Er … hot?

Uluru Ayers Rock TourAustralia is the driest continent on earth with approximately 70% of its area termed arid or semi arid. While Central Australia is pretty dry, it does rain. Alice Springs gets about 275 mm of rain a year falling mainly between October and March. The average rainfall decreases as you move south with the Lake Eyre basin receiving about 100-140mm per year. Alice Springs, sitting at the base of the MacDonnell Ranges, actually has higher average rainfall and slightly lower average temperatures than the rest of Central Australia due to the higher altitude.

The big chill

Most visitors to Central Australia would assume summers are pretty hot and they’d be right. What many don’t realise is that winters (June, July and August) can get bloody cold, particularly at night. Hey, they had snow on Uluru in July 1997 (did we tell you to bring your skis?). Get a wind from the south-east and there is quite a chill factor and even without a wind, temperatures often go below zero at night. It does warm during the day and may peak at about 20