Plan ahead to be happy campers

WHEN you're planning an extended trip on the road, it's crucial to account for seasonal weather changes say the experts.

You don't want to be stuck inside your camper van or under your tent waiting for the rain to clear.

On the upside, the breadth and diversity of Australia means you can plan a trip that catches great weather all year round.

The wet season in the north (regions north of the Tropic of Capricorn) normally lasts from October to May and that is when heavy rain, flash floods and sometimes even hurricanes occur.

The combination of high temperatures and humidity also makes it very uncomfortable to spend time outside.

The dry season in the north normally lasts from about June to September when temperatures are usually around 30 degrees Celsius. At that time, there is low humidity and very little chance of rain.

Less rain mean the flow of waterfalls and rivers in some places may drop to make creek crossing much less daunting.

Between November and March, temperatures in outback Australia soar and conditions can be very unpleasant.

Temperatures may hit 45 degrees Celsius or higher and there is a risk of sudden downpours which transform dry creek beds into raging torrents.

Between April and October, daytime temperatures in the centre are normally very pleasant although it can get very cold at night, especially in July and August.

There is less chance of rain but a down pour in June can happen.

In the southern regions, south of the tropic of Capricorn, you can expect the highest temperatures and the lowest rainfall to occur between November and March. The days seem longer as well thanks to Daylight Savings.

Winters in the south are usually wet and cold, especially in the areas furthest south such as Tasmania and Victoria. In subtropical regions, winters are often dry and daytime temperatures are pleasant although a little crisp.

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