Many people have a goal of visiting the “land down under” at least once in their lives.
But once that dream gets closer to a reality, it’s time to start thinking about the finer details – like which season is best to visit Australia.
And in truth…
The best season to visit Australia will depend on what you're there for. But for most people, you're going to want to visit in the summertime. That is Australia's summer time.
Australia sits on the southern hemisphere, which means they have the opposite seasons to those in the northern half of the world. And this takes some getting used to for most of us – because about 80 percent of the world’s population is in the northern hemisphere.
In Australia, December through February are the summer months.
For many people, this is one of the major perks of traveling to Australia. When it's cold and blustery in your hometown, you can pack your swim trunks and head to a land where everyone is enjoying the beach and barbie.
Here are some of the perks of visiting Australia in the summer months:
- Get to visit all the beaches (many regions)
Australia has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world – and they are scattered across the continent. So regardless of where you go, you’re sure to find a beach experience that will knock your socks off.
You really can’t go wrong when you choose any of the following beaches in Australia.
- Sydney area – Bondi Beach
- North Queensland – Lizard Island in the Great Barrier Reef
- Queensland – 75 Mile Beach (Frasier Island), Burleigh Heads, Whitehaven Beach or Noosa Main Beach
- New South Wales – Byron Bay
- Walpole – Mandalay Beach Road
- Tasmania – Wineglass Bay
- Western Australia – Broome’s Cable Beach
- The weather is nice
In terms of weather, summer is hands-down the best time to visit Australia – regardless of where you land on the continent.
Sydney – This city enjoy as a year-round Mediterranean climate, so there's really no bad time to go. Summers can be warm to hot, but they also enjoy more days of sunshine than the milder winter days.
Melbourne – Melbourne is famous for its rapidly changing weather patterns. In fact, it’s often said to have four seasons within one day. Expect to spend the hot summer days lounging by the pool.
Perth – Although rainfall is higher than average in the summer months, Perth is known for having more sunny days than any other Australian city. But don’t worry, there’s a beautiful sea breeze to cool you off. February is the hottest month with average temps reaching 88 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Easy to pack
It's easy to pack for a summer vacation in Australia because you can pack light. You'll need all the summer essentials, including shorts, t-shirts, bathing suits, and sunglasses.
And there are a few things you won’t want to forget (but if you do, you can always get them there). The Australian sun can be harsh and unforgiving. So regardless of the time of year you visit, you’ll want to go heavy on the sun protection. Bring hats, sunglasses and lots of high SPF sunscreen.
You’ll also need some form of mosquito repellant.
- Summer events and festivals
If you’re a fan of music fests and fun times, you’re definitely going to want to plan your Australian vacation for the summer. Here’s a taste of some of the big festivals you might experience on an Australian summer holiday.
- Fairgrounds – November 30 – December 1, Berry Showgrounds, NSW
- Meredith Music Festival – December 7-9, Meredith, VIC
- Lost Paradise – December 28 – January 1, Glenworth Valley, NSW
- Meet other travelers
Since summer is peak season to visit Australia, you can expect to meet other travelers from all over the world. This might be true regardless of where in Australia you may go, but it’s definitely going to happen if you’re in a tourist hotspot like Sydney or Perth. And you never know, you might just make an international connection that’ll last a lifetime.
- Get to surf or swim with whale sharks
If you’re a surfer, there’s no question about the best time to visit Australia. In fact, you may want to spend the entire summer (or your winter) riding the waves towards the beaches of Perth.
But even if you have no interest in surfing, you can experience other once-in-a-lifetime things like swimming with whale sharks or scuba diving the Great Barrier Reef. You may not have these experiences if you wait until June to take your vacation.
- Do outdoor hikes
If you do end up in Australia during their summer, you’re going to want to get a reliable car so that you can explore from coast to coast. There's more than just cities and beaches. There are some amazing hikes where you can see the unique and diverse Australian wildlife up close and personal.
There probably isn’t a bad time to visit Australia, but if you’re in for beaches, surfing and outdoor exploration, you’re probably going to want to go down under for their summer. Just remember that this is probably your winter, depending on where you are in the world.
Posted By PaulJ
Updated : 29th October 2021 | Words : 869 | Views : 2068