There is one thing that confuses a lot of travellers. Even with the Internet and the latest model Smartphones, people have no clue what is going on. That is time zones.
Yes. There are some confusing and peculiar time zones between Melbourne and Perth.
The purpose of this post is to provide details about the time zones and to make you understand what is going to come ahead as you drive.
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Why should you know about time zones?
There are a lot of benefits to knowing your time zones and the places where they change.
If you know the time zones and the time in each of the time zone, then
you can plan well
you can avoid confusions
you can avoid going to bed at 6 PM thinking it is 8 PM
you can avoid rushing and arriving at a destination only to realise that you are already ahead of time by 2 hours
it'll help you to visit a place well before it's closing time
Time Zones between Melbourne and Perth
I would like to split the time zones between Melbourne and Perth into two parts.
- Time zones between Melbourne and Adelaide
- Time zones between Adelaide and Perth
The reasons for splitting these are
it is easy to understand the time zones between Melbourne and Adelaide. Moreover, your smartphone will automatically detect the time zone change as soon as you cross the State border
it is a bit difficult to understand the time zones between Adelaide and Perth because of the Border time zone. Unfortunately, your smartphone won't detect the Border time zone when you cross the State border
Let us see the details.
Time Zones between Melbourne (VIC) and Adelaide (SA)
|Time Zone No.||Time Zone|
Official Name of Time Zone
|1||Victoria time zone||AEST (Australian Eastern Standard Time)|
|2||South Australia time zone||ACST (Australian Central Standard Time)|
As shown in the above photo and table, there are two time zones between Melbourne and Adelaide.
- Victoria time zone
- South Australia time zone
The time zone changes when you cross the border of Victoria and South Australia. Hence, you'll need to adjust your clock as soon as you cross the border. Your smartphone will detect the time zone change and update the time automatically. You need not do anything.
Victoria time zone is always ahead of South Australia time zone by 30 minutes.
For example: If Adelaide time is 8 AM, then Melbourne time is 8:30 AM.
Both Victoria and South Australia observe Day Light Savings (DST). Hence, the time difference is 30 minutes throughout the year.
If you are driving from Melbourne to Adelaide, then you gain time. Hence, backward your clock by 30 minutes.
If you are driving from Adelaide to Melbourne, then you lose time. Hence, forward your clock by 30 minutes.
Time Zones between Adelaide (SA) and Perth (WA)
You'll experience the time zone change between Adelaide and Perth when you drive across the Nullarbor Plain. Hence, I have created a separate post and added it under the Nullarbor section.
The reason for adding it under the Nullarbor section is mainly due to logical grouping so that you can understand all the Nullarbor related things.
Here is the post.