Australia is a fantastic place to explore but knowing when to go can impact any trip. We share the best time to visit Australia, depending on your travel plans!
Tourism is one of the biggest industries in Australia. The country’s unique wildlife, diverse landscapes, vibrant cities, and cultural heritage make it a choice destination for millions of visitors every year.
Best time to visit Australia
When planning your trip to Australia it is important to consider the activities and entertainment options that are available. You can go wine tasting, explore natural parks, and visit iconic landmarks.
However, you need to know the seasons in Australia to best prepare yourself for these activities. There are three main tourism seasons in Australia — low, shoulder, and high seasons. Let’s consider their benefits and drawbacks.
Low Season (June-August)
The low season is the period when there aren’t many tourists coming into Australia. This is mainly because of the weather and because there are fewer events that attract visitors.
Winter in Australia is cool and cloudy, but there could still be sunshine. One popular activity to enjoy during this time of the year is wine tasting. The characteristics of the low season in Australia are:
- Cheaper flights, accommodation and activities;
- Less crowd;
- Some establishments may be unavailable.
Shoulder Seasons (March-May and September-November)
Shoulder Seasons in Australia occur in spring, just before the peak tourism season, and in autumn, just after the peak tourism season. The weather is either cooling down or just heating up.
It is the second most favorable time to visit Australia and to see wildlife or visit the popular important landmarks. Here are some key features during the low season in Australia:
- Affordable flights and accommodation;
- Pleasant weather, more tourists but places are less crowded;
- Great experience without having to break the bank.
High Season (December-February)
People from all over the world want to come in during this period. The weather is favorable and all activities are running. Restaurants and hotels are full, and popular festivals and activities are also available. You should make reservations as early as you can.
If you want a personalized experience during this period, be ready to part with some more money. Here are some of the characteristics of this season:
- Peak tourism season;
- Premium entertainment and unrivaled experience;
- Higher prices for flights, accommodation, and other activities.
Tips for planning a trip to Australia
Generally, to visit Australia you will need a tourist Visa. The type of Australian Visa that you’ll be needing depends on your nationality and the duration and purpose of your visit. If your passport doesn’t qualify you for an express visa, we advise that you apply well in advance. Here are the types of Visitors Visa:
- Visitor Visa (subclass 600): This is the most common visa used by tourists. It can be used for all short non-work related visits. It can be used only once and might require an early application.
- Electronic Travel Authority Visa (ETA) (Subclass 601): This visa is available to passport holders of countries that are eligible to apply online. Can be used for all short tourism and business visits. Available to EU countries, UK, Canada, Japan and others. It is processed instantly for a fee of AUD 20.
- eVisitor Visa (Subclass 651): This is another form of the ETA but it is specifically for passport holders from the European Union (EU) and some other countries. You can visit many times in 12 months for a period of 3 months at a time. It is a free visa and can be applied for online.
Once your Visa is granted, it will specify the conditions of your stay. Ensure you abide by them when you are in the country, and we’re certain that you will have one of the best times of your life!
Planning Your Budget for a Trip to Australia
To plan your budget correctly, first, you need to find out the exchange rate of your local currency to the AUD. Then, look for various flight and accommodation deals, compare them, and select the one that is best for you. You also need to plan your transportation and daily expenses.
Research the cost of activities that you plan to engage in. Account for extra things like travel insurance, personal shopping, sim cards, mobile data, etc. Finally, ensure you track your expenses.
Here is an idea of what your daily expenses will look like:
- AUD 60 per day can cover basic hostel accommodation, food, and transport.
- AUD 100 per day can cover a double room in a basic hotel, a meal out, and transport
- AUD 150-300 will cover a room in a decent hotel, dinner, and a day trip.
Choose Your Perfect Destinations
There are plenty of things to see and do, that need to be on your Australia Bucket List. When going on a trip, it is always good to plan properly, especially when it is a well-visited country like Australia. Knowing where to go or what to do could be very overwhelming, so we’ve prepared several ideas for you.
One city to visit for an all-around experience is Sydney. You can visit the iconic Opera House, relax on Bondi Beach, climb the Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy the fun, go wine tasting and enjoy the restaurants.
Things to know before you go to Australia
- We LOVE this camera for our travel photography.
- For a cheap, easy, and compact camera, we use this to vlog and take photographs.
- We use this microphone for all our Youtube voiceovers.
- We use this travel drone (but make sure to check drone laws in your chosen destination first).
- This is our favorite travel insurance because it covers so many activities and travel situations that could arise on longer trips but also offer year coverage.
What to pack
- No matter where we travel, I always take these trusty hand sanitizers and a mini first aid kit.
- We love these toiletry bags (especially great for smaller bathrooms) and choose a laptop bag like this as our hand luggage.
- We keep our devices charged on long travel days with these lightweight battery packs and bring these worldwide travel adaptors on all our trips.
- I still struggle not to overpack so stick to using an expandable suitcase like these and always take my trusty luggage scales to avoid being charged at the airport.