Australia in April

Mid-Autumn Events and Celebrations

Anzac Day decorations
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April in Australia is mid-autumn with temperatures starting their slide into winter. Even so, in most of Australia, the average temperature would still be in the 20°-30°C (68°-86°F) range.

The colder areas would include Tasmania in the south with an average temperature below 15°C (59°F) in Hobart. The warmer areas would be the tropical north where averages could remain in the 30°sC (86°sF). These are averages, of course, so expect the temperature range to be higher in the early afternoon and much cooler after midnight.

Note that Australian temperatures do fluctuate and there have lately been some weather surprises, whether as a result of global warming or some other climatic factor.

Rainfall would be sparse in Alice Springs, Adelaide, Canberra, Hobart, Melbourne, and Perth, and heavy in Cairns.

End of Daylight Saving Time

Daylight saving time, also known as summer time, ends at 3 am on the first Sunday in April in the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria. Australia's Northern Territory and the states of Queensland and Western Australia do not observe daylight saving time.

Anzac Day

The major fixed-date event in April is Anzac Day on April 25 which is marked throughout the country with dawn services, wreath-laying, parades or a combination of these.

The national focal point of Anzac Day commemorations is the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.

Expect dawn services and parades in cities and major towns. Sydney holds a dawn service at the Cenotaph in Martin Place and a parade through George St which then turns toward Hyde Park where the Anzac Memorial stands.

Easter Events

Moveable holidays would include Holy Week and Easter which could occur in March or April.

Moving along with the Easter holidays would be Sydney's Royal Easter Show.

During the Easter weekend, Byron Bay holds the Eastern Roots & Blues Festival at Red Devil Park. Blues, reggae, and roots pop are complemented with alternative country, hip-hop, soul, world and rock genres.

April in History

  • Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Australia, was born on April 21, 1926. Despite April 21 being her actual birthday, the Queen's Birthday holiday is celebrated in June in Australia, except in Western Australia where it is celebrated in late September or early October. The Queen was born Elizabeth Alexandra Mary of England's House of Windsor.
  • On April 28, 1770, English explorer Captain James Cook arrived on the Endeavour at Australia's Botany Bay. This first landing on Australian soil by the English explorer led to his claiming Australia for the English Crown, although the first English settlement at Sydney Cove was to come 18 years later.Captain Cook's landing place is now part of Botany Bay National Park which is not only a historical site but also a place for seaside picnics and many leisure activities.