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Climate and Seasons
Australia’s experiences a variety of climatic conditions, primarily due to the vast size of the continent. There are six distinct climate groups; Equitorial, Tropical, Sub-tropical, Desert, Grassland and Temperate.
The Temperate zone occupies the coastal regions of New South Wales (Sydney), Victoria (Great Ocean Road, East Gippsland, Phillip Island), Tasmania and most of South Australia (Kangaroo Island, Eyre Peninsula). Four seasons are apparent in this area according to the following cycle (opposite times to those in the northern hemisphere).
- Summer: December to February (Average Temperature: Minimum 16°C and Maximum 26°C)
- Autumn: March to May (Average Temperature: Minimum 11°C and Maximum 20°C)
- Winter: June to August (Average Temperature: Minimum 6°C and Maximum 14°C)
- Spring: September to November (Average Temperature: Minimum 10°C and Maximum 20°C)
The climate in the southern outback is generally dry and sunny year round. Over the summer months from December to February/March it can get very hot during the days and quite warm in the evenings. In winter months from June to August the days are pleasant with nights getting cold, often dropping below 0°C.
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The two other zones affected by the temperate seasons are Grasslands and Deserts. The Grasslands are a belt surrounding the arid and semi-arid desert areas, seeping into areas of the Red Centre (Uluru, Alice Springs), Flinders Ranges and Northwest Cape around Exmouth and Ningaloo. Desert arid and semi-arid areas are found across the centre of the continent, with this area characterised by high temperatures during the day and chilly conditions at night. Temperatures range from 40°C in the summer to between 16°C and 24°C in the winter. At night the temperature can vary from 19°C to 0°C.
Three climatic zones are found in the tropical regions of Australia. The Tropical zone covers the Top End of the Northern Territory including Kakadu and Arnhem Land. The Sub-tropical zone comprises of the coastal and inland fringe along the Queensland coast, with Lady Elliot Island falling in this zone. Rather than the four seasons found across the Temperate zones, the tropical regions of Australia have distinct wet and dry seasons.
The dry season across Kakadu and Arnhem Land lasts about six months, usually between April and October. Temperatures are lower and the skies are generally clearer during the dry. The average temperature is around 20°C. The 'build up' is the humid time of year between the wet and dry seasons. It usually lasts for three or four months. The wet season occurs between November and March. It is hotter than the dry season, with temperatures often over 30°C and high humidity in the air. During the wet season there can be large amounts of rain, especially in the Tropical zone.
Signature Experiences of Australia
Whether you’re looking for adventure, great food and wine, culture or other recreational activities, Australia provides abundant opportunities for visitors looking to pursue a wide array of passions. Below is a list of other endorsed ‘collective’ experiences, that deliver exceptional experiences in true Australian style.
Luxury Lodges of Australia is a collection of independent luxury lodges and camps offering unforgettable experiences in Australia’s most inspiring and extraordinary locations. In recent years, Australia has seen the emergence and consolidation of a new breed of exceptional luxury properties and experiences. These properties have joined forces to showcase Australia’s unique style of sophisticated, carefree, barefoot luxury.
Great Walks of Australia offers superb and quintessentially Australian guided walking experiences, that engage walkers in some of the world’s most spectacular terrain. They inspire travellers to explore Australia’s diverse landscape by foot, where guests reconnect with nature in small, intimate groups with expert guides. The operators provide the utmost in style and comfort with gourmet food and wine and exclusive, comfortable accommodation.
Great Golf Courses of Australia profiles and provides access to Australia’s leading golf courses, including the country’s seven World Top 100 courses: Barnbougle Dunes and Barnbougle Lost Farm (both in Tasmania), Royal Melbourne, Kingston Heath, New South Wales, Royal Adelaide and Victoria Golf Club. Great Golf Courses of Australia is a comprehensive and centralised resource for golfers, media and trade to access information on Australia’s leading golf courses and iconic golf tourism experiences.
Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia is a hand-selected collection of Australia’s premium wineries offering quality winery experiences based around world class wines, warm and knowledgeable hospitality and culinary excellence. Experience the best in Australia’s wine regions.
Great Fishing Adventures of Australia is a new group of leading independently owned fishing tourism operators who have come together to collectively raise the profile of Australia as a world class fishing destination. No matter what the season, Australia offers international enthusiasts the opportunity to indulge in their passion and experience some of the very best fishing, amongst some of the most naturally spectacular and diverse environments, the world has to offer.