“The Australia climate is definitely a factor to consider when travelling in our country of diverse climatic zones”.
Those of us that enjoy warm, mild weather and blue skies prefer to travel in northern Australia during our winter months and southern Australia during our summer months, when the weather conditions are close to perfect in our Australia climate.
Note that the winters and summers in the Southern Hemisphere are the opposite months to those in the Northern Hemisphere.
Australia Climate - Australia Seasons
|Summer||December to February|
|Autumn||March to May|
|Winter||June to August|
|Spring||September to November|
Australia Climate - Northern Australia Seasons
|Wet Season (Summer)||November to March|
|Dry Season (Winter)||April to October|
(Australia Climate Map courtesy of the Bureau of Meteorology)
Far Northern Australia – Hot Humid Summer
In our county’s far north we basically have two seasons – the “wet season” (November to March) and the “dry season” (April to October). These months are a guide only, as conditions and weather patterns can change each year.
Along the top of Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland, we experience hot, humid summers with plenty of rainfall, thunderstorms, and flooding. These factors make travelling long distances difficult at times, particularly in the far north, when outback tracks and national park roads can be closed, due to high rainfall levels. Tropical cyclones are also a potential threat.
Many of the main attractions such as waterfalls and other scenic areas can also be missed out on during the “wet”, so be sure to plan your northern adventures during the “dry”. There are also more swimming opportunities during the “dry” as crocodile country is more dangerous during the “wet”. Crocs are captured and released from flooded swimming holes during the “dry season.”
The “build-up”, as we call it here, is usually the hottest and most uncomfortable time of the year up north (around November). There is little to no rainfall, the temperatures are soaring and it is extremely muggy. This is the build up to the monsoon season (“wet”).
Northern to Central East Coast of Australia – Warm Humid Summer with Warm Winter
Scattered in sections from Cairns on the north coast to Coffs Harbour on the central coast, this climate is warm all year round. The northernmost areas are hot and humid in summer and the southernmost are also hot and muggy.
The best time to visit is winter when the temperatures and humidity are most comfortable. Spring and autumn are pleasant too.
Mid Northern Australia – Hot Dry Summer with Mild Winter
Again the best time to visit this region, between Carnarvon in the west and Longreach in the east, is during the southern winter. The days are generally dry and sunny with mild temperatures and unlikely rainfall. The nights are pleasant.
During the southern summer months this region reaches high temperatures in the very high 30’s (degrees celsius) and can be unpleasant if you want to participate in physical activity. Early mornings are the best time to do walking trails if you are in this region during the hottest part of the year.
Mid Southern Australia – Hot Dry Summer with Cold Winter
The majority of central and southern inland Australia is best visited in winter and spring. The winter days are generally clear, sunny and warm, however the nights can get cold, particularly in the outback. In spring the days are warmer and walking is best done in the early hours of the morning. Wildflower season is in spring, after some rain has occurred.
This region is famous for The Red Centre and its main attraction Uluru.
Areas in this region furthest south and closer to the east and west coasts are best visited in summer months, when the days are beautifully warm to hot and the nights are mild to cool.
Southern Coastal Australia – Warm Summer with Cool Winter
Stretching from north of Perth, along the south coast, via the Great Ocean Road and up past Brisbane, this climate is temperate. Summer days can be quite hot, however also warm or even cool and cloudy with occasional rainfall. Summer is a great time to travel in this region, as are both autumn and spring which are milder and comfortable.
Winter is generally cold by day and night, however, some warm days do occur. Winter is not the best time to be travelling and camping in this region.
Far Southern Australia – Mild/Warm Summer with Cold Winter
This zone in the far south east of Australia’s mainland and including Tasmania across the Bass Strait, is mild in summer, however can become quite cool during the day time and very cold at night. Wildflower season is in the summer here.
Snowfall occurs in this region intermittently in both summer and winter.
The mountain regions inland from Sydney are high in altitude and can be cold most of the year round. The weather changes frequently here.