The Australian weather can be brilliant, but that is not always the case. When you are planning your trip I recommend you take into consideration the following points.
- The seasons in Australia work in reverse to Europe. in Australia, Summer in December to February, Autumn is March to May, Winter is June to August, Spring is September to November.
- The general rule of thumb is you will encounter warmer weather as you travel further north up the East Coast. Notice how in the diagrams below the average June temperature in Cairns is over 10 degrees warmer than the average June temperature in Melbourne temperature.
- The Australian winter can be colder than the English summer, this is particularly the case in Melbourne and Sydney.
- If you are use to a mild climate, you may want to avoid Cairns (North Queensland) during the Australian summer. A Cairns summer can be uncomfortably (or even dangerously) hot. There is a reason why every building has air conditioning in North Queensland.
- Night time temperatures at Ayers Rock (and other parts of the Outback) can get low. The lack of clouds in the Outback means at night the temperature can dramatically drop. When you are camping in the Outback please do not be misled into thinking that a tshirt and basic sleeping bag will be sufficent.