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Best time to visit Australia

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The best time to visit Australia is October-November

While Australia is a popular destination to visit all year round, October-November is the ideal time to go due to a number of factors such as the climate, cost of travel and accommodation, as well as avoiding peak holiday periods.

The warmest month of the year in Sydney, Australia is January, where the average maximum temperature gets to around 27℃ (80℉), but temperatures can sometimes reach as high as 28℃ (83℉) on the hottest days of summer. The weather at night in the winter, which is around July-time, can get down to a minimum of 9℃ (48℉) in Sydney. Other destinations in Australia can sometimes get even colder than this, so if you’re planning on visiting a few different places, make sure you check out the climate comparison table below.

If you’re keen to work on your tan in Australia, you’re most likely to get the longest days between sun-up and sun-down around December.¬†February sees the most amount of rain in a month if you’re ok with chancing getting drenched, so if you’re looking to stay dry, visit in July instead.

If you want to learn everything you need to know about the best times to travel to Australia, the weather by month for the top destinations and so much more, make sure you keep reading. Once you’re ready, we’ve included a bunch of our favourite online booking tools to help you find the best deals on flights, accommodation and anything else you’ll need for your trip. Happy reading!

Warmest month

January

Least rainfall

July

Most daylight

December

Australia seasons

Before you plan your trip, it’s important to know when the seasons are as they may be different to yours depending on where you’re travelling from. Australia is in the Southern hemisphere, so the seasons fall on:

SeasonMonths
Summer December to February
Autumn/fall March to May
Winter June to August
Spring September to November

Best time to visit the top destinations in Australia

We’ve put together a breakdown of the average minimum and maximum temperatures by month, as well as the best times to visit for each. To learn more about these destinations including detailed climate breakdowns and much more, click or tap the city/destination name below.

