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Best Times to Visit Adelaide

The best time to visit Adelaide is from March to May and September through November, during the city's fall and spring. During these shoulder seasons, rainfall is rare and daytime temperatures sit in the 60s and 70s. You'll also avoid the crowds and higher prices associated with the area's peak season, which coincides with the summer holidays and Adelaide's festival season. (Note: March, the beginning of Adelaide's autumn, is best avoided if you're hoping to score a deal, since several top events take place at this time.) June to August, the Southern Hemisphere's winter, is a great time to visit if you're on a budget, but you'll encounter Adelaide's coldest temps and increased chances for rain.

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Aussies and tourists regularly flock to Adelaide in the summer to enjoy the area's ample sunshine and the Adelaide Fringe, the Southern Hemisphere's largest arts festival. Plus, the season's temperatures (high 50s to mid-80s) are ideal for exploring outdoor attractions like Waterfall Gully and Kangaroo Island. The region's harvest season for wine grapes also begins in late summer.

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March-May

March is notoriously crowded and expensive in Adelaide, but if you enjoy festivals and wine, consider visiting in the fall. Major events, such as Adelaide Festival and WOMADelaide, take place in March, and wine regions like Barossa and McLaren Vale continue harvesting grapes throughout the season. March is also a great time for sports fans, since it is the only month that offers both rugby and cricket matches. After March, airlines and hotels drop their rates, making the latter part of autumn better suited for budget-conscious travelers. No matter what month you visit, expect temperatures to generally hover between the low 50s and high 70s.

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June-August

June, July and August (Adelaide's winter months) usher in cooler temps in the mid-40s to low 60s, so you'll want to pack a light jacket. You'll also want an umbrella, since this predominantly dry city is most prone to rainstorms in winter. If you don't mind the occasional shower and brisk weather, you'll be rewarded with thinned crowds and cheaper airfare and lodging rates.

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September-November

From September to November, average temperatures rise into the high 40s to high 70s and precipitation falls, meaning you'll have better sightseeing conditions. Adelaide Botanic Garden is especially popular in the spring when flowers like roses and waterlilies start to bloom. What's more, prices stay relatively low, except for days surrounding large events like Feast Festival and the OzAsia Festival.

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