Weather in Summer
December to February are the summer months in Australia. The weather in summer is anywhere between 35 degree Celsius to 25 degree Celsius depending on the state and territory. The hottest (dry heat) is about 100F (38 degrees Celsius) at Uluru in the peak of summer in December/January. And with 100% humidity, it can reach about 90F (32.3 degrees Celsius) in Cairns and Darwin during those same months. It is also the peak season to purchase tickets. Book your accommodation and tickets in advance to avoid last minute chaos. Although the weather can be slightly on the higher side, it is nearly perfect as the days are long. In true Australian style, pack your bags and hit the water. The Great Barrier Reef has some fantastic visibility during this season and is the best time to snorkel as the water is calmer and warmer. Bondi Beach is the most popular beach in Sydney, and although it is pretty crowded in summer, there are other things to do there like visiting the waterfront ice cream parlour and waterfront, swimming pools, coast walk, etc. Summer is also great to stroll in the cities like Sydney or Melbourne to catch the beautiful sunrise, get some shopping done, or stroll through the parks. You can explore the rainforests and national parks across Australia to see the wildlife or visit Kangaroo Island where you can see Australian Sea Lions up close or spot Koalas and Kangaroos. But, do not miss the drive around Great Ocean Road which is 243 kilometres along the South Eastern coast of Australia. The views are breathtaking, the roads are windy, and there are several cliff-top spots, and also the iconic 12 Apostles.Events in Summer
- Hosted by Cruising Yacht Club of Australia the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race is a popular annual event in December.
- Sydney Harbor New Year's Eve Fireworks display is an epic show which even challenges the Time’s Square Ball Drop.
- January in Australia starts with a bang thanks to the Australian Open. It is an annual tournament which is the start of the Grand Slam events held in Melbourne.
- Australia Day is observed in the last week of January which marks the founding of the nation.
- During mid-week of February, the Adelaide Fringe Festival happens which is the second largest art festival across the globe.
- Chinese New Year and Valentine's Day is also celebrated in some parts of Australia.
- Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras are one of the most significant events in Sydney, Australia.