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About Australia - Climate & Weather

Australia's seasons are the opposite of the northern hemisphere -

Summer   (December to February)
Autumn / Fall   (March to May)
Winter   (June to August)
Spring   (September to November)

Apart from Antarctica, Australia is one of the driest continents on earth. With a climate ranging from tropical in the North to the generally cooler, more temperate regions in the South, the average temperature above the Tropic of Capricorn (which runs through Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia ranges from 23-26°C. The southern areas are more temperate, although subject to variations.

In winter you can be skiing in the southern states one day and be diving at the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland the next.

Due to its size, geographical location and the lack of extensive high mountain ranges Australia has a wide range of climates generally there are no severe extremes, although Summer temperatures in many areas are known for being quite hot, and the sun being quite strong. Australia has one of the highest incidences of skin cancer in the world, so sunscreen (at least 30+) is a must for any extended periods outdoors.

As you head north the variation in seasonal temperatures become fewer until, in the far north around Darwin (the monsoon belt) there are just two seasons - hot and wet, or hot and dry. The "wet" season is usually during the summer months, and can last anything from October / November through to about March or April.

The center of the continent is arid hot and dry during the day and often bitterly cold at night.

In Melbourne, the southern most capital city (Victoria) on the mainland the extremes are not too severe, although often the winter months can be quite cold when the Southerlies are blasting through. It is a rare occasion when Mercury hits freezing, although it's a different story in Canberra, the national capital, which many say is appropriate given it is the political capital of Australia!

In the Snowy Mountains of southern New South Wales and the high country of north-east Victoria there's a snow season with excellent skiing at a number of resorts including Falls Creek (VIC), Mt Hotham (VIC), Thredbo (NSW) and Perisher (NSW). Snow can sometimes be sporadic during some winter seasons, so many of the resorts do have highly sophisticated snow making programs running through the ski season.


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New South Wales - Sydney

Victoria - Melbourne

South Australia - Adelaide
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Average temperature and rainfall in each of the four seasons.




Queensland - Brisbane
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Average temperature and rainfall in each of the four seasons.




Queensland - Cairns
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Average temperature and rainfall in each of the four seasons.




Western Australia - Perth
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Average temperature and rainfall in each of the four seasons.




Northern Territory - Darwin
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Average temperature and rainfall in each of the four seasons.




Northern Territory - Alice Springs
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Average temperature and rainfall in each of the four seasons.



Australian Capital Territory - Canberra

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Average temperature and rainfall in each of the four seasons.




Tasmania - Hobart
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Average temperature and rainfall in each of the four seasons.