Guess what? Forty years of Mad Max movies lied. Australia isn’t just a hunk of sand and dune that seem to stretch to forever (also, there are no steam punk motorcycle-riders). As far as climates go, you might say Australia has the entire world packed in this heap of land.
Since it is huge, the climate vastly vary throughout. The greater part of the continent has a dessert or semi-arid temperature. The north has a tropical savanna and grasslands climate, while the near east coast is covered in snow, especially Mt. Buller in the winter season.
Yes, there’s a climate for everybody’s preference, whether you just want to surf the seas, or explore the rain forests, or trek the Outback. The largest island country in the world has something for you.
Barren, Dry, and Everything In Between.
OK, here’s what Mad Max got right, well sort of. The Australian Outback is a large area of land in the middle of the continent with an arid to semi-arid temperature. Because of its size, this climate in never consistent throughout. It has wet, lush areas as well as dry, barren ones.
Though it is habitable, very few live here (the cast of the Survivors had to be paid to stay here and endure for a few months). But it is famous among trekkers, adventurers, and off-road explorers who want to stay away from civilization for a while.
Now, let’s get to the places you actually want to live in.
Humid with Cool Sea Breezes
Australia’s capital isn’t just vastly uptown, it has a very friendly weather as well. It has an abundant sunshine with temperate, humid climate spread throughout the year.
And since it is a coastal city, cool, afternoon sea breezes counters the rather quite steamy temperature during summer days. Creating a balanced and refreshing feel. This is evident in the people flocking the ocean playground for water sports, yachting, or just swimming.
All in all, Sydney has a very cordial and agreeable weather all year round.
Eighth Best In The World
Sydney might have a friendly climate, but it isn’t the friendliest. That honor belongs to Adelaide.
Once voted as the eighth best in the world, Adelaide enjoys a Mediterranean climate with a mildly warm, bright weather throughout the year. During winter where the sky is cloudier than the usual, rain fall comes in, making the season not too unbearably cold.
Adelaide has the lowest humidity among the Australian cities, therefore avoiding the sweltering heat that is the pitfall of summer season in the country.
Gray Sky Morning
Bearing a tropical climate, Brisbane is generally sunny throughout the year, with balmy to flush temperature, partly because of the high humidity.
This heat can be quite dank and steamy during December, January, and February, the three hottest months of the year, with an overarching gray, cloudy sky above.
During summer is when swarming rain and bewildering thunderstorms go abound, with blue skies as norm. Yeah, quite ironic.
At 2,200 hours per year, Melbourne enjoys an abundant amount of sunshine, with many people finding the climate very pleasant all year round. Partly because it has lower sea temperature around the city compared to others.
The only downside is the fickle fluctuations of the weather in every season, and the fact that during winter, Melbourne receives lower amount of sun.
Fremantle Doctor Approved
Among the Australian cities, Perth receives the most amount of sunshine – at 3,200 hours annually. In fact, it can get intensely sunny here. During summer, it can reach up to 40 degrees here, so locking yourself up with the AC on full blast might be the best decision here.
What balances everything is the “Fremantle Doctor,” a cooling afternoon sea breeze that brings forth comfort in the sweltering heat. Though at times this can be hazardous and blow sand around. This doctor is quite moody, so to say.
During winter season, there is little rain, but with still plenty of sun.
Canberra isn’t really far from Sydney, but the difference in temperature is vast, partly because of its locations and elevation.
Situated inland and with an elevation of 9,000 feet above sea level, it enjoys a rather continental climate, with large seasonal temperature differences.
During summer, it relishes a cooler climate because of the lower humidity. When winter comes in, frosts and winter fog, occurrences that are rare in the neighbor city, are quite common here. All year round, nigh time brings about rapid fall in the temperature. Yep, blankets are your best friends here.