• Kangaroo Island Coastline

The best time to go to Australia

Australia has a vast array of climates, from the tropical north to the sunny south. Depending on which part of Australia you intend to visit, the best time to visit may vary. 

October to May is considered the premium time to travel, however, during February and March be cautious as it can get very hot. The peak of winter - June, July, and August - is typically best avoided as it can be extremely cold and wet, with some areas not operating during these months. 

The type of wildlife you wish to see on your trip may also determine the time frame you travel in, particularly with the marine life.


Bremer Bay - Baby Orca

when to go by season

The Best Time to Visit: typically between the months of October and April is the summer season and so the best time to visit Australia. It will be hot and dry throughout, with temperatures rising around February and March time. 

October to April

The summer seasons in Australia are usually the best times to visit. Temperatures range from 15 - 30 degrees Celsius, although there are heatwaves particularly during February and March. There is also the potential for thunderstorms during this time too. 

May - September

The peak of winter in Australia can get extremely cold and wet, with some operators not operating during these months at all, particularly in the south. June, July, and August are typically best avoided for a peak experience whilst visiting the magnificent country. 

Kangaroo Island Coastline

When to go to Australia if you want to see..

Orcas: At Bremer Bay, the prime time to see orcas is March to April, although it is possible to see them from the beginning of January to the end of April. 

Whale Sharks: Whale sharks are spotted in Ningaloo Reef from mid-March until July. 

Kangaroo: March-May is the best time to see kangaroos on Kangaroo Island, but they can be seen throughout southern Australia all year round. 

Fur Seals: From August to December, fur seals can be found around Montague Island in New South Wales

Ningaloo Marine Reef Park

When to go if you want to experience…

Swim with Whale Sharks: For the opportunity to swim with whale sharks in Ningaloo Reef, the best time to visit is mid-March to July. 

Experience the Outback: May to September which is the dry season in the north of Australia. 

Help Build Koala Habitats: October to April with Echidna Walkabout Nature Tours in Tasmania. 


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Your Next Steps

View our Australia safaris, or talk to one of our specialists for more details on travelling to Australia. Please note we recommend a budget of from £7,000 / $10,000 USD per person for our style of trip to this destination.