How much sun should I be getting each day?

There are a number of factors that determine how much sun we need each day and this can vary from person to person. Considerations include where you live, your skin tone and individual circumstances. Recommendations may also vary from season to season. The following table may be used as a general guide to obtaining the right amount of vitamin d from sensible sun exposure.1

Location Time of
year
Skin type UV exposure required on most
days*
Townsville Summer Fair skin 57 minutes
Dark skin 1545 minutes
Winter Fair skin 7 minutes
Dark skin 2045 minutes
Brisbane Summer Fair skin 67 minutes
Dark skin 2045 minutes
Winter Fair skin 10 minutes
Dark skin 30 minutes1 hour
Sydney Summer Fair skin 68 minutes
Dark skin 2050 minutes
Winter Fair skin 25 minutes
Dark skin 45 minutes – 1 ½ hours
Melbourne Summer Fair skin 68 minutes
Dark skin 2050 minutes
Winter Fair skin 25 minutes
Dark skin 1 ½ hours – 2 ½ hours
Hobart Summer Fair skin 710 minutes
Dark skin 2060 minutes
Winter Fair skin 30 minutes
Dark skin ½ hours 3 hours
Adelaide Summer Fair skin 57 minutes
Dark skin 1545 minutes
Winter Fair skin 20 minutes
Dark skin 12 hours
Perth Summer Fair skin 56 minutes
Dark skin 1545 minutes
Winter Fair skin 15 minutes
Dark skin 45 minutes 1 ½ hours

*These times are a general guide only, based on averages, which can vary depending on the weather and individual circumstances. Arms or equivalent area of the body should be exposed mid‐morning or mid‐afternoon during summer or at midday during winter. Remember to wear sun protection when the UV index is 3 and above.

Some people may be unable to access enough sunlight each day for their vitamin D needs. In these cases, a vitamin D supplement should be considered.