Weather & Climate
Current Weather Information
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(1) Correction for daylight saving needs to be made where necessary
(2) A 'rainy day' is one with a rainfall of at least 0.2 mm
This infomation is supplied courtesy of the Australian Bureau of Meteorology
More Weather Info: Bureau of Meteorology for Australia [Website]
Visiting in Winter - Why visit the Freycinet Peninsula in the off season?
40% of visitors come to Coles Bay between late December and the end of February. Whilst itís still not crowded even then compared with Bondi or Lorne, if you can visit at some other time you will be better able to experience the serenity of this stunningly beautiful area.
Isnít