Best time to visit Melbourne

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Best time of year to visit Melbourne

Due to moderate climate and tourist crowds, March to May and September to November are the best time to visit Melbourne. Grape and wine tasting and admiring golden foliage—what could make your Melbourne autumn better? A chilly period between June and August sees fewer tourists and a lot of cultural events to push yourself out of the blue. And what a fantastic chance to ski snowy Mount Hotham or Mount Buller! Spring months promise amazing blooms during Tesselaar Tulip Festival and iconic events like Melbourne Fringe and Melbourne Festival. December to February bring stunning beach vacations and cricket season to Melbourne. However, the city also attracts hordes of tourists during summer time, so try to plan in advance.

15 THINGS TO DO IN MELBOURNE (FEBRUARY 23 - MARCH 04)

Australian International Airshow

Australian International Airshow

February 23–28, 2021 • event

The greatest achievements of modern military aviation—world's pride and menace at the same time

Kangaroo Watching

Kangaroo Watching

all year round • nature

Charismatic kangaroos are the most popular wild animals in Victoria

Koalas

Koalas

December–February (all year round) • nature

While these small grey creatures sleep in eucalyptus branches, tourists have one calling–to see koalas and be touched!

Waterfalls near Melbourne

Waterfalls near Melbourne

June–August (all year round) • activity

Discover the numerous incredible waterfalls of Victoria

Beach Season in Victoria

Beach Season in Victoria

November–March • activity

Spend your vacation on one of Victoria's beautiful beaches from which you can enjoy stunning panoramic views of the Southern Ocean

Pine Mushrooms (Saffron Milk Caps)

Pine Mushrooms (Saffron Milk Caps)

March–May • food

These grow in places where the soil is densely covered with old coniferous needles, and often hide under them

Grape Harvest in Yarra Valley

Grape Harvest in Yarra Valley

March • activity

Yarra Valley is a real paradise for wine lovers, this region produces excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Noir wines

Surfing Off Victoria Coast

Surfing Off Victoria Coast

September–May • activity

The wild coast of Victoria may offer the best surfing in the world, among the densely overgrown hills and cliffs

Rose Blooming in Victoria State Rose Garden

Rose Blooming in Victoria State Rose Garden

October–May • nature

This large-scale botanical garden dedicated exclusively to roses, in October, attracts thousands of visitors who come to admire the Queen of Flowers

Quince

Quince

March–July • food

One of the latest fruits of the year that will brighten up any dessert!

Kitesurfing at St Kilda Beach

Kitesurfing at St Kilda Beach

October–April • activity

Even in bad weather, St Kilda Beach is not empty, here you can often see kitesurfers enjoying their favorite sport and amazing nature

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year

February 09–24, 2021 • event

One of the biggest Chinese quarters in the world is celebrating its biggest holiday

Cricket

Cricket

late December–February • event

There were references to the first Australian cricket matches as early as in the 18th century

Pumpkin Season

Pumpkin Season

March–August • food

Pumpkin seeds were brought to Australia on the First Fleet back in 1788

Capsicum

Capsicum

December–May • food

This glossy and brightly colored fruit will be a good addition to your meal

35 THINGS TO DO OUT OF SELECTED DATE RANGE

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

Tesselaar Tulip Festival

September 12–October 11, 2020 • event

The largest flower festival of the continent strikes with bright colours and great entertainment

Picnic at Hanging Rock Car Show

Picnic at Hanging Rock Car Show

February 14, 2021 • event

Check out this exhibition of retro cars of different models and brands

Cherry Blossom

Cherry Blossom

September • nature

Enjoy the beauty of hanami season in Victoria

Melbourne Festival

Melbourne Festival

May 26–June 06, 2021 • event

A leading art event in Australia brings more than two weeks of entertainment at indoor and outdoor venues throughout the city

Melbourne Music Week

Melbourne Music Week

November 15–23, 2019 • event

Melbourne Music Week creates a leisurely summer mood

Midsumma Festival

Midsumma Festival

January 17–February 07, 2021 • event

Since 1988 this festival has been in top five LGBT celebrations in the world

Sand Sculpting Australia

Sand Sculpting Australia

December 14 2019–April 12 2020 • event

A unique festival where sculptors represent their skills embodied in one of the most fragile materials—sand

