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Depending on where you live and what time of the year it is, Australia will throw you in for a surprise. It is advisable to download a weather forecast app as a guide for planning what to wear.

Take note that Australia’s seasons are at opposite times to those in the northern hemisphere.

December to February is summer; June to August is winter.

Australia’s climate varies throughout each of the 8 states and territories. We have listed out some of the special characteristics you may find in each state.

State/City Special Characteristics of Weather
Victoria/Melbourne Melbourne is known for its fickle weather, having four seasons in one day. It is good to be prepared and take an umbrella and wear layers to be worn as needed.
New South Wales/Sydney Sydney has a sunny climate with mild winters and warm summers so you can often see Sydneysiders soaking up the sun in Sydney’s beaches. Similar to Melbourne, it is important to dress in layers as the weather is unpredictable.
Queensland/Brisbane Brisbane boasts a subtropical climate, meaning there is warm or hot weather for most of the year. Remember to protect yourself from sunburn by using SPF30+ Sunscreen!
Western Australia/Perth Perth has hot, dry summers and mild winters. One of only five Mediterranean climate zones in the world, Perth is often fine and sunny for most of the year, including winter. Imagine lazing on clean sandy beaches throughout the year!
South Australia/Adelaide Adelaide is a warm and sunny city with low rainfall and a temperate climate. Summers can reach up to 45°C, allowing students to enjoy the infamous sunsets. In winter, the temperature can dip below 10°C in the Adelaide Hills and the Outback.
Australian Capital Territory/Canberra Canberra is known for its clean, fresh air and stunning blue skies. Due to the city’s relatively high elevation, there can be snow in the city sometimes but at the same time, UV radiation can be high in summer.
Northern Territory/Darwin In Darwin, there is no winter and summer unlike the rest of Australia but there are 2 distinct seasons, ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ throughout the year. The wet season means there is high humidity along with monsoonal rains and storms. The dry season boasts clear blue skies, warm days and cool nights.
Tasmania/Hobart Hobart has four distinct seasons, with the warmest months being December to March. Be prepared for sudden, temporary deterioration in the weather by always carrying additional warm clothing.

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