Australia has a very mixed climate, temperate in the southeast, tropical in the north, and a significant part of the country is arid desert (the hot kind). Note that coastal areas can have unpredictable weather, so it’s always best to check out the forecast before you leave a major centre. For more information on climate in Australia, refer to the Bureau of Meteorology website. This resource will give you up to date weather forecasts for all major centres and rural central, weather warnings and sea conditions for those heading to the reef or planning to surf.
Below is a recommendation only of items you should consider when travelling around Australia. Most items can be purchased cheaply once you’ve arrived or can be hired when you collect your vehicle.
The most important thing to bring you is your sense of adventure. We only ask that you respect our environment when you travel so it can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Summer (applies to Northern Territory and North Queensland year-round)
Windbreaker/jacket (if hiking or travelling in the North during the wet season)
Hiking boots – make sure they’re clean if travelling from overseas
Sunscreen – the ozone layer is pretty thin in this neck of the woods, and burn times can be very quick
Heavy jacket – for travel in southern NSW, Victoria and parts of South Australia
Sunscreen – especially if you’re planning on skiing