Daylight Savings Time in Australia

daylight_savingDaylight saving is a way for Australians to enjoy more outside activities during Summer evenings. The clocks are put forward one hour on the first Sunday in October then moved back on the first Sunday April.   Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland , Northern Territory or Western Australia.

The time in Sydney is known as Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) and during the summer months it becomes Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT).

I enjoy Daylight Savings time because it is still light after work. How enjoyable it is being able to go for a drink after work, or go out to dinner and sit outside to enjoy the scenery or maybe the view of Sydney Harbour?      I have family in Victoria and during the summer months it is possible to be outside until 9.15pm before it gets too dark.

There were many jokes about Daylight Saving when it was introduced in 1969.  Some people thought we really got an extra hour of daylight instead of losing one hour in the morning.  Wouldn’t the extra sunlight fade the curtains?

I read about the Daylight Saving 4 Queensland campaign to try and introduce daylight saving to Queensland, particularly for the southern part of the state which includes Brisbane and the Gold Coast.


More information at NSW Government website.

Author: charuzu

I live in Sydney and interests include music, piano playing, technology, cooking, English language, public speaking, Toastmasters, Asian culture (especially Japan and Korea), cinema, personal development, productivity and making friends with people from around the world.

3 thoughts on “Daylight Savings Time in Australia”

  1. I love daylight savings too. Always nice to walk around after work actually being able to admire the scenery around me, and it’s less cold with the sun there giving some warmth. It does mean the sun sets later, which means I have to wait around longer each evening if I want to photograph that time of the day after work.

    The only clock I rely on at home is the one on my smartphone. It really is a smart phone – it knows how to wind itself forward or backwards an hour each time daylight starts and ends.

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