A Pinoy’s Guide to Living in Oz
Autumn in Australia
Filipinos might find autumn in Australia typically milder than other seasons. Personally, I welcome the cooler climate autumn brings. I love that it isn’t scorching hot nor freezing cold. I also love, love, love the autumn foliage!
If you’ve recently arrived in Australia, here are a few pointers on what to expect during the autumn season.
When Does Autumn in Australia Begin?
Autumn in Australia begins on March 1 and ends on the last day of May. Daylight saving time (DST) ends on the first Sunday of April in New South Wales (NSW), Australian Capital Territory (ACT), South Australia, Victoria, and Tasmania. DST is not observed in the the state of Queensland, Western Australia, and the Northern Territory.
What is the Weather During Autumn Like?
During autumn, you can expect cooler temperatures. Although the will weather vary depending on where you live, autumns in Australia are generally mild and balmy. Occasional rain showers are also expected during the early parts of the season. Temperatures could range from around 150C at night to 220C during the day.
What to Do in Australia During Autumn
1. Visit the wineries and micro-breweries at the Yarra Valley.
Get a taste of Australia’s finest pinot noir and sparkling wine. Go behind the scenes and see first-hand how premium wine is made. Sample an extensive selection of ciders and beers. Home to numerous wineries and micro-breweries, the Yarra Valley is a must-go destination for wine lovers and liquor connoisseurs.
The Yarra Valley is also home to the country’s oldest artists’’ colony. The artists’ studios and galleries are open to visitors.
If you prefer something more adventurous, head down to the Healesville Sanctuary to see the largest collection of Australian native wildlife. The sanctuary accommodates numerous birds of prey, wombats, koalas, kangaroos, and may other Australian wildlife. You can also opt to explore the Toolangi State Forest, Yarra Ranges National Park, or Kinglake National Park.
2. Navigate the Great Alpine Road.
Horse ride, mountain bike, canoe, swim, fish, ski, and learn a bit about Australia’s history—do all these and more in one of the best road trips you’ll ever take! A country tourist road in Victoria, the Great Alpine Road starts from Melbourne and traverses Wangaratta and Bairnsdale, passing through the Australian Alps. The journey, which is a three-day drive, will take you through the historic village of Beechworth, the gourmet trails of Gippsland, and the Rutherglen wine region. You’ll also pass through scenic lakes, beaches, and national parks.
3. Reconnect with nature at the Litchfield National Park.
Litchfield National Park is known for its clear and cool plunge pools, spectacular waterfalls, lush woodlands, and tall termite mounds. A two hour’s drive from Darwin, Litchfield is the perfect location to relax and feel one with nature. Take a refreshing deep in the pandalus-lined pools. Go further into the park and see an array of beautiful waterfalls. Get off the beaten track and 4WD to the historic Blythe Homestead Ruins or The Lost City.
Celebrations and Festivals in Autumn
- Sydney Mardi Gras
- Adelaide Festival
- Moomba Festival
- St. Patrick’s Day
- Sydney Royal Easter Show
- Vivid Sydney Festival
- Queesnland Festivals (Barcaldine’s Tree of Knowledge Festival, Julia Creek’s Dirt and Dust Festival, Goomeri’s Pumpkin Festival, and Captain Cook 1770 Festival)
- Whaleshark Festival
- Easter Sunday
- Labor Day
- Canberra Day
- Anzac Day