we are going to Australia for about 5 weeks - end of March + April. Is it OK to visit the north of Austr. in April? Kakadu, north of Cairns, Broome, ... or would we still risk the wet season, flooded access roads, etc.?
What would anyone recommend us to see at this time? East coast or west coast? We want to buy a car and travel round looking for nature sights not crowded with tourists...
Thank you all for your advice and ideas! Zuzana
Late March - April can be a little early to go North but I would still suggest that you do it, if that's your dream. The reason is the weather is starting to improve and, there will be less travellers. The locals generally head North May/June/July.
Although 5 Weeks seems a lot of time, we have a very big country with lots of open spaces. It would take you 5 weeks of travelling all day every day to drive around Australia Not Recommended.
If you are flexible, I suggest it would be best to concentrate on the East or West coast and maybe take in Kakadu or Central Oz. if you have time.
My recomendation, is to travel North along the East coast and see how you are going for time. If you want a dramatic change of scenery, go to Central Australia (Alice Springs / Uluru) the desert areas are beautiful and you won't be dissapointed.
I must remind you though that you really do not want to be driving long distances every day so do your research and look closely at the scale of the Australian maps before you leave. As a comparison, Europe is about the same size as Australia.
Don't try to see everything, and do justice to the places you do visit, we would love to have you back again to explore some more.
You can expect that it may rain in the areas I mentioned, even the Central Australian roads can become flooded but these usually subsides within a few days.
The Southern states have much more stable weather during March and April, in fact it's the best tyime to visit these states. Also, it will still be quite warm so you can enjoy the beaches.
The Southern States are New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the south of Western Australia.
Enjoy your trip down under.
If you like no crowds and more nature, maybe it's better to stick to the western part of Australia, starting in Perth and ending up in Darwin. East is more crowded and beach and party are the key words, altough there are some nice nature things...but not for yourself
I will be in Australia the same time, but crossing Australia trough the Red Centre. As far as I know rainfall drops enormous from March to April and April is a good month to visit the north, although some thunderstroms are possible in Kakadu, but that should be nice.
I guess 5 weeks is not toe little or too much time either for one part of Australia, that is east, centre or west. Although months would be better if you want to stay in places longer and explore everything.