Experience the wonder of ‘Down Under’!
On any trip to Australia, there’s always more to see, do and marvel at on this vast land. From its breathtaking natural beauty and unique wildlife to stunning coastlines and buzzing cities, whatever you’re looking for from your next adventure, Australia has something to offer.
Australia was originally inhabited by the indigenous Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, with their history spanning over 65,000 years. British colonisation followed the discovery of the land by Captain James Cook, and the country served as a convict settlement in the late 18th and 19th centuries. Australia’s federation as a nation took place in 1901, followed by independence from the British Empire in 1941.
The country is known for its diverse communities, which have enriched the nation’s cuisine, arts, music and traditions, and its deep-rooted love of sport, sporting events and competitions holds strong cultural significance. Australia’s history and culture continue to evolve, and its unique blend of ancient indigenous heritage and modern multiculturalism make it a fascinating destination to explore and experience.
Due to the vast size of Australia, it has diverse climates ranging from tropical in the north, to temperate in the south. The tropical north, including the northern parts of Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland, has distinct wet and dry seasons. The summer months (November to April) bring heavy rain and high humidity, whereas the winter months have warm temperatures and lower humidity.
The Desert and Outback, or central parts of Australia, are vast, arid regions and experience high temperatures in summer and low in winter, with very little rainfall. The south and southeast of Australia, such as New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, have a temperate climate defined in all four seasons, including snow in winter in the Alpine regions. Parts of Western Australia, South Australia and southern areas of New South Wales and Victoria experience a Mediterranean climate with hot summers and dry winters.
The best time to visit Australia will depend on what you plan to do and the region you’re looking to visit. However, given the diverse range of climates, and the range of activities and attractions on offer, it can be a dream destination at any time of year. Remember, though, that Australia’s seasons are the reverse of the UK and Europe.
If you’re looking to visit the Great Barrier Reef and Northern Queensland, it’s best to go in the dry season when the temperatures are warm, with sunny days and excellent snorkelling and scuba diving conditions.
Sydney in New South Wales and Melbourne in Victoria are enjoyable year-round, but spring and autumn can be the most attractive times to visit due to milder temperatures. The same applies to Perth and Western Australia when spring and autumn are perfect for taking part in outdoor activities.
The cooler months from April to September are an ideal time to visit Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Central Australia due to temperatures being milder, making it more pleasant to explore the desert landscape.
If you plan to visit Tropical North Queensland, including Cairns and the Daintree Rainforest, consider visiting during the dry season (May to October) for comfortable weather and fewer insects. The best time to visit Tasmania is the summer months, when outdoor activities such as hiking and wildlife viewing are more accessible.
The beauty of Australia is in its diversity – there really is something for everyone. Here are just 10 of the different highlights you could enjoy there:
1. Great Barrier Reef
Explore world’s largest coral reef system, teeming with marine life and offering fantastic snorkelling and diving opportunities.
Australian cuisine reflects its colonial past and the cultural diversity of the country. Australians love a good barbecue (barbie), so it’s common to see meat, sausages or fresh seafood sizzling away. A delicious Australian fish, barramundi, is often served with lemon or other flavourful sauces, and for a taste of the local fauna, try kangaroo and emu meat. To satisfy a sweet tooth, try lamingtons, a traditional sponge cake coated in chocolate and rolled in desiccated coconut, or Anzac biscuits, made with oats, coconut and syrup.