Australia in October: Spring Travel Tips

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Enjoy all of the country’s outdoor activities, including its beaches, during your trip to Australia in October. Although this is not the driest month of the year, rain is rarely an issue at this time. Instead, daily temperatures start increasing as spring blooms and Australia’s best cities are awash with festivals and other one-off events that you will not want to miss. Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about Australia in October.

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Australia Weather in October

Port Douglas beach and ocean on a sunny day, Queensland, Australia
Port Douglas in Queensland is known for its World Heritage-listed Great Barrier Reef and the serene Daintree Rainforest

The weather in Australia in October can be broadly split into two based on its geographic zones. It is the end of the dry season in the tropical north, which means visitors can experience the delights of Darwin and Kakadu National Park without getting roasted. Temperatures here reach the highs of around 30°C. Further south, Adelaide, Sydney, and Melbourne all see daily averages of 20 to 22°C. The weather in this region may therefore be a little cool for someone looking to experience Australia’s best beaches, but it is perfect for broader sightseeing tours and other outdoor experiences. The hottest temperatures are found in Alice Springs and Uluru, which see highs of around 33°C.

For a seasonal overview, read our article on the best time to visit Australia.

Weather in Australia in October - Rainfall and Temperatures

Sep Oct Nov
Avg Daily (°C) 20 14 16
Avg Nightly (°C) 12 22 24
Avg Daily (°F) 68 58 61
Avg Nightly (°F) 54 72 76
Avg Rainfall (mm) 65 88 116

Why Visit Australia in October

Every 14 day Australian itinerary should include a trip to Uluru
Explore the Australian outback on a 14 day Australia itinerary and visit the Uluru Rock
Aerial view of Sydney Harbor Bridge
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of the longest steel arch bridges in the world

Comfortable temperatures for exploring the outback, spring flowers, and a busy schedule of events. These are just some of the reasons to consider while visiting Australia in October. Below are some more reasons why you should take a trip to the Land Down Under at this time.

  • Better rates: A trip to Australia in October will see you visiting the country during its shoulder period, meaning you can spend more on activities and less on flights and accommodation. A daily budget of around USD90 should be considered the minimum you will need.
  • Fewer visitors: Australia sees less footfall in October, which translates into less competition for the best spots at the harbor front in Sydney and among the corals of the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Floriade: If you are looking for another reason to visit Canberra, the national capital, here it is – one of Australia’s most important flower shows is organized in the city during the first half of October.
  • Special events: From fun runs to jazz performances and Adelaide’s OzAsia Festival, October has a vast array of events that are sure to add an extra wow to any trip.

Where to go and what to do

Kangaroo at Lucky Bay in Cape Range National Park, Australia
Explore and observe the mega geology of Cape Range National Park in Western Australia

Three hours from Perth, the Margaret River in Western Australia is known for its vineyards, which at this time of year spring back to life after winter. Plus, the region’s hiking trails and secluded beaches also provide the chance to witness breaching humpbacks, as well as blue, minke, and southern right whales in October. On the opposite side of the country, Sydney’s central business district offers a very different version of Australia, with the Sculpture by the Sea festival adding to the delights of its harbor. Head north and you will be able to experience life in the tropics, in steamy Darwin or the Daintree Rainforest, while Uluru and the outback remain an unmissable part of any first-time trip to Australia in October. Another experience that you should not miss out on is driving through the Great Ocean Road. Pleasant temperatures down south make it possible to zip through this iconic highway in a convertible.

Australia in October is a country in its element. There is good weather from north to south, celebrations are held right across this vast country and the outback is at its best with plenty of new growth. Take advantage of all this by reaching out to one of our local travel experts who can design a customized tour to Australia for you.

Browse through our list of Australia tours in October for more ideas and inspiration.

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Published by David Lee, updated on August 5, 2022

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