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camping in Australia in Winter

Introduction

  • camping in winter in the southern parts of Australia generally means cool to cold days and longer, colder nights but if you are prepared for this, it can come with many benefits:
    • no crowds
    • wonderful winter clouds and atmospheric (albeit cold) morning fog and perhaps ice
    • minimal insects such as bullants, flies or mozzies
    • snakes are less active (but still will bask in the morning sun on walking tracks)
    • less water needed to carry on hikes
    • hikes can be more enjoyable as you don't have the hot summer sun
    • no bushfire risk - especially important when alpine camping
    • waterfalls are likely to have water flowing
    • the wonderful Winter Milky Way will be visible if there are no clouds
  • camping in winter in northern parts of Australia or in central Australia has the most enjoyable weather
    • no cyclones, minimal thunderstorms, less rain and thus less flood risk
    • roads are likely to be more accessible
    • much less humid and hot
    • no stingers in coastal waters (there still be crocs!)
    • less water needed to carry on hikes
    • hikes can be more enjoyable as you don't have the hot summer sun
    • the wonderful Winter Milky Way will be visible if there are no clouds as is likely to be the case in Central Australia or in Broome
    • HOWEVER, these times are the most popular, especially for grey nomads who may book out camp grounds, and in inland Australia the nights will be very cold and even sub-zero temperatures while the many waterholes around Alice Springs are also very cold and generally unattractive for swimming even if there are no crocs.

Mean climate in June (eg. for Queen's Birthday weekend)

locale Max Temp Min Temp RainDays CloudDays rainfall near beach
Darwin 31degC 21degC 0.4 4 2mm yes, crocs
Alice Springs 20degC 5degC 2 6 13mm no
Broome 29degC 15degC 1 4 18mm yes
Port Douglas 25degC 18degC 6 47mm yes, crocs
Cairns 26degC 18degC 7 10 47mm yes, crocs
Townsville 26degC 15degC 2 7 21mm yes, crocs
Hervey Bay 22degC 12degC 8 77mm yes
Sunshine coast 21degC 12degC 9 119mm yes
northern NSW beaches 20degC 13degC 10 10 165mm yes
Wollongong coast 18degC 10degC 7 10 112mm yes
Merimbula 16degC 6degC 4 8 69mm yes
Mallacoota Vic 15deg C 7degC 9 97mm yes
Lakes Entrance 15deg C 7degC 8 14 62mm yes
Sale 14deg C 4degC 8 15 47mm yes
Wilsons prom lighthouse 13degC 9degC 15 20 120mm yes
Wonthaggi 14degC 7degC 13 19 96mm yes
Echuca 14degC 5degC 6 14 42mm no
Mildura 16degC 5degC 5 12 22mm no
Flinders Ranges SA 16degC 5degC 5 9 38mm no
Warrnambool 14degC 7degC 11 17 77mm yes
Apollo Bay 14degC 8degC 14 109mm yes
australia/camping_winter.txt · Last modified: 2021/04/16 15:58 by gary1