Australia's climate

The weather is a definite factor in deciding when to travel and what to pack.

Australia has two climate zones – tropical and temperate.


The tropical zone is in the north above the Tropic of Capricorn, encompasses about 40% of the country, and experiences two seasons – summer (wet) and winter (dry). The summer rain brings the lush rainforests of the tropical zone to life.


The temperate zone has all four seasons. For up-to-the-minute weather information, visit the World Weather website.

Conditions in spring and summer are tropical in the north with high humidity and temperatures ranging between 86 and 122o F. Temperatures in the south sit at around 86oF during the day, with mild temperatures at night.

In fall and winter, northern and central Australia have clear warm days and cool nights, with an average temperature of around 68oF. The south has cool days averaging around 59oF with occasional rain but still plenty of sun.

When to go

Fans of the sun, sand and sea won’t want to miss the summer in Australia.  Spring and fall are mild and are the best seasons for bush walks and discovering nature.

The Australian winter (June to August) is generally mild, but you'll find snow on the fields of the southern mountain regions. It’s still hot enough to visit the northern states in winter as the temperatures sit at around 75oF.

*The Fine Print
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