Traveling the outback in the wet season

by Amanda
(Sunshine coast, QLD)

I am in Australia as a student and do not have much time to tour around, due to visa mix ups. I now only have the chance to travel the outback in the wet season, December, instead of June/July as I planned.

I want to do a tour from Adelaide to Darwin to Broome to Perth. Is this still possible in the wet season? Is it worth it to travel to these places in the wet season? I would like to at least see all of the 'tourist' spots, will I be able to see as much?

Re: Traveling the outback in the wet season

Hi Amanda,
Sure, it is possible in the wet season. And it certainly is worth it in my opinion.

It will be stinking hot and humid and it may rain every now and then. The heat will probably be your biggest probem, especially if you aren't used to it.

Hiking during the day becomes very strenuous, sleeping in a tent in those sweltering conditions is not always easy... those are the kind of things that people usually complain about in December.

But if you are willing to put up with the heat then there is no reason why you shouldn't come up here in the wet.

Flooding is not usually a problem that early in the year. There may be places that you won't be able to access, but you would never be able to see absolutely everything anyway.

Some places are nicer during the dry, some places are at their best in the wet. Tour operators usually adjust their schedules accordingly.

If your choice is to go in December or to not go at all, I'd definitely go in December.

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What months are typical "flood times"
by: Christi valentine

In the areas as low as lightning Ridge what months of year is there issues with flooding.

Travelling after the wet
by: Anita

In late April to early June I have two friends visiting form the UK. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce them to the outback.

What I am hoping to show them is that rare occurrence where out outback blooms furiously after a good down pour.

We have one week and will be starting and finishing in Sydney.

Will you be able to suggest a travel route that takes in some of our post-wet spectaculars.


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