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What is the best time to visit Australia?

The best time to visit Australia is Spring (September to November) and Autumn (March to May). Australia is a vast and diverse continent and lies on the southern hemisphere. There is something for everybody who plans to visit this place from vast beaches, desert experience, Great Barrier Reef, vineyard and so much more. Australia has four seasons, but they are precisely the opposite of what everyone else experiences and also has three different climate zones. Australia is an out and about the outdoor country and is open and accessible across various seasons. The warm sunny days provide great opportunities to explore beachside, go diving, snorkelling, road trips, and much more. During the fall, you can go to the rainforests, wetlands, and wildlife. Spring is the best time to visit national parks and go on a hiking trip to heart’s content. Winter is generally a low season but provides an excellent opportunity to learn skiing and pack your bags to the mountains.

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Seasons in Australia

Peak Season in Australia
Australian Summer (December to February) is the peak season in Australia. This is because the season is reversed here while everyone experiences harsh and cold weather, Australia enjoys warm weather across the country. Everything is jam-packed because of the holiday season and accommodation rates are pretty higher. Things get settled in January little bit, as the weather tends to rise higher.

Low Season in Australia
June to August (Winter) is the low season in Australia. This is because it is summer in the northern hemisphere. The weather is not extremely cold in coastal areas, and the north part of the country, but certain parts experience extreme cold. There will also be cities like Sydney which will experience heavy rainfall during this season. Travelling during this season will get you cheaper airfare and accommodation.

Shoulder Season in Australia
Spring (September to November) and Autumn (March to May) are the shoulder seasons of Australia and are a spectacular time to visit. Both these seasons are aftermath of Low and High Seasons and are easy to enjoy the country without the crowd. There are warm sun and clear waters and very fewer chances of rainfall.

Australian Spring (September - November)

Weather in Spring
Spring is again the best time to travel to Australia before the peak crowds come in. The weather is pleasant around 20 degrees Celsius making it almost too perfect. With a little bit of planning, you can score some great deals on accommodation and airfare. During the spring season, visiting the western and southern part of Australia is a great choice. If you would like to venture the city side, then Perth won't disappoint you. There are so many attractions to visit, and the weather is nearly perfect with around 23 degrees. You can also plan a trip to Margaret River which houses 215 wine producers and excellent premium wine market. Coober Pedy although sounds like an unusual place to visit, it is the opal capital of the world. Go back in time in visiting the mines, museum, and underground homes. Kalbarri National park is also gorgeous with unique rock formations and fiery gorges. During spring the walking tracks are viable. Although it lies on the eastern part of Australia, Byron Bay is a great place to visit during spring because the whale watching season comes to close and the crowds are lesser than the peak season.

Events in Spring
Cities like Brisbane, Alice Springs, and Melbourne has a festive mood around this season and has lots of events, performances, and exhibitions planned across the city. There is music, dance, theatre, puppetry, live shows, opera, and parades.
The Melbourne Cup is more of a traditional race which is happening for more than a century. It is a Thoroughbred horse race in which the entry closes by August.

Australian Summer (December - February)

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.

Autumn in Australia (March to May)

Weather in Autumn
Autumn is the most magical time to travel to Australia as it comes to life during this time. The holiday crowd settles down allowing you to explore the city at your pace. The weather is pleasant, the flowers are blooming, the colours are changing, and it is breathtaking. There are a few must-visit places like Adelaide Hills, Tasmania, Yarra Valley, Barossa, and Armidale which you cannot miss. Although Adelaide hills are beautiful all through the year, the autumn casts its magic through colours. You can take a road trip through villages and towns including Handorf. In Tasmania, do not miss places like St. Clair National Park and Mt. Field National park which has magnificent landscapes. It is harvest season in the wine regions like Yara Valley and the Barossa where the days are warm and nights are cold. There is a hot-air balloon, incredible sunsets, and colourful vineyards to spend your time. Overall, this season is the favourite for photographers and people who would love to have a slow vacation.

Events in Autumn
  • The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF) is an annual event which happens for over a month in March and April.
  • Australian Grand Prix is also a notable event which happens during this month and is under a contract until 2023 delighting all the fans.
  • Canberra Balloon Festival is a local event celebrated in March which is an excellent opportunity to catch the sunrise at the capital in the hot air balloon.
  • Easter is observed in Australia and celebrated across the country.
  • The Rip Curl Pro Surfing event takes place in Victoria which is around for more than five decades.
  • Around the last week of April, Anzac Day has been celebrated in Australia as well as New Zealand that honours the veterans.
  • Australian Fashion Week takes place in May which showcases the seasonal collections of designers from Asia and Australia. It is usually held in Sydney and is the biggest fashion event of the year in Australia.
  • Vivid Sydney Event is the biggest festival of music and light which also takes place in May.

Australian Winter (June - August)

Weather in Winter
When it comes to winter travel, Australia is fantastic because only one half of the continent experiences a harsh cold while the other half is dry. This also officially marks the low season. The coldest it gets in Australia's most visited tourist destinations is around 32F, which is 0 degrees Celsius (freezing) in places like Uluru or Canberra during winter nights in July/August. If you like skiing or would love to try it, then don't think twice and go for the Victorian Alps or Snowy mountains in NSW. The terrains are exceptional and great for families. If you are not a fan of snow but still would love to explore the hills, the blue mountain is a great place to be. It has lush forest on one side and barren rock on the other. It is a beautiful place to hike, enjoy some local produce, or even relax. If you genuinely want to experience a winter wonderland, then Cradle Mountain National Park in Tasmania is an excellent choice. The air is chill; there are frozen lakes, frequent snowfalls, and less crowd. Darwin, Uluru, and other surrounding areas in Northern territory experience warm but pleasant weather during winter. Darwin is close to unique experiences such as Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land, Mary River, and Katherine Region. The weather on an average is around 15 degrees but less in colder areas with snowfalls.

Events in Winter
  • Alongside the dry river bed at Alice Springs, the International Camel Cup takes place which is a fun event with camels, rides, beer, and spectators in July. 
  • The Darwin Beer Can Regatta event happens in the Northern part of Australia in July which is a great party event with an electric crowd.
  • Melbourne International Film Festival kicks starts in July continue till mid-August and is one of the oldest festivals in the world.
  • If you would like to celebrate an offbeat summer, then you can up to Yulefest in the Blue Mountains in August which has snow and lots of it.
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