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

Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales, Australia

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June in Australia is the first month of the Australian winter. Except at high altitudes where you can expect snow, the temperature is not as harsh as you might imagine winter would be. You can, in fact, still go diving in the Great Barrier Reef during the winter, not to mention surfing and hiking, too. But June does mark the start of Australia's ski season—head to the mountains in New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania to find the slopes.

Weather

Australia is a large country, so the weather varies greatly depending on the location. Overall, it's primarily dry in June. Perth might see some rain, but it's certainly not the wet season.

  • Sydney: The average high is 61 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius), and the average low is 46 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius).
  • Melbourne: The average high is 61 degrees Fahrenheit (16 degrees Celsius), and the average low is 46 degrees Fahrenheit (8 degrees Celsius)
  • Darwin: The average high is 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius), and the average low is 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius).
  • Cairns: The average high is 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) and the average low is 63 degrees Fahrenheit (17 degrees Celsius). Even though the temperatures are cooler in Cairns, there's still a tropical climate, so expect some humidity.
  • Alice Springs: The average high is 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius), and the average low is 41 degrees Fahrenheit (5 degrees Celsius).
  • Perth: The average high is 67 degrees Fahrenheit (19.5 degrees Celsius), and the average low is 51 degrees Fahrenheit (10.5 degrees Celsius).
  • Hobart: The average high is 55 degrees Fahrenheit (13 degrees Celsius), and the average low is 42 degrees Fahrenheit (5.5 degrees Celsius).

What to Pack

What to pack entirely depends on where you're heading in Australia.

  • If you're in the tropical north, pack for summer, so think t-shirts, shorts, and a light sweater for the evenings.
  • If you're in the center of the country, you'll have desert climes, meaning warm but not sweltering days and chilly evenings—layer up and be sure to bring a hat and gloves in case you get cold at night.
  • The south of Australia is much cooler, akin to fall in the U.S. Aussies might be bundled up in boots and winter coats, as many prefer the heat, but with temperatures in the low 60s during the day, many visitors are quite comfortable in lighter jackets. Do pack a warm coat and plenty of layers, though, just in case you get stuck in a cold spell. Since it's not rainy season, you probably don't need to pack rain gear.

    Events

    June sees a number of major events in Australia.

    • Vivid Sydney: This annual festival of light sees the installation of numerous art pieces across Sydney. There are also many live music gigs across the city.
    • Australian Longboard Surfing Open: Surf culture is a quintessential part of Australia, and it's on full display at the annual Australian Longboard Surfing Open in Kingscliff, New South Wales.
    • Melbourne International Jazz Festival: Melbourne takes the cake as the cultural capital of Australia, and each June, it's home to an international jazz festival that sees ten days of all sorts of music programming.
    • The Truffle Festival: All (Australian) winter long, the capital city of Canberra and the surrounding area celebrate the black truffles that grow there. There are more than 250 events dedicated to the fungus.
    • Barunga Festival: This annual festival in June—typically held on the Queen's Birthday weekend—celebrates remote indigenous cultures' art, music, and sporting traditions. It's held in Barunga, Northern Territory.
    • Tatts Finke Desert Race: Held for two days each June in Aputula near Alice Springs, this off-road race is one of the most difficult courses in the world.
    • Sydney Film Festival: This two-week long festival in Sydney celebrates the best in international film, from dramas to animations to documentaries.
    • Peak Festival: This wintertime music festival in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales honors the start of the ski season with four days of concerts.

    Travel Tips

    Keep these helpful hints in mind if you're visiting Australia in June.

    • Queen's Birthday Holiday: June's major public holiday in all states and territories except Western Australia is the Queen's Birthday holiday on the second Monday in June. Western Australia has its Foundation Day, a public holiday in the state, on the first Monday in June. Keep an eye out for closures on these days.
    • Australian students are still in school in June, so don't worry about the crowds—those pick up in July when the schools let out.
    • Flights between the U.S. and Australia are often cheapest in June and September, so it's a great time to go if you're on a budget.
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