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Best Time and Month to Visit Australia: Complete Guide

Team AckoJan 25, 2023

Australia is both an entire country and a continent. Locals call Australia The Oz, Straya, or Down Under because it's in the Southern hemisphere. It's one of the only 2 countries where the weather is upside down! When it's summer in Australia (along with New Zealand) it's winter around the world. The opposite is true for winter in Australia, while it's summer around the world. With temperate weather, food from around the world, exotic flora and fauna, and friendly locals, Australia is your perfect holiday destination! Read ahead to know the best time to visit Australia.

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Best Time to Visit Australia  

The best time to visit Australia from India is from December to February, when the weather is warm and perfect to enjoy outdoor activities and have fun in the sun. Australian summers are an ideal time to visit, especially if you're travelling with family. 

Best Season to Visit Australia 

The summer season can be termed as the best season to visit Australia. Before you decide to set off on your Australia adventure, learn more about each travel season. 

Peak Season 

Australian summers, which stretch from December all the way to February, are also peak seasons. It's also the most expensive season to travel in. 

Shoulder Season 

Spring and autumn are Australia's shoulder season. March to May is spring in Australia. Autumn is from September to November. The shoulder season is the best time to travel to Australia and explore its natural and man-made wonders. Flights and accommodation are cheaper than in summer, making it an ideal time to travel. 

Low or Off Season

Unlike other countries, winter in Australia is from June to August, and also its low season. Winter is cool, yet sunny, making it an ideal time to travel to, and explore, Australia. Travelling in the low season is a great way to guarantee travel and accommodation prices that are cheaper than peak or even shoulder seasons. 

Best Month to Visit Australia 

Here’s a helpful month-wise travel guide to know the best time to visit Australia. 

Australia in January 

Although temperatures may vary, summer daytime averages are around 25°C (78°F). Have fun in the sun exploring Australia's great outdoors and finish off the day dining on global cuisine at some of the world's finest restaurants! 

Average Temperature

25°C (78°F)

Events

Bundeena Saltwater Market, Sydney Festival, Australia Day

Explore

Windsurfing in Warners Bay, Sightseeing in the Blue Mountains, Spot Australian wildlife like kangaroos on leisure rides

Reasons to visit

Popular time to visit, Sunny days to enjoy sand and surf in winter!, Australian landscape offers seas to mountains to deserts

Australia in February

Summer is in full swing in February, with outdoor activities galore. February is a pleasant month in summer, and best enjoyed if you're by the coast on any of Australia's beautiful sandy beaches. Australian summers are generally humid, so you may want to cool off at a chic cafe after an exciting day out exploring beaches or the desert. 

Average Temperature

25°C (78°F)

Events

Avoca Beachside Market, Chinese New Year celebrations

Explore

Catch the sunset at Shell House in Sydney, Explore The Rocks where the first European settlers landed

Reasons to visit

Plenty of outdoor activities and festivals for tourists and locals, Pleasant weather

Australia  in March

March in Australia isn't spring, it's autumn! Experience the beauty of the landscape changing from summer to the reds and oranges of autumn. Right in the shoulder season, March offers warm weather during the days and pleasant nights. You won't find crowds at tourist hotspots, so tickets will also be cheaper. Thus, in one way, it can be the best time to visit Australia. 

Average Temperature

21°C (70°F)

Events

Always Live Music Festival, Moomba Festival 

Explore

Sydney Opera House, Dinner at the Kiln, Sydney for breathtaking views, Isthmus at Palm Beach: where you can see stretches of land flanked by water on either side! 

Reasons to visit

Shoulder season offers cheaper accommodation, and flights compared to summer

Australia in April

April is in autumn, when the humidity and heat decreases across most of Australia. Days are deliciously warm and nights are pleasant. There are a lot of activities for you to try this month, and places to explore. Expect crowds on flights and at hotels to pick up as Easter rolls around, making it a more expensive time to book. 

Average Temperature

23°C (73°F) 

Events

ANZAC Day, Sydney Royal Easter Show, Barossa Valley Vintage Wine Festival

Explore

Outback Adventure in Uluru and Alice Springs, Southeast Australia Road Trip 

Reasons to visit

Don't miss rich red outback of the Red Centre, April marks start of the dry season: days are sunny and the nights are warm

Australia in May

Autumn comes to an end in Australia in May, as the country gears up for winter. Southern Australia is still pleasant, while tropical and coastal regions are warm. Travelling in May is a great time to indulge popular events and festivals while the weather is still enjoyable. 

Average Temperature

20°C (68°F) 

Events

Wide Open Space Festival, Ningaloo Whaleshark Festival

Explore

The Pinnacles (Perth(, Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, Penguin Parade (Melbourne) 

Reasons to visit

The weather is pleasant, Plenty of outdoor events, Many cultural festivals

Australia in June

While it's summer worldwide, June brings winter to Australia! If you like to travel without the hustle and bustle of tourist crowds, this can be the best time to visit Australia. You'll find cheaper flights and better rates on accommodation. It's cooler across the country, but still very warm and pleasant in places like Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef region. 

