Best Times to Visit Melbourne
The best times to visit Melbourne are between March and May and September and November. These shoulder seasons feature moderate temperatures and tourist crowds, plus lower airfare rates. In the summer months (North America's winter months) of December to February, Melbourne bursts at the seams with hot, sweaty tourists, while June through August (Melbourne's winter season) affords cold weather and fewer travelers.
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Data sourced from the National Climatic Data Center
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This is Melbourne's peak travel season; you'll also find average high temperatures in the mid- to upper 70s. But temps have been known to creep into the 90s, so pack light clothing and a water bottle. Hotels are also packed; you'll want to book your room well in advance.
Melbourne's fall (March, April and May) sees the city alight with gold-topped trees. And visitors will enjoy comfortable weather while taking in the changing colors: Daytime temperatures slope from the mid-70s to the low 60s.
These months constitute Melbourne's winter season, and the city is likewise dreary and cold. Sydney and Brisbane, by comparison, are much warmer this time of year. However, Aussies that make their home in Melbourne get through this chilly season with a busy schedule of cultural events, which showcase everything from food to films.
Springtime visitors will enjoy blooming flowers and rising temps that range from the high 40s to the low 70s. Plus, travelers don't have to elbow their way through crowds at The Block Arcade or the National Gallery of Victoria because the city has yet to see the winter tourist torrent.
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Tourism volume is estimated based on in-market destination search query interest from Google and on travel.usnews.com in 2015-2016. Hotel prices are sourced from a sample of U.S. News Best Hotels rates through 2015-2016.
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