Australia is a big country with a lot of variation in climate, landscape and seasons. Many travellers come expecting it to be hot and sunny all the time, but that’s not always the case. Depending on where you go, when you go, how you travel and what you’re planned activities are, you’ll need different clothes for the occasion. That being said, the following are some general tips to help ensure you bring the right clothes on your Aussie adventure.
Northern tropical Australia
The tropical regions of Australia generally include the central and northern parts of the Northern Territory and Queensland, and the northern parts of Western Australia. If you’re planning on travelling to these areas and possibly even taking a Kakadu tour, the clothes you should pack will depend on whether you’re visiting in the wet season (December-March) or the dry season (May-October).
During the wet season, you can expect temperatures between 30 and 50°C, and a lot of humidity and rain, so make sure you dress lightly in shirts and shorts, skirts or pants that are breathable and quick-drying. The dry season has an average temperature of 20°C with sunny, clear skies, so you may want to bring a couple of cotton layers and even a light jacket that you can put on as the evening cools.
The desert regions
The dry and desert regions of Australia are generally characterised by intense heat during the day and cold at night. The temperature ranges from around 40°C in the summer to between 16 and 24°C in the winter, with nighttime temperatures varying from 19 to 0°C.
If you’re planning on taking an Alice Springs tour or visiting Uluru, make sure you have plenty of layers to put on throughout the day. Start with light and cool shirts, shorts and pants and then progress to long-sleeved shirts, sweaters and a light jacket. The desert regions are generally in a state of drought, so you usually don’t have to worry about wet weather gear.
The temperate regions
The temperate areas of Australia are the southeastern coast, reaching from Tasmania through most of Victoria and NSW and into the southern parts of Queensland. There are also a few temperate areas in southern South Australia and the south-western tip of Western Australia.
The weather for these areas changes a lot depending on the seasons, ranging from an average of 30°C in the summer, to around 15°C in the winters. You will experience very hot and dry weather in the summer, so you’ll need light clothes made from quick-drying fabrics. In the winter, especially in Melbourne, expect a lot of rain and cool weather, so bring a few layers, pants, warm socks and a heavier raincoat. If you’re prone to getting cold, you may even consider a warm hat and some mittens just in case.
Along the Great Dividing Range, it’s quite common to have freezing temperatures and snow, so if you’re planning a visit there make sure you bring plenty of sweaters, warm pants, a heavier coat and winter accessories such as a hat, gloves and scarf.
Dressing for the beach
Of course, most people who visit Australia for a short holiday plan on visiting the beaches at some point during their stay. If you’ll be visiting a beach, then you’ll want to bring a couple of swimsuits, a beach towel and a beach cover-up as well. Don’t forget important beach accessories such as a wide-brimmed hat, sandals and sunnies as well!