Australian Winter Travel Essentials List: 5 Must-Pack Items For Your Stay!

What better way to kick off the Australian winter, than with an Australian winter travel essentials list! My beautiful home country is known for its intense summer months, where there can easily be stretches of days, being over 40 degrees celsius. But what most people don’t realise, is that Australian winters can be intense in a whole different way. This all depends on where in Australia you are, of course. But generally, all over the country can get pretty cold during winter.

Australia’s winter months are June, July and August.
Here are the average winter temperatures for all major cities across Australia:

Average high temperature – 14°C (57°F)
Average low temperature – 6°C (42°F)
Note: Melbourne is known for it’s unpredictable weather, so no matter which time of year you visit, always be prepared. There are times where you’ll experience all four seasons in the one day – talk about moody! Winter days and nights can be pretty cold, so pack extra layers. Snow also falls in the north-east of Victoria, so if that’s something you’re interested in, get in early before everything is booked out!

Average high temperature – 15°C (59°F)
Average low  temperature – 8°C (46°F)
Note: Mornings and nights in Adelaide can be pretty cold, especially during the middle of winter. So wear extra layers in the morning, that you can take off throughout the day once the sun becomes warmer!

Average high temperatures – 21°C (69°F)
Average low temperatures – 11°C (51°F) 
Note: winter in Brisbane isn’t anything unbearable. Besides the mornings and nights being chilly occasionally, you won’t freeze to death, that’s for sure! Tons of travelers head to Queensland for sunshine, so even in winter you will be fine!

Average high temperatures – 17°C (62°F)
Average low temperatures – 8°C (46°F)
Note: Generally July is the coldest month in Sydney, with temperatures during the day reaching just 13 degrees. There can also be a ton of rain throughout June, so make sure you bring along an umbrella!

Average high temperatures – 19°C (66°F)
Average low temperatures – 8°C (46°F)
Note: Expect quite a few thunderstorms and a fair bit of rain during winter in Perth! Temperatures don’t get too cold during the day, but evenings can be chilly, depending on where you are.

Average high temperature – 31°C (87°F)
Average low temperature – 21°C (69°F)
Note: May until October is considered the dry season in Darwin, so you should expect some fairly warm days and cooler nights. Since Darwin is considered tropical, the humidity levels are pretty horrible for most of the year. But if you visit during the colder months, it won’t be as bad!

Average high temperatures – 12.3°C (53°F)
Average low temperatures – 5°C (41°F)
Note: Tasmania can be extremely cold during winter, with winds from the Antarctic making their way towards the island. Overnight temperatures can be super cold, so make sure you rug up if you’re planning to road-trip around Tasmania!

Average high temperatures – 4.8°C (40°F)
Average low temperatures – 20°C (68°F)
Note: Considering Alice Springs is literally the desert, temperatures can drop pretty brutally low! It’s a common occurrence for overnight temperatures to drop below zero, with a ton of frost in the morning. Definitely bring lots of layers, blankets and the appropriate accessories to stay warm!

Now that you know what to expect in cities across Australia during winter, I figured I’d help you all out and share my guide on what to pack! This is just a suggested travel essentials list, of course – after all, everyone is different. But generally speaking, these are what I would consider must-have items, to survive Australia’s cold days and even colder nights!


It’s a well-known fact that Australia is the perfect place for a cross country road trip. I wouldn’t be the first person to enlighten you on that fact. This means that there are people traveling all over the country, during different months in the year. There are pros and cons to traveling in all seasons, and these differ depending on where you’re visiting! But as far as Australia is concerned, traveling across the country in a camper-van during winter, could be a pretty unbearable experience if you aren’t prepared.

If you’re traveling around Australia during winter (whether you’re road-tripping or staying in hotels/hostels etc), I recommend bringing a suitcase as opposed to a backpack. This is purely for the fact that you’re gonna need lots of layers and warm clothes. Sure, if you’re used to backpacking, and have traveling across snowy countries with no issues, go for gold. Bring a backpack. But for the less experienced travelers and families, I would definitely opt for a suitcase.

So, what exactly should I pack for my upcoming trip around Australia during winter?

