Australia in February: Summer Parties


Fly to tour Australia in February for an unforgettable summer retreat. Indulge in numerous summer fests, soak up the sun and relax on sandy beaches. Explore the Great Barrier Reef, an area teeming with marine life; visit the scenic wineries in the coastal town of Denmark; and tour the Whitsunday Islands. Whether you are after an adventure, exploration, or sightseeing, Australia has it all.

Australia weather in February

Aerial view of Great Barrier Reef in Australia
Have an amazing underwater experience at the Great Barrier Reef, Australia

The average temperature in Australia in February is between 15°C to 30°C, making this month an ideal time to visit the country for a summer holiday. In case you find the weather too hot for your liking, there are plenty of beaches to cool off. If you are in Brisbane or Sydney, you are never too far away from beaches where you can enjoy the fresh breeze and gentle waves of the Pacific Ocean.

However, February is also part of the rainy season in many areas of Australia, specifically in Cairns and other cities to the north of the country. But you can always visit Tasmania, the island state in the south that is separated from mainland Australia, where the weather is cooler during this time of year. Perth and Melbourne also have perfect weather conditions in February with fewer rains and clear skies, making them ideal destinations to explore.

For more detailed information, read our month-by-month rundown of the best time to visit Australia.

Weather in Australia in February - Rainfall and Temperatures

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Avg Nightly (°C)1919181512108912222426
Avg Daily (°F)78.878.87773.46864.462.664.46857.260.864.4
Avg Nightly (°F)
Avg Rainfall (mm)1311261641331011405699658811685

Why visit Australia in February

Kangaroo at Lucky Bay in Cape Range National Park, Australia
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Looking forward to a great summer holiday in Australia? There is no better time to visit the Land Down Under than in February. Crowds are comparatively less and the mid-summer weather is much more tolerable during this time. It is a perfect combination that guarantees a fun-filled summer holiday.

Here are some perks and highlights of visiting Australia in February.

  • Festivals in February: A variety of festive events are held in Australia in February, including popular gay pride events like Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras and Melbourne’s Midsumma Festival. Australians also celebrate the Lunar New Year in a grand fashion, with lanterns, lion parades, and a motley of seasonal delights.
  • Fewer crowds: Compared with the other months of the Australian summer season, February sees fewer crowds. With schools reopening, most people are back to their daily routines. This means you can enjoy a hassle-free holiday and explore Australia at your own pace.
  • Summer parties: During February, the southern beaches of Australia turn into a hub for parties and a variety of events. The annual Twilight Summer Concert Series on the lawns of Taronga Zoo in Sydney is among the most popular events.
  • Turtle-hatching season: February falls in the turtle-hatching season in Australia. Visit Queensland and travel to the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef to see turtle hatchlings emerge from their eggshells and race towards the ocean.

Where to go and what to do

Hill inlet at Whitsunday island, off Airlie beach in tropical Queensland
The hill inlet at Whitsunday island, off Airlie Beach in tropical Queensland

Melbourne, Perth, Sydney, and Brisbane are some of the best places to visit in Australia during February. Lounge on sandy stretches and gaze at turquoise waters in the coastal town of Denmark. Stroll through its alluring wineries as the evening falls.

Venture into the coastal town of Airlie Beach, which marks the entrance to the Great Barrier Reef, and engage in exhilarating water activities such as snorkeling and scuba diving in the Whitsunday Islands.

Journey to Esperance, surf the steady waves of West Beach and Chapmans Point and watch kangaroos hop about at Lucky Bay. From sightseeing in Melbourne to trekking in Mount Kosciuszko and swimming with turtles off Lady Musgrave Island, there are myriad things to do in Australia in February. The pleasant weather of February is also a great time to explore the beautiful landscape of Tasmania and discover the exotic wildlife of this island state. There are many destinations to choose from, many sights to see and many experiences to have if you are heading for Australia in February.

For more insights, check out our travel guide on how many days to spend in Australia.

What to bring

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Pack breathable clothes, a sunscreen lotion, and a pair of sunglasses as the weather of Australia in February can get hot and sunny. Remember to carry an umbrella with you if you are planning to explore the northern part of the country, where thunderstorms are common during this time of year.

Make the final days of summer count by visiting Australia in February. Take advantage of relatively fewer crowds and agreeable summer weather to enjoy festivals, laze on white-sand beaches and spot exotic wildlife.

Book one of our packaged tours to Australia in February, or connect with our local travel experts for a customized itinerary to Australia.

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