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Travel Tips / The best times to travel in Australia, New Zealand & Fiji
You can travel all year round in all of our destinations. However, there are some places with very hot summers, cold winters, wet seasons and risks of flooding. If you are after specific wildlife experiences there can be a best time to visit some regions. Therefore, depending on what you are looking for it is important to be aware of the different seasons.
Read below to learn about the best time to travel in Australia, New Zealand & Fiji.
The best times to visit Australia
The south of the East Coast (New South Wales) has a temperate climate and can be enjoyed throughout the year. However, note that winters (June – August) can be quite cold. The more south you go the coldest it gets. In winter, however, you get to enjoy the spectacular whale season on the coast and snow in the mountains. The high season is in December – January during the school holidays. Prices go up and it is challenging to find availability.
The north of the East Coast (Queensland) is a tropical climate. The peak of the wet season runs from January – March where floods and cyclones are frequent. It is also stinger season in the Tropical North and swimming without wetsuits is not advised.
In our opinion, the best time to enjoy the whole East Coast from South to North are the shoulder seasons but contact us to make sure you choose the right time for you and your travel dreams.
The climate in Western Australia is quite diverse as it is a massive state.
The South West offers a very enjoyable Mediterranean climate. It is a beautiful place to be in the summer months between December and March and gets colder (average of 12 degrees celsius) during the winter months (June to August).
The Coral Coast enjoys a warm climate all year round. The heat gets high in the outback (Pilbara region) in the summer months. It is popular to visit the Coral Coast from April to July for a chance to swim with the Whale Sharks!
The best time to visit Broome & the Kimberley is in the dry season between April to September with maximum temperatures of 29 degrees celsius. The wet season between October and March brings tropical rainstorms. Flood and road closures are frequent in this season.
The Top End region of the Northern Territory is a warm, tropical climate.
It has 2 seasons: the Dry (May to October) and the Wet (November to April). The Dry is the most comfortable season to travel in with temperatures from 21 to 32 degrees celsius. The Wet is very humid and hot, some parts of the National Parks are closed due to flooding. However, the land comes alive during the wet season with thriving waterfalls and active wildlife.
The Red Centre is a dry, semi-arid climate. Summers (December to February) can be very hot, autumn (March to May) is avery popular time to visit as days are warm and nights are cool, winter (June to August) days are cool but nights can be freezing, spring (September to November) is also a nice time to visit as temperatures are starting to warm up.
West of the South Coast (South Australia and towards Western Australia) has a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers (December to February) and mild winters (June to August). Generally it gets colder the more south you go (towards the ocean) and warmer the more north you go (towards the outback). Autumn ((March to May) and Spring (September to November) are both popular seasons to visit the area.
East of the South Coast (Victoria) gets its nicest days in summer (December to February), autumn (March to May) cools down quite quickly, winter (June to August) can get quite cold but offers snow activities in the nearby mountains and spring (September to November) warms up but has some of Victoria’s wettest days.
Tasmania has some of the country’s coldest weather.
If you are hoping for warm days you should travel between December and March in the summer months. Rainfall varies dramatically on the island with Hobart being Australia’s second-driest capital city while the West Coast of the island has a lot of rainfall and therefore offers thriving rainforests. Always carry additional warm and waterproof clothing when travelling to Tasmania.
The best times to visit New Zealand
Enjoy New Zealand’s beaches and warm days in summer (December to February). Autumn (March to May) is a lovely time to visit as you enjoy long, sunny days with cooler nights. Winter brings snow to both islands.
The North Island is wetter and the South Island is drier. In spring days warm up as flowers bloom and the country becomes the most colourful.
The best times to visit Fiji
Fiji has a lovely warm tropical climate.
The best months to travel are during the dry season which generally stretches from April to November. Between May and October, you can swim with manta rays.
The peak of the wet season is from December to March with heavy, brief local showers. Cyclones may occur during this season.
For each season a destination!
Whatever time of the year you want to travel, all of our destinations have something to offer! Sure New Zealand has lovely temperatures in summer and Australia’s Top End’s dry season is the perfect time to swim in waterfalls, but marvelling at snow peaks in winter and observing waterfalls tumble during the wet season will also be unforgettable experiences!
Founder & Managing Director
Jeanne believes that travel is one of the best forms of education and is currently living with her family in a 4WD and a caravan on the roads of Australia. They are embracing the nomadic life and reconnecting with nature.
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