Lonsdale Street Greek Festival

Lonsdale Street Greek Festival

February 29–March 01, 2020 • event

Enjoy Greek cuisine and its rich culture at the Lonsdale Street Festival organized by the Greek diaspora in Melbourne

Moomba Festival

Moomba Festival

March 06–09, 2020 • event

The annual Moomba Festival taking place on the Yarra River personifies its influence on the culture of the people who once lived here

Whale Watching in Victoria

Whale Watching in Victoria

May–early October • nature

You will definitely meet humpback and blue whales during the migration period off Victoria coast

Christmas Season

Christmas Season

November 01 2020–January 03 2021 • event

Enjoy a whole month of Christmas trees, lights, carols and delicious food in Melbourne

Melbourne Fringe

Melbourne Fringe

November 12–29, 2020 • event

This annual madness, known as the Fringe Festival, embraces Melbourne once again with a huge amount of new art, ideas, and performances

Rhododendron Blooming in Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

Rhododendron Blooming in Dandenong Ranges Botanic Garden

June–early December • nature

Contemplate the beauty of this stunning flower that grows across the Dandenong Ranges

The Color Run

The Color Run

November 24, 2019 • event

Watching this multicolored running madness is hilarious, and participating is even more fun

Skiing

Skiing

mid-June–September • activity

Did you know that the State of Victoria boasts the largest number of ski resorts in Australia?

Boxing Day

Boxing Day

December 26 • event

One of the best days to go shopping or enjoy a family BBQ

Melbourne Marathon Festival

Melbourne Marathon Festival

October 04, 2020 • event

Challenge yourself and join Australia’s largest marathon

AUS-X Open

AUS-X Open

November 30, 2019 (Melbourne) • event

One of the biggest and most famous supercross and freestyle motocross events in the world

Wildflowers

Wildflowers

September–November • nature

Enjoy the riot of bright colours of wildflowers from late August–early September when spring comes to Victoria

Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

October 23–25, 2020 • activity

Phillip Island offers a superb circuit for one of the most exciting motorsport events in the world

White Night Melbourne

White Night Melbourne

August 22–24, 2019 • event

White Night is a grand annual event that brings together different kinds of art

Electric Gardens Festival

Electric Gardens Festival

February 22, 2020 • event

Electronic-centric music festival in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Adelaide, and also Auckland

Sugar Mountain Festival

Sugar Mountain Festival

January 20, 2018 • event

A real "melting pot" of dance music and visual arts

Australian Grand Prix

Australian Grand Prix

March 12–15, 2020 • event

Witness how the first Formula 1 race of the year speeds up from 0 to 200mph in a flash

AFL Grand Final

AFL Grand Final

October 23, 2020 • event

Even if you are not familiar with the rules of Australian football, don't miss this greatest sports event in the country

Summit Survivor

Summit Survivor

November 21, 2020 • event

The toughest obstacle-dense course in Victoria

Rainbow Serpent Festival

Rainbow Serpent Festival

January 24–27, 2020 • event

Australia's most colourful party, one of the best of its kind in all of the Southern Hemisphere

Aurora Australis or Southern Lights

Aurora Australis or Southern Lights

May–September  • nature

Melbourne is one of the lucky cities to have quick access to the aurora-viewing spots

District Ice Slide

District Ice Slide

June 29–July 14, 2019 • activity

A 15-metre ice slide offers winter fun at Docklands

River Rink at Fed Square

River Rink at Fed Square

2018 (cancelled) • activity

Put your skates on and take a spin around the rink at Federal Square in the middle of Melbourne winter

Australian Open

Australian Open

January 18–29, 2020 • event

The famous Australian Open Tennis Championships is among the four Grand Slam tournaments

Melbourne Cup

Melbourne Cup

November 03, 2020 • event

This horse race is one of Australia's most prestigious thoroughbred horse races

Halloween in Melbourne

Halloween in Melbourne

late October–early November • event

Cemetery tours, spooky attractions, a scary maze and other fun things to try

Asparagus

Asparagus

September–November • food

In most refined dishes, asparagus should maintain its taste and structure: it should be slightly soft, but not too much

Easter

Easter

April 10–13, 2020 • event

Easter Bilbies, shows, and festivals—there's something extraordinary about Easter celebrations in Australia

