The best times to visit Murray-Darling Basin for ideal weather are
March 5th to May 13th
August 27th to December 2nd
based on average temperature and humidity from NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration). Read below for more weather and travel details.
Murray-Darling Basin Travel Guide
Weather in Murray-Darling Basin
Average temperatures in Murray-Darling Basin vary greatly. Considering humidity, temperatures feel very nice much of the year, but hot in the summer and cold in the winter with a very low chance of rain or snow throughout the year. The area is somewhat temperate — in the 48th 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 Murray-Darling Basin, the hottest months are January, February, and then December. See average monthly temperatures below. The warmest time of year is generally early to mid January where highs are regularly around 97.1°F (36.2°C) with temperatures rarely dropping below 68.1°F (20.1°C) at night.
Murray-Darling Basin Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Murray-Darling Basin 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.
Murray-Darling Basin Perceived Temperature (F)
Murray-Darling Basin Perceived Temperature (C)
Average Murray-Darling Basin 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 significant precipitation in Murray-Darling Basin are April, August, and then September. Note that we define “significant precipitation” as .1 inches or more in this section. The lowest chance of rain or snow occurs around early July. For example, on the week of July 2nd there are no days of precipitation on average. By contrast, it’s most likely to rain or snow in early to mid February with an average of 2 days of significant precipitation the week of February 12th.
When can you find snow in Murray-Darling Basin? 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.
The graph below shows the % chance of rainy and snowy days in Murray-Darling Basin.
Snow on the Ground
The graph below shows the average snow on the ground in Murray-Darling Basin (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
Murray-Darling Basin has some humid months, and dry months in the opposite season. The least humid month is January (27.4% relative humidity), and the most humid month is June (67.8%).
Wind in Murray-Darling Basin is usually calm. The windiest month is January, followed by December and November. January’s average wind speed of around 8.2 knots (9.5 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 late November to early December where average top sustained speeds reach 14.5 knots, which is considered a moderate breeze.
Relative Humidity (%)
The graph below shows the average % humidity by month in Murray-Darling Basin.
The graph below shows wind speed (max and average) in knots.
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||13.6||Significant breeze|
|Feb||7.4||Gentle breeze||12.9||Significant breeze|
|Mar||6.8||Light breeze||12.1||Significant breeze|
|Apr||5.9||Light breeze||11.1||Significant breeze|
|May||5.3||Light breeze||10.6||Significant breeze|
|Jun||5.2||Light breeze||10.3||Gentle breeze|
|Jul||5.7||Light breeze||11.3||Significant breeze|
|Aug||6||Light breeze||11.8||Significant breeze|
|Sep||7||Gentle breeze||13.3||Significant breeze|
|Oct||7.6||Gentle breeze||13.6||Significant breeze|
|Nov||7.8||Gentle breeze||13.5||Significant breeze|
|Dec||8||Gentle breeze||13.8||Significant breeze|
Show Relative Humidity by Month
|Month||Avg. Relative Humidity|
Is it Safe to Travel to Murray-Darling Basin?
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 Murray-Darling Basin, Australia is August, followed by July and September. 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 Murray-Darling Basin in February. 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 Murray-Darling Basin Travel Experience by Season
Fall (March through May)
Humidity and temperatures combine to make this season feel moderate. Highs range from 88.9°F (31.6°C) and 64.2°F (17.9°C) with colder temperatures in the later months. Rain is rare with 1 to 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 cold weather with high temperatures that are brisk. These months see the least precipitation with 1 to 3 days of precipitation per month. June – August is the busiest season for tourism in Murray-Darling Basin, so lodging and other accommodations may cost more than usual.
Spring (September through November)
Spring daily highs range from 90.3°F (32.4°C) and 70.6°F (21.4°C), which will feel very nice 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 perfect this time of year in Murray-Darling Basin to be enjoyable for warm weather travelers. The average high during this season is between 97.1°F (36.2°C) and 88.9°F (31.6°C). On average, it rains or snows a smalll amount: 3 to 4 times per month. These times of year are fairly slow with tourists.