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Taking to the roads in a Campervan offers you plenty of freedom to see and do what you like on your unique holiday, and there are heaps of things to see, do and experience in every corner of Australia.
Why visit Australia in Spring?
Starting in roughly September, Spring is in full bloom by the time October rolls around. Unlike the scorching hot temperatures from later December onwards, September through November is often comfortably warm - excellent news when it comes to sleeping in a campervan or motorhome, as it might mean a more comfortable night's sleep!
Spring is also a great time to get out and stretch your legs in nature. After a cold or wet winter spent indoors, we usually crave some time spent outside on the beach, hiking in forests or up mountains or even jumping on a bike ride around a vineyard. There are plenty of choices suitable for every level of fitness and activity, and by visiting during the Spring season, you're more likely to have a bit of space to yourselves before the Summer crowds arrive.
Speaking of crowds, while school holidays often fall in late September and early October, families are back into their school-time routines by the middle of the month. That means you'll likely find a bit more space on the roads, at campsites and even at popular attractions. Check out the top destinations to avoid the holiday crowds.
Spring is also the time of new life! For garden enthusiasts or those who like cute animals, a road trip during the Spring months will allow you the chance to eye up some lovely landscapes from your campervan window, and you never know what baby animals you might spot along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for the many Spring festivals and events held around the country. Given the freedom a campervan offers you, you may even be able to plan in more than one event or festival on your itinerary. You are in charge of where you go when you go and how you get there after all!
What is the weather like during Spring in Australia?
Australia's climate differs depending on which state or territory you are visiting. Still, on the whole, Spring offers warm days for driving, relaxing outdoors and cooler nights, perfect for getting comfortable in your motorhome. While it doesn't have the extreme high temperatures of summer, it is usually warm enough to enjoy a dip at the beach.
Spring marks the end of the dry season in the Northern Territories, so by late Spring, you might encounter a bit of rain. If you're looking to hit popular spots like Darwin, book your trip in early.
No matter where you visit, the sunshine also brings out the flowers! You'll be delighted by springtime vistas, pretty landscapes, and lovely sunsets in big cities and smaller towns along the way. If you're lucky, you might even score some beautiful locally grown flowers to decorate your campervan and make it feel a little more homely. Don't forget your antihistamines if you suffer from allergies, though.
What to pack for Spring in Australia?
When it comes to packing, think layers. You'll want something warm you can throw on during the cool of the evenings but also some shorts and swimmers for sunny days spent relaxing at the beach. Bring along comfortable clothes that are easy to wash if you're taking a more extended trip.
If you're heading outdoors to enjoy the coast, the outback, or anywhere in between, don't forget to bring sun protection. While it may not be as hot as summer, you won't regret making it through your holiday without a sunburn. Bring along your outdoor adventure gear too. If you're planning on hiking, biking or doing anything else outdoors, make sure you have the appropriate equipment with you, like comfortable hiking boots.
Even in sunny Australia, springtime can bring a few showers. You’ll be dry and warm inside your vehicle, but it’s a good idea to pack some wet weather gear to keep yourself dry and cosy should you want to venture out.
What are the best places to visit during Spring in Australia?
With so much variety in one country, you have more than enough choices to pick from when visiting Australia in Spring. Here are some ideas from each state to get you started.
New South Wales
New South Wales, in the south east, is home to Sydney, a great place to start or end your Springtime adventure. For lovers of the arts, align your trip with the Sydney Fringe Festival, or explore the 10-day-long celebration of the lilac blooms at the Sydney Jacaranda festival.
Head to the coast for a spot of whale-watching while mothers and calves complete the southern migration, or simply wander between Bondi and Tamarama to explore the Sculptures by the Sea exhibition.
Between Brisbane in the south and Cairns in the North, plus the entire Great Barrier Reef off-shore, Queensland offers plenty of beaches to explore in the springtime.
Head inland during the whole month of September to explore the events and activities at the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers. Perfect for floral enthusiasts, foodies and more, there's a complete programme to enjoy.
