Tropical cyclones are violent, spiralling wind and rain systems that threaten lives and property at sea and on land. They can cause disruption, damage and destruction far beyond the coast, including extensive flooding. These powerful storms are one of our climate influences.
Australia's most cyclone-prone area is the north-west coast between Broome and Exmouth. Tropical cyclones cross this coast more often than anywhere else around the continent. Other areas such as north Queensland and the Top End also get a high number of tropical cyclones.
We're part of an international network that forecasts and warns about tropical cyclones. On average, about 11 tropical cyclones form in the Australian region each season.
Australia's tropical cyclone season runs from 1 November to 30 April. They can happen at other times in our region but this is rare.
To help keep coastal communities safe, we:
Learn how we track tropical cyclones and warn communities.Learn about warning services
Discover how tropical cyclones form, how they are named, their categories and impact.Learn about tropical cyclones
Learn how we forecast cyclone paths and predict cyclones in the Australian region.Learn about forecasting tropical cyclones
Read about past tropical cyclones and learn about cyclone climatology.Learn about past tropical cyclones