The best times to visit Australia for ideal weather are

any time of year (no, really)

based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.

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Weather in Australia

Temperature

Average temperatures in Australia vary very little. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very enjoyable all year with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is among the most temperate — in the 99th percentile for pleasant weather — compared to tourist destinations worldwide. 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)

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Australia Temperatures (Celsius)

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“Feels-Like” Temperatures

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)

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Australia Perceived Temperature (C)

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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.

Show Fahrenheit

Month Avg. High (°F) Avg. Mean (°F) Avg. Low (°F)
Jan 74.4 63.8 54.4
Feb 73.6 63 53.9
Mar 75.5 64.9 55.5
Apr 74.1 63.7 54.2
May 72.2 62.1 52.8
Jun 71.1 61.5 52.6
Jul 70.4 61 51.9
Aug 73.1 62.5 52.5
Sep 75 64.1 53.7
Oct 75.7 64.5 53.9
Nov 74.2 63.4 53.5
Dec 74 63.9 54.7

Show Celsius

Month Avg. High (°C) Avg. Mean (°C) Avg. Low (°C)
Jan 23.6 17.7 12.4
Feb 23.1 17.2 12.2
Mar 24.2 18.3 13.1
Apr 23.4 17.6 12.3
May 22.3 16.7 11.6
Jun 21.7 16.4 11.4
Jul 21.3 16.1 11.1
Aug 22.8 16.9 11.4
Sep 23.9 17.8 12.1
Oct 24.3 18.1 12.2
Nov 23.4 17.4 11.9
Dec 23.3 17.7 12.6


 

Precipitation (Rain or Snow)

If dry weather is what you’re after, the months with the lowest chance of significant precipitation in Australia are October, September, and then August. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around mid October. For example, on the week of October 15th there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in late February and early March with an average of 1 days of significant precipitation the week of February 26th.

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.

Chanceof Precipitation

The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Australia.

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Snow on the Ground

The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Australia (in).

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Average Rain and Snow by Month

Show Inches

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (in) Total Precipitation (in)
Jan 11% 0 2.8
Feb 13% 0 2.8
Mar 10% 0 2.2
Apr 9% 0 1.5
May 9% 0 1.4
Jun 10% 0 1.5
Jul 10% 0 1.3
Aug 9% 0 1.2
Sep 8% 0 1.1
Oct 7% 0 1
Nov 10% 0 1.6
Dec 11% 0 2.3

Show Centimeters

Month Daily Chance of Rain Average Snow Depth (cm) Total Precipitation (cm)
Jan 11 0 7.1
Feb 13 0 7.1
Mar 10 0 5.6
Apr 9 0 3.8
May 9 0 3.6
Jun 10 0 3.8
Jul 10 0 3.3
Aug 9 0 3
Sep 8 0 2.8
Oct 7 0 2.5
Nov 10 0 4.1
Dec 11 0 5.8

 

Humidity and Wind

Australia has some high humidity months, with other comfortably humid months. 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 “a 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.

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Wind

The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.

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Average Wind Speeds

Show Wind Speeds

All wind speeds are in knots. 1 knot = 1.15 MPH or 1.85 KPH.

Month Avg. Wind Avg. Wind Feel Sustained High Wind High Wind Feel
Jan 8.2 Gentle breeze 14 Significant breeze
Feb 8 Gentle breeze 13.8 Significant breeze
Mar 7.5 Gentle breeze 13.1 Significant breeze
Apr 7.2 Gentle breeze 12.8 Significant breeze
May 7.1 Gentle breeze 12.6 Significant breeze
Jun 6.9 Light breeze 12.2 Significant breeze
Jul 6.7 Light breeze 12 Significant breeze
Aug 7 Gentle breeze 12.7 Significant breeze
Sep 7.4 Gentle breeze 13.3 Significant breeze
Oct 7.7 Gentle breeze 13.7 Significant breeze
Nov 7.9 Gentle breeze 13.9 Significant breeze
Dec 7.9 Gentle breeze 13.7 Significant breeze

Show Relative Humidity by Month

Month Avg. Relative Humidity
Jan 56.6%
Feb 57.4%
Mar 58.3%
Apr 58.3%
May 61.6%
Jun 64.6%
Jul 62.8%
Aug 59%
Sep 56.6%
Oct 53.6%
Nov 55.6%
Dec 58.9%

 

Is it Safe to Travel to Australia?

Our best data indicates this area is generally safe. As of Dec 13, 2018 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

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Tourists Seeking Accommodations

Tourism graph is based on Google searches for services used by tourists relative to the rest of the year. Tourism data for this area is very reliable. Displayed data is calculated relative to the peak, so a score of 70.4 in October means 70.4% of the tourists vs. January.



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 rare with roughly 3 days of significant precipitation per month. Fall is the second busiest for tourism, which makes it a good time for those looking for things to do.

Winter (June through August)

The middle-year months have comfortably cool weather with high temperatures that are comfortable. These months see moderate precipitation with about 3 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 normal amount: 2 to 3 days per month. Tourism is the slowest during these months due to the weather, so hotels may be affordably priced.

Summer (December through February)

Weather is somewhat cool 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 71.8°F (22.1°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 3 to 4 times per month. These times of year are the busiest with tourists.

 

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