Climate & Geography

Climate

Aboriginal communities are set in various climates including desert, semi-desert or subtropical and tropical conditions.

In Central Australia, be prepared for hot dry summers with very little rainfall and humidity. Temperatures can reach over 40 degrees celsius. During the winter months average temperatures are in the teens, but at night temperatures can fall below freezing. The days in winter can be very cold, so it is essential to pack warm clothing if working during the colder months.

In the Top End the weather is tropical, with greater humidity. The summer season is generally the 'wet' and the winter months are the 'dry' season.

Geography

The centre of Australia is not just endless miles of red dirt, there are hills and ranges, lakes, waterholes and sand dunes. The Top End also has a great variety of landscape, with lush rainforests, rivers, waterfalls, billabongs, ranges and plains.