Average Temperature

18°C (65°F)

Events

Sea Week, Melbourne International Jazz Festival, Vivid Sydney

Explore

Ski in the mountains!, Margaret River, Bondi Beach to Bronte Beach walk 

Reasons to visit

Off-season means less crowds and cheaper hotel rates and flight tickets, June is the cheapest month to travel to Australia 

Australia  in July

July is smack in the middle of an Australian winter, and the perfect time for you to soak up Australian culture with indoors entertainment, activities, and dining. The temperature gets considerably cooler, pack winter boots and jackets! Crowds move up North for warmth, so the South will be quieter. 

Average Temperature

17°C (62°F) 

Events

Tyama: Nature Multisensory Experience Center, Christmas in July

Explore

Fraser Island, Port Douglas Rainforest, Darwin National Parks 

Reasons to visit

Low season in southern Australia, but peak season in the North 

Australia  in August

August is the last month of winter in Australia. As the South warms up in preparation for spring, it becomes both warm and dry in the North. Although the daylight hours are bearable, nights are quite cold, so be sure to pack warm clothes. 

Average Temperature

13°C (55°F) 

Events

Sydney City2Surf Festival, GreazeFest Kustom Kulture Festival, Alpaca Experience 

Explore

Noosa Surfing, Alice Springs desert, National Science Week  

Reasons to visit

Experience winter and summer activities this month!, Snow in the mountains or sunbathe on the beach 

Australia  in September

Spring begins in September, so you're in for a visual treat when you travel to Australia this month. Be sure to watch the flora come back to life as the first flowers of spring blossom. Australia's spring weather is pleasant, although the nights may be slightly cooler. 

Average Temperature

16°C (60°F) 

Events

Sage Farmers Market, Brisbane Festival, Springtime Music Festival, Perth Winter Lights Festival, Fine Food Australia Festival 

Explore

Whale watching, Gold Coast, Daintree Rainforest   

Reasons to visit

Excellent weather for experiencing festivals and exploring beaches, desert, mountains and more 

Australia  in October

October is spring in Australia, and makes it an ideal time to visit if you enjoy water sports and outdoor activities. Australia's spring temperatures average 18 - 22 degrees Celsius during the day, and around 14 degrees Celsius at night.

Average Temperature

23°C (73°F) 

Events

Crave Sydney International Food Festival, Melbourne Festival, Renmark Rose Festival in Adelaide, Island Vibe Festival (Queensland)

Explore

Steve Irwin Zoo, Kakadu National Park, Twelve Apostles 

Reasons to visit

Shoulder season with less tourists and crowds, Better rates on tickets and accommodation 

Australia in November 

Spring comes to a close in November. November is a great time to visit Australia if you love watersports, beaches, and sunshine. 

Average Temperature

25°C (78°F)

Events

Cape Byron Food and Culture Festival, Remembrance Day

Explore

Snorkelling in the Great Barrier Reef, Swimming in Cockatoo Island, Kangaroo Island 

Reasons to visit

Warm days and pleasant nights, Ideal weather for beaches, trekking, hiking, road trips 

Australia in December

It's the most magical time of the year, and thus can be the best time to visit Australia. Summer is warm or hot across the country making it the perfect time for outdoor activities, and a tourist favourite: sunbathing at iconic Australian beaches. 

Average Temperature

25°C (78°F)

Events

Alexander McQueen Show, Penguin Parade (Melbourne), Moonlight Cinemas

Explore

Lavender Fields 

Reasons to visit

Warm weather during the day and pleasant nights, Festive holiday spirit 

Cheapest Time to Visit Australia 

Australia's low season is in winter, which is from June to August. Winter is the cheapest time to visit Australia, especially if you prefer travelling when beaches and tourist destinations aren't as crowded. Flight tickets are more affordable, and so are hotel room rates, making this a great time if you want a budget-friendly trip. 

Expensive Time to Visit Australia 

The most expensive time to visit Australia is also its best time. The Australian summers are a tourist favourite, and run from December to February. Australia's warm sunny weather makes it the ideal time for tourists like you to travel.  Flights to Australia, as well as accommodation, dining, and sightseeing are expensive during this peak season. Book ahead to ensure you get your preferred tour and sightseeing spots, and to avoid higher prices.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Here’s a list of common questions and answers related to the best time to travel to Australia from India.

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What are the hot months in Australia?

Summer in Australia is the hottest part of the year and is from December to February. On average, Australia's climate is pleasant. 

How many days do you need in Australia to properly explore the country?

Because Australia is so vast, we recommend an itinerary of at least around one to two weeks for you to be able to experience most of what Australia offers! 

Which are the top 5 tourist attractions in Australia? 

Don't miss these iconic tourist destinations:

  • Sydney Opera House 

  • The Great Barrier Reef 

  • Bondi Beach 

  • Kangaroo watching 

  • Uluru National Park 

What should I pack for my Australia trip? 

Unless you're travelling in winter, we recommend sunscreen, hats, and loose and light summer clothes. In addition, we suggest you pack raincoats, and umbrellas if you're travelling in the rainy season.

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Disclaimer: The content on this page is generic and shared only for informational and explanatory purposes. It is based on several secondary sources on the internet, and is subject to changes.

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