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About Australia

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Due to its size and geographic location, Australia is spread over a range of different climactic zones and weather patterns.

We’ve put together a state by state summary of the weather you can look forward to in Australia.

new south wales

NSW has a mild climate, with variations across its coastal and mountainous regions (with the the Blue Mountains in particular being the coolest).

  • Summer average: 24–30°C
  • Winter average: 12°C
  • Average rainfall: 300–1,500 mm

Learn more about New South Wales.


Despite its small size, Victoria’s climactic range is broad – from the north east snowfields that see temperatures below freezing to the semi-arid (and very dry) north west. Generally, though, it has a cool, temperate climate.

  • Summer average: 18–21°C
  • Winter average: 6–12°C
  • Average rainfall: 400–1,500 mm

Learn more about Victoria.


Thanks to its large size there’s a significant difference between the climates across the state, such as the monsoonal, tropical north and subtropical south.

  • Summer average: 24–33°C
  • Winter average: 15–24°C
  • Average rainfall: 200–1,500 mm

Learn more about Queensland.

western australia

WA takes up a third of the Australian continent, so it’s no surprise that its weather is varied from tropical in the far north to a dry inland and Mediterranean Perth.

  • Summer average: 21°C in the south west, 24°C in Perth and 33°C in the north
  • Winter average: 11°C in the south west and Perth, 21°C in the north
  • Average rainfall: 200–1,500 mm

Learn more about Western Australia.

south australia

SA’s weather is Mediterranean by the coast but hot and dry inland.

  • Summer average: 24–33°C
  • Winter average: 9–15°C
  • Average rainfall: 200–1,000 mm

Learn more about South Australia.


The weather in Tasmania is mild and temperate, though winters can be very chilly.

  • Summer average: 12–18°C
  • Winter average: 3–12°C
  • Average rainfall: 600–3,000 mm

Learn more about Tasmania.

australian capital territory

Canberra’s climate is dry and continental, though it can be remarkably cold in winter.

  • Summer average: 18–21°C
  • Winter average: 3–6°C
  • Average rainfall: 400–600 mm

Learn more about the Australian Capital Territory.

northern territory

The NT has a desert climate in central Australia and a tropical monsoonal climate in the coastal north that sees a dramatic, stormy wet season and a sunny dry season.

  • Summer average: 27–33°C
  • Winter average: 12–24°C
  • Average rainfall: 200–2,000 mm

Learn more about the Northern Territory.