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I want to travel around and visit some hot spots and of course crash at a couple of beaches. The plan is to stay in the eastern shore due to time restrictions and perhaps jump to Tasmania for a couple of days. Also visit some national parks to see the wildlife.

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    I would recommend you visit Australia in December because it's summer time and everywhere is (generally) warm and sunny, and the beaches will be nice to swim at!

    During July the southern states are wet and cold and probably less fun for sight seeing.

    Places I would recommend visiting are:

    * Sydney - Australia's iconic city with the harbour and beaches
    * Melbourne - amazing city with lots of interesting cafes, bars, fashion shops, etc.
    * Byron Bay - While this place is now quite commercial, it hasn't lost it's beauty, and there are amazing beaches on the coast between here and Queensland
    * Tasmania - Summer time is the best, so December is a good choice. Hang out at Salamanca and there's plenty of things to do here! There are plenty of national parks to see here as well. over 7 years ago

    Answered by Ian C via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I would agree with Ian. Unless you are coming on a skiing holiday, the winter months are pretty cold in the southern states.

    If you do come here in July, try out states like Queensland and Western Australia. over 7 years ago

    Answered by Jared Hill via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I was on a cruise that started in Sydney in early December and ended in Auckland just before Christmas. The weather in Sydney was in the high 70's - one day in the 80's and great for sunbathing. Lunch at Doyle's or Icebergs (Bondi Beach) was fun and shopping abounds in Sydney. Take the tour of the Opera House, ride the ferries to Manley or other points in the bay, and walk until you have to sit down for a glass of great wine.

    In Melbourne the trams are a great way to get about the City. Got to the Stokehouse on St. Kildra Beach about 4 km outside of town - great food and wine, and a beautiful view of the City and suburbs.

    Take the Ferry from Melbourne to northern Tasmania. We went to Burnie and rented a car and drove out an hour to the northwest to Stanley - cute little town (with a beach) where we felt we knew all the neighbors in our first hour of walking the main street. Beautiful scenery, lots of flower nurseries, cows (of course) before driving back to Burnie to drink at Hellyer's Distillery and eat cheese at the Cheese Factory outside of town. If your looking for national parks - go to Cradle Mountain in the north or go south east to Freycinet.

    Definitely go in December - weather is terrific - not too hot, not too cold. Just layer as the days are warm and the evenings can get cool/windy. over 7 years ago

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    Based on your description of wanting to visit hot spots I'd agree with everyone else and recommend December.

    In Sydney at least in July you have the advantage of crisp blue sky days with fewer tourists but it is not hot. over 7 years ago

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    Based on your description of wanting to visit hot spots I'd agree with everyone else and recommend December. over 5 years ago

    Answered by deepti ahuja via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I would recommend you visit Australia in December because it's summer time and everywhere is (generally) warm and sunny, and the beaches will be nice to swim at! During July the southern states are wet and cold and probably less fun for sight seeing. about 5 years ago

    Answered by Deepti Ahuja via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    I would have to agree with Ian, December is generally the time of the year everybody is in high spirits. And it just seems to be more bustling and alive, definitely makes your experience all the more enjoyable.
    Come to Melbourne, it is by far the best city to visit in Australia. about 5 years ago

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    December is good if you want to stick mostly to the southern states. The weather will be very pleasant although Melbourne can occasionally suffer really hot days. But they joke about Melbourne weather you know - if you don't like it in the morning, just wait until the afternoon. :-) It's pretty dry at that time of the year. Regardless of the fact that it's summer you'll probably find the ocean pretty cold to swim in just the same, ocean temp around 14-16 degrees C. Melbourne is a magic city though - so much to do :-) Tassie would be much better in summer than in winter, unless you enjoy the rain and snow and cold.

    Sydney is also a vibrant and dynamic city, beautiful beaches (Bondi is the one everyone knows but there's plenty of other magnificent sandy beaches) and water temp around 18-20 in December. It will be a bit warmer and a bit wetter than Melbourne.

    Nobody's talking too much about Qld though which will be hot and humid in December and you can't swim on northern (mid to north Qld I mean) beaches because of marine stingers such as box jelly fish. Gold and Sunshine Coast beaches are awesome and there's plenty of other things to do there too! Brisbane is a beautiful sub-tropical sort of city, great food, plenty of outdoor activities but good shopping too.

    North Queensland will be hot, hot, hot and very humid in December. Winter, July, is when Qld really comes into its own - beautiful to visit the Barrier Reef then and swim in warm tropical waters :-) It's beaches and islands and rainforests do make a tropical paradise :-)

    So I think it all depends on what you really want to do - I think you're spoiled for choice when you think of visiting Australia :-) about 5 years ago

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    December is a better month to visit Australia because its summer time and everywhere is warm and sunny. Hence, it will be great to append time on the beaches. But in July, the southern states are wet and cold and less fun for sight seeing.

    Places I would recommend visiting are:

    * Sydney - Australia's iconic city with the harbour and beaches
    * Melbourne - amazing city with lots of interesting cafes, bars, fashion shops, etc.
    * Byron Bay - While this place is now quite commercial, it hasn't lost it's beauty, and there are amazing beaches on the coast between here and Queensland
    * Tasmania - Summer time is the best, so December is a good choice. Hang out at Salamanca and there's plenty of things to do here! There are plenty of national parks to see here as well almost 5 years ago

    Answered by deept ahuja via Site_iconTravellr.com

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