Things to Do in Australia in October

Springtime down under brings outdoor festivals and activities

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October in Australia is one of the nicest times to gallivant across this great continent. With springtime flowers in bloom, warm weather, and glorious landscapes everywhere you go, you'll find many things to do in Australia in October.

Public Holidays

October is a great time to visit because of its many public holidays. In the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, and South Australia, the month begins with a public holiday, Labor Day, on the first Monday of the month, ensuring a long weekend for Australians. Check the exact dates for Labor Day in other states and territories.

In Western Australia, the Queen's Birthday holiday is typically on the first Monday of October. It is occasionally held on this date in other states as well, although this has fluctuated through the years. For an up-to-date list of public holidays that you can use to determine when you'll visit, check out the official Australian government list.

With these holidays occurring in October, you can enjoy the "long-weekend vibe" and events designed to take advantage of time off. However, note that in-country flights and accommodation prices may spike during peak holiday weekends.

Other Things to Do in Australia in October

Springtime in Australia is perfect for spending your days by the beach and making the most of the country's exotic resorts. With countless activities to do along the coastline, you will be both energized and invigorated.

Canberra's immensely popular monthlong flower festival, Floriade, starts in mid-September and continues through mid-October. The annual Floriade Flower Festival displays more than one million blooming flowers. These flowers, teamed with incredible choices of entertainment, make the nation's capital the place to be in October. One of the best things about this festival is its ability to raise awareness about the importance of nature.

Visiting Australia’s great vineyards and wineries, such as those in the Hunter Valley region, can also prove to be one of the best things the doctor ordered. Kicking back at the wineries allows you to taste great wines fresh from Australia's native wineries. Coupled with breathtaking landscapes, the vineyards can serve as your secret oasis.

For those interested in horse racing, October is the lead-up month to the running of the Melbourne Cup, which is on the first Tuesday in November. With the first and second declaration occurring in October, it’s the perfect time to spend a day at the races. 

October Weather

Right in the middle of spring, October is a time of warming temperatures just before the summer heat hits the continent. At Australia's Top End region in the Northern Territory, October weather in the city of Darwin is certainly tropical with a daily average high of 33 degrees Celsius (91 degrees Fahrenheit). The cities of Alice Springs and Cairns can also hit above 30 degrees Celsius (86 degrees Fahrenheit).

In most other capital cities, the average high can hover around the 20-degree Celcius (68 degrees Fahrenheit) mark, with Hobart experiencing an average high of approximately 18 degrees Celcius (64 degrees Fahrenheit) and Sydney experiencing 22 degrees Celcius (72 degrees Fahrenheit).

A combination of wind and warming weather can result in bushfires in the country's forests. Rain is generally light in the capital cities throughout the continent this time of year.

Daylight Saving Time

When traveling to Australia in October, one of the most important things to note is that some regions advance clocks one hour in observance of daylight saving time. ​Australian daylight saving time, also known as Australian summer time, begins the first Sunday in October and ends the first Sunday in April.​

The regions that observe daylight saving time are Australian Capital Territory and the states of New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, and Victoria. Western Australia observed daylight saving time for a three-year period until 2008 but it then reverted to not observing daylight saving time. The Northern Territory and Queensland also do not observe daylight saving time.

    -Edited by Sarah Megginson