What is the best time to travel
Best Time to Travel to Australia

Any time is a good time to be in Australia. Summers last from December to February and can get dangerously hot just about anywhere, even in Tasmania. If you are in the southern states in these months it's great beach weather and wonderful melanoma weather. Up north, this is the wet season, and it is extremely humid at this time you should double check jellyfish before jumping into the water. On the plus side, the Top End is attractively green and free of tourists at this time.

From June through August things in the north have cooled down a little and dried up a lot. This is an excellent time to visit Queensland or the outback. If you are here for the skiing, this is the perfect time to head for the snowfields of NSW and Victoria. In general, spring and autumn are probably the safest bets, the temperature is rather mild wherever you are, and spring allows the wildflowers to bloom in the outback, while autumn is exceptionally stunning around Canberra and in the Victorian Alps.

Follow the links below to get the best time to travel in selected cities within the country.


January - New Year's Day*

January - Australia Day*

March - Labor Day

March - Good Friday

March - Easter Saturday

March - Easter Monday

April - ANZAC Day

June - Queen's Birthday (Except Western Australia)**

September - Queen's Birthday (Western Australia)

December - Christmas Day*

DecembervBoxing Day (except Southern Australia)

*If these holidays fall on a Saturday or Sunday, they are observed on the Monday following.

**Except Western Australia and Victoria

State Holidays

Australian Capital Territory (Canberra)

Date Occasion

March - Canberra Day

June - Queens Birthday

August - Bank Holiday

October - Labour Day

New South Wales

Date Occasion

August - Bank Holiday

October - Labour Dayk

Northern Territory

Date Occasion

May - May Day

July - Alice Springs Show (Alice Springs only)

July - Tennant Creek Show (Tennant Creek only)

July - Katherine Show (Katherine only)

July - Darwin Show (Darwin only)

August - Picnic Day


Date Occasion

May - Labour Day

The Royal National (RNA) Show takes place in Brisbane around the middle of the 2nd week of August and is a holiday in Brisbane only.

South Australia

Date Occasion

May - Adelaide Cup Day (Adelaide only)

June - Queens Birthday

October - Labour Day

December - Proclamation Day


Date Occasion

February - Regatta Day (South only)

February - Launceston Cup Day (North only)

March - Eight Hours Day

October - Hobart Show Day (South only)

November - Recreation Day (North only)

The Launceston show takes place in early October and is a holiday in Launceston only.


Date Occasion

March - Labour Day

November - Melbourne Cup Day (Melbourne metro area only)

Where New Year's Day and Boxing Day fall on Sunday the following Monday is observed as the holiday. Other days are not moved.

Western Australia

Date Occasion

March - Labour Day

June - Foundation Day

September - Queen's Birthday

Some non-metropolitan government areas choose to clelebrate the Queen's Birthday on a day of local significance in lieu of the official date. Common dates appear to be the 1st Monday in August or the 1st Monday in October.

Non-Holiday observances

May - Mother's Day

September - Father's Day

There is a Gay/Lesbian Mardi Gras in Sydney annually in February/March