The Best Times Of Year To Travel The Australian Outback

The Australian Outback is very beautiful. But it must be respected. And that means ensuring that you are in the right part of Outback Australia at the right time of year. This is our guide to knowing what the best time of year to visit the Australian outback is.

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Australian Ideal Travel Times Matrix

LocationJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
NSW                        
Alice Springs                        
Kakadu                        
Cape York                        
Fraser Island                        
Simpson Desert                        
Tasmania                        
Vic High Country                        
Kimberley                        
WA & SA South Coast                        

New South Wales

NSW is generally safe at all times of year, although the western regions can get quite hot during summer.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
                       

Northern Territory

Alice Springs & Ayres Rock / Uluru

The ideal time to travel into the red centre (Alice Springs, Ayers Rock / Uluru) is between June and November.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
                       

Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks

The ideal time to travel in the Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks is between April and October.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
                       

Queensland

Cape York

The ideal time to travel throughout Cape York is from May to October.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
                       

Fraser Island

The ideal time to travel on Fraser Island is from April to October, however Fraser Island is generally safe to travel to all year around.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
                       

South Australia

Simpson Desert

The ideal time to travel in the Simpson Desert is during the middle of winter from May to September, as the weather is cool to mild during the day, however can get extremely cold during the night.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
                       

Tasmania

Tasmania

The ideal time to travel throughout Tasmania is between October and April, however Tasmania is generally safe throughout the whole year pending the amount of rain that falls in the wet season.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
                       

Victoria

The High Country

The ideal time to travel in the Victorian High Country is between December and April. Tracks can be closed between June and October, so it's best to call Parks Victoria to see what tracks are open.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
                       

Western Australia

Kimberley

The ideal time to travel in the Kimberley is between May and September.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
                       

South Coast Beaches (including SA Bight)

The ideal time to travel the southern SA and WA beaches is between October and April, however any time of year is safe.

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
                       

Monday, 12 November 2012 at 6:29 PM

Brendan Ingram is the editor and founder of Lap of Australia. He lives in Brisbane Australia. Follow Brendan and Elly on their Lap of Australia on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or on Google+.

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