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

Australia in July

TripSavvy / Jo Zixuan Zhou 

July in Australia, which is mid-winter down under, is one of the best months for skiing and other snow activities. You can ski in New South Wales in the Snowy Mountains, in Victoria in the state's Alpine regions, and in Tasmania in some of its high-altitude national parks.

Yet, in other areas, it's fairly warm. In the northern tropics of Australia, the weather rarely drops below 75 degrees Fahrenheit (24 degrees Celsius). The Central Australian Regions will be relatively warm consistently in winter with temperatures ranging from 64 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18–24 degrees Celsius).

Because it's mid-winter in Australia, you can expect cooling trends and colder weather as you go further south.

Australia Weather in July

Because Australia is so large, there will be great variations in temperatures.

Hobart is generally cold with average temperatures ranging from 39 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit (4 to 12 degrees Celsius). But Canberra, southwest of Sydney and much further north than Hobart, can be colder with average temperatures ranging from 32 to 52 degrees Fahrenheit (0 to 11 degrees Celsius).

Interestingly, in Australia's Red Centre, where you think it might be really warm since it's further north, Alice Springs has an average range of 39 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit (4 to 19 degrees Celsius).

But go further north, and the weather remains tropical with temperatures ranging from 63 to 79 degrees Fahrenheit (17 to 26 degrees Celsius) in Cairns and 60 to 86 degrees Fahrenheit (20 to 30 degrees Celsius) in Darwin.

Since these are average temperatures, it can be colder or warmer on certain days and nights and can dip below freezing point.

In some areas, it does rain in July. The wettest city in July is Perth with an average rainfall of 7.2 inches (183 mm), followed by Sydney with 3.9 inches (100 mm). The driest city in July would be Darwin with an average rainfall of only .04 inches (1 mm).

For those who wish to escape any winter cold, tropical Australia should be a favorite destination. This region encompasses an area in Queensland from around the Tropic of Capricorn to Cairns and further north, in the Northern Territory, Darwin, and nearby areas.

Inland, in the Red Centre of Australia, could be warm in the daytime but cold at night.

What to Pack

Consider the areas you'll be visiting and the planned activities. If you're going skiing, bring your warmest ski gear and if you are planning a beach vacation in the south, pack your swimsuit, beach sandals, plenty of sunscreen, and beach cover-up.

Layering is always smart so lots of layers with a warm, waterproof jacket for evening or higher altitudes should be in your suitcase. Hats and sunglasses to guard against the sun are needed. Wear sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots if you are going out on a bush trail.

Australia is casual and outdoorsy. However, in a town like Sydney, you may want to dress up a little for the opera or a visit to a high-end restaurant.

July Events and Things to Do in Australia

While you can ski in the mountains, much of Australia experiences mild temperatures and you can enjoy beach and water activities.

  • Ski Season: The Australian ski season traditionally starts on the Queen's Birthday holiday weekend in June and ends on the Labor Day weekend in October. Ski resort operations may start earlier or later than these dates, depending on snow conditions.
  • Yulefest: Because Christmas occurs in the Australian summer, the Blue Mountains west of Sydney celebrates Christmas in July during its winter Yulefest. There are special Christmas dinners, sing-alongs, and, perhaps, a visit from Santa.
  • Fun Boats: At Australia's Top End, July is the month when the Darwin Beer Can Regatta takes place. This is a fun competition when boats made of beer cans and milk cartons race one another in the water on Mindil Beach.
  • Opera: At the Sydney Opera House, Angel Place City Recital Hall, and St. Andrew‘s Cathedral, the Australian International Music Festival takes place over seven days with youth and adult orchestras, wind bands, and choirs.
  • Jazz and More: Jumpers and Jazz in July is a quirky annual festival that occurs in Warwick, on Queensland’s Southern Downs over 10 days at the end of July. It's a platform for the arts and a celebration of all that is delightful about an Australian winter. You'll enjoy music, workshops, and exhibitions of things such as 120 trees "wrapped in art" by textile artists from all over Australia. There's a giant bonfire, dining events, swing dances, and concerts every night.
  • Wine Tasting: Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers from the Coonawarra wine region on the Limestone Coast zone of South Australia host a month-long festival, where the Coonawarra winemakers bring out the best from their cellars and host wine tastings and an opportunity to buy rare vintages (they are known for Cabernet Sauvignon). You can visit the cellars or sign up for a wine dinner.