Time zones in Australia

Follow our handy guide to Australia's time zones to understand the time in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory. Time zones in Australia
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Time Zones in Australia

Follow our handy guide to Australia's time zones to understand the time in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory.



How many time zones are there in Australia?

Australia is divided into three separate time zones: Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST), Australian Central Standard Time (ACST), and Australian Western Standard Time (AWST).

AEST is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 10 hours (UTC +10). 

ACST is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 9½ hours (UTC +9½).

AWST is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 8 hours (UTC +8).

Which cities and states are covered in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)?

Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) covers the eastern states of QueenslandNew South WalesVictoriaTasmania and the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). AEST is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 10 hours (UTC +10)

Which cities and states are covered in Australian Central Standard Time (ACST)? 

Australian Central Standard Time (ACST) covers the state of South Australia, the town of Broken Hill in western New South Wales and the Northern Territory. ACST is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 9½ hours (UTC +9½).

Which cities and states are covered in Australian Western Standard Time (AWST)?

Australian Western Standard Time (AWST) covers the state of Western Australia. AWST is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 8 hours (UTC +8).

Does Australia observe daylight saving time?

In the Australian summer, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the ACT turn their clocks forward one hour to Daylight Saving Time (DST). Daylight Saving Time begins at 2am (AEST) on the first Sunday in October and ends at 3am (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) on the first Sunday in April.

NSW, ACT, Victoria and Tasmania move from AEST to Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT), UTC +11. South Australia and the NSW town of Broken Hill move from ACST to Australian Central Daylight Time (ACDT), UTC +10½.

Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland, the Northern Territory or Western Australia.

How many hours will I gain/lose traveling to Australia?

The International Date Line crossing the Pacific Ocean changes the date by one day. If you cross the date line moving east, you subtract a day; if travelling west you add on a day (with local variations). Travelling direct from Los Angeles or London to Australia you arrive two days later; travelling back, you arrive the same day you departed.