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Here's Why Spring is the Perfect Time to Visit Australia

Picture of Alice Duffield
Updated: 11 September 2017
It’s hard to pick the most stunning part of Australia, but it’s not hard to pick the best time to visit. The weather is amazing in Spring – it’s warm enough to shed the jumpers, but not so hot that the sun sends you running for the shade. If that’s not enough of an incentive, here’s five more reasons why Spring is the perfect time to head down under.

Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Located just off the coast of South Australia’s capital Adelaide, Kangaroo Island is well known as a nature-lover’s paradise. All year round, visitors can enjoy travelling around the island to see penguins, kangaroos, wallabies, sea lions, koalas and many more iconic Australian animals. It’s even more beautiful in Spring, as the 100 different types of flowering plants bursts into bloom.

Barramundi season, Northern Territory

It’s every Australian angler’s dream – reeling in a massive barramundi that’ll go perfectly on the barbecue. Barramundi season in the Northern Territory starts in October and runs until December, so Spring is the perfect time to pack up the fishing rod and heading into the billabongs and estuaries for a relaxing afternoon of fishing.

Spring Racing Carnival, Victoria

Throughout Spring, Victoria goes horse-racing mad. The Spring Racing Carnival is a three-month calendar of exciting events, including a number of important horse races and whole host of fashion shows, culinary events, musical performances and more. The highlight is the Melbourne Cup, the horse race that stops the nation, held every year on the first Tuesday of November. Pretty much every restaurant, pub or cafe around the country will host an incredible lunch in the lead up to the early afternoon race.

The Grand Finals

What’s better than a weekend with a football grand final? To some, that would be a weekend with two football grand finals. Stock up the bar fridge and pull the party pies out of the freezer for the last weekend in September, as the top teams in the Australian Football League (AFL) battle it out on the Saturday afternoon, and the best of the National Rugby League (NRL) clash on the Sunday.

Winery festivals, New South Wales

There are more than 150 wineries in the Hunter Valley, most just little more than a two hour drive north of Sydney. They’re great to visit any time of the year, but they really come to life in Spring. Held at the Hunter Valley Gardens, the Spring Festival of Flowers is the highlight of the regional events calendar, and the perfect opportunity to showcase the gardens’ 250,000 colourful flowers. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, you’ll enjoy the live music at the Bimbadgen Blues, Opera in the Vineyards and Jazz in the Vines music festivals.

Hunter Valley Gardens
Hunter Valley Gardens | © Wyncliffe / Flickr