According to sportsqna, the continent of Australia is located in the southern hemisphere. To the west, Australia borders the Indian Ocean, the east coast borders the South Pacific. Due to the size of the continent, Australia has different climates. In the north it is tropical, while the middle latitudes are characterized by a subtropical climate. In the south there is a temperate climate. Basically, the seasons in Australia are opposite to the European seasons. So when it is summer in the northern hemisphere, it is winter in Australia at the same time. The warmest travel time in Australia is from October to March. At this time you can expect temperatures of 25 ° C to 40 ° C, depending on the region. In the north of Australia the then prevails, Rainy season and heavy rainfall must be expected every day.
In addition, the time from October to March is also the most popular travel time for Australians, so tickets, hotels and campsites are more expensive and can be booked out well in advance. You should keep this in mind when planning your trip. In order to be able to plan your vacation better, I have explained the climate in Australia for each state in more detail below and give you more information about the rainy season in Down Under.
Climate in Southeast Australia: New South Wales (Sydney), ACT (Canberra)
The two states of New South Wales with the popular metropolis Sydney and the Australian Capital Territory with the capital Canberra belong to the southeast of Australia . In the southeast of Australia, the climate is very pleasant all year round with temperatures between 15 ° C and 29 ° C. Long periods of heat can occur in summer. Moderate rainfall can be expected throughout the year. The further inland you drive from the coast, the colder the temperatures will be. The likelihood of rain also decreases the deeper you move into inland New South Wales and ACT.
The climate in Sydney you can see as a guide for the southeastern Air in New South Wales. The best time to visit Sydney and New South Wales is from November to April. With temperatures of up to 27 ° C and an average water temperature of 21 ° C, you can spend a great holiday here. A fresh breeze from the Pacific provides enough cooling on hot days.
Climate table Sydney
|Max. Temperature in ° C||27||27||21||23||21||11||11||11||21||23||24||21|
|Min. Temperature in ° C||20||20||11||11||11||10||9||10||11||11||16||11|
|Hours of sunshine per day||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
|Water temperature in ° C||23||24||23||20||11||11||16||11||11||11||11||21|
|Rainy days per month||9||9||10||11||10||1||1||1||1||1||9||1|
The climate in Canberra shows you how much the inland location of a city has an impact on temperature and precipitation.
Climate table Canberra
|Max. Temperature in ° C||28||27||21||20||16||11||11||11||16||11||23||21|
|Min. Temperature in ° C||11||11||11||1||3||1||0||1||3||1||9||11|
|Hours of sunshine per day||10||9||1||1||1||5||1||1||1||9||9||9|
|Rainy days per month||1||5||5||5||5||1||1||1||1||1||1||1|
The Snowy Mountains in Kosciuszko National Park in New South Wales are the tallest mountains in Australia. Snow falls here, which is not typical for Australia.
Climate in the east of Australia: Queensland (Brisbane, Cairns)
In the state of Queensland, the sun shines all year round and prepares holidaymakers with pleasant temperatures. Accordingly, Queensland is also known as the “Sunshine State” of Australia. The climate here is largely tropical. The popular holiday destination of Cairns on the Great Barrier Reef can be visited all year long with average temperatures in summer of 30 ° C to 35 ° C and in winter of 25 ° C. A beach holiday is no problem here, even in winter. The water temperature is still a pleasant 23 ° C from May to August.
Climate table Cairns
|Max. Temperature in ° C||32||31||30||29||28||21||21||27||28||29||31||31|
|Min. Temperature in ° C||24||24||23||22||20||11||11||11||11||21||22||23|
|Hours of sunshine per day||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||9||1||1|
|Water temperature in ° C||27||28||28||27||21||21||24||23||24||21||21||21|
|Rainy days per month||11||11||11||11||11||1||5||5||1||5||1||10|
In the summer from November to March (“wet season”) you have to expect heavy rainfall every day. The weather is then very humid and oppressively hot. Sometimes the rains are so heavy that some roads are impassable. Therefore, find out more at rest stops or tourist offices before your trip. These places can give you reliable information about which routes in Queensland are open during the rainy season . As for all other states, the following applies in Queensland: the further you drive inland, the more humidity and the probability of rain decrease.
The weather in Brisbane is more temperate compared to northern Queensland and is very similar to the weather in Sydney. Be prepared for warm summers in Brisbane with an average of 30 ° C. It also rains during the summer in Brisbane. Here you should expect ten rainy days per month.
Climate table Brisbane
|Max. Temperature in ° C||29||29||28||21||24||21||21||22||24||21||27||28|
|Min. Temperature in ° C||21||21||11||16||11||11||9||10||11||16||11||20|
|Hours of sunshine per day||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||1||9||9||1|
|Water temperature in ° C||24||21||21||24||23||22||21||20||20||21||22||23|
|Rainy days per month||10||9||1||1||1||1||1||1||5||1||10||9|
I recommend June to October as the best travel time for Queensland . At this time there are warm temperatures around 25 ° C, but it is not humid and hot. The water temperature of 23 ° C is pleasant for bathing and beach holidays.