do i need a coat?!

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1. Posted by superclaud (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am currently packing fervently for my trip to australia - (I fly out on monday to melbourne) and am desperately trying to minimise my packing as my bag is nearly as big as me at the moment!! Having had a look at the forecast for September and October in Melbourne it would seem that it is quite cool... my question is therefore do I need to bring a jacket? I really don't want to take it as after melbourne I will be travelling up the east coast and upwards and it is going to be super hot but if it is going to be cold in melbourne then I wil probably regret not taking one with me.... any advice please, preferably before tomorrow when I am leaving my home!!!


2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5293 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Much as I'd like to say otherwise, if you don't bring a coat, you'd at least have to bring a warm sweater or two. Melbourne frequently has "four seasons in one day", with the temperature able to drop quite a bit from one hour to the next, and sudden freak hail or rain storms being common enough not to warrant much comment. And this time of the year the nights in Melbourne can still be completely chilling. (Looking at wunderground, I see 3 degrees above freezing for Tuesday night, and I believe that.)

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4138 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You will definitely need a coat of some type for those months in Melbourne, as Sander said.

My suggestion would be to buy one once you're in Melbourne as you may pick up an end-of-season special. If not, just buy a cheapie at a discount department store.

Coats and things take up too much precious room to lug all over the world.

4. Posted by hey_monkee (Respected Member 430 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

i think you will need one, but don't pack one to begin with - wait til you're in melbourne and you can pick one up there, melbourne's great for shopping and you'll be able to find a bargain that you won't mind leaving behind, or giving away before you head up the coast

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

Just a few layers is OK, just ensure that you keep the arms covered and a 'beanie' to cover the head & ears.
I live in melbourne and we go walking every evening, it can be cool but overall, the weather isn't really that bad (maybe we're used to it).
You be the judge when you get here by the way, all the above suggestions are good.
You can pick up something here quite cheap if need be.
Enjoy Oz

6. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 615 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'd take or buy a thin waterproof to put on if need be. Sydney was quite cool when we arrived in October, mind you we had just spent three months in SE Asia.
It depends on you as a person too, and if you're from England you might not feel the cold like an Aussie would (no offence meant). I walked into a shop north of Sydney and the woman behind the counter looked at me wearing a t-shirt on a grey, windy day and said, "Aren't you cold?"
"No" I said, "I'm English!"

7. Posted by Jee (Budding Member 21 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'm glad someone asked this!
I'm flying to Perth in 2 weeks, then Cairns then Sydney and am having similar idea what to pack! It is warm enough for tshirts in the day and it the weather very different from one coast to the next?

8. Posted by superclaud (Budding Member 2 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

thanks for the responses guys - much appreciated!! I guess I'm not going to know if I need one or not until I get there - still with my tendancy to err on the side of caution at all times I'l probably squeeze one in there and regret it for the entire time I am there but can always leave it behind...

9. Posted by chell (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Yea weather differs significantly going from one place to another in Australia.

Its kinda warm in Sydney and Melb atm but it fluctuates a fair bit especially round this time of year.

I agree with the others that you can buy a jacket if you need it once you get to Melbourne.

I suggest to just layer - so have tshirts, short sleeved shirts, jumpers, cardigans or whatever such that you can layer more on if it is cold, but you don't end up having to lug a big jacket around if it isn't.
In places like Sydney and Melbourne you might find the weather keeps changing throughout the day so you may be adding and taking off layers many times in any given day!