Good weather is an important part of any camping experience – whether the trip lasts for six months or six years. Luckily, Australia’s climate makes it possible to enjoy great weather year around if you travel to the right places in the right season. However, nothing is ever totally predictable when it comes to the weather and it is certainly not unknown to get a deluge in Cape York during the dry season or a cold, rainy week in Albany in summer. The following is a general guide to the conditions around Australia throughout the year:
THE WET SEASON IN THE NORTH (regions north of the Tropic of Capricorn):
The wet season normally lasts from approximately October – May and that is when heavy rain, flash floods and sometimes even hurricanes occur. The combination of high temperatures and humidity also make it very uncomfortable to spend time outside. However, some nomads brave the conditions for a ‘wet season experience’ – which often includes lots of electrical storms as well as the opportunity to see cascading waterfalls and full to flooding rivers and waterways. If you do plan to visit the far north during the wet, ensure you take local advice about road conditions and keep informed about any hurricane warnings.
THE DRY SEASON IN THE NORTH:
The dry season normally lasts from approximately June to September and that is when temperatures are usually around 30 degrees celcius, there is low humidity and very little chance of rain. The flow of waterfalls and rivers in some places may drop significantly making creek crossing much less daunting. The dry in the north is also when to expect a surge of other travellers escaping the cold winters of the south.
THE HEAT IN THE CENTRE:
Between November and March temperatures in outback Australia soar and conditions can be very unpleasant. The mercury may hit 45 degrees celcius or even higher and there is a risk of sudden downpours which transform dried up creekbeds to raging torrents.
THE COOL IN THE CENTRE:
Between April and October daytime temperatures are normally very pleasant although it can get very cold at night, especially in July and August. There is also much less chance of rain– but be warned, the odd downpour in June is not unheard of.
THE SUMMER IN THE SOUTH (regions south of the Tropic of Capricorn):
In the southern regions, you can expect the highest temperatures and the lowest rainfall to occur between November and March. The days are longer, too.
THE WINTER IN THE SOUTH (regions south of the Tropic of Capricorn):
Winters in the south are often wet and cold – especially in the areas furthest south such as Tasmania, and the areas on the south coast. In subtropical regions, winters are often dry and daytime temperatures are pleasant if sometimes crisp.