View towards the Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range near Mexiquillo Natural Park, Durango, Mexico.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Mexiquillo Natural Park, Durango, Mexico.

Where are they going next? Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Australia in the winter

Speaking of winter, it's still not over here in Canada!

Most parts of Canada only get four months of good weather per year, so we are not surprised by this at all. But, we had our fingers crossed for better than this. We got spoiled by a couple of decent days last week just after we arrived here, but sure enough, the cold has returned and it looks like it's not going to get much better over the week and a half we have remaining here.

At least the sun is trying this morning. But yesterday, we actually had snow!

Holy crap, it's snowing!

Even the car is warning me that it's too cold outside!

Yesterday, the high temperature was 4C (39F). 

Anyhow, back to the topic at hand. We've had quite a few people mention to us that we are going to be in Australia during their winter. And yes, we realize that.

But winter in Australia is far warmer than winter in Canada. Plus, Australia is a big country with a lot of different climate zones. 

Yes, some areas of Australia get snow... and they even have ski areas that are open for skiing between June and September. This is the area in the mountains east of Melbourne. But we will be avoiding those areas!

Melbourne is the coldest city in the winter in Australia. When we arrive there on May 18th,  the average high temperature at that time of year is 17C (62F) and we are totally fine with that.

By the time the middle of winter arrives in late June and early July, we should be up between Sydney and Brisbane... where the average high temperatures at that time of year are between 17C (62F) to 21C (70F). And we are totally fine with that too!

Sure, we're expecting that we'll get some days where the highs are only 10C (50F), but that's still okay weather for hiking and exploring, and we'll have a heater in the RV the same way we do in Sherman.

Oh, I came across this the other day...

Yes, there is a lot to see in Australia!

Which is why we're going to stick to such a small part of it. In fact, I came across another map online where an RV'er has spent four years just doing the routes shown below. 

It's a big country, with lots to see!

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A few different Intex Swimming Pools are at record low prices today only. This one is approximately one hour set up time and it's ready for water. 4 ft deep. Comes with pump and filter.

And in Canada...




15 comments:

  1. I think that time of year would be best, it gets way too hot to see most of it in their summer - plus you have the added fires they've had the last few years in summer. Plus, less tourists!(hopefully)

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    1. PS Beautiful and sunny here on Vancouver Island with midday temps of 15 degrees - planted tomatoes and cucumbers outside this week....just saying we live in the best part of Canada weather-wise

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    2. I would agree with you. Still not suitable for human habitation from November through March though! :-)

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  2. It's still winter here in southeastern Michigan also. We had snow overnight!

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    1. It will hopefully be over soon, it can't possibly last forever!

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  3. It’s snowing here in Edmonton too ☹️......... but on balance........What a beautiful and interesting map of Australia...excellent way to show a different perspective. I can hardly wait to see your photos when you get there! It will be another exciting adventure for you guys! Carpe Diem!

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    1. Our fingers are crossed that it will improve by the time we get to Calgary in a week and a half's time!

      Yep, until you see it in perspective like this it is really hard for some people to really realize the size of the country. We are so looking forward to this trip, it is definitely going to be quite the adventure. :-)

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    2. Would be nice to see something similar drawn with the map of Canada! Yay!!

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    3. Yes, it would be! I tried looking for something similar on the internet but I couldn't come up with anything.

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  4. That Map really put the size of Australia in prospective. Hopefully you can find somewhere to store your RV there so you can return again to see more.
    Certainly agree that this is more Winter Weather then Spring that we are having.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

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    1. Yes, this map certainly puts things in perspective.

      I am sure we won't have a problem finding somewhere to store the RV if we decide that we do indeed want to keep it for another visit or two.

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  5. Big dump in Edmonton area, it's melting right now but Saturday I had about 6inches in my yard

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    1. Yep, and Cabri, Saskatchewan had that same dump, hopefully it will be warm and sunny by the time we get there.

      Hope the weather improves for you as well and quickly.

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  6. Love the comparison map you found. Really puts it into perspective but coming from Canada that shouldn't be an issue.

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    1. Yes, it really does put Australia's size into perspective. It is true, coming from Canada we totally understand how much space that covers, but there sure are lots of people out there that don't understand the size and how much traveling that would entail.

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