Much of Australia is bisected by the tropic of Capricorn and most of it is closer to the equator than any parts of the USA. As a result the North of Australia tends tropical and the South of Australia is temperate. We have used Brisbane for the North and Melbourne for the South when we mention the Average Temperatures.
Chance of Rain18°/11°
In Summer Australia’s climate is generally warm to hot and dry in the South of the country
changing to warm to hot and moist in the North of the country with some Northern areas experiencing tropical rainfall.
Mean Average temperatures in the South are from an overnight low of 15°C through to a high of 26°C.
Mean Average temperatures in the North are from an overnight low of 21°C through to a high of 30°C.
In Summer, the must see events include Australia’s Summer of Cricket from December to February on world famous grounds like the MCG, the SCG and the beautiful Adelaide Oval. Sydney’s New Year’s Eve Celebrations with fabulous fireworks on the Harbour.
For Tennis fans there is the Australian Open in Melbourne and if cycling is your game then The Tour Down Under world class cycling event is held in Adelaide in January. Explore 12 iconic South Australian wine regions and enjoy unlimited tastings from more than 150 wineries in one convenient location at Adelaide’s annual Cellar Door Wine Festival.
In Autumn Australia’s climate is generally fine and very comfortable in the North and the South. In Queensland and the Northern Territory the tropical rains are easing to the North and in the South, night time temperatures are starting to fall. Days are usually fine with occasional rainy periods or a day or two.
Mean Average temperatures in the South are from an overnight low of 11°C through to a high of 20°C.
Mean Average temperatures in the North are from an overnight low of 17°C through to a high of 27°C.
In Autumn, the must see events in Australia are The Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix held in Melbourne. Melbournes Grand Prix is the first race of the F1 season calender. The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival in March. Melbourne’s network of restaurants, laneways, basements and rooftop venues across the city and regional Victoria turn out their best for this internationally acclaimed annual food and wine celebration. The Sydney Royal Easter Show is Australia’s largest annual event. It is an iconic showcase of Australian culture, heritage and agricultural excellence, combining world-class competitions and educational activities with the fun of carnival rides, entertainment and great food and wine experiences.
The Gold Coast Film Festival is an annual celebration of screen culture which runs for 11 days. The festival includes: Queensland Showcase – cinema screenings of independent films shot in Queensland. International and Australian pre-release films.
In Winter Australia’s climate is variable to say the least. In the South it can be cold and wet through to sunny, but chilly. In the North of Australia the rain tends to go away and the sun comes out for fine warm days. Australia’s outback is best visited in the late Autumn through to mid Spring whilst the daytime temperatures are moderate. Ski season is usually Mid June until October in the Southern areas of the Great Dividing Range that get snow.
Mean Average temperatures in the South are from an overnight low of 6°C through to a high of 13.5°C.
Mean Average temperatures in the North are from an overnight low of 9°C through to a high of 21°C.
In Winter in Australia you must visit the ski fields in Victoria and New South Wales. In June each year, the city of Sydney is transformed into a spectacular canvas of light, music and ideas when Vivid Sydney takes over the city after dark. Australia’s Major Football codes AFL and NRL have their Finals series in September when close to 95,000 fans pack the stands of the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).
Join elite and fun-runners from around the world in the popular Gold Coast Airport Marathon, where thousands of spectators line the course between Broadwater and Burleigh Heads. In August, Sydney’s streets come alive in the City to Surf, the world’s biggest running event.
For 30 fragrant days in September and October, Canberra comes alive with a million spring blooms during Floriade, Australia biggest flower festival.
In Spring Australia’s Climate is fabulous, In the South you can experience 4 seasons in one day. In the Northern tropics the build up towards the monsoon season is starting however it is still mostly fine and sunny until December. In the Southern States, Spring brings the wildflowers, cool sunny days, occasional showers warming towards summer from November onwards.
Mean Average temperatures in the South are from an overnight low of 11°C through to a high of 22°C.
Mean Average temperatures in the North are from an overnight low of 18°C through to a high of 27°C.
Events in Australia during Spring are plentiful and exciting. The Melbourne Spring Carnival horse racing and the World Famous Melbourne Cup are held during November. The race draws competitors from all over the world. Enjoy opera, jazz, blues and sculpture amongst the wineries of the Hunter Valley, near Sydney. In South Australia the Feast Festival was started in 1997 a by group of arts and community cultural workers who wanted to create a community arts festival for the lesbian and gay community in Adelaide.
Western Australia’s Margaret River Gourmet Escape is a four day food and wine event which has attracted the world’s best chefs, culinary and wine critics and celebrities.
Sydney comes alive with hundreds of culinary experiences to explore during the annual Crave Sydney International Food Festival.
The Weather in various Australian Capital Cities
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