Australia is home to some of the world’s top sandy beaches, incredible cities and exciting opportunities for adventure, so it’s no wonder that tourists would flock there for vacation.

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Make the most of the time and money you’ll spend to get there by making sure to travel at the best time. While there’s no truly bad time to visit Australia, there are times that are better than others for certain activities.

For those who are hoping to spend most of the time on Australia’s iconic beaches, booking tickets between September and April will be the best option for sunny skies. However, those planning on spending time in the Australian outback will want to travel in the cooler months from May to August to avoid overheating.

It also depends on what area of the continent visitors are hoping to stay in. Be aware that, unlike Southern Australia which experiences all four seasons, Northern Australia experiences two seasons: the dry and wet seasons. The dry season, which runs from June to September, is the best time to visit if you’re planning on traveling within Australia since the wet season can damage roads and make travel impossible.

The most cost-effective time to travel is in the winter months of June through August when average temperatures range from around 52 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Since there are fewer tourists, flights and accommodations will be much easier to find. One of the best winter activities in Australia is visiting the beautiful vineyards. Surfing, which draws people to Australia from all over the world, is also best in the winter, though it’s great year-round. The offshore winds and consistent swells make for some of the top conditions in the world.

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