Weather in Australia in November

Is November a good time to visit Australia

Weatherwise November is a fine time to visit anywhere in Australia, as summer kicks in ahead of the onslaught of the major tourist season in December. In the north (Darwin in the Northern Territory and northern Queensland) it may be a little wet with the arrival of daily thundershowers, but these are brief and heavy, not impacting on the holiday atmosphere of the largely sunny tropical region. Temperatures taper off as you head south, but it will still be warm and sunny right down to Melbourne and Adelaide – only Tasmania in the extreme south  is likely to be mild to cool.

Climate in Australia in November

Across Australia November sees stable, sunny weather, with maybe a touch of “the wet” beginning in the tropical north. The beaches in Sydney begin to be busy with temperatures in the city reaching a pleasant high of 24°C (75°F) with predominantly sunny skies, and in Melbourne, Victoria, it is marginally cooler with the thermometer hovering between 22°C (71.6°F) and 11°C (51.8°F), but summer is in the air. Perth in Western Australia has temperatures similar to Sydney, but it is much drier.

The Gold Coast of Queensland warms up to 27°C (80.6°F) with high humidity and the average rainfall for the month is 137mm as the wet season encroaches. The farther north one travels, the hotter it gets.

Darwin, too, remains hot and humid, while inland at Alice Springs and Uluru the desert region becomes a little too hot to handle, with temperatures in the low 30°C (86°F).

What’s on in Australia in November

On the first Tuesday in November the whole of Australia comes to a standstill, eyes on one single event taking place in Melbourne. The Melbourne Cup horse race at Flemington Park in the city carries a staggering prize of more than Aus$ 6-million, drawing competitors and betting interest from all over the world.


What to pack for a holiday in Australia in November                                    

Early summer in southern Australia means you can break out the bikinis and strut your stuff in shorts and sarongs on the beach, with some light cotton casual-wear for city sightseeing. Bring along a jumper or light jacket for after dark. Up north the tropical region of Australia demands as little clothing as possible, but a waterproof poncho or umbrella will come in useful for the inevitable thundershowers. If heading for the “Red Centre” make sure you have something warm to wrap up in at night-time, when the temperature plummets.