Timing phone calls and web-based gaming sessions between Australia and the UK can be a headache with time zone differences. Unlike the UK, which is a single time zone; Australia is split into three time zones.
Daylight Saving in the UK
Like most countries in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is observed in UK time, where time is shifted forward by 1 hour; 1 hour ahead of GMT (GMT+1).
Last Sunday in March to the last Sunday in October.
After the Summer months the time in the UK is shifted back by 1 hour to WET or GMT.
With a land mass close to 7.7 million square kilometres, Australia is the world’s sixth largest country and is divided into three separate time zones:
- Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra – GMT +10
- Adelaide, Darwin – GMT +9.5
- Perth – GMT +8
Daylight Saving in Australia
All Australian states except Northern Territory (Darwin), Queensland (Brisbane) and Western Australia (Perth) have Daylight Saving during the summer months.
First Sunday in October to the first Sunday in April.
- Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Canberra – GMT +11.
- Adelaide – GMT +10.5
- Brisbane – GMT +10
- Darwin – GMT +9.5
- Perth – GMT +8
What’s the time?
You’re best off using a Time Zone website or App to work out the exact time between the UK and the different cities in Australia from month to month.
If you want to work out or schedule a mutually convenient time I like to visit timeanddate.com and use The World Clock Meeting Planner. Make sure you change the date and change the cities as necessary. You can also add more than two cities.
March – London, Gold Coast and Canberra – daylight saving in Canberra:
April – London, Gold Coast and Canberra – no daylight saving in Canberra:
Image: World Time Zones