Australia’s location in the Southern Hemisphere, just a short distance to the equator compared to the UK, means the seasons in Australia are very different compared to what we are used to at home.
The sheer size of the country, which is larger than the sub-continent of Europe excluding Russia, means different regions experience different variations of the seasons. From extreme heat and rainy seasons in the tropical north to four seasons in one day down in Melbourne – just ask Crowded House. If you’re looking to relocate to Australia here is a guide to the seasons, so you can plan for whatever the weather throws at you – probably plenty of sunshine if Home and Away is anything to go by.
Summer in Australia takes place between December and February.
Summer in Australia takes place between December and February, when in some parts of the country, such as the outback, temperatures can soar to 40°C. The tropical north of the country experiences its wet season during summer, when northern cities like Cairns, Townsville and Darwin are drenched in tropical storms, even with the odd cyclone. State capitals like Sydney (26°C), Melbourne (26°C), Perth (31°C) and Brisbane (29°C) experience enticing maximum average high temperatures during the height of summer. It’s the sort of weather British holiday makers hop on a budget flight to the Mediterranean to take advantage of. Even the average summertime lows in Sydney (19°C), Perth (18°C) and Brisbane (21°C) aren’t too shabby.
Autumn, which takes place between March and May in Australia, is felt in some place more than others. In the north of the country, for example, seasons are typically categorised by the dry or the wet season, whereas in the south of the country, in places like Melbourne and Adelaide, there are greater distinctions between the seasons. Autumn in in these areas is a beautiful time to observe the changing colours of nature, check out a food, wine or music festival and enjoy cheaper travel prices. While Easter in the UK take places during spring, down under its autumn when you tuck into all that chocolate. Average high temperatures are still pretty appealing at this time of year: Sydney (23°C), Melbourne (20°C), Perth (25°C) and Brisbane (26°C).
Winter, which takes place between June and August, in Australia is nothing like the UK. Although southern parts such as Tasmania and Melbourne, where temperatures can dip to lows of around 5°C, can experience cool conditions, Australia does not experience widespread snow (accept at high altitudes). You’ll still be able to head to the beach in many places, which eats scraping the ice of the windscreen back in the UK or shivering on a platform because your trains been delayed because of light dusting of snow.
You’ll still be able to head to the beach in many places during winter.
Those used to a long British winter would think of this time of year in Australia as feeling more akin to a particularly pleasant autumn back home. In the humid and sometimes damp tropical north, winter is perhaps the most pleasant time to visit.
An Australian spring – September to November – is a lovely time to be in the country. Melbourne and Sydney host their international fashion weeks, the Melbourne Cup in early November sees the country come to a standstill. Temperatures are perhaps at their most comfortable for heading outside and enjoying everything the fabulous country has to offer. For example, average highs in Perth and Sydney start at around 20°C in September, before rising steadily to 22°C in October and 25°C in November.