When is the best time to go to Australia?

When is the best time to go to Australia? Here's some information to help you in your decision:

  • In Australia, the weather is good everywhere in April, October, November and December
  • The weather is good all year in Sydney
  • On average, the warmest months in Sydney are January, February, March and December, and the coldest months are July and August
  • The rainiest months in this city are February, March and June
  • The cities with the best climate are Sydney, Brisbane (Queensland), Perth, Uluru (Ayers Rock), Esperance, Fraser Island, Gold Coast, Port Hedland, Port Macquarie and Streaky Bay, with good weather at least 11 months a year
  • The best months for swimming in Sydney are January, February, March, April and December

Where and when to go based on the weather?

New South Wales
Sydney, Canberra, Port Macquarie...

56°F to 72°F°C
1 to 6 days
63°F to 72°F
January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, October, November and December
49°F to 95°F°C
1 to 13 days
63°F to 83°F

Northern Territory
Darwin, Alice Springs, Uluru (Ayers Rock)...

April, May, June, July, August and September
65°F to 97°F°C
0 to 11 days
79°F to 88°F
March, October and November
86°F to 101°F°C
1 to 20 days
83°F to 88°F
February and December
88°F to 97°F°C
2 to 20 days
86°F to 90°F
88°F to 97°F°C
3 to 23 days

Cairns, Brisbane (Queensland), Mackay...

August, September, October and November
70°F to 97°F°C
0 to 10 days
70°F to 85°F
January, February, March, April, May, June, July and December
65°F to 99°F°C
0 to 24 days
70°F to 86°F

South Australia
Adelaide, Kangaroo Island, Streaky Bay...

January, February, March, April, November and December
68°F to 101°F°C
0 to 4 days
63°F to 72°F
May, June, August, September and October
58°F to 88°F°C
0 to 9 days
58°F to 65°F
56°F to 68°F°C
0 to 8 days
58°F to 63°F

Hobart, Devonport, Coles Bay...

January, February, March, April, November and December
59°F to 76°F°C
2 to 9 days
58°F to 67°F
May, June, August, September and October
52°F to 65°F°C
3 to 14 days
56°F to 61°F
50°F to 56°F°C
2 to 13 days
56°F to 58°F

Melbourne, Mildura, Warrnambool...

January and February
74°F to 95°F°C
2 to 4 days
65°F to 67°F
March, April, October, November and December
65°F to 90°F°C
1 to 6 days
59°F to 67°F
May, June, July, August and September
52°F to 70°F°C
1 to 10 days
58°F to 63°F

Western Australia
Perth, Esperance, Port Hedland...

January, February, March, April, May, July, October, November and December
59°F to 104°F°C
0 to 12 days
65°F to 88°F
June, August and September
61°F to 99°F°C
0 to 10 days
65°F to 81°F

Best time to travel to Australia by cities

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Temperatures and rainfall in Australia

On these 3 graphs, we present the evolution of temperatures of Australia and month-by-month rainfall for the cities of Sydney, Hobart, Adelaide, Alice Springs and Brisbane (Queensland), as well as the month-by-month sea temperature for coastal cities.

Peak visitor numbers and tourist seasons in Australia

Find out when Australia has its high tourist season (the period when the influx of tourists is highest) and off-peak tourist season using our data and figures.

Tourist seasons in Australia

The months with low numbers of tourists are: January, February, March, April, May and June. The number of visitors to Australia is high in: July, August, September, October, November and December.

  • Very low season in Australia: February, March, May and June.
  • Low season in Australia: January and April.
  • High season in Australia: July, August and November.
  • Peak season in Australia: September, October and December.

Figure: Visitor index for Australia month by month

Average price for flights to Australia

A return flight between Melbourne and Sydney is generally cheaper if you go in february ($ 120 on average): this is the best time for travellers on a tight budget. In contrast, you may end up paying $ 42 more for your airline ticket to Sydney if you go in december.

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Where to go in Australia?

This table allows you to see the maximum temperature for each city and our opinion on the weather month by month (see colour legend below the table).

Cities jan.feb.mar.apr.mayjun.jul.aug.sep.oct.nov.dec.
Alice Springs97°F95°F90°F83°F74°F67°F68°F74°F83°F88°F94°F95°F
Brisbane (Queensland)85°F83°F81°F77°F74°F70°F68°F72°F76°F79°F81°F83°F
Uluru (Ayers Rock)97°F95°F92°F83°F72°F65°F67°F72°F81°F88°F94°F95°F
Fraser Island85°F85°F83°F79°F74°F70°F70°F72°F76°F77°F81°F83°F
Gold Coast81°F81°F79°F76°F72°F68°F68°F70°F72°F74°F77°F79°F
Kangaroo Island74°F74°F72°F68°F65°F61°F59°F59°F61°F65°F68°F70°F
Port Hedland97°F97°F97°F95°F88°F81°F81°F85°F90°F95°F95°F97°F
Port Macquarie81°F79°F77°F74°F70°F65°F65°F67°F70°F74°F77°F79°F
Streaky Bay81°F81°F77°F74°F68°F63°F63°F63°F67°F72°F76°F79°F


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Is this weather information for Australia reliable?

Climate data for Australia has been gathered every day since January 2009. The analysis of these meteorological data for Australia allows us to determine the average for each month in Sydney, Hobart, Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane (Queensland), Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, and 133 other cities.

So yes: this data is reliable except in cases of temporary climate disruption in the region.

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