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It’s all about timing. To avoid crowds and inflated prices, we recommend the period between high and low seasons when the weather is fine, places are still open and happy to welcome travelers, and you can explore a destination at your own pace. ShermansTravel experts call this magical time and space continuum the Sweet Spot.

When to go to Outback

Peak Season: June to August

The north is cool and dry during these months. Winter days are mild and sunny (with temps in the mid-60s), but the nights can be freezing cold (with temps in the low 40s). While this is a good time to visit the Outback, it’s also high season (which in the Red Center extends to November), so book ahead.

Off-Season: November to March

The Outback is a land of extreme heat, with summer temperatures often above 104 degrees. Avoid visiting the Top End due to its stifling heat and wet season, which usually begins around November, with most rainfall in January and February, winding down around March. But if you can stand the searing heat and torrential rains, you’ll find some great deals.

Sweet Spot: April to May

The shoulder season is the perfect time for visiting the Outback and the Top End – it’s cool enough to tour around without having to worry about succumbing to heatstroke or wilting from the humidity (daytime temps average around 80 degrees). You’ll also find great deals on accommodations.

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