When to Go

High Season (Dec−Feb)

  • Summertime: wet season up north, bush fires in the south.
  • Accommodation price rises, busy beaches.
  • Festivals season: arts, food, film, music.

Shoulder (Mar−May & Sep−Nov)

  • Warm sun, clear skies, cool nights.
  • Coastal areas busy at Easter with families.
  • Autumn colours are atmospheric in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

Low Season (Jun−Aug)

  • Cool wintery days down south; mild with sunny skies up north.
  • Lower tourist numbers; some attractions keep slightly shorter hours.
  • Head for the desert, the tropical north, or whale-watching spots.