The Brisbane Festival offers insight into Brisbane's Bold and Brave personality with a unique arts festival. Explore free and ticketed events across a massive range of genres.
Catch the migration of whales at the Great Barrier Reef or get wet and go diving to see the Reef, Sea Turtles, Clownfish and more.
Home to Melbourne, Victoria offers up some of Australia's most popular and famous spring events.
Get your tickets and bring a hat to soak up the atmosphere at the Melbourne Cup. Or, settle in for an afternoon of sporting triumph by visiting some pubs and enjoying the AFL footy atmosphere.
Get out of the city and enjoy the annual Tesselaar Tulip Festival with 900,000+ tulips, live music, food stalls, and more during the two-week festival.
Make the most of your campervan and drive along the picturesque Great Ocean Road. See the wildflowers in bloom, explore natural hot springs, or set up camp near a brewery or two during your journey.
Go West, and explore the region near the central hub, Perth.
Enjoy the joy of nature at the Kings Park Festival, where you can take part in dozens of free and fabulous events, displays, guided walks and talks amidst thousands of wild blooms.
Food and wine lovers can pick up tickets to the Western Australia Gourmet Escape and sample Australia's most acclaimed food and wine festival every November.
Waterbabies might enjoy taking a chance to learn to surf while on holiday at any of the surfing beaches along the coast, but if you'd rather not get wet, check out the Ningaloo marine park and take a whale watching tour.
Tasmania offers plenty of food and wine events during the spring months, and fly-fishers will enjoy casting out on the wild waterways. There are plenty of festivals and events to check into across the season, with plenty of access from Hobart.
Get started with the Bloomin' Tulips Festival for some tip-toeing through the tulips and an excellent excuse for some fun photos.
Visit Tasmania Zoo to check out the young Tasmanian devils. If you're keen, they even offer the chance to meet a devil and get your photo taken together.
South Australia offers up a surprising amount of flora to explore and enjoy for such an arid state. In the regions surrounding Adelaide, you'll find plenty of reasons to visit during the springtime.
Visit Australia's oldest wine-making region Clare Valley and enjoy a winery tour during off-peak season. Or, head to Kangaroo Island and explore raw honey - perfect with locally made ice cream.
Back in Adelaide, you can take out some time to enjoy the film festival, see the botanical gardens spring to life or spot some koala joeys at places like Hahndorf Farm Barn.
Australian Capital Territory
Spring in Canberra is ideal for reconnecting with nature. Enjoy bushwalking and cycling around the lakes or just witnessing the city in bloom.
Spring won't be complete without a visit to the Canberra Floriade Flower Festival. Plus, Canberra also offers the chance to take to the skies in a hot air balloon, explore a sculpture garden, check out a spot of rugby, football, or cricket, or get back to nature in Namadgi national park.
Famous for its Outback desert landscapes, the Northern Territory comes alive in Spring. Start in Darwin and head south for your adventures.
Explore the Alice Spring Desert Festival and enjoy all things locally produced, from music and theatre to film and art.
Head further south and Visit Uluru at the start of Spring when the temperatures are comfortable for walking and exploring. Experience the magic of sunrise or sunset, take a camel trek or dine under the stars - there is plenty to keep you busy here.
Itineraries we recommend in Spring
Are you feeling inspired? We hope so! If you're considering how to make the most of your Springtime campervan adventure in Australia, check out these recommended itineraries that are traveller approved.
Stay on the East Coast and drive Melbourne to Sydney, or do a Melbourne to Melbourne loop, including the Great Ocean Road. You'll find plenty to keep you busy once you're back at base. Or, head west to Adelaide for spectacular coastal scenery.
Head north from Brisbane to Cairns and enjoy everything Queensland offers, including the Great Barrier Reef.
Explore the desert between Alice Springs and Darwin or back again, and add on a trip to Uluru at the beginning or end.
Head to Tasmania and make your way around the island with this loop itinerary starting and ending in Hobart.
Or head out West, and explore everything that Western Australia offers, starting in Perth.
Explore Australia in Spring with Maui
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