Seasons in Australia

Australia’s location is distant from other continents so there is a whole separate world. This small continent is surprisingly rich in natural and climatic features.

There are stately deserts, beautiful rainforests and mountains with snow caps. Not even mentioning variety of flora and fauna. Main feature of Australian climate is in beginning of summer in December and start of winter in June. Amazing, isn’t it? In fact, this is distinguishing feature of all countries located in Southern Hemisphere.


Weather and Climate

Spring in Australia

(Australian autumn)

Period between March and May in Australia is a time of golden autumn. All forests, parks and nature reserves of country are dramatically changed. For some tourists gaze on red-gold shades of trees is a main reason to attend Australia. Trees of Orange and in cloud forests of Yarra Valley are especially beautiful in this time of year. Autumn is the time of various traditional wine and gastronomy festivals, one of which is held precisely in Orange.

County’s vineyards provide year-round opportunity to enjoy fine taste of great wine. Australians have their own unique traditions in the manufacture of wine. April 25 is a special day when all residents revere the memory of men and women who lost their lives in wars. Across the whole country there are various events dedicated first of all to memory and gratitude.

The climate of the spring months

(Canberra)

March
Max average t°: +24 °C (75 °F)
Min average t°: +11 °C (52 °F)
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 55 mm (2,2")
April
Max average t°: +20 °C (68 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (45 °F)
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 49 mm (1,9")
May
Max average t°: +61 °C (E °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 47 mm (1,8")

Spring holidays

  • Second Tuesday of March: Commonwealth Day.
  • Third Monday of March: Canberra’s Day.
  • March 21: Harmony Day.
  • March 27: Easter.
  • April 1: April Fool's Day.
  • April 25: ANZAC Day.
  • May 2: Labour Day.
  • May 8: Mother’s Day.

Summer in Australia

(Australian Winter)

Winter is considered the best time of the year in Australia. In winter one can fully enjoy swimming in the waters of Great Barrier Reef or snowboarding in Victoria State. Winter takes start in June and average temperature of this season rarely exceeds 200C. Moreover this is the time for rainy season although rains are not as common as, for example, in UK.

Wildlife in winter is especially beautiful. Visitors of will be surprised by the beauty of kangaroos, koalas, pelicans, wallabies and many other representatives of unique fauna. The underwater world of course looks terrific too. One can enjoy watching corrals and exotic fish just by visiting one of numerous diving centers of the country.

The climate of the summer months

(Canberra)

June
Max average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Min average t°: +1 °C (34 °F)
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 38 mm (1,5")
Jule
Max average t°: +11 °C (52 °F)
Min average t°: 0 °C (32 °F)
Rainy days: 6 days
Precipitation: 52 mm (2,0")
August
Max average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Min average t°: +3 °C (37 °F)
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 47 mm (1,9")


Summer holidays

  • June 3: Mabo Day.
  • First Monday of June: Foundation Day.
  • Second Monday of June: Queen's Birthday.

Autumn in Australia

(Australian Spring)

Spring in Australia lasts from September to November and includes features of other three seasons. For example one can spend time on one of the inland beaches or travel to Kangaroo islands and watch blooms and blossoms. Spring weather is similar to autumn one; it is not very hot but yet not so cold. Residents are usually of spring onset because the green continent begins to restore its bright colors bit by bit.

Melbourne Cup horse racings are the greatest events of national scale in spring. The whole country spectate these races with great interest. And most residents make bets and excitedly watch ups and downs of the race on the racetrack.

The climate of the autumn months

(Canberra)

September
Max average t°: +16 °C (61 °F)
Min average t°: +4 °C (39 °F)
Rainy days: 8 days
Precipitation: 65 mm (2,6")
October
Max average t°: +19 °C (66 °F)
Min average t°: +7 °C (45 °F)
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 62 mm (2,4")
November
Max average t°: +23 °C (73 °F)
Min average t°: +10 °C (50 °F)
Rainy days: 7 days
Precipitation: 59 mm (2,3")

Autumn holidays

  • First Sunday of September: Father's Day.
  • First Friday of November: Melbourne Cup.
  • November 11: Day of Remembrance.

Winter in Australia

(Australian summer)

It is hard to believe for Europeans that the driest and hottest time in Australia is from December to February. In some parts of continent (central part and regions located near to desert) temperature may rise up to 400C in shade. The full summer begins at around November so tourists are recommended to attend southern cities.

Summer day’s temperature there rarely rises above 300C. But the main distinctive feature of Australian summer is dry weather. Complete absence of rain and dry period sometimes lasts for a very long time. Nevertheless on December 25 all Australians like the rest of Catholics celebrate Christmas and January 26 is the celebration of Australia’s Day.

The climate of the winter months

(Canberra)

December
Max average t°: +26 °C (79 °F)
Min average t°: +12 °C (54 °F)
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 46 mm (1,8")
January
Max average t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Min average t°: +13 °C (55 °F)
Rainy days: 5 days
Precipitation: 60 mm (2,4")
February
Max average t°: +28 °C (82 °F)
Min average t°: +14 °C (57 °F)
Rainy days: 4 days
Precipitation: 51 mm (2,0")

Winter holidays

  • December 25: Catholic’s Christmas.
  • December 26: Boxing Day.
  • January 1: New Year.
  • January 26: Australia’s Day.
  • First Friday of February: Mardi Gras.
  • First decade of February: New Year's Eve on the lunar calendar.
  • Second week of February: Royal Regatta.
  • February 14: Valentine's Day.