There are many amazing things to do in Australia during the summertime. It really is the perfect country to experience the warmer months if you love the ocean, long days and incredibly hot weather.
The Australian summer is generally around 30-40°C on an average day, making it the perfect season to truly experience all that this country has to offer, and what we classify as the best time of year!
Snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef
The Great Barrier Reef is the largest coral reef system in the world. It’s big, beautiful and by far the best snorkelling in the world; no matter the time of year, snorkelling here is one in a million. Although in particular, the summer makes the water so much warmer, calmer and far more enjoyable.
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Relax at Bondi Beach with some Fish n’ Chips
Bondi Beach is Australia’s most popular beach. For many first-time visitors to Sydney, Bondi is the place that’s at the top of the list.
During the Australian summer, Bondi Beach can be incredibly crowded, but not to worry! There are many other amazing activities to do in the area aside from baking on the sand. There’s an iconic Bondi to Bronte coast walk, swimming pools, many restaurants along the waterfront and ice-cream parlours to cool you down from being basically overcooked.
Visit the Gold Coast Theme Parks
Sea World, Movie World, Wet n’ Wild and Dream World are the theme parks that will keep your kids entertained for days. There are mega passes that offer you unlimited entry from a range of 1 day to 12 months, with access to any 3 parks of your choice.
The parks are just a short drive away from the Gold Coast city centre, making it the perfect holiday destination for families!
Visit the National Parks
Australia is home to some of the most beautiful National Parks. Some along the coast, some in the desert, some in the luscious forest. There’s something here for everyone to get your nature fix!
Enjoy the sunshine in our beautiful cities
Australia has some beautiful cities, and they truly come to life when the sun shines bright! During summer, strolling around the Sydney, Melbourne or the city of your choice, couldn’t possibly be any more enjoyable. Do some shopping, stroll through the parks and enjoy some tasty brunch in the morning sun.
For those looking to meet some fellow travellers, here’s a list of funky hostels across the country that will surely tickle your fancy!
Enjoy an evening at the Moonlight Cinema
Rooftop and moonlight cinemas are the perfect nighttime activities to enjoy the warm summer nights. There are many that open during summer in Australia, which makes it easy to access depending on your location.
If you’re wondering which are the closest to you, here is an extensive list!
Drive the Great Ocean Road
The Great Ocean Road is a 243 kilometres stretch of road along the South-Eastern coast of Australia. The road begins 90 km out of Melbourne in a town called Torquay and finishes in Nelson on the South Australian border.
Along this windy road, there are breathtaking views of the Southern Ocean, many seaside towns, cliff-top lookouts, nature parks and the iconic 12 Apostles.
Go on a Road Trip
No matter which state you’re in, a road trip during summer in Australia is something you’ll never forget. There are trips through the desert, the beach coasts or even from city to city…
The drive from Melbourne to Sydney is amazing, and it would be 100X better in the warm sunny months!
Uluru is the red centre of Australia. It’s a place that has great significance to Australian history and is a landmark everyone must see in their life.
Why not get a flight around the world heritage site while you’re at it?
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Go on a Winery Tour
A winery tour during summer in Australia is the perfect place for those who love their alcohol.. and also for those who don’t.
The Yarra Valley in Melbourne is surrounded by many beautiful wineries with scenery of the bounding hills and very tasty wine too. It really doesn’t matter where you are in the country, you’ll find a winery no matter your location.
Watch a Cricket Match
This one may not be for everyone, but Cricket is a huge crowd pleaser in Australia. It’s incredibly popular, especially the Boxing Day Test on the 26th of December, which attracts over 50,000 spectators into the stadium.
Experience an Aussie Music Festival
Music Festivals during the Australian summer attract thousands upon thousands of people to every event. For music lovers, there are many throughout the warmer months to suit you and your music taste.
Go camping in one of the many National Parks around Australia, the Aussie outback or along the beautiful coastline… It really doesn’t get more iconic.
Bring your favourite music, pack your flip-flops and a floppy hat ⏤ if that’s how you roll ⏤ hire a 4X4 and set up near a river, in the mountains or near the beach… You’ll have the most relaxing summer of all ☀
Summer in Australia is the perfect time of year to visit; when the sun is shining, music is loud, beaches are crowded and ciders are completely out of stock.
Hi Kate, I love your share. Really benefit a lot from your post. I’ve visited the Gold Coast Theme Parks last year. Hope you will share more tips on Australia scenery.
Dear Kate, your post is wonderful. I think I got a good place to have fun. The beach and sunshine really surprised me.
I plan to go to this park in 2021.
Hello, I am June! There are so many amazing things to spend my vacation in Australia I do not know before I reading your post!
It is an ideal selection to have fun on the summer vacation!
I really would like to visit the Gold Coast Theme Parks as soon as possible!
I can’t wait to ride to these rides when I see these pictures!
Thanks for your sharing!
Hi June! I’m so happy you enjoyed the post – the Gold Coast theme parks are so fun.. Wet n Wild was my favourite when I was young! I hope you have the opportunity to visit them soon X
Hello, Kate, thank you very much!
You are so nice!
Wonderful post! well, Great Barrier Reef was my first favorite place here in Australia and the second one is Great Ocean Road. Australia is full of surprises and makes you amaze on every step. You did a great job on bringing up together some really good options for all travel seeker to think about.
Thank you so much! The Great Barrier Reef is also my favourite here in Aus, such a shame that it’s fading away though! Thanks so much for the positive feedback 🙂 X
I’ve got to admit that fish and chips on the beach is the most appealing item for me!
I don’t blame you!