While Autumn is just beginning in the Northern Hemisphere, the Southern side of the world is coming out of Winter and entering Spring. This is the perfect time to visit the Land Down Under! fall foliage in Australia is an unmissable treat.The weather is warming, the plants are beginning to bloom, and the wildlife is becoming more active. If this sounds like something you want to experience, then plan a getaway to Australia this Fall. While the leaves change colors and fall to the ground, and the jackets get pulled out of the closets, you could be wearing shorts and enjoying the greenery of the island continent.
Pack your shorts and swimsuits (yes, it is warm enough to swim and surf in Australia at this time of year). Bring along your e-reader and Fire Stick for when the days have worn you out. Don’t forget your hiking boots and sunscreen. You are going to need these for your Fall trip to Spring Australia.
Four reasons to pack your bags & check the fall foliage in Australia
Fewer Tourists during autumn season
Most people take their vacations in the Summer. Because they take their vacations in the Summer, the majority of those living in the Northern Hemisphere will not take a trip in the Fall. This means that Australia is lighter in crowds at this time of year. With fewer tourists congregating in the coastal cities, you will have an easier time getting into restaurants, music venues, shops, and other activities usually crowded.
Your trip to Australia will be an even more laid back visit than it would be if you visit during the summer months. Ferries to isolated islands or across Sydney Harbor will be more enjoyable with fewer people. Helicopter rides over Uluru will be less compact since there will not be as many people vying for the opportunity. Anywhere you go in Australia during the local Spring will be that much more enjoyable.
When most people, the ones who have never been to or know anything about Australia, think about the country, they think of a dry desert. The Outback, with its reddish, barren landscape is all that foreigners know about the Land Down Under (even though it is not so barren…). What they do not get from Crocodile Dundee is that Australia is full of color in the Spring.
Many of the cities have established botanical gardens to celebrate the return of the season. Several cities, including Canberra, have declared month-long events to add to the observance of flowers blooming again. Now is the time to visit the Australian capital. The locals are observing their annual Floriade celebration which goes until the end of October.
While visiting Australia in the northern Fall, you will have the opportunity to witness sporting events Aussie style. If you get there soon enough, you will get to watch one of the top sports played in Australia – Football.
This is not football as played in the rest of the world, nor is it Football as played by Americans. This is Australian Rules Football, and it rivals cricket and rugby as the country’s top sport.
You will also have the opportunity to catch a rugby match or horse racing. The Melbourne Cup is the pinnacle of horse racing in the country; in fact, participants from around the world compete in the week long event.
Australia tends to stay fairly comfortable, usually bottoming out at 50 degrees Fahrenheit. And that is in the winter. During the Australian Springs, you will get to enjoy temperatures in the high 70s to low 80s, making most coastal locations perfect sunbathing, swimming, surfing, and other water fun.
Visit the various islands off the coast of Queensland where you can enjoy the sun in the shallows as well as experience the amazing spectacle of the Great Barrier Reef. Whales move through this area in the local springtime, so you will get to see firsthand the migration of these beautiful animals.
For more of an inland adventure, you can enjoy the nature reserves of Kangaroo Island. Travel to this island by ferry and you will get to see the wonders of the ocean as well as the wildlife living here. Penguins and seabirds call this place home, as do koalas and seals, as well as a variety of animals, along with the kangaroos.
Within Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, you will find some astonishing sites that visiting any other time of year could make miserable. Uluru, the monolithic slab of sandstone rising from Australia’s Red Center, has some great hiking trails around it that the (relatively) cooler temperatures of spring enhance. You will not be suffering in the intolerable heat as you discover the beauty of the area.
Walking the streets of Australia’s great metropolitan centers is a lot more enjoyable without the extreme heat of summer and the cooler temperatures of winter. Stroll through the laneways of Melbourne visiting the tiny shops and cafes, explore the landmarks and sights of Sydney; the cities have just as much to offer at this time of year as the nature-side of Australia.
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