In a country as big as Australia, it is hard to really say when the best time to travel there is. There are no shortages of ways to experience Australia in its prime throughout the whole year. One can argue that there really is no bad time to travel to Australia, but there are certain things to keep in mind and to factor in when planning your holiday. Besides planning for your trip, it is also important to plan for applying for your Australia visa.
What do you want to do?
Because of the size of the country and how the weather varies from place to place, the decision of when to go is very much based on what your plans will be. When to go will depend on if you want to hike Uluru, enjoy the beaches, or do some whale watching.
While the southern states in Australia tend to experience the four different seasons, the northern part experiences two major seasons: wet and dry. The dry seasons occur from October to May. Summer in the Southern Hemisphere is generally considered low season for travel to Australia. Although, it is definitely still common to travel during the summer months. The wet season also brings cyclones and stinging animals on the beaches.
The peak travel season for most of Australia is the Southern Hemisphere winter. This is especially true for the northern half of the country. Overall, the most pleasant months for travelling are April through September, when the averages are around 19°C - 31°C throughout most of the country and there is generally less rain. The busiest months for travel are June, July and August.
Winter is generally the best time to go hiking across the Australia’s famous “Red Centre. The summer is unbearably hot in certain places like Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. The temperatures average about 40° - 45° C. Some people may venture out in these temperatures, but it is highly advised to be safe and bring the proper clothing and supplies. However, if you do have to travel in the summer, then hiking is definitely possible in more southern parts of the country, such as Tasmania.
It is very common that when it comes to surfing, usually the best time for surfing, is not the best time to go swimming. Australia is no exception. The winter is normally the best time to go surfing in places like Bells Beach or the Gold Coast. Usually this time of year, the offshore winds and swelling of the water make for magnificent surfing. If you are a beginner, though, you can pretty much give surfing a shot all year long.
Whale watching is a rewarding and unique experience that can’t be done just anywhere. Luckily, in Australia, spotting whales can almost be done all year. Depending on the time of year, different whales are active at different times. Orcas can be found hunting between January and April. Humpback whales tend to be spotted most between August and September. Places like Harvey Bay are considered ideal for whale watching, especially in the winter months.
Springtime is the best time to see baby animals throughout the country. Sea turtles can be found throughout the year, but they tend to come to shore to nest their eggs between November and January. As for the famous koalas, they can be found all year long, but tend to be the most active in the evenings when they become easier to see.
There is never really a wrong time to visit the bigger cities of Australia. Melbourne tends to have relatively mild summers, with an average temperature in January being about 20°. The winters don’t get too icy, either, with an average in July of about 7°. Winter in Sydney is a bit warmer, averaging about 12.7° in July. The summers are very mild, at around 23° in January. There is quite a bit of rain to be expected in Sydney.
Apply for an Australia visa
Whenever you do go to Australia on holiday, you will need to apply for an Australia visa beforehand. There are different types of visas available, including the eVisitor Australia visa and the ETA Australia, which can both be used for business and travel alike and are valid for 12 months. You can use both of these visas to travel several times a year, but you cannot stay for more than 3 months at a time.