What's the weather like in Australia? 

There's no specific climate that works for the whole of Australia with each state and territory experiencing different weather patterns and seasonal shifts throughout the year. Most of the country enjoys four seasons during the year - summer, autumn, winter, and spring - except for the far northern states (Northern Territory and far north Queensland) which typically experience a wet and a dry season. 

However, the climate of Australia is ruled by the country's size and the air that comes off the subtropical high-pressure belt that moves in a north-westerly direction and then in a north-easterly one with the seasons. Because of the country's large geographical size, it actually experiences a mixture of climates including a desert or semi-arid climate (central Australia with parts of Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory), a temperate climate (Victoria and New South Wales), and a tropical climate (Northern Territory and Queensland) that includes both rainforest and desert areas. 

The likes of Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, and Tasmania generally experience cold to freezing winters and warm to hot summers with a few exceptions here and there (Tasmania gets colder than the other states listed due to its proximity to Antarctica). While the rest of the country experiences warm, mild winters and hot, humid, and rainy summers. 

When is the best time to visit Australia? 

There is no best time to visit Australia as each state offers something different in every season. For example, if you don't want to be in the tropical northern part of the country during summer (rainy, cyclone season), you can always head down the east coast towards New South Wales and Victoria and make the most of the country's stunning beaches. When it starts getting a bit too cold, make your way to Western Australia and the Northern Territory to wander around some of Australia's most fascinating natural landmarks (Uluru, we're looking at you) and picturesque national parks. 

While there's no particular 'popular' season to travel in Australia, school holidays are scheduled during summer between December and January so most beachy, coastal destinations and other popular tourist cities/spots will be more crowded than usual. This also means that availability is low if you haven't booked accommodation and activities well in advance and flight prices can also increase to keep up with demand during this time so be wary of that when planning out your itinerary. 

Average temperatures in Australia 

Temperatures in Victoria

 

MONTH

AVERAGE HIGH

AVERAGE LOW

March to May

70°F/21°C

48°F/9°C

June to August

57°F/14°C

41°F/5°C

September to November

68°F/20°C

45°F/7°C

December to February

81°F/27°C

54°F/12°C

The natural pinnacles of rock along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria

Temperatures in New South Wales 

 

MONTH

AVERAGE HIGH

AVERAGE LOW

March to May

75°F/24°C

55°F/13°C

June to August

61°F/16°C

43°F/6°C

September to November

79°F/26°C

55°F/13°C

December to February

91°F/33°C

68°F/20°C

Two travellers standing in the clear, blue waters of Jervis Bay in New South Wales

Temperatures in Queensland

 

MONTH

AVERAGE HIGH

AVERAGE LOW

March to May

86°F/30°C

66°F/19°C

June to August

75°F/24°C

54°F/12°C

September to November

91°F/33°C

68°F/20°C

December to February

97°F/36°C

77°F/25°C

A row of palm trees swaying in the breeze along the coast of Port Douglas

Temperatures in the Northern Territory

 

MONTH

AVERAGE HIGH

AVERAGE LOW

March to May

90°F/32°C

68°F/20°C

June to August

79°F/26°C

57°F/14°C

September to November

95°F/35°C

72°F/22°C

December to February

99°F/37°C

77°F/25°C

A group of people swimming in Litchfield waterfall, Northern Territory

Temperatures in Western Australia

 

MONTH

AVERAGE HIGH

AVERAGE LOW

March to May

79°F/26°C

55°F/13°C

June to August

66°F/19°C

46°F/8°C

September to November

73°F/23°C

52°F/11°C

December to February

88°F/31°C

63°F/17°C

The colourful coastline of Cape Leveque where the water meets red rock.

Temperatures in South Australia

 

MONTH

AVERAGE HIGH

AVERAGE LOW

March to May

73°F/23°C

54°F/12°C

June to August

61°F/16°C

45°F/7°C

September to November

75°F/24°C

52°F/11°C

December to February

86°F/30°C

61°F/16°C

A lone windmill standing in front of the Flinders Ranges in the South Australian desert

Temperatures in Tasmania

 

MONTH

AVERAGE HIGH

AVERAGE LOW

March to May

52°F/11°C

36°F/2°C

June to August

43°F/6°C

30°F/-1°C

September to November

48°F/9°C

34°F/1°C

December to February

59°F/15°C

41°F/5°C

A group of people standing in front of a snowy Cradle Mountain in Tasmania

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