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Personally, my time in Melbourne Australia in the month of October is quite disturbed as I find for the first week of the beginning of daylight savings I walk around in a bit of a daze!

For some reason the fact that I have to get up just that 1 hour earlier to face the day sends my body into turmoil. It's a good thing that this last only for about a week and then I settle in to enjoy the process.

So what is daylight savings and where and why is it implemented? When does it begin and when does it end?

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What Is Daylight Savings Time?

Daylight Saving Time (DST) is the practice of advancing clocks one hour during the warmer months of the year.

In Australia, Daylight saving is observed in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania, and the Australian Capital Territory.

Daylight saving is not observed in Queensland, the Northern Territory or Western Australia.

Typically, regions with summer time adjust clocks forward one hour close to the start of spring and adjust them backward in the autumn to standard time, hence the terminology that some use - "spring forward" and "fall back"

Daylight Time Sunrise

When Does Daylight Savings Time In Melbourne Australia Begin And End

Daylight Saving Time in Melbourne Australia begins at 2am on the first Sunday in October, when clocks are put forward one hour.

It ends at 2:00 am (which is 3:00 am Daylight Saving Time) on the first Sunday in April, when clocks are put back one hour.

The idea is that by doing this we actually get an extra hour of sunlight at the end of the day to enjoy. As I said before it takes me about a week to get into the swing of things and finally adjust my head into accepting the inevitable. I settle in comfortably and do start to enjoy that extra hour of sunshine, what with so many great parks and beaches and activities we have here in Melbourne it comes in quite handy.

Sunrise Over Melbourne Australia From The Dawn Princess Cruise Ship

Walking early in the morning is fantastic as most mornings in the warmer months you get to see the sun rising. The colors in the sky are amazing.

I have sources some excellent material that you may find interesting on the subject of Daylight Savings.

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Seize the Daylight: The Curious and Contentious Story of Daylight Saving Time

Benjamin Franklin conceived of it. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle endorsed it. Winston Churchill campaigned for it. Kaiser Wilhelm first employed it. Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Roosevelt went to war with it, and more recently the United States fought an energy crisis with it.



Saving the Daylight: Why We Put the Clocks Forward

Every spring, the clocks go forward, and every autumn they go back.

"Saving the Daylight" explores for the first time the contentious, and often entertaining, story of this deceptively simple attempt to regulate the sunlight hours.



Spring Forward: The Annual Madness of Daylight Saving Time

Downing unravels the worldwide confusion occasioned by decades of clock manipulation. He sifts through a century of Congressional hearings and contemporary newspaper reporting to offer a portrait of public policy in the 20th century.



Time Zones (Map Basics)

Global communication and travel are integral parts of culture today. Knowing the time of the places around the world makes interacting globally easier! The 24 time zones on Earth make this possible. Readers are introduced to these important zones


Where Daylight Savings Is Observed What Is The Time Elsewhere?

AEDT is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 11 hours (UTC +11).

AEDT (Australian Eastern Daylight Time)

ACDT is equal to Coordinated Universal Time plus 10.5 hours (UTC +10.5)

ACDT (Australian Central Daylight Time)

Coordinated Universal Time (abbreviated as UTC), is the primary time standard by which the world regulates clocks and time.

Daylight savings time in Melbourne Australia allows you to fully engage with our beautiful sunsets. Pop down to the beach for an evening BBQ and enjoy the magnificent sunsets over Port Phillip Bay - breathtaking.

Daylight Savings Time Sunset Over Melbourne Australia


Daylight Savings Sunset In The 'Burbs of Melbourne Australia

History Of Daylight Savings

The idea of daylight savings was proposed by the New Zealander George Hudson in 1895 In 1916 the German empire together with Austria and Hungary implemented the idea nationwide. The reason being that the world was at war and this was proposed as a way of conserving coal supplies. Soon after Britain and its allies and quite a few other European countries did the same. Russia started the system in 1917 and in 1918 the United States began the process.

In the years after the war it was relatively abandoned, Canada, Britain, France and Ireland continues to use the idea. Countries throughout the world continued to try it over the next years and in World War 2 it was widely used.

The 1970's, because of the energy crisis, it basically became quite common in usage world wide.

Take the family down to the Drive In theater at Dromana and before the place opens enjoy some fish and chips on the foreshore at Blairgowie.

Daylight Savings Time Sunset At Blairgowrie Beach

I'm Confused About Daylight Savings Time In Melbourne Australia. Why? 

There are arguments for and against the implementation of daylight savings time in Melbourne Australia and that usually is because of the confusion that sets in when travelling between different states. For example if you were to travel to Queensland from Melbourne and you want to arrive at a certain time, what time would you leave from Melbourne airport?

You would need to catch a plane at, hmm, gosh I really don't know! I'll go check!

Here is a simple link to find out what time it is in other places in Australia. If you want to go into it more deeply then drop into the Time Temperature website, there is a very simple time converter on it and Local Times Info can be very useful to use as well, it has an easy time converter for the cities in each state and territory.

A great article to read regarding as to what daylight savings does to this country can be found here ... Confused about Australia's time zones during daylight savings? So are the cows!  I wonder why?

Daylight Savings Time In Melbourne Australia Sunset Sky

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