When to Go

High Season (Dec−Feb)

  • Summertime: local holidays, busy beaches and cricket; wet season in the Top End.
  • Prices rise 25% for big-city accommodation.
  • Outdoor rock concerts, film screenings and food festivals abound.

Shoulder Season (Mar−May & Sep−Nov)

  • Warm sun, clear skies, shorter queues.
  • Easter (late March or early April) is busy with Aussie families on the loose.
  • Autumn leaves are atmospheric in Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia.

Low Season (Jun−Aug)

  • Cool rainy days down south; mild days and sunny skies up north.
  • Low tourist numbers; attractions keep slightly shorter hours.
  • Head for the desert, the tropical north or the snow.