The three warmest cities in Australia are Darwin, Broome, and Karratha.
Australia’s climate is world famous for plenty of sunshine and high temperatures. If you’re looking for the warmest places in the country, you’ll love this article.
I’m going to share with you my list of the warmest Australian cities with at least 10,000 residents. I’ll cover the top 10 in more detail and then present the entire ranking in a table with 97 major cities in the country.
You may also want to read my article on the hottest city in Australia and my article on cities with the best climate in Australia. You may also want to check out my ranking of the coldest cities in Australia.
Top 10 Warmest Cities in Australia
Here are the top 10 warmest places in Australia. They’re ranked by their annual daily mean temperature. Each city also includes temperatures in July and in January.
1. Darwin – 27.85 °C
Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, is by far the hottest Australian city. The tropical savanna climate in Darwin has two seasons: the wet season with very high humidity between November and May and the dry season between May and October. Consequently, the summer months are the rainiest ones with up to 20 days of rain a month. Darwin has hot weather year round, with very small temperature differences. The hottest month is October with 33.8 °C during the day while the coldest is July with 31.1 °C. This makes Darwin the hottest place in Australia all year round as it never experiences winter or cold weather.
Average high temperature in July: 31.1 °C
Average high temperature in January: 32 °C
2. Broome – 26.75 °C
Broome is the second hottest place in Australia. Located in the Kimberley region in northern Western Australia on the Indian Ocean coast, it has a hot semi-arid climate. Unlike Darwin, Broome gets some respite from heat during the winter months because the average low temperatures drop to 14-15 °C at night. In the summer, the average highest temperature reaches 33.9 °C in December. Broome enjoys extremely sunny weather: it gets 3,510 sunshine hours a year which is almost 300 more than in the sunniest major city of Australia, Perth.
Average high temperature in July: 28.9 °C
Average high temperature in January: 33.3 °C
3. Karratha – 26.6 °C
Karratha is another city located in Western Australia. Located in the Pilbara region, Karratha has cooler winters but hotter summers than Broome. The city is much drier than Broome, experiencing over two times less rainfall.
Average high temperature in July: 26.3 °C
Average high temperature in January: 35.9 °C
4. Port Hedland – 26.4 °C
Port Hedland is the third of the hottest Australian cities in Western Australia. It has some of the hottest summers in this ranking, seeing average temperatures of up to 36.4 °C in January. At 3,630 sunshine hours a year, Port Hedland is the sunniest city in Australia.
Average high temperature in July: 27.2 °C
Average high temperature in January: 36.4 °C
5. Cairns – 25.2 °C
Cairns is the hottest major city in Queensland. Located on the tropical northeast coast of Far North Queensland, Cairns is a major tourist destination due to the access to the Great Barrier Reef and nearby tropical rainforests. Like in Darwin, the wet season runs from November to May. Cairns has a tropical monsoon climate and enjoys warm weather year round.
Average high temperature in July: 26.2 °C
Average high temperature in January: 31.7 °C
6. Townsville – 24.8 °C
Townsville is the second city on this list that’s located in Queensland. It’s the unofficial capital of North Queensland. The city has a tropical savanna climate with about half the precipitation of Cairns. The rainiest months are between December and March.
Average high temperature in July: 25.7 °C
Average high temperature in January: 31.9 °C
7. Mount Isa – 24.75 °C
Mount Isa is a city in northwest Queensland, about 200 km from the border with the Northern Territory. Mount Isa experiences extremely hot temperatures in the summer. In fact, it’s one of the hottest places in the country in this period of time. In December, it sees average high temperatures of 37.4 °C. Sunny days in Mount Isa are the norm because the city gets 3,486 sunshine hours a year (one of the highest in the country).
Average high temperature in July: 25.5 °C
Average high temperature in January: 36.5 °C
8. Gladstone – 23.55 °C
Gladstone is one of the southernmost places in Australia to have a tropical savanna climate. Located in Central Queensland, the city has relatively cool winter temperatures compared to the previous places. In the hottest month (January), it sees average highs of 31.8 °C.