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Melbourne weather in January

8.3/10 score
Excellent
16° average
average temperatures
5 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
It's the middle of summer, and hence one of the hottest months in Melbourne City. Summers here are sunny and relatively drier than other seasons. Occasional thunderstorms are possible. Usually, the temperatures hover around 25°C (77°F). However, hot air masses from the Australian desert occasionally cause heatwaves with the highs exceeding 30°C (86°F) or even 40°C (104°F). Scorching heat may stay for several days in a row (up to three-five) until cold air masses from Antarctica take over. Nights could be rather chilly as for summer. At times, the temperatures drop to 10°C (50°F) and below. The sea in Melbourne is never warm, but January is one of those few months when you can take a swim. The water temperature is 18°C (64°F). Afternoon sea breezes make for excellent surfing conditions. When packing for Melbourne vacation, remember this city often experiences four seasons in one day, so wear layers and also take a rain jacket, as well as sunscreen and sunglasses.

Melbourne weather in February

8.2/10 score
Excellent
14° average
average temperatures
5 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
If you avoid the heatwave, February could be the best time to be in Melbourne, especially if you go for a beach vacation. The never-warm sea reaches its max temperature of 19°C (66°F). Typically, the air temperature is pleasantly warm, and the sea breeze blows in the afternoon, which provides perfect surfing opportunities. However, if you happen to visit during hot westerlies, you'll probably have to bear the scorching heat of 30-40°C (86-104°F) and even above. In several days, southern winds from the ocean cool it down drastically. Rain is not abundant in February, but the low-pressure system may cause occasional thunderstorms. Considering all changeable weather conditions, wearing layers is reasonable, as well as packing a rain jacket, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

Melbourne weather in March

8.4/10 score
Excellent
15° average
average temperatures
5 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
The first half of the month is often referred to as the summer, yet heat waves are much less likely to happen. If and when they do happen, expect the highs above 30°C (86°F). The average day temperatures in March hover around 20°C (68°F) and several degrees above. The second half of March belongs to the autumn season, which is considered one of the best times for visiting Melbourne. Even though the weather gets progressively cooler, rainier, and windier, this all is better than summer heat waves that take turns with cold waves. The sea temperature drops to 18°C (64°F), which is the same as in January, so you can still go for a swim. Your luggage for Melbourne must always include different items for you to be able to dress in layers. A rain jacket, as well as sunscreen and sunglasses, are also to be included.

Melbourne weather in April

8.6/10 score
Excellent
12° average
average temperatures
5 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
It is one of the best months in a year for being in Melbourne. April is not affected by heatwaves that occasionally happen between December and early March. The average day temperatures are around 20°C (68°F) and a little below, while nights often get twice as colder. Precipitation increases, so the month receives more rainfalls. Foggy mornings are often followed by sunny days. The weather is also rather windy, especially towards the end of April. Naturally, daylight hours gradually get shorter as autumn sets in. While light summer clothes still suffice during the daytime, cold evenings and nights require sweatshirt and a jacket or light coat to stay comfy.

Melbourne weather in May

8.1/10 score
Excellent
10° average
average temperatures
5 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
In spite of being one of the rainiest months in Melbourne, May is also labeled one of the best times to visit the city. It is so primarily due to comfortably mild temperatures, perfect for enjoying the outdoors. The temperature highs reach upper-teens (around 62°F), while the night temperature may drop below 5°C (41°F). By the end of the month, it's practically winter season. So rainy and windy weather is not uncommon. Mornings are usually foggy. The days get shorter, with only five hours of sunshine per day. For a May visit, you'll need to pack some warm garments, including a jacket and a light coat. A raincoat and a windbreaker will come of use too. For night walks, be sure to have a sweatshirt to stay warm and comfy.

Melbourne weather in June

7.7/10 score
Very good
10° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Typically for a winter month in Melbourne, June is one of the coldest periods in a year with little sunshine (only four hours per day). However, local winters are quite mild with the average highs around 14°C (57°F) and lows around 7°C (46°F). Note that it feels much colder in the windy weather. The temperature may drop to the freezing point at night, but snow is an extremely infrequent occasion. Even though the rainfalls are well-distributed throughout the seasons, winter tends to be a bit wetter than others. In June, one might expect ten rainy days, which is twice as many as in February. If you travel in June, make sure to dress up warm to protect oneself from cold and windy weather. A warm rainproof jacket will be relevant, and an umbrella as usual.

