A tour or any trip does not just happen; you need to spend some time planning your trip. When is the best time to travel; what will the weather be like; are you going during school holidays time; how are you going to find your way; do you need any permits etc? By planning your trip before you leave you will be able to answer these questions to make sure your holiday is as stress free as possible. Do not necessarily get bogged down in all the finite details though; some decisions, such as where to go next and how long to stay in one place, are sometimes best left for the road. After all you may find a wonderful location that suits you and decide to stay there longer than planned.

When to Travel

Your first decision will be when to travel. This will be different for all people. Maybe you only have a week’s leave or maybe you are taking 12 months to travel. The weather, the timing of school and public holidays and any local events in the area you intend to visit will all influence your decision. Some travellers also think about how they can visit family and friends or fit special occasions into their schedule.


Australia has extremes in climate and weather. At the same time: in one area of Australia there may be monsoonal rains and cyclones; while a different part of Australia will have balmy perfect weather and another part may even experience snow.

Such extremes are not uncommon, but you can start planning your trip according to reasonably predictable weather patterns, making some allowances for occasional variations and anomalies.

The southern States of Australia have four clearly identifiable seasons. Summers are warm to hot, winters cool to cold. Spring and autumn have pleasant days with cold nights. Most rain falls in the winter months but other seasons can have the occasional shower or even heavy downfall. Snow falls on the Australian Alps and the Tasmanian Highlands in winter, early spring and sometimes in late autumn.

Northern Australia has a dry and a wet season. The dry season runs from April to November, give or take a few weeks. Little or no rain falls and countryside turns from lush green to a dusty brown. The wet season, with high temperatures and oppressive humidity, lasts from December to March. Tropical storms regularly dump large volumes of rain, and cyclones are not uncommon.

The centre of Australia is arid or semi-arid. Rain can fall december global holidays throughout the year or not at all. From May to September daytime temperatures are mild but can drop dramatically at night. Summer temperatures can be extremely high.

The best time to travel through Australia’s northern and central regions is between April and November. Year-round travel is possible in the south, with spring and autumn offering mild and pleasant conditions. Southerners begin drifting northward in Early May and return south around September. (Just think, travel North in any month without an R in the spelling of it – May to August).

Detailed weather information can be found by contacting services offered by the Bureau of Meteorology.

School and Public Holidays

If you do not have children, it may be best to avoid travelling during school holiday – particularly Christmas/New Year and Easter. Most accommodation is very heavily booked at these times plus being the peak periods, the prices are also at their highest.

Australia’s mainland States schools each have a four-term year. While the holiday periods from State to State do not necessarily align exactly, they do tend to overlap. The holiday periods generally are:

  • Two weeks in April usually coinciding with Easter
  • Two weeks in late June or early July
  • Two weeks in late September or early October
  • Six weeks from mid December until the end of January including Christmas and New Year.

Tasmania has a three-term year with holidays in June, September and from December through to the middle of February.

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