CityBest time to visitJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
AdelaideNovember
26℃
18℃
26℃
18℃
24℃
16℃
21℃
14℃
17℃
12℃
15℃
10℃
14℃
10℃
15℃
9℃
16℃
10℃
20℃
12℃
22℃
14℃
24℃
16℃
Airlie BeachMarch-May
28℃
27℃
28℃
27℃
28℃
26℃
26℃
25℃
24℃
22℃
22℃
20℃
22℃
20℃
22℃
20℃
23℃
22℃
24℃
23℃
26℃
25℃
27℃
26℃
AlbanyNovember
23℃
16℃
23℃
16℃
22℃
16℃
21℃
14℃
18℃
12℃
17℃
11℃
15℃
10℃
16℃
10℃
16℃
10℃
18℃
11℃
20℃
13℃
22℃
14℃
BrightApril-May
32℃
19℃
31℃
18℃
27℃
16℃
23℃
13℃
18℃
10℃
15℃
7℃
14℃
6℃
15℃
6℃
18℃
7℃
23℃
10℃
27℃
13℃
29℃
17℃
BrisbaneApril
28℃
22℃
28℃
22℃
27℃
21℃
25℃
19℃
22℃
16℃
20℃
13℃
19℃
13℃
21℃
13℃
23℃
15℃
24℃
17℃
27℃
19℃
27℃
21℃
Broken HillOctober-November
34℃
20℃
32℃
20℃
29℃
17℃
24℃
13℃
19℃
11℃
16℃
8℃
16℃
7℃
17℃
7℃
21℃
9℃
25℃
13℃
29℃
16℃
32℃
18℃
BroomeSeptember-October
32℃
28℃
32℃
28℃
33℃
29℃
33℃
28℃
30℃
24℃
28℃
21℃
28℃
21℃
28℃
21℃
30℃
23℃
32℃
26℃
33℃
27℃
33℃
29℃
Byron BayApril
26℃
22℃
26℃
22℃
25℃
21℃
23℃
19℃
21℃
16℃
19℃
14℃
18℃
13℃
20℃
14℃
21℃
16℃
23℃
17℃
25℃
19℃
25℃
21℃
CairnsMarch-April
29℃
24℃
29℃
24℃
28℃
24℃
27℃
22℃
25℃
21℃
24℃
19℃
23℃
18℃
24℃
18℃
26℃
19℃
27℃
21℃
28℃
23℃
29℃
24℃
CanberraMarch-May
28℃
14℃
26℃
13℃
23℃
11℃
19℃
8℃
14℃
4℃
11℃
2℃
10℃
1℃
11℃
2℃
15℃
3℃
19℃
6℃
22℃
9℃
25℃
12℃
Coober PedyMarch-April
37℃
25℃
35℃
24℃
32℃
22℃
27℃
18℃
22℃
14℃
18℃
11℃
19℃
10℃
21℃
11℃
25℃
14℃
30℃
18℃
32℃
21℃
35℃
24℃
DarwinApril
31℃
27℃
31℃
27℃
31℃
27℃
31℃
26℃
31℃
24℃
29℃
22℃
29℃
22℃
30℃
22℃
32℃
24℃
33℃
26℃
33℃
28℃
32℃
28℃
EsperanceOctober-November
25℃
18℃
24℃
18℃
23℃
17℃
22℃
16℃
19℃
14℃
17℃
12℃
16℃
11℃
16℃
11℃
17℃
11℃
20℃
13℃
21℃
15℃
23℃
16℃
ExmouthApril-May
34℃
27℃
34℃
27℃
34℃
27℃
32℃
26℃
28℃
22℃
25℃
20℃
24℃
19℃
26℃
19℃
27℃
19℃
30℃
21℃
31℃
22℃
33℃
24℃
Eyre PeninsulaMarch-April
24℃
18℃
23℃
18℃
22℃
18℃
20℃
16℃
18℃
15℃
16℃
13℃
15℃
12℃
16℃
12℃
16℃
12℃
19℃
13℃
20℃
15℃
22℃
17℃
Gold CoastOctober-November
27℃
23℃
26℃
23℃
26℃
22℃
24℃
20℃
21℃
17℃
19℃
15℃
19℃
14℃
20℃
15℃
22℃
17℃
23℃
18℃
25℃
20℃
26℃
22℃
Halls GapSeptember-November
29℃
15℃
28℃
15℃
24℃
13℃
20℃
10℃
15℃
8℃
12℃
5℃
11℃
4℃
12℃
4℃
15℃
5℃
19℃
7℃
23℃
10℃
26℃
12℃
Hamilton IslandApril-June
28℃
27℃
28℃
27℃
28℃
26℃
26℃
25℃
24℃
22℃
22℃
20℃
22℃
20℃
22℃
20℃
23℃
22℃
24℃
23℃
26℃
25℃
27℃
26℃
Hervey BayMarch-April
28℃
24℃
28℃
24℃
27℃
23℃
26℃
21℃
23℃
18℃
21℃
16℃
21℃
15℃
22℃
15℃
24℃
17℃
25℃
19℃
26℃
21℃
28℃
23℃
HobartOctober
20℃
11℃
20℃
11℃
18℃
10℃
16℃
9℃
13℃
7℃
11℃
6℃
11℃
5℃
11℃
5℃
13℃
6℃
15℃
7℃
17℃
8℃
19℃
10℃
KalbarriMarch-May
30℃
23℃
30℃
23℃
29℃
23℃
27℃
21℃
24℃
18℃
21℃
16℃
20℃
15℃
21℃
15℃
22℃
15℃
24℃
17℃
26℃
19℃
28℃
21℃
KalgoorlieOctober
33℃
20℃
31℃
19℃
28℃
17℃
25℃
15℃
20℃
11℃
16℃
9℃
16℃
8℃
18℃
9℃
21℃
10℃
26℃
13℃
28℃
15℃
31℃
18℃
KununurraSeptember-November
35℃
27℃
35℃
26℃
35℃
25℃
34℃
24℃
32℃
21℃
30℃
17℃
31℃
17℃
32℃
18℃
36℃
21℃
38℃
25℃
38℃
28℃
37℃
28℃
Lakes EntranceOctober-November
22℃
16℃
22℃
16℃
21℃
15℃
19℃
13℃
16℃
11℃
14℃
9℃
13℃
9℃
14℃
8℃
16℃
9℃
17℃
11℃
19℃
13℃
21℃
14℃
Lightning RidgeMarch-April
36℃
25℃
34℃
23℃
31℃
21℃
26℃
16℃
21℃
11℃
17℃
8℃
17℃
7℃
19℃
7℃
23℃
10℃
28℃
15℃
32℃
20℃
34℃
23℃
MandurahApril
27℃
19℃
27℃
19℃
26℃
18℃
23℃
17℃
20℃
14℃
18℃
13℃
16℃
12℃
17℃
12℃
17℃
12℃
20℃
14℃
23℃
15℃
25℃
17℃
MelbourneMarch-April
26℃
15℃
25℃
15℃
23℃
14℃
19℃
12℃
16℃
9℃
13℃
7℃
13℃
7℃
13℃
6℃
16℃
7℃
19℃
9℃
22℃
11℃
24℃
13℃
Mission BeachOctober-November
29℃
24℃
29℃
23℃
28℃
23℃
26℃
21℃
24℃
18℃
22℃
16℃
22℃
16℃
23℃
16℃
25℃
18℃
27℃
20℃
29℃
22℃
30℃
23℃
MudgeeApril
30℃
17℃
28℃
16℃
25℃
14℃
21℃
10℃
16℃
6℃
13℃
5℃
13℃
3℃
14℃
3℃
17℃
6℃
21℃
9℃
25℃
12℃
28℃
15℃
NoosaMarch
27℃
23℃
27℃
23℃
26℃
22℃
24℃
20℃
22℃
17℃
20℃
15℃
20℃
14℃
21℃
14℃
23℃
16℃
24℃
18℃
26℃
20℃
27℃
21℃
Palm CoveMarch-April
29℃
24℃
29℃
24℃
28℃
24℃
27℃
22℃
25℃
21℃
24℃
19℃
23℃
18℃
24℃
18℃
26℃
19℃
27℃
21℃
28℃
23℃
29℃
24℃
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Top FAQs

Australia is in Oceania.
You can check out the full list of awesome destinations and hidden gems to explore in Australia here.
The warmest month of the year in Sydney, one of the most popular places to visit in Australia, is January.
The driest month of the year in Sydney, Australia, is usually around July each year.

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