Summah Down Undah
When people think of seasons in Australia, the assumption is that the best time to visit is during our winter, due to the opposite seasons. This is true for many regions like Sydney, Melbourne, Kangaroo Island and Tasmania. However, Australia is so large that it has multiple distinct climate zones. For example, if you were to visit Northern Australia during our winter (November to March), you would run into torrential tropical rains, and even the occasional cyclone. If you want to visit the north, the best time to go is during our summer. May to September is by far the best time to visit the Kimberleys, Northern Territory, and most importantly, tropical North Queensland. What can you see when you are up north Down Under? Well, here are a few highlights:
• Jump on board True North and cruise through some of the most beautiful and remote areas of Australia as you travel from bay to bay in the Kimberleys.
• Explore the massive expanse that is El Questro Station, with endless opportunities for hikes, birdwatching, wildlife spotting, swimming and more.
• Dive with whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, while kicking up your feet at Sal Salis after a beautiful day in the water.
• Explore the wonders of Kakadu National Park and Arnhemland on a remote 4WD safari. Spend a few nights at a beautiful seaside solar eco camp while you fish, spot crocs, buffalo, dingoes, bandicoot and learn more about indigenous history, including some of the most spectacular rock art in Australia.
• Spend some time on a massive working cattle station at Bullo River. Learn how the cattle are mustered on such a huge piece of land (helicopters, wheee!), fish for barramundi in the brackish waters, and even sleep under the stars at their lookout camp.
• Spot incredible bird life at Bamurru Plains, located on a working buffalo ranch and with safari style accommodations.
• We’ve also heard tell of a helicopter outback pub crawl…
• Put yourself in the best spot possible to see the Geat Barrier Reef: Lizard Island.
• Explore the Daintree National Rainforest, over two hundred million years old and home to some of the most unique and beautiful wildlife in Australia. If you’re lucky, you may even spot a cassowary while you sip a cocktail on your terrace at Silky Oaks.
• Fish for mud crabs with a local Indigenous guide, and then cook up your catch for lunch.
There are endless opportunities for the adventurous, and those looking to see something different that Australia has to offer. All of this can only be seen in summer. Not a bad alternative to crowded beaches and ruins in Europe, right?
Mike is our Asia & Oceania planning expert who is currently on a 5 month research journey to dig up plenty of advice for our travellers. Get in touch if you’re interested in planning a trip with him.