CHOOSING THE BEST time to visit Australia depends on two things: who you ask and where you’re going.

Australia’s size means that any given time of the year is the best time to visit somewhere. During the winter months (June-August — southern hemisphere, remember?), the southernmost parts of the country are very cold. These months, however, are the dry season for the tropical north, making it the best time to dive in Queensland or sunbathe in Broome, Western Australia.

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Mainland Australia’s only ski and snowboard resorts are clustered around the mountains between New South Wales and Victoria, and the general consensus is that they, well, suck. While their season is far shorter than many North American resorts, the glorious part is that it runs from June through mid-September: just when things are winding down here in the northern hemisphere.

Consensus or not, I think I’m going to have to find out for myself.

So, what’s the best time to visit Australia?

Short answer: The southern hemisphere’s spring into early summer: November through January.