How cold can it be in Australia

Australia is such a huge country that it consists of different climatic zones depending on the region. Therefore, depending on the time of year, there are different types of excursions and activities to choose from. You just have to know where it is best and when! In this article we have put together an overview of the different climates and seasons in Australia. This allows you to see which region is best at which time of the year. And anyone looking to fruit picking during their trip will find that knowing the seasons and climate in Australia is important in order to find a job.

Weather in Australia

Since Australia is located in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed compared to the northern hemisphere! Christmas is celebrated here in summer when temperatures are quite high!

All in one north Australia (Northern Territory, Western Australia and Queensland) has a tropical climate. This part of the country knows two seasons. The dry season from April to September is characterized by hot temperatures and drought. On the contrary, the rainy season ("rainy season") consists of humid heat and stormy weather, often accompanied by heavy rains. It lasts from October to March.

in the south of the country (Tasmania, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia) the climate is more temperate and is referred to as oceanic. Spring extends from September to November, hot summer from December to February, autumn from March to May and mild winter from June to August.

In the central region after all, Australia has a dry climate. Precipitation is rare. The coolest time is between March and August. Between September and February this is the hottest time with unbearable temperatures. The nights are always cold, however.

We now understand why it is important to know about the climate in Australia before leaving. But also to know when the harvest time for various types of fruit and vegetables is.

This map shows the different climatic zones of Australia:

Seasons in Australia

The south of the country has four seasons, while the tropical north has only two, the rainy and dry seasons.

Sydney - average temperatures

In the southern and therefore temperate part of the country, the summers are hot and the winters are mild. The average annual temperature is around 20 ° C. The hottest month is January and the coldest is July.

Melbourne - average temperatures

Melbourne is located in Port Phillip Bay, so the sea makes the ocean climate temperate. Melbourne weather is sometimes very unpredictable. So it can be very hot, then the temperature drops by 10 ° C and it rains! It is not uncommon to hear that Melbourne can experience the "four seasons in one day"!

Cairns - average temperatures

In the tropical region of Australia (in the north of the country), the dry season from May to October is pleasant and warm. During the rainy season from December to March there are hot days with daily storms.

Alice Springs - Average Temperatures

Adelaide - Average Temperatures

Adelaide is located in the south east of the country and enjoys one year round mild climate. Like the other cities in the south of the country, it has four Seasons. The weather in Adelaide is therefore mild, but the best times to visit are the half-yearly periods (between March and May or even October and November).

In the middle of the country and the arid regions of Australia, temperatures are cold in the winter months and hot in the summer.

For more information on real-time weather, visit the Australian government website.

Best travel time in Australia

In general it seems for a road trip in the spring and summer south to be the best in the country. The north and the Inland are recommended in autumn and winter.

The best seasons for the entire continent seem to be autumn (between March and May) and spring (between September and November).

Certain times are absolutely necessary avoid: The summer especially in the Red Center, the rainy season in the north of Australia (from December to February) and the winter in the south (June-August). Watch out for the school holidays, as prices go up during this time.

Also note the highlights of the rainy and dry seasons in the tropical parts of the continent.

Road trip routes in Australia

All popular travel routes in Australia. Information & advice to help you plan.

Natural hazards

The varied and extreme climate of Australia sometimes leads to natural hazards and sometimes to catastrophes.

Because of the hot and often dry weather there are often Bush fires, especially in Victoria. Droughts are also occurring. These are exacerbated by global warming (rising temperatures and depletion of the ozone layer, a phenomenon that is very common in Australia).
Especially the north is affected by violent storms and Cyclones affected.

Revised on 07/13/2020. First published on February 24th, 2019.