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Australia in September

It's Spring, It's Spring, It's Spring


Spring flower display at the Floriade at Commonwealth Park.
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September in Australia is the first month of the southern spring and it's a season of regrowth and flowers.

Not only has the first day of September been proclaimed Wattle Day — the golden wattle is Australia's national flower — but there are a number of flower festivals in September.

Notable month-long flower festivals are Floriade in Canberra, the nation's capital, which this year takes place from September 17 to October 16; and, on the other side of the continent, Perth Wildflower Festival takes place at Kings Park and Botanic Garden, in September.

Closer to Sydney, the New South Wales Southern Highlands celebrate spring with the Bowral Tulip Time Festival from September 20 to October 3 this year.

In Victoria, spring is wildflower season at Royal Botanic Gardens Cranbourne, while Toowoomba in Queensland's Darling Downs celebrates its Carnival of Flowers in September.

What's the weather like?

It's spring and — except in the tropical north where the weather is warm and in the mountains where there still is snow and the temperature remains wintery — Australia has mostly fine spring weather, neither too hot nor too cold but not quite beach weather in the southern states.

In most states, aside from Queensland and the Northern Territory, average maximum temperatures in the capital cities would still be below the 20°C (68°F) mark.

Rain would be generally light and infrequent, and the weather would be conducive to walking tours and other outdoor activities.

Public holidays

Australia has no national public holiday in September.

Football finals

If you're interested in catching a game or two of Australian football, National Rugby League and Australian Football League (Aussie Rules) matches should be pretty close in September to their respective grand finals.

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