The best times to visit Australia for ideal weather are
January 1st to December 30th
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Australia Travel Guide
Weather in Australia
Average temperatures in Australia vary barely at all and are temperate for much of the year. The area is in the top 41 percent of tourist destinations for pleasant weather. Weeks with ideal weather are listed above. If you’re looking for the very warmest time to visit Australia, the hottest months are March, October, and then September. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early-to-mid-March where highs are regularly around 77.8°F (25.4°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 57.2°F (14°C) at night.
Australia Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Australia Temperatures (Celsius)
The way we experience weather isn’t all about temperature. Higher temperatures affect us much more at higher humidity, and colder temperatures feel piercing with high winds. Our perceived temperatures factor in humidity and wind chill to better represent how hot or cold the day feels to a person.
Australia Perceived Temperature (F)
Australia Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Australia Temperatures by Month
Daily highs (averaged for the month) usually give the best indication of the weather. A significantly lower mean and low generally just means it gets colder at night.
|Month||Avg. High (°F)||Avg. Mean (°F)||Avg. Low (°F)|
|Month||Avg. High (°C)||Avg. Mean (°C)||Avg. Low (°C)|
Precipitation (Rain or Snow)
If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of precipitation in Australia are July, June, and then February. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid-October. For example, on the week of October 15th there are only 1 days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early-to-mid-July with an average of 2 days with significant precipitation the week of July 9th.
When can you find snow in Australia? Weather stations report no annual snow. Please note that a value of 0 for snow in the graph below may either mean there was no snow, or that snow is unreported.
Chance of Precipitation
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Australia.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Australia (in).
Average Rain and Snow by Month
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (in)||Total Precipitation (in)|
|Month||Daily Chance of Rain||Average Snow Depth (cm)||Total Precipitation (cm)|
Humidity and Wind
Australia has slightly low to average humidity compared to most tourist destinations. The least humid month is October (53.6% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (64.6%).
Wind in Australia is usually moderate. The windiest month is January, followed by February and November. January’s average wind speed of around 8.2 knots (9.4 MPH or 15.2 KPH) is considered “gentle breeze.” Maximum sustained winds (the highest speed for the day lasting more than a few moments) are at their highest in mid-to late November where average top sustained speeds reach 14.4 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Australia.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
Average Wind Speeds
Show Wind Speeds
All wind speeds are in knots.
|Month||Avg. Wind||Meaning (Beaufort)||Avg. Maximum Sustained Wind||Meaning (Beufort)|
|Jan||8.2||a gentle breeze||14||a moderate breeze|
|Feb||8||a gentle breeze||13.8||a moderate breeze|
|Mar||7.5||a gentle breeze||13.1||a moderate breeze|
|Apr||7.2||a gentle breeze||12.8||a moderate breeze|
|May||7.1||a gentle breeze||12.6||a moderate breeze|
|Jun||6.9||a light breeze||12.2||a moderate breeze|
|Jul||6.7||a light breeze||12||a moderate breeze|
|Aug||7||a gentle breeze||12.7||a moderate breeze|
|Sep||7.4||a gentle breeze||13.3||a moderate breeze|
|Oct||7.7||a gentle breeze||13.7||a moderate breeze|
|Nov||7.9||a gentle breeze||13.9||a moderate breeze|
|Dec||7.9||a gentle breeze||13.7||a moderate breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Australia?
As of 5/2/2017 there are no travel advisories or warnings for Australia; exercise normal security precautions. Check this page for any recent changes or regions to avoid: Travel Advice and Advisories.
The Busiest and Least Crowded Months
The busiest month for tourism in Australia is January, followed by May and February. Prices for hotels and flights will be most expensive during these months, though you can save if you purchase well in advance. Tourists are unlikely to visit Australia in October. Those willing to visit at these times will likely find it the least expensive month.
Estimated Tourism by Month
Most Popular Months to Visit
Overall Australia Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 77.8°F (25.4°C) and 71.3°F (21.8°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is somewhat common with 6 to 7 days of precipitation per month. Fall is busy for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.
Winter (June through August)
The middle-year months have slightly cold weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with 7 to 8 days of precipitation per month. June – August is fairly slow season for tourism in Australia, so lodging and other accommodations may cost slightly less.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 76.2°F (24.6°C) and 73.4°F (23°C), which will feel comfortable given the humidity and wind. It rains or snows a fair amount: 5 to 6 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be lower priced.
Summer (December through February)
Weather is somewhat cold this time of year in Australia to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 75.9°F (24.4°C) and 71.9°F (22.2°C). On average, it rains or snows a noticeable amount: 6 to 7 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.