5 best places to visit in September in Australia

September holiday inspiration to celebrate the beginning of spring.

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Warming weather, school holidays and Father's Day – these are just a few teasers of what you can look forward to this month. Need something else to look forward to? How about a trip away from the everyday?

We've brought you the best places you can set off to this month. They're all local, won't blow the budget and won't use up too much of your precious leave.

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1. Best budget destination: Freycinet, Tasmania

September is prime whale-watching season across Australia's eastern coast. Budget-friendly and local options to catch these magnificent mammals include Sydney, Hervey Bay, Gold Coast and Fraser Island, but for something different, try Great Oyster Bay in Freycinet.

It's a fabulous spot to catch humpback and southern right whales migrating north this month and being shoulder season, it doesn't attract too many tourists.

  • September weather: 11–17℃, spring.
  • Top September events: Whale migration, Junction Arts Festival (1-5 September), Great Eastern Wine Weekend (3-13 September).
  • Best for: Outdoor adventures and weekend getaways.

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2. Best for events: Perth, Western Australia

The Western Australian capital is at its finest, in all senses of the word when spring comes around. It's a time when the weather is still cool but doesn't have too much rainfall.

As it follows a rainy winter, it's also ideal for catching the local wildflowers in bloom.

This year is said to be one of the best for the florals, so get in while you can.

  • September weather: 17–22℃, spring.
  • Top September events: Kings Park Festival (1-30 September), Perth Royal Show (25 September - 2 October) and Toodyay Picnic Race Day (26 September).
  • Best for: Nature and city breaks.

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An aerial shot of the red centre roads in the Australian Outback.

3. Best for adventure: Darwin and Top End, Northern Territory

If you're longing to feel a sense of adventure then Darwin and the Top End is the place to be. Spend a few days touring Kakadu National Park or Katherine Gorge. The weather is warm with low humidity making it an ideal time to visit before the hotter weather arrives with summer.

You can't really say you've been to the Top End if you haven't come face-to-face with a croc. For those brave enough, try the thrilling cage of death experience at Crocosaurus Cove.

  • September weather: 23–33℃, spring.
  • Top September events: Darwin Pride Festival (3-5 September), Darwin Street Art Festival (30 August - 10 September 2021) and Mindil Beach Sunset Market (every Thursday and Sunday).
  • Best for: Adventure, thrills and exploring.

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4. Best for getting out on the water: The Gold Coast, Queensland

Time to throw off your winter woollies and get wet on the Gold Coast. The days are warmer, the rains are yet to come and September offers great wind conditions for water sports.

Whether you're keen to do some whale watching, try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding or master kite-surfing, the Gold Coast has it all on offer this month.

  • September weather: 15-24℃, spring.
  • Top September events: Crafted Beer and Cider Festival (11 September) and SWELL Sculpture Festival (10-19 September).
  • Best for: Outdoor adventures, beach breaks and weekend getaways.

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Rock Formation At Kangaroo Island

5. Best for a weekend escape: Kangaroo Island, South Australia

Surround yourself with nature, relaxation and yes, a bit of a pamper on Kangaroo Island. This little speck off the coast of South Australia packs a punch with its remarkable natural rock formations, enviable beachfronts and friendly characters, including kangaroos and seals.

Over spring you can catch the new-born kangaroos, wallabies and koalas emerging from their mothers' pouches.

  • September weather: 15℃, spring.
  • Top September events: Spring is when the island's wildflowers are in full bloom.
  • Best for: Relaxation, nature, food.

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Top September events

  • Father's Day. Dad's big day lands on the first Sunday of September, which this year is 5 September. It's bound to be a busy weekend wherever you are, so try to avoid travelling early in the month to steer clear of overpriced holidays.
  • Spring school holidays. Depending on which state you're in, the spring school holidays start as early as 18 September and run into mid-October.

When is the best time in September to take a holiday?

For Australians, September is a month filled with event dates and school holiday breaks. It's also a time when the weather starts to turn warm so those looking to kick the winter blues will be considering travelling, even for a short weekend.

To avoid the crowds and the holiday surcharges, travel as early in the month as possible. Queensland, Sydney and Melbourne's school holidays start 18 September. Northern Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania school holidays start 25 September.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, some borders are closed. Check out the latest travel restrictions so you can travel safely.


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