Average high temperature in July: 23.5 °C
Average high temperature in January: 31.8 °C
9. Emerald – 23.2 °C
Emerald is a rural town in the Central Highlands Region of Queensland, west of Gladstone. With a hot semi-arid climate, it experiences much higher summer temperatures than Gladstone. The weather is also drier and thus more comfortable.
Average high temperature in July: 23.5 °C
Average high temperature in January: 34.7 °C
10. Rockhampton – 23.15 °C
Rockhampton in Central Queensland closes the ranking with a hot humid subtropical climate. Rockhampton is located about 108 km northeast of Gladstone. It has slightly higher daytime temperatures both in the hottest and the coldest months. It ranks after Gladstone because it has cooler nighttime temperatures.
Average high temperature in July: 23.9 °C
Average high temperature in January: 32.6 °C
Top 97 Warmest Australian Cities Ranked by the Average Temperature
Here’s a table with 97 major Australian cities that have at least 10,000 residents. Some cities are missing because I couldn’t find climate data for them. The data comes from the Bureau of Meteorology.
|City||Average high temperature (°C)||Average low temperature (°C)||Daily mean temperature (°C)||Average high temperature in July (°C)||Average high temperature in January (°C)|
Frequently Asked Questions
The warmest city in Australia is Darwin. Its annual average temperature is 27.85 °C. It has very hot temperatures year round. In the hottest months of the wet season it experiences average high temperatures of 33-34 °C. In the coolest months of the dry season, it experiences temperatures of 31 °C. There are some small towns that experience much hotter weather in the hottest months (such as Marble Bar in Western Australia) but Darwin has the most consistent hottest weather year round.
For the best combination of sunny and warm days (but not uncomfortably hot) year round, Sunshine Coast is one of the best options. In the winter, it gets daytime temperatures between 21-22 °C. Meanwhile, average summer temperatures are between 28-29 °C.
Australia has many regions where it’s warm all year round, if we define warm as at least 20 °C during the day in the coldest month. The warmest regions are: Queensland, starting from Sunshine Coast all the way north, Northern Territory (the only big city is Darwin), and Western Australia starting from Geraldton all the way north on the coast. Certain cities in northern New South Wales like Grafton and Ballina also qualify. South Australia and Victoria don’t have any major warm cities.
The warmest part of Australia in winter is northern Northern Territory (Darwin), Western Australia’s region of Kimberley (Broome) and Pilbara (Port Hedland and Karratha) and northern Queensland (Cairns and Townsville). All these cities have daytime temperatures in winter of at least 25-26 °C and even over 31 °C for Darwin.
Your best bet to escape winter in Australia is to go to the northern part of the country. Whether it’s northern Queensland (and cities like Townsville or Cairns), the northern region of Northern Territory (and a city like Darwin) or the northern part of Western Australia (and cities like Broome, Port Hedland, or Karratha), winters in all these places are hot.
The tropics in Australia can be found in the northern part of the country, primarily in northern Queensland and northern Northern Territory as well as the northernmost part of Western Australia.
Perth is the sunniest major city in Australia but it’s not the hottest one by any means. Out of 97 major Australian cities, it ranks #27.
Perth has pretty much the same annual daily mean temperature as Sydney. For Perth, that’s 18.8 °C while for Sydney is 18.75 °C.
Brisbane is hotter than Sydney. The average annual temperature in Brisbane is 21.5 °C compared to 18.75 °C in Sydney.
Darwin is much, much hotter than Perth. Darwin has an average temperature of 27.85 °C and is the hottest city in Australia. Meanwhile, Perth’s average temperature is 9 degrees Celsius lower at 18.8 °C.
Perth is slightly warmer than Adelaide. Perth’s annual average temperature is 18.8 °C while Adelaide’s is 17.5 °C.
Brisbane, the capital of Queensland, has a daily mean temperature of 21.5 °C. In Melbourne, that’s just 14.95 °C meaning that it’s much colder than Brisbane.
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