Best Times to Visit


Australia is in the southern hemisphere and the seasons are opposite to those in Europe and North America. There are two climatic zones: the temperate zone (in the south, under the Tropic of Capricorn) and the tropical zone, in the north. If you plan to tour extensively, keep to the southern coasts in summer (December to March) and head north in winter (July to September). Travel to the dry interior during the transitional seasons between April and June or October and November. More detailed information about the weather as a whole, and in each different state or territory may be found in Climate in Australia.

Visitors are recommended to bring lightweight clothing during summer months with warmer clothes needed during the cooler winter period throughout most of the south. In the central areas and the north, lightweight cottons and linens are advised all year round, with warm clothes only for cooler winter early mornings and evenings. Sunblock is recommended year round in the north and during the summer months in the south.


The Festival of Sydney, in January, features open air concerts, street theatre and fireworks. Sydney also hosts the famous annual Gay & Lesbian Mardi Gras, in February/March. Each March, Adelaide hosts Womadelaide, an outdoor festival of world music and dance. Melbourne holds a Comedy Festival in April, the world's biggest Writers' Festival in September and the Melbourne International Festival in October. Aboriginal arts and culture are celebrated at the Stompen Ground Festival, in Broome in October and the Barunga Wugularr Sports & Cultural Festival, near Katherine in June.

Public Holidays

The following table shows the public holidays celebrated in Australia:

Date Holiday
1 January New Year's Day
26 January* Australia Day
March/April (variable) Good Friday
March/April (variable) Easter Day
March/April (variable) Easter Monday
March/April (variable) Easter Tuesday (TAS only)
March (first Monday) Labour Day (WA only)
March (second Monday) Canberra Day (ACT only)
March (second Monday) Eight Hours Day (TAS only)
March (second Monday) Labour Day (VIC only)
8 March Queen's Birthday Celebrations (ACT only)
25 April* ANZAC Day
May (first Monday) May Day (NT only)
May (first Monday) Labour Day (QLD only)
June (first Monday) Foundation Day (WA only)
June (second Monday) Queen's Birthday (NT, QLD, TAS, VIC)
August (first Monday) Picnic Day (NT only)
September/October (variable)** Queen's Birthday (WA only)
October (first Monday) Labour Day (ACT, NSW, SA)
25 December Christmas Day
26 December Boxing Day

* In some states or territories, if the date of these holidays falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the public holiday is celebrated the following Monday.

** Based on the dates of the school holidays and the Perth Royal Show.


  • ACT: Australian Capital Territory
  • NSW: New South Wales
  • NT: Northern Territory
  • QLD: Queensland
  • SA: South Australia
  • TAS: Tasmania
  • VIC: Victoria
  • WA: Western Australia