The tropical states of Queensland and the Northern Territory have highly predictable weather. In ‘winter’, typical daily maximums are from 20 to 24 degrees Celsius (68 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit) and rain is rare. The beaches and tropical islands of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef are perhaps at their most pleasant at this time of year.
Further south the weather is less dependable; in Melbourne in August maximums as low as 13 (56F) degrees are possible, but can reach as high as 23 (72F) degrees.
Snow is rare in the southernmost capitals Melbourne and Hobart, falling less than once every ten years, and in the other capitals, it is unknown. However, there are extensive, well-developed ski fields in the Great Dividing Range, a few hours’ drive from Melbourne and Sydney. Late August marks the peak of the snow season.