Adelaide to Darwin in August - too cold?

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1. Posted by trabol (First Time Poster 1 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!


Me, my husband, and our 4 year old are planning to go to Australia in August.

We would like to rent a camper van to drive from Adelaide to Darwin. We want to do this in 17 days.
Has anybody else travelled this route? What were the highlights for you?
Has anybody else travelled the outback in August. How cold did you experience it?
The reason why we want to travel in winter/early spring (besides school holidays) is the dry season in Darwin. (and later on Cairns and more up North)
I get that the higher we come above Alice Springs, the better the temperatures. I just always thought it would be bloody hot when we would be there. Even in winter.

Do you have any recommendation on camper van hire? It seems it would be much cheaper in Sept/Oct while I thought winter would be cheaper?

Thank you so much for your input. Very much appreciated.

Kind regards,
Brigitte & family

2. Posted by Teoni (Travel Guru 865 posts) 50w Star this if you like it!

The day time temperatures will be perfect in the desert but at night it does get freezing cold, so you will need something to keep you warm at night. Adelaide does get the chills while Darwin is pretty consistent all year round. Winter because it is the dry season and the comfortable daytime temperatures make Central Australia the peak season hence the higher price. Spring and Autumn are considered shoulder seasons so it is usually the cheaper time to travel around Australia and to be honest I think weather wise a good time to travel around Australia too.