Melbourne weather in July

7.6/10 score
Very good
10° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
It is the middle of winter in Australia, the very coldest month in Melbourne. The average day temperatures hover around 9°C (48°F). Winds increase the feeling of cold. Days are still short, with only four hours of sunshine per day. However, cloudy days are much more common. Fogs and frosts are typical at nights, but snow isn't a case in Melbourne, except for some infrequent occasions. With high precipitation and 11 wet days, heavy rain is still not typical for the season. Cool, wet and windy, July may be still comfy provided that you dress up appropriately. Make sure to pack a warm rainproof coat, as well as an umbrella.

Melbourne weather in August

7.7/10 score
Very good
10° average
average temperatures
5 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
August is the last month of dull winter weather. However, August receives a bit more sunshine than two previous months (five versus four hours). Expect cloudy, windy, and wet days, yet without heavy rains. The average daytime temperature is slightly higher than that of July, yet winds make it feel colder than it is. Fogs and frosts are frequent at night, but it hardly ever snows in the area. If the snow ever shows up here, the highest chances get Mount Dandenong and the outer eastern suburbs of the city. With the proper garments, August weather is quite tolerable. Just pack your warm rainproof coat. An umbrella is necessary for Melbourne regardless of the season.

Melbourne weather in September

8/10 score
Excellent
12° average
average temperatures
5 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
Initially, September is still quite chilly, yet the air warms up towards the end of the month as spring sets in. Days gradually get longer, boasting six hours of sunshine. Mild as it may sound, the weather in spring is also quite rainy and windy. It is particularly changeable owing to the clash of cold and warm air masses. So Melbourne guests will be able to witness the legendary phenomenon of four seasons on a single day. When visiting Melbourne in September, dress in layers, pack short and long sleeves, and a warm jacket. A raincoat or an umbrella is a must.

Melbourne weather in October

8.3/10 score
Excellent
13° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
While rainfall is more or less evenly distributed throughout the seasons in Melbourne, October is particularly blessed with abundant rains. The middle of spring is also quite windy. Also, because of the clash of air masses and a low-pressure system, the weather may rapidly change during the same day—from windy and rainy to calm and sunny, and vice versa. That being said, October is still recommended as one of the best times in a year to visit the city. The main advantage is mild air temperature, comfortable for enjoying the outdoors. Also, the days are longer with seven hours of sunshine. Not to get soaked while visiting Melbourne in October, remember to pack your raincoat. An umbrella will be the most useful accessory. Dressing in layers is also necessary, taking into account changeable weather conditions.

Melbourne weather in November

8.2/10 score
Excellent
14° average
average temperatures
6 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
The last spring month bordering with the summer season is a wonderful time to visit Melbourne. Despite frequent rains, winds, and rapid changes in the weather conditions caused by the clash of air masses, November is still more advantageous than summer. The main reason is the heat waves from north-west do not pose a threat to Melbourne yet. What's more, the air temperatures are pleasantly warm, and the days are long with plenty of sunshine. Traveling to Melbourne in November, dress in layers, bringing short- and long-sleeves and a jacket. A raincoat or an umbrella is also unavoidable.

Melbourne weather in December

8.2/10 score
Excellent
10° average
average temperatures
5 mm
precipitation
6h 24m
daylight duration
This month is usually not hot, but pleasantly warm, quite windy, and less rainy than previous months. With Melbourne having no dry season, summer is still the least wet time in a year. However, the low-pressure system may cause occasional thunderstorms. Additionally, the hot winds from the north-west might bring heat waves that could last up to three or five days. The heat is soon replaced by cool southern wind blowing from the ocean. Sometimes air temperature may change drastically from 30°C (86°F) to 10°C (50°F) and vice versa. Mind, nights might be pretty chilly. If you visit in summer, pack light, loose clothes, preferably linen, cotton, or silk. For chilly nights, drop a sweatshirt. And don't underestimate the chances of rain—a raincoat or an umbrella are always necessary while visiting Melbourne.