Down Under, Oz, whatever you call it, there is no denying that Australia is a massively popular country to visit for people of all different walks of life, and this fun-filled, action-packed, and downright beautiful land certainly has enough to keep everyone occupied for whatever length of time they choose to visit and at whatever time of year they choose. Will one visit be enough? Probably not, as there is so much to explore, you’ll likely feel like you have just scratched the surface. And when is the best time to visit Australia you may be wondering? Let’s explore this in a bit more detail.
Because you’re probably going to be heading on a pretty long-haul flight to reach this vast and varied land, you’re going to want to time it right, after all, you don’t want to be rocking up in the middle of wet season when you’re expecting sunbathing and surfing!
Well, here is some advice on when is the best time to visit Australia, so you can get the most out of your epic trip.
First of all, you need to grasp the sheer size of Australia – it’s pretty damn big! To be specific, it covers 7,692,024 square kilometers, which is almost the size of America (sans Alaska). This covers all manner of different landscapes, from ski fields to deserts, rainforests to coral reefs, with a center so dusty and red you won’t quite believe you’re on the same planet. Because of this fact you can expect varied climates between regions, as it would downright impossible to expect the same kind of temperatures across such a huge landmass.
For instance, Melbourne during summer (January and February especially) is hot, but bearable and is the best time to visit this city as it really comes to life (while the northern hemisphere is shivering in cold!). Visiting Melbourne during the summer months is especially popular because you can combine city life with sporting events, such as the Ashes or the Australian Open tennis tournament.
In comparison to that, the winter is cool without being freezing, so with a jacket and a positive attitude, you can survive Melbourne in winter. Melbourne is well known for having four seasons in one day though, so pack accordingly! A really pretty time of year is Spring, and it is also a great time to visit to immerse yourself in the sporting culture – with locals and visitors alike celebrating the Spring Racing Carnival (including the famous Melbourne Cup) from September through to November.
If you love to chase the sun and aren’t afraid of the heat then you have plenty of options outside of Melbourne / Victoria. As you head up the eastern coast of Australia then you are following the sun. Many people argue that Sydney has the best all year round climates of all of the Australian major cities. We would tend to agree. While it does get chilly in parts of the state, like the Australian capital city, Canberra, and around June it can be both cold and wet, generally speaking there is never really a bad time to visit New South Wales.
Head further north and you’ll hit Queensland, which is considered a tropical paradise. Many people decide to head there in winter to enjoy cooler temperatures, and allow them to explore more thoroughly; and believe me, there’s a lot to explore with the Great Barrier Reef and the Whitsundays to name just a couple. The same goes for Western Australia – the largest of the Australian states. Even the locals would say that the height of summer in Western Australia is too darn hot (with temperatures of 40 degrees a regular occurrence) and the ideal time to plan your visit is during Autumn or Spring. The Margaret River region of Western Australia is world renowned for its spectacular wines and scenery and is a gorgeous place to visit in the cooler months if you are planning to immerse yourself in wine in front of a cosy fire (which we certainly do!).
The little, and often overlooked state of Tasmania should definitely be considered in your Australian holiday plans and has a lot to offer including beautiful countryside and wine growing regions. But it can get cold (but still beautiful in the winter months), so the best time is definitely to head there in the warmer summer months.
You will expect the arid center (Northern Territory) to be hot during summer, this is a given, in fact it can feel like a baking, raging inferno on certain days, so winter is better for visiting Uluru and the beautiful, harsh central parts of the country.
If you are planning a stop into South Australia, or Adelaide in particular, then March is a good month to time this to enjoy festival season and the beautiful weather. Though it does get busy around that time of year so booking your accommodation well in advance is a very good idea. Generally speaking, South Australia is pretty temperate so is a bit of an all-year-round destination. It does get chilly in the hills over winter but it’s also very pretty. Don’t forget to check out the South Australian beaches and McLaren Vale and surrounds for the perfect sea and vines experience.
The great thing about Australia’s upside down kind of weather pattern (compared to what you might be used to in the northern hemisphere that is), is that it gives you a perfect winter break. Imagine the envy of your friends when you return home from Down Under after basking in the sun with a bronzed coat, when everyone else is turning blue from frostbite.
So, in answer to the original question, when is the best time to visit Australia? Well, it really comes down to where you want to go, and what you want to see, and it also depends on your tolerance to heat. We think that any time is the best time to visit Australia as somewhere this huge has plenty to experience with changing seasons, regardless of the time of year. Packing the right gear to see you through your adventure is the key to your success.
If you do plan to visit Melbourne on your adventure then we’d love to show you the sights of this great city and its surrounds. We have a range of private tours that we can tailor make for you. We won’t let the weather stop you in getting the most of your trip. As I say, it’s not uncommon to experience four seasons in one day in Melbourne so we tailor our tour itineraries accordingly to make sure you see what you want to see, rain, hail or shine. Get in touch today and we can help you build the dream itinerary for your time in and around Melbourne.