Gold Coast, QLD © Tourism Australia

Things to do in Australia's summer

Jessica Mauboy © www.vassi.com.au

When I travel, I miss Australia’s weather – the glorious blue skies, the hot beach days, the tropical rain. I miss the smells and sounds of this big land.

Jess Mauboy, Australian singer

Sloop Reef, Bay of Fires, TAS Ⓒ Tourism Australia

Sloop Reef, Bay of Fires, Tasmania

Turtle, Lizard Island, QLD Ⓒ Tourism Australia

Turtle, Lizard Island, Queensland

Victoria Harbour North, near Esperance, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Essentials

Pack for the weather by bringing lightweight clothing, like shorts and sandals. Sunglasses, sun hats and swimwear are essential if you'll be spending time outdoors.

Plunge pool, Longitude 131, Yulara, NT © Longitude 131

Plunge pool, Longitude 131, Yulara, Northern Territory

Sea lions, Port Lincoln, Eyre Peninsula, SA © Calypso Star Charter

Sea lions, Port Lincoln, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia

Lorne Beach, Lorne, VIC Ⓒ Tourism Australia

Lorne Beach, Lorne, Victoria

Bondi Icebergs Pool, Sydney, NSW Ⓒ Destination NSW

Bondi Icebergs Pool, Sydney, New South Wales

Sunrise at Uluru, NT © Tourism Northern Territory

Travel tip

Australia is a large country, so summer weather can vary greatly. In the north, the weather will be wet and tropical storms are common. In outback Australia, the mercury will soar, while the south will be sunny and hot.

Kangaroo at Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, WA © Tourism Western Australia

Kangaroo at Lucky Bay, Cape Le Grand National Park, Western Australia

Noosa Main Beach, Noosa Heads, QLD © Tourism Australia

Where to go

Summer is a great time to enjoy Australia's breezy coastline. Beach destinations like Sydney (New South Wales), Noosa (Queensland), and Esperance (Western Australia) offer great weather and stunning stretches of sand.

Noosa National Park, Noosa Heads, QLD Ⓒ Tourism Australia

Noosa National Park, Noosa Heads, Queensland

Crabs at blowholes, Christmas Island, External Territories © CITA

Crabs at blowholes, Christmas Island, External Territories