Cool rainy days down south; mild sunny skies up north.
Low tourist numbers; attractions keep slightly shorter hours.
Head for the desert, the tropical north or the snow.
Warm sun, clear skies, shorter queues.
Local business people are relaxed, not yet stressed by summer crowds.
Autumn (March to May) is also shoulder season: atmospheric in Victoria and Tasmania.
Summertime: local holidays, busy beaches and cricket.
Prices rise 25% for big-city accommodation.
Central Australia experiences high season over winter (June to August) due to mild days and low humidity.