“So when is the best time to travel around Australia and how?”
Many international visitors ask the question. If you’re only here for a short period of time and have particular destinations in mind, the climatic map and relevant descriptions should assist you in your decision making.
Best Time to Travel - starting from Sydney or Melbourne
If you are fortunate enough to be here for an extended holiday, up to 12 months long and plan to travel as much of the country as possible, then we can guide you in the right direction according to the most suitable and comfortable weather conditions in each state or region.
Most overseas tourists tend to arrive by flight to either Sydney or Melbourne, Australia’s two major airports on the east coast. Airfares are generally cheaper to and from these airports and your journey would be easier to organize efficiently from here.
Summer - December to February
If you plan on visiting Tasmania, flying into Melbourne during our southern summer would be the ideal time and place to start. Note you would probably need to book well before or after Christmas as flights are much more expensive during this busy holiday period. November could be the perfect time to arrive in Australia.
The “Spirit of Tasmania”, vehicular ferry, departs from Port Melbourne. Tasmania is best experienced in summer, due to the cold climate and can be adequately explored in two weeks.
If you arrive before the busy December period, that would leave you plenty of summer time in southern Australia to explore Melbourne and make your way up the coast towards Sydney and the inland mountains.
Autumn - March to May
Autumn could find you still in this region or already continuing further north along the east coast, exploring more of New South Wales and venturing into southern Queensland. You might reach Cairns and the Great Barrier Reef towards or during our southern winter, which is perfect timing for northern Australia.
Winter - June to August
From here you either have the option of heading north to Cape York Peninsula (4wd only), the Gulf of Carpentaria track (again another rough track - 4wd only) or possibly head inland and backtrack a bit to explore The Red Centre, featuring Uluru, The Olgas and Kings Canyon (all highly recommended scenic Australian icons).
Spring - September to November
Winter could still see you north along the Stuart Highway to Darwin and Kakadu and then across to Western Australia to explore the Kimberley region (particularly Broome). By now it could very well be springtime, depending how much you explored and how far you travelled each day (or not).
Time is always of the essence when trying to jam pack in as much sightseeing as possible, particularly if you have to stop for some work along the way.
If you’re lucky enough to have time up your sleeve before your departure date, then the South Australian coastline is quite spectacular.
If you needed to cross from one side of the country to the other you could do it in less than a week if you drove a lot of kilometers each day and made few stops. You’d basically be getting early starts, driving all day each day and pulling up to sleep in the evenings.
We hope this gives you some insight into the best time to travel around Australia.