Australia is a huge continent, and has a wide range of climates; so all year round there is somewhere to visit.
Summer – December to February – can get very hot, but is perfect for beach-going and other outdoors activities. In the far north it is also the wet season, which can get quite humid and some beaches may be closed due to jellyfish or ‘stingers’.
Winter – June to August – is pleasant and dry in the north but can get quite cold in the south, especially in Tasmania and Victoria where snowfall is common.
Spring and autumn are great times to visit Australia as the weather is milder, but still warm enough for swimming in northern areas.
Regardless of daytime temperatures, nights can get very cold in the desert areas of Central and Western Australia, so prepare accordingly.
The most pleasant time for travelling throughout New Zealand is summer – December to February. Yet this is also the busiest period. Winter can get very cold with frequent snowfall – but this is the perfect time to travel if you’re looking to ski or snowboard, particularly in the South Island.
The climate in Papua New Guinea is tropical. Lowland and coastal areas are generally hot and humid, while the Highlands are less humid and cooler, ranging from 12-28˚C. In both areas the days are generally fine, but often there are clouds in the afternoon resulting in rain late afternoon and evening. There are different wet seasons in the various regions, most notably in the Sepik region between November and March. It can be difficult to distinguish between seasons elsewhere as weather is generally very localised. The best time to visit PNG is during the dry season when cool breezes and low humidity on the coast make temperatures comfortable. Coastal areas can be very hot and humid during the monsoon and rainfall can be torrential. The highlands are much cooler.