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Gap Year Australia :: when to go

When to go to Australia

When to go on your trip to Australia could largely depend on the weather. Don’t forget that it’s in the Southern Hemisphere; which means that the seasons are opposite to ours! Despite what you see on Neighbours and Home and Away, Australia has a very diverse climate and is not hot all the time!

In the tropical north there are only two seasons; wet (November-April) and dry
(May-October). In the middle of the country it’s generally just dry all time but can get quite cold at night. The southern parts of Australia are normally dry(ish) and warm but in the winter months it is rainy and colder! Not quite what you see on Neighbours, but it’s much better weather than the UK!

Prices for accommodation and other activities can change for different times of the year. Also, you could find yourself with nowhere to stay and nothing to do if you don’t book in advance during the peak times! These busy periods are generally the dry season in NT and Queensland, and in summer everywhere else. Remember that travelling to regions in the off season could be more beneficial to your budget and a chance to see a different (less busy!) side of the country.

This chart gives you a rough idea of what to expect around the country –
Average temperatures in centigrade

 

Summer

Autumn

Winter

Spring

 
Adelaide
22
18
11
17
Brisbane
25
23
16
21
Canberra
21
14
6
13
Darwin
29
28
25
29
Hobart
17
13
9
13
Melbourne
22
16
11
15
Perth
24
20
14
17
Sydney
23
19
12
18
Alice Springs
29
21
25
29

 

 

 

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