Australia is one of the driest continents, with its central areas comprising largely of grasslands and deserts, but the north and east coast have a wet season with rainfall from October to April. Between January and March these parts also experience storms and occasionally hurricanes. The island of Tasmania enjoys nice temperatures throughout the year, with few extremes but with slightly unpredictable weather in the highlands.
Because of the varying climates, there is a part to visit Australia for each time of the year. Autumn (March to May) and spring (September to November) are good times for any part of the country, with few extremes in weather. Especially if you choose to go inland, towards the desert areas, it is best to avoid the more extreme winter and summer. Head to the tropical north in the winter (June to August) as it is cooler, less wet and less stormy – but be aware of high prices in the peak season from June to August. Head to the south in the summer (December to February), with nice temperatures and long sunny days – but avoid the public holiday in January if you want to steer clear of large crowds and higher prices.
The best times to visit Australia:
- North Australia: April to October, high season from June to August, avoid November to March
- South Australia: September to May, highest temperatures from December to February, public holiday in January, avoid June to August
- Central Australia: March to May and September to November, avoid June to August and December to February
- Tasmania: good to visit year round
Keep in mind that these preferred travel times may vary if you are looking for specific diving experiences, such as diving with Great Whites.