1. A hoodie/jumper/sweatshirt/jacket

Whether you call it a jumper, hoodie, sweatshirt, jacket, overcoat – it doesn’t matter (in Australia we call them hoodies). But some sort of warm, hooded jumper is one of the items you should pack first. Whether you’re relaxing in your hotel room, taking a walk down the street for some dinner, or spending the night camping in the Australian Outback, you’ll be glad you packed one (or two, if you get cold super easily like me!)

My advice: Make sure you pack a jumper that has a hood AND a front pocket. You (and your warm hands) will thank me later.

2. Ugg Boots

Ugg Boots are an Australian essential, especially during winter. They come in a bunch of different sizes, styles and colours, and I guarantee will be the most comfy pair of shoes you’ll ever buy. Ugg Australia are having a 50% off sale right now, so if you click here, you can score some for half the price. My favourite style are the 3/4 pairs. Perfect to wear over jeans, leggings or even track pants!

My advice: Ignore all the people who claim you can’t wear Ugg boots in public. I wear them almost everywhere during winter (except work, sadly) and I’ve lived to tell the tale. You’ll be right, I promise.

3. Beanie, scarf and gloves

This one might sound dramatic, but there will come a time when you’ll need one or the other. This is more so the case for people road-tripping and camping around the country, as most nights you’ll definitely feel the crisp chill of an Australian winter night. But even heading out to dinner, you’ll be glad you wore your scarf!

My advice: Save luggage space and pack one perfect beanie and scarf for all conditions and outfits. I suggest an infinity scarf, as they’re super versatile, come in a ton of different styles and colours, and can be found almost anywhere.

4. Comfortable, warm pants

I happily live my life in leggings – especially during winter. I own a ton of Lorna Jane leggings (lululemon have super similar ones too, and free shipping!) which are super comfortable and last forever. But if those are out of your price range, you can pick up some pretty decent leggings from a ton of different stores (and if all else fails, do some online shopping!). If leggings aren’t your thing, a good pair of track pants or jeans are a must.

My advice: I suggest bringing at least one pair of leggings. If you can, bring two. Also pack one pair of track pants and one pair of comfy jeans. Leggings are great for daytime exploring, and a nice pair of comfortable and warm jeans, are perfect for nights out!

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5. Moisturiser and hand cream

I don’t know about the rest of you, but when the weather is cold, my skin suffers greatly. My hands in particular become super dry, itchy and sore. This is because of the cold air, so bringing along an effective moisturiser is essential. I suggest having a look around your local drug store or supermarket, to find a specific moisturiser that works for you, as everyone’s skin reacts differently.

My advice: Bring both a travel sized and full sized bottle or tube. Keep the travel sized one in your daytime bag/handbag, and put a full sized bottle in your hotel/hostel bathroom (or camper van if you’re doing a road trip!). My legs also get super dry during winter, so having a full sized bottle easily accessible before I head out for the day, is a must.

Of course, there are also the obvious items you shouldn’t forget to pack:

  • Passport
  • Money
  • Drivers license (Australian or international – especially when purchasing alcohol)
  • Other items of clothing – i.e. shirts and comfortable clothes for hotel relaxing days
  • Sneakers and shoes other than Ugg Boots – i.e. hiking shoes for you adventurous type
  • Plenty of room in your luggage for all of our delicious snacks

Compared to other parts of the world (ya know, such as Antarctica) Australian winter isn’t too bad. It’s survivable. Even if you forget to bring a beanie, you WILL make it out of the country alive, I promise. These are purely suggestions to make your visit a bit more comfortable!

If there’s one piece of advice you should take from this post, it’s that you shouldn’t underestimate Australian winter. Sure, it’s not as cold as Antarctica. No, it doesn’t snow across the whole country. My point is to be prepared. Pack an extra layer of clothing, whether you think you’ll need it or not. It’s better to be safe than sorry, right? Australia isn’t cheap (you can read more about that here) so the more money you can save while here, the better!

Do you agree with my list of Australian winter travel essentials? What are your must-pack items when traveling to a country during winter? Have you ever forgotten something, and been stuck in the cold? Tell me below!

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  • LC

    Very accurate list. Although I keep waiting for it to get really cold in Melbourne this winter and that day has not quite hit yet! I think Ugg’s are a definite essential. I love my pair from Mortel’s and have lugged them all over the world with me!

    • Haha, I’m sure that day will come. I’ve only ever spent a bit of time in Melbourne, but I remember it being very cold! Aren’t Uggs the best?! Super comfy and warm 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  • Hahaha, love the timing! I am commenting from Brisbane…and would have loved to read this post a few weeks
    earlier! Indeed, there is something called winter in Australia. Great list of tips!

