When is the best or cheapest time to travel to Australia, and where are the best places to visit in Australia? The common-sense answers to all of these questions obviously relates to what you love to see, where you would like to go, and the time of year you can travel. So keep reading for our top tips on travelling to Australia.
It’s no wonder that we regularly post articles like, ‘Why the perks of living in Australia are hard to overlook‘ when we get so many people contacting us and asking lots of questions about visiting our great nation.
But just to put everything into perspective, it might be helpful to share a few facts about our great land, so you have a better idea of what to expect when visiting:
- Australia is BIG, and is the 6th largest country in the world. If you put Australia and the Unites States (minus Alaska and Hawaii) side by side, they would be pretty similar in size.
- The weather is typically warmer in the north where they experience two main seasons: the tropical WET that roughly covers November to March, and the warm but DRY season that spans the remainder of the year. As you move further south, you will begin to experience four general seasons throughout the country: Summer during December to February, Autumn from March to May, Winter from June to August, and Spring from September to November. The average temperature and amount of rainfall will vary between states and territories.
- The country is divided into six states and two territories: New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria, Western Australia and Tasmania make up the states, while the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory make up, naturally our two territories. Australia also administers a number of off-shore islands as well as the Australian Antarctic Territory.
- Some facts about each state/territory include: Western Australia is our largest state and its capital Perth is the country’s 4th most populous city. Victoria is the smallest of the mainland states and its capital Melbourne is the country’s second most populated city. Tasmania is our smallest state and is separated from the mainland by the Bass Strait. It’s capital Hobart is our second oldest after Sydney. Our state, South Australia is one of the more arid states which is perfect for getting around and growing some of the best vineyards in the world. Our capital Adelaide is well-known for its many festivals it hosts each year. Queensland is our second largest state with its capital Brisbane, and is home to the Great Barrier Reef. The Northern Territory, with its capital Darwin, is well-known for Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock), and Kakadu National Park. New South Wales, with its capital Sydney is our oldest and most populated state. And the Australian Capital Territory is our centre of federal government and is home to the Australian War Memorial.
I hope those facts go some way in helping to explain why there is no simple answer to the best time to come, or the best place to visit in Australia.
If you love the hot weather and dream of laying in the beach and surfing, then our summer months either side of Christmas might be ideally suited to you. If getting out and about at our favourite tourist spots, or exploring the natural bush and meeting our native animals appeals to you, then our spring months from September to November might be great, as well as Autumn from March to May. Winter in the middle of the year can be stunning in Adelaide for the changing colours of nature, and visiting the abundant cellar doors around the famed Barossa Valley. And of course if you thrive in warm tropical climates and love the outdoors life, then as they say in Queensland: it’s beautiful there one day, perfect the next!
If course, any holiday will probably revolve around the best tourist spots. According to Tourism Australia, the most iconic places visited in Australia include:
- the Great Barrier Reef
- Fraser Island
- the Great Ocean Road
- Ningaloo Reef
- Australia’s Red Centre
- Kangaroo Island
- The Kimberley Ranges
- Flinders Ranges
- the Blue Mountains
- Tasmanian Wilderness
- Australian Alps
- Byron Bay, and
- Namadgi National Park.
Now, please keep in mind that this small list does not even begin to touch upon some of the other great spots in and Around Australia. Places such as the Whitsundays, Lord Howe Island, Margaret River, surfing in three different oceans, Port Douglas, and did we mentioned the Barossa Valley!
We know that the price of airfares and accommodation is always going to be more expensive in the so-called high season, and the crowds will generally be larger in those times as well. So you also need to factor these matters into your plans when determining what will be the right or best time to travel.
And the weather as we mentioned may also determine the right or wrong times to travel. We love travelling north, and lived in Darwin for a number of years. We loved the lifestyle, hated the humidity as the ‘Wet’ approached, and took a real dislike to the odd tropical cyclone which occasionally showed up around those times too.
Any travel plans should also consider Aussie school terms dates as prices will invariably increase during our school holidays. Most schools tend to have four terms, so it pays to check their dates against your planned travel dates. Many of our ski resorts and caravan parks tend to pre book and fill quickly at these times of year.
Our personal choice for travel times around Australia are as follows:
- Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Hobart, Canberra and Alice Springs: We love Autumn (March to May) and Spring (September through to December) when we can get out and about as much as possible
- Darwin and Brisbane: The Dry season months of April through to October are stunning when you get clear blue skies and constant temperatures throughout most of that time.
Keep in mind though that the above our OUR preferred dates and you might love the heat and humidity, or the cold and snow, and look to travel at different times to us. So please spend time consulting all relevant tourism brochures before making any decision.
At the end of the day, only you know the main reason for travelling to Australia. And if those plans include taking in some event such as the Australian Tennis Open, or the Australian Grand Prix, then you will just have accept the higher prices being charged.
For everyone else, we suggest planning carefully, to take advantage of savings in flights, accommodation and entry fees in our vast and beautiful country.
Happy Travels. and please let us know if you found this post helpful.
We hope you enjoyed today’s post and found it helpful. And if you are looking for other great posts to help you with your next holiday, make sure you check out our popular post titled: ‘How to travel the world by motorcycle.’
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Christine and Trevor Barre
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