Australia's Seasons

Lorne, VIC. © Tourism Victoria & Andrew Paoli

Australia's Seasons

Australia is a country for all seasons. You can do practically anything here, at any time of year.  There are four seasons across most of the country and a wet and dry season in our tropical north.  

Summer in Australia, from December to February, is a great time to get outdoors. Swim Sydney’s beaches or hike Tasmania’s Overland Track.  March to May heralds Australia’s autumn, a season of fiery foliage in Canberra and the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne.  Australia’s winter, from June to August, offers snow skiing in the Australian Alps. Alternatively, take a winter sun holiday. Snorkel in the temperate Great Barrier Reef or 4WD through South Australia’s Simpson Desert. Spring in Australia, from September to November is the time to watch for whales and wildflowers as you explore the wineries of Western Australia’s Margaret River region. 

In tropical Australia, the dry season from May to October has clear blue skies and sunny days. It’s the time to experience Darwin’s vibrant outdoor markets, movies and festivals.  December to March is the wet season, which is hot and humid with daily rainstorms. See waterfalls thunder through Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks or fly over Katherine Gorge when its water levels are highest.

Experience Australia’s glorious summer from December to February.Walk along spectacular coastal cliffs from Sydney’s Bondi Beach to Bronte. Day trip from Melbourne to the vineyards, beaches, national parks, golf courses and day spas of the Mornington Peninsula. Taste Tasmania’s finest food and wine on the historic Hobart waterfront or explore food, wine and history in the Swan Valley, near Perth. Follow fresh seafood around the pristine coastline of South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula or watch coral spawning en-masse on Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. Experience dazzling thunderstorms and blossoming vegetation in the tropical Top End. Or get up close to native Australian animals and ancient Aboriginal history in Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve, near Canberra. Summer in Australia is also the season for world class cricket, grand slam tennis, vibrant music festivals, NYE celebrations and outdoor cultural events.

Discover the magical diversity of Australia’s autumn, lasting from March to May across most of the country. See red-gold trees in Orange, a rural food and wine hub west of Sydney. Explore vineyards, villages and mist-cloaked forests in Victoria’s Yarra Valley. Take on adventure along the scenic Brisbane River. Experience life as a drover on a cattle drive along South Australia’s historic Oodnadatta Track. Head to lush Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory or to Western Australia’s Kununurra for the huge Ord Valley Muster. White water raft on Tasmania’s wild west coast or fish and camp along the Murrumbidgee River Corridor, near Canberra. Autumn is also jam-packed with events, from food and wine festivals to fashion weeks and Melbourne’s Grand Prix.

Welcome to winter in Australia, which lasts from June to August for most of the country. These months fall in the dry season in our tropical north. You can ski and snowboard down Victoria’s powdered slopes or snorkel and dive the balmy waters of Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef. Four wheel drive South Australia’s Simpson Desert or head to the Blue Mountains for Christmas festivities.

Follow Western Australia’s wildflower trail or embrace the Northern Territory’s unique festival culture. Snuggle next to a roaring fire at Canberra’s Fireside Festival or celebrate the winter solstice in Hobart’s cobblestone streets. Winter is also a great season to discover our coastline, where you can spot migrating whales and dive with a dazzling array of marine life.

Discover Australia’s spring season, which lasts from September to November for most of the country. In our tropical north, this is the ‘build-up’ or pre-monsoonal season.

Watch Melbourne dress up for the nation-stopping Melbourne Cup. Enjoy opera, jazz, blues and sculpture amongst the wineries of the Hunter Valley, near Sydney. Combine food, wine, diving and surfing in Western Australia’s Margaret River. Trek through the primeval treetops in Queensland’s World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest. Experience the wildlife and wildflower show on South Australia’s Kangaroo Island or snare a prize barramundi during the Northern Territory’s ‘build-up’. See Canberra come alive with a million spring blooms at Floriade or follow Tasmania’s blooming gardens to natural and historic attractions. In Australia, spring is also a great season to surf, sea kayak and canoe.