    • Haha! Well I’m sorry you didn’t get a chance to read this before your visit, but at least you can vouch for the fact that it’s definitely cold! haha Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Jean

    I’m Australian and can happily say I’ve never left the house with ugg boots on. It’s a sure way to be mocked by everyone that you come by. It’s also really easy to travel around Australia in winter with a backpack. A few decent warm layers and waterproof is all you need to worry about. But sunscreen even in winter is really important!

  • Thank you for his useful information. In my imagination Australia is just all sun, surfing and having a good time at the beach! But it’s good to know that it can get cold tool. I will keep that in mind when I plan my trip.

    • Australia is definitely more than just sun! Although we do have a lot of sun here, it does get cold 🙂 Thanks for reading, Anna!

  • Nice round-up of the weather conditions…so important to be prepared with appropriate gear. As they say, there’s no such thing as bad weather, there’s only bd clothing.

  • Nerissa

    Im from Melbourne and so true about the weather!!! Haha four seasons in one day for sure! Great read, layers is key so I agree with using a suitcase opposed to a backpack.

  • I once was in Sydney at Christmas and it was when the fires were spreading so there was a lot of cloud cover. It was really cold and I had to go out and buy a jumper so definitely think that is essential kit.

  • Kelly

    Such a helpful and detailed post. Thanks for including all this AND the obvious stuff because I feel like I’m so scattered that i would totally forget something crazy, like my wallet. So thanks!!

  • Lovely list! Sounds like some light items that would make a world of difference! 🙂

  • Flo

    I completely agree with this! Australian winters aren’t as bad as in places like Canada or Alaska, but that wind can be truly brutal. I lived in Melbourne for a few years and I absolutely remember the days of experiencing 4 seasons in 1 day – people don’t believe me when I tell them it hailed one minute and rainbows came out the next!

  • Actually, don’t worry about packing anything at all. You can buy everything here. Just kidding! The weather in Australia is pretty mild compared to other places and there’s not a huge temperature difference across the country.

  • Great suggestions! I always forget the seasons are opposite there, lol! Would hate to show up with a bunch of shorts and tank tops in their winter! Warm sweaters/jackets are always the best way to stay cozy!

    • Haha yeah we’re the opposite! They absolutely are! A great way to stay warm 🙂 Thanks for reading, Jenna!

  • Myrthe

    Thanks for the informative blogpost. We are currently traveling through WA with our van and we must admit, the nights can be very cold indeed!

    • That sounds fun! Are you enjoying it? 🙂 Yeah nights are very cold! Definitely need to rug up! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • I never thought you need winter clothing in Australia. It always looks sunny there 😀 Nice list for people like me.

    • It is sunny for most of the year, but can also be cold at the same time! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • I had no idea that it gets as cold as – 8°C in Australia! No wonder that you recommend to have glowes and some warm clothes. I am sure to be frozen without your article!

    • It seems lots of people thought Australia was just warm and sunny all year round! haha. It does get as cold as that in some parts of Australia, but not all! I’m glad I was able to help 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  • Great tips!! I love my UGG boots, they are well comfy. It helped me survive the arctic conditions in Norway. 🙂

    • They’re the best aren’t they! Super warm and comfortable 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  • We will be heading to Australia next month so this is really useful! Although we are looking forward to it being much cooler as it’s been so humid for the last few months in SE Asia!

    • That’s exciting! Where abouts are you visiting in Australia? It definitely won’t be humid! Thanks for reading 🙂

      • We only have a rough plan at the moment. We will be flying to Perth for a couple of nights before flying onto Sydney. After Sydney we plan to go to Melbourne, Adelaide and Alice Springs!

  • That’s funny, I totally forgot Ugg boots are from Australia! A lot of people wear them in LA, and also say going outside the house in them is tacky. Yet everyone does it in winter! Funny, we also have similar temperatures in wintertime – cold but not TOO cold! This is a very useful post ^_^

    • Haha they are! I know everyone thinks it’s tacky. But I’m the type of person who doesn’t really care what people think when it comes to clothes. It’s my body, I can wear what I want! I love to be comfortable, and the chances of me seeing that person again are slim! haha 🙂 Thanks for reading!