If you think that the seasons in Australia are simply reversed compared to Europe, you are wrong in the big way. The continent is gigantic and the climatic zones are extremely varied . Most of the country is arid or semi-arid, the north is tropical, the far north equatorial and the south has a climate similar to the Mediterranean one.
Weather therefore plays a key role in programming, especially if you travel on the road!
In general, only the south follows a season which is symmetrical with respect to the northern hemisphere of the world, while in the tropical regions and in the desert the seasons as we know them do not exist. Weather and weather conditions are such delicate subjects in Australia that leaving without having any idea how they work can really risk you getting stuck in a city in the middle of a cyclone!
So how to get organized to make the world hit the right time? Here are some tips that were helpful in planning our trip. Keep in mind that the suggestions we will give are personal, not scientific and represent a simplification of what the meteorological panorama of a country like Australia can be.
Tropical North and Central Australia
Beyond the Tropic of Capricorn line there is no distinction between winter, summer, spring and autumn. The seasons that are taken into account are two: the dry season (the dry one, from May to October) and the wet season (the wet one, from November to April).
The dry season is undoubtedly the best one to visit the north of the continent, the temperatures remain warm but bearable, the rains cease and the roads become practicable again. So they are ideal to visit this season: the north of Queensland, the Northern Territories , the central desert Australia ( Uluru for instance) and the north west of Western Australia .
The north is very fascinating even during the wet with apocalyptic thunderstorms, abundant waterfalls, luxuriant vegetation and flocks of birds that obscure the sky, but most tourist facilities do not make excursions, the heat can be suffocating, the roads can be closed for bad weather and consequently unreachable national parks .