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1. Posted by BigRob (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey guys, I just got back from a short 3 week trip to the East Coast and loved it so much i'm planning a longer, 3 month, working holiday back there from early june 'til september time. I've checked out some of the climate info sites about weather and stuff but it varies considerably. I guess weather is only so predictable but can anyone tell me if it really gets particularly cold or nasty or will thongs and t-shirt be fine again?

Also, i've been doing plenty of googling but just asking for some first hand knowledge on how sustainable working to live out there is, I had a budget of $100-150 a day when I went out last and that was more than enough most days! Incase it makes a difference I was looking at Melbourne (I didn't get to visit here before) and Brisbane.

Thanks! Rob

2. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

June till September in Melbourne is definitely not only t-shirt and thongs months (using the Australian English and US interpretation of that word of course :) )

Melbourne weather is very unpredictable, even in the middle of the summer (it hailed when I was there on Christmas day for example!), and this is roughly Australia's winter/spring. Think jackets and jeans if you plan to be in the South (even in Sydney, you'd need some warmer clothes for a few of those months). On top of that, if you're working, you'll need some more dressy clothes so to speak (although in fairness this depends on the job).

Brisbane will be much warmer and you could probably swing it with aforementioned attire (although again for a job you might need some actual shoes and long sleeve shirts :shudder: hahaha).

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5655 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

To give an impression of average temperatures in the 20 july to 10 august period:

Average max in Sydney between 16 and 20, min between 8 and 11.

Average max in Brisbane between 20 and 22, min between 7 and 12.

Average max in Melbourne between 12 and 15, min between 4 and 9.

4. Posted by Buckra (Budding Member 61 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Okay at the time/period you mention it will be miserable in Melbourne. By that I mean cold days, sometimes rain, sometimes just cold wind. You will definitely need warm clothing and not shorts or thongs...I should know I was born in Melbourne. Brisbane is different. You might get away some days with thongs and shorts but still will tend to be a bit cool. Melbourne is also prone to fog in winter which it will be at that time. You can certainly get by on the amount of money you are setting aside. Mind you the body needs more in winter so you may tend to eat a bit more but still plenty left over. Do I assume that figure includes accomodation? If that is case then backpackers hostels may be your best bet. You can travel around Melbourne and suburbs by tram or train. Get to Australia's number one spectator sport, Australian Football or Aussie Rules as it is known. Get into the swing of it with an Aussie pie lashed with tomato sauce and a beer in the other hand or whatever. Melbourne it is true can be four seasons in a day but generally in winter it just remains very cool. As you head up the coast toward Brisbane it gets warmer. Have fun.:)

5. Posted by SamT (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

where you're coming from might determine whether or not you will find it hard to travel in an Oz winter. If you're from the UK, an aussie winter could be like a hot summer to you, especially if you head up north, (Brisbane, QLD) winter days can reach 30+ degrees up there.
However if you're from a generally warm climate, travelling to VIC might get a bit uncomfortable...But hey, it’s all part of the fun when travelling to foreign places! I wouldnt recommend just a T-shirt and thongs in an aussie winter...bring a jumper and "she'll be right":)

6. Posted by AndyB24 (Respected Member 167 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Always plenty of work for backpackers up north, I make it a plan to be somewhere in queensland for the winter months, then move down to victoria for the summer, as it is much warmer(most of the time) and you don't have as much humidity to deal with. I grew up in victoria, and the winters suck! it gets very cold. although melbourne generally stays around 5 degrees warmer at night than the rest of the state.

7. Posted by maba (Inactive 227 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

March - May and go to Melbourne first. Resonably stable weather patern with sunny days and good beach weather