Australia

Climate

Australia is a big country and it therefore enjoys all kinds of climatic conditions. It lies between about 10 degrees south and 50 degrees south and from about 150 degrees east to 110 degrees east. The top end is well into the tropics and the south is definitely in the temperate zone. In the north two seasons are experienced, "the wet" and "the dry". To the south, out of the tropics, the "usual" four seasons are experienced annually.

Full details of the climate are described via the links at the "Resources" tab on this site and in the book "How to Retire in Australia" by Les Johns which can be purchased from this site.

Time

Because of the spread of longitude Australia is divided into a number of time zones.The varying time across Australia is specified by the Australian Government, although such variations as daylight saving is determined by the individual states and territories. Not all states and/or territories observe daylight saving.

Natural or Sun time is a function of the earth’s rotation on its axis. As the earth turns from west to east so the Sun rises later in locations west of any given place. Amanda Briney describes the relationship between longitude and time in more detail than is required here. There are many web sites which allow the display of the time at various places around the world. An example of such a site, and what may be described as the best, is given under the "Resources" tab on this site.

The whole subject of time is fully explored via the links at the "Resources" tab on this site and in the book "How to Retire in Australia" by Les Johns. This book can be obtained directly from this site.