Best Time to Travel: outdoor activities by season
Planning to hike the Overland Trail? Hoping to spot a humpback whale? If outdoor activities are high on your bucket list, here's the best time to plan your adventures:
Spring and Autumn (Fall) have the best balance of temperatures and uncrowded trails. You can of course hike in summer and winter too, but avoid mountain areas in winter unless you're experienced and well prepared, and try some coastal walks instead. And don't forget to carry at least 2-3 litres of water for day hikes in the summer heat.
For Snow Lovers
Peak snow season is July to early September. There may be snow from June right through to early October - that's right, you can ski during spring! During mid-winter (July/August) there will be a bigger selection of runs available, but the July school holidays mean larger crowds and higher prices.
For Whale Watchers
Winter means whales! Between June and September there are prime whale-spotting opportunities in Queensland, Western Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania. In some of these states you can see whales right the way through from May to November.
For Outback Exploration
The most comfortable time to visit the outback is during the Australian winter / dry season (May to October). Daytime temperatures will be warm and pleasant at this time, but remember that the mercury drops considerably at night - bring your warm pyjamas.
For Beach Bums
Do you want to have the beaches to yourselves? If so, avoid travelling between Christmas and February, when Australian schools have their long summer holiday. In the southern states, November to early December and March to early April are likely to have the best balance of empty beaches and warm sunshine. For a beach holiday during the Australian winter, the Tropical North will provide your daily dose of vitamin D.
Has this article helped you decide the best time of year to take your Great Australian Vacation?
We hope you now have a much better understanding of how each season can affect your travel plans. Here are the most important things to remember about Australia's seasons when planning your trip:
- Australia's seasons are at the opposite time to UK/European seasons.
- Far North Australia has a Wet Season and Dry Season, so make sure you plan around these.
- Shoulder seasons (spring and autumn/fall) are great times to plan a multi-state trip and avoid extremes of temperature.
- Whichever time of year you travel, you'll have a great time!
Further Reading: Our In-Depth Seasonal Guides
Don't forget to check out our guides to each Australian season - they cover seasonal festivals, attractions, weather and busy periods in much more depth to help to fine-tune the details of your trip.
Visiting Australia in Spring
Visiting Australia in Summer
Visiting Australia in Autumn/Fall
Visiting Australia in Winter
And if all these seasons have you stumped, why not ask the experts to give you a hand with your holiday planning? First Light Travel's Itinerary Planning Service is completely free, so take advantage of our local knowledge today!