migrate north so it’s a great time for whale watching!
Spring Months – September to November
Spring brings flower blossoms all over the country and many states have their own flower festivals. It’s also the time where koala and kangaroo joeys begin to venture out of their mothers’ pouches for the first time; making it a great time to visit the zoo! It’s a great time to take advantage of the cooler daytime temperatures in the Outback and experience the last couple of months of Northern Territory’s dry season (September and October).