The best time to visit Australia’s different states

Australia is such a big country, with so much diversity, it can be overwhelming. Indeed, “the land down under”  is the 6th biggest country in the world. From the desert to the tropical destinations on the East Coast. We Tour Australia tours cover all the different states. And we can help you understand the best time to visit Australia for you.

The country is a place of contrasts spread across multiple time zones and offering many different climates. This ensures visitors to Australia will definitely find a place to visit that fulfils all your wishes. With seven different climate zones within the same country, it might be hard to understand which state should be visited in which season. So, we’ve simplified things for you here.

The Australian seasons are as follows:

  • Summer: December to February
  • Autumn: March to May
  • Winter: June to August
  • Spring: September to November

Do you want to know what the best weather possible is with the highest temperatures in Sydney? Are you curious to find out when the dry season in Darwin is? Read on to learn all about what the best time is to travel to Australia for each state.

Best time to visit Western Australia?

Most people travelling to Western Australia visit Perth as it’s gateway city. Spring is an excellent time to visit this region (Sep-Nov). This is because of the beautiful wildflowers that are in full bloom everywhere.

In bigger cities like Perth, everything starts to become more colourful again. The temperature during the daytime will range from 11.7 – 23°C (53 – 73.4°F) and weather is generally calm. Sunny days can almost be guaranteed, although the nights are still cool. This means that you can do activities of your own choice and that you can recover when you get home in the evening.

Wildflowers in Perth

Best time to visit the Northern Territory?

We’ll begin by highlighting the season that is not the best to visit Northern Territory which is Summer (Dec-Feb) due to the fact that this is traditionally the wet season.

Especially in Darwin, there can be quite some rain during this season, at times closing roads and access into National Parks. On the other hand, winters here are comfortable. There is a pleasant, not too hot temperature ranging between 3–20°C (37–68°F). Exploring the outdoors is therefore an extremely pleasant activity.

If you want to visit the outback as well, spring could be an option too. Slightly higher temperatures than in winter make you want to make the most out of your time during the day.

When to visit South Australia?

The fourth biggest state is South Australia. The temperature will probably not be lower than 9 degrees Celsius all year round with the city of Adelaide as the coldest city or area.

Autumn (Mar-May) offers pleasant temperatures and not much rainfall and popular attractions like Kangaroo Island or Knappstein Enterprise Winery are not as busy. (Interested in this winery? The  Outback Adventure and Outback explorer tours include them in their itineraries.)

That said, South Australia has a relatively mild climate. It is one of the parts of Australia that could easily be visited year round.

Summer in Brisbane

Summer in Brisbane

Best time to visit Queensland?

Visiting Queensland, specifically Cairns and the Whitsundays in summer and autumn might not be your best choice. It will be the wet season. And, key for a place where time in the water is a major attraction, in summer it is recommended to protect yourself from jellyfish stingers in the calm water by wearing a wetsuit.

So, Spring and Winter (Jun-Nov) are the best times to visit this region renown for diving and snorkelling activities. The temperature may differ from around 10 to 30 degrees Celsius in the whole state throughout the year. The highest temperatures during summer are in Brisbane.

Note: winters in Queensland are popular for another reason. It’s whale watching season! You can spot them with a tour and from land.

Best time of year to visit New South Wales?

The state of New South Wales is offers a  range of climates from its mountains to its many beaches.

Spending your time in New South Wales in the summer (Dec-Feb) is a great idea. Because of beaches such as those at Bondi, Esperance and Byron Bay, this state is definitely a beach holiday destination.

In winter (Jun-Aug) the inland of New South Wales is more the place to be. Skiing in the Australian Alps is the ultimate winter activity. (The Ski Resort information website is a helpful tool to see where the best ski area for you is located.)

New South Wales is another year round destination, where you can tour any time and have a pleasant experience. It just depends what sort of experience you are looking for.

When is the Australian Capital Territory best visited?

Spring is a good season to visit this small state. Just like in Western Australia, the nature in Canberra in Australian Capital Territory comes back to life after winter, with some spectacular blooming flowers to view. You can bike around the city or visit one of the parks the city has. With the rising temperature, you won’t be disappointed.

But again, being in a fairly temperate zone the capital territory can comfortably be visited year round. Just come prepared with lots of layers for colder weather if you are visiting in winter.

The Twelve Apostles Victoria

The Twelve Apostles on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road

When to visit Victoria?

The gateway to Tasmania is Victoria. The best seasons to visit this state are Autumn (Mar-May) and Summer (Dec-Feb).

The transition from winter to spring might be beautiful. But the transition from summer to autumn is even better! Leaves will get orange, red, ochre and gold colours. In Victoria’s High Country you can see this in the best possible way.

In summer you can cruise along the Great Ocean Road. Visit the Twelve Apostles, beaches and see koalas in the wild all at the same time.  Victoria is another year round state to visit, but does get quite chilly in the winter months.

Best time to visit Tasmania?

With the stable and good weather in summer, you can enjoy the nature and hikes on offer in Tasmania even more. Temperatures range between 17 and 23 degrees, making it easier to be active and enjoy the outdoors.

As nice as the summer is, there is also something magical about visiting Tasmania in winter and many festivals see locals through the colder months. You can enjoy crackling wood in the fireplace, visit one of the Tasmanian winter festivals or even see the southern lights if you are lucky enough, Tasmania is a year round destination to visit. (On the Tourism Tasmania website you can find when the different winter festivals are and where they will be held.)

Who doesn’t love diversity?

For more information, Tourism Australia and the Australian Government website can be helpful tools to get to know more about the weather and seasons in Australia.

These are our suggestions for which states offer the best experience in which season or seasons. Its your holiday, though, and whatever you are seeking We Tour Australia will have a tour to suit.

If, after reading this post, you want more information or advice on visiting Australia, please contact us and we will help you to find the tour that matches your wishes.