Best time to travel to Aus and where to go?

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1. Posted by aledshiv (Budding Member 30 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

Hey all,

This is a quite 'open to debate' thread as I am looking for some advice on when the best time to travel to Aus is on a WHV? I know it is quite a general question but I was just hoping people could share their experiences with me of when they went (time of year) and where they travelled to first and what worked for them travel wise and what didn't.

I am aware of the wet season and dry seasons that take place, and the stinger season etc but just thought some people could share their experiences, itinerary and recommended destinations with me. I have read that Sydney is the most popular start point and would be gretful if anyone could share where they travelled to after Sydney, or are there any other destinations that you would recommend to start the trip in Aus?

Many Thanks

2. Posted by lindz24 (Budding Member 16 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

hey i went in nov 06. spent xmas in sydney which was amazing. but v busy time to go so make sure u book hostels in advance! in new year went fruitpicking to place called Mildura in Victoria. then went to melbourne and fly to tasmania ( if u go to tas in nov- march as warmest time)
then went to melbourne and to adelaide doin great ocean road. end march went up to alice springs and went to ulru etc. that time of year was good as wasnt too hot to walk around the ulru! then went to perth in apiril and fruitpciked in margaret river for 2 months. weather was rainy but was needed for the fruitpicking. then travelled up the west coast in june/july. weather was lovely though time ot see whales i think is july to oct. was in darwin aug -still dry season then -and not to hot. its tough being there after oct as gets very humid -but the thunderstorms are amazing!
if u go to new zealand best time nov- feb when its their summer- though u might be sick of sun by then!

3. Posted by MilyP (Budding Member 26 posts) 15y Star this if you like it!

I started my trip in Melbourne, which was a great city and not one to be missed in my opinion. I only decided to go there because I had friends there, but actually it was great and now I am going back!!

I was there May/June. This wasn't too great in Melbourne as a bit cooler and the odd bit of rain but elsewhere was fine. And I went to Kakadu national park up by Darwin which was awesome and inaccessable earlier in the season due to tropical storms - June/July is about the best time to go. I would really recommend Kakadu as it was one of the best parts of my trip.

It was also a good time of year to visit Uluru - I can't imagine going there in the middle of summer being absolutely boiling and surrounded by flies. As it was it was quite lovely.