Best places to travel in July
Warm places in Australia in July, as well as a few cooler options for those who like winter.
July is the middle of winter and peak snow season in Australia. It's also the beginning of the new financial year, which means one thing: tax return season.
If you're planning to put that money towards a winter warming destination, we've got the intel on the best places in Australia to travel this month.
When travelling this year it's important to know that all unecessary international travel should be avoided.
Regional and interstate travel is possible, however there may travel restrictions on where you can go and what you can do.
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Top places to visit July in Australia
Stretch out on this bit of sand.
Located between Port Hedland and Broome, Eighty Mile Beach runs for 220 kilometres and is a mix of white sands, rocky shores and tidal creeks.
During July it's one of the warmest places to be with temperatures almost at 30 degrees.
While it's not advisable to swim at the beach due to the high tides, sea fossicking, fishing, camping on the beach and catching the sunsets are all top activities that can be had here.
- July weather: 27-32°C, dry season
- Best for: Families, relaxing, coastal breaks
- Things to do: Whale watching, camel riding
2. Best for nature: Hervey Bay
Get back to your roots at the gateway to the largest sand island.
If you're keen to experience nature in the wild then Hervey Bay in July has just the ticket.
Enjoy a tropical winter season here where the water temperature is warm enough for a dip and whale watching season picks up from mid-July.
For the adventure seekers, you can rent a 4WD and head over to Fraser Island for camping and dingo spotting.
- July weather: 22-22°C, winter
- Best for: Coastal breaks, families, adventure
- Things to do: Whale watching, camping, dingo spotting
3. Best for cultural breaks: Uluru
Long star-filled nights and cool desert days.
Avoid the scorching temperatures (and flies) of summertime and you'll get the whole day to explore the spiritual heart of Australia.
Winter is ideal for hiking so you can walk around Uluru and explore Kata Tjuta on the Valley of the Winds Walk. At times, ranger-guided walks can be booked to learn more about the history of the area and its rock art.
- July weather: 14-22°C, winter
- Best for: Hiking, outdoor adventures, culture
- Things to do: Field of Light, base walk, camel rides, Australian Outback Marathon (cancelled for 2020)
4. Best for activities: Perth
For a bit of sun and fun.
Perth is hands down one of the warmest spots in Australia year round.
It's a no brainer for anyone longing to walk out in a T-shirt or to work on their tan this month.
Take in its parks, its beaches and its islands, such as Rottnest, home to the happiest animal in the world: the quokka.
- July weather: 16-20°C, winter
- Best for: Weekend breaks, families, culture
- Things to do: Dolpin spotting, Perth City Craft Beer Crawl, Winterworld Fremantle (cancelled for 2020), Perth Comic Arts Festival (cancelled for 2020)
5. Best budget destination: Hobart
Keep cool this winter.
While the rest of Australia is living as a huddled mass at home or hightailing it to our sunny Queensland shores those who prefer to stay cool can make their way to Tasmania.
Due to its less-than-perfect winter weather, flights are often quite cheap.
Over winter Hobart can be super cosy. Bundle up and head to its wineries and hiking trails for something special.
- July weather: 5-12°C, winter
- Best for: Families, relaxing, hiking
- Things to do: Festival of Voices (virtual festival), hiking through the Tasmanian Wilderness.
6. Best for events: Canberra
Can you smell it? Truffle season is in the air.
Winter in Canberra means two things: snow season and truffle season.
For an event that your senses can savour, spend the weekend in and around the Aussie capital hunting for truffles and indulging in truffle dusted meals.
The festival runs from June to August.
- July weather: 9-14°C, winter
- Best for: Weekend breaks, foodies, outdoor adventures
- Top events: Truffle Festival - including truffle hunting, Darling Portrait Prize, National Photographic Portrait Prize, Zoocation at the National Zoo and Aquarium
When's the best time in July to take a holiday?
July tends to be a quieter period for travellers around Australia, however, it’s predicted to be busiest at the beginning of the month due to the winter school holidays and workers taking some time off post-end of financial year. If you intend to travel domestically, aim for days later in the month to avoid peak prices and crowds.
Internationally, July is peak season for many countries in the northern hemisphere as their big summer break falls in July and August. While it's an ideal time to partake in festivals, it's also an expensive time to visit. We suggest you aim to travel earlier in the month, before the holidaymakers settle in and prices begin to skyrocket.
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