April in Australia: Weather, What to Pack, and What to See

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April in Australia is quite a pleasant time to visit, as mid-autumn temperatures begin their slide into winter. Even so, in most of Australia, the average temperature ranges from 68 degrees Fahrenheit to 86 degrees Fahrenheit, so still plenty of warm for swimming, beach-going, and other outdoor activities.

If you prefer warm temperatures, Hobart, in Tasmania, should be top of mind, as is Queensland's Gold Coast, still prime for beaches, kayaking, surfing, and more, but much of the continent is enjoyable during this month.

Daylight saving time, also known as summer time, ends at 3 a.m. 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.

Australia Weather in April

Even though April is considered fall across Australia, temperatures are still quite warm across most of the country. The colder areas of the country include Tasmania, while the tropical north is much warmer.

  • Sydney: 73 F (23 C) / 58 F (15 C)
  • Melbourne: 69 F (21 C) / 53 F (12 C)
  • Brisbane: 80 F (27 C) / 64 F (18 C)
  • Perth: 77 F (25 C) / 59 F (15 C)
  • Adelaide: 72 F (22 C) / 57 F (14 C)
  • Gold Coast: 79 F (26 C) / 62 F (17 C)
  • Hobart: 64 F (18 F) / 49 F (10 C)

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. The continent is still mostly sunny on most days, so you need not to worry about your trip being spoiled by rain.

What to Pack

Given Australia's massive size, recommendations for what to pack can vary significantly based on where you're planning to visit. The single most important item to pack on your trip to Australia is, undoubtedly, sunscreen. A hole in the ozone layer here results in significantly higher UV levels than much of the rest of the world, so protect yourself adequately by bringing along plenty of sunscreen, ideally SPF 50 or above. Beyond that, your packing list should include the following:

  • Jeans or other trousers
  • T-shirts or long-sleeve T-shirts, depending on the climate where you're traveling
  • A lightweight jacket or windbreaker
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • A swimsuit

April Events in Australia

Fall means plenty of festivities and events throughout Australia, ranging from historical observances to culinary celebrations.

  • 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.
  • Moveable holidays would include Holy Week and Easter which could occur in March or April.
  • Sydney's Royal Easter Show is an annual livestock show that's taken place since 1823. Now, the show is Australia's largest annual event and draws more than 800,000 people.
  • 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.
  •  Barossa Valley holds the bi-annual Vintage Wine Festival. It's the longest running wine tourism event in Australia.

April Travel Tips

  • Queen Elizabeth II, the 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 observed 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.
  • The regional town of Alice Springs has long served as the functional hub and ideal springboard for those looking to explore the Red Centre's many icons, and visiting here during April comes with an array of benefits. For starters, what is typically a town representative of the Outback as a whole will have some patches of greenery to break up the monotony, while the weather's relatively mild nature combines with a general overall lack of other tourists.
  •  If you're going to visit Uluru, don't forget a fly-net for your hat. This a popular time for those annoying buggers and travelers who have forgotten theirs have regretted it!
  • Queensland usually has extremely unpredictable weather—except for April. Visiting during Autumn is a great idea, whether you're planning snorkeling and diving trips, or pure relaxation.