Travel Question of a Day: Simon Calder on formulation to transport to Australia in June

Q we am perplexing to devise a large outing to Australia for Jun 2017 for myself and my partner (I am going to be 50). It’s apparently their winter, yet how cold does it indeed get?

Paul Jones

A June in a ascetic tools of a southern hemisphere corresponds to Dec in a north. In a south of Australia, we can design a cold, frail experience, along with a shortest days of a year. The embodiment of a southernmost capita, Hobart in Tasmania, is as distant south (43 degrees) as Sofia in Bulgaria is north. Personally we wouldn’t wandering anywhere south of Sydney (including a Snowy Mountains, with their honestly lifeless skiing) in June.

In a northern half of Australia, though, a center of a year is an glorious time to travel. Cairns, the main city in Queensland’s distant north and gateway to a Great Barrier Reef, is soppy from Oct to December; it practice cyclones between Nov and May; and has a very conspicuous soppy deteriorate from Dec to February. You should skip all of these, and can instead demeanour brazen to clear, comfortable days and cold nights.

Much a same relates for Darwin, collateral of a Northern Territory, and gateway to healthy wonders such as Kakadu National Park. And in the “Red Centre” of Australia, Jun is as soft as it gets – with an normal daily high of only 20C. That is ideal for visiting Uluru (Ayers Rock).

June is also really low deteriorate for atmosphere fares to Australia, so we can design a bargain.

Flights to Darwin and Cairns from outward Australia are comparatively scarce; Singapore Airlines’ informal offshoot, Silk Air, serves both, creation Singapore a good heart to choose. And as with many trips to Australia, an open-jaw arrangement – drifting into one city and out of another – saves backtracking.

Having pronounced all of that, though: were we to devise a outing of a lifetime in a northern summer subsequent year, it would revolving around a US on 21 Aug 2017 – when the greatest astronomical materialisation of a century so distant is set to occur. A sum solar obscure will sweep across a republic from Oregon to South Carolina. Here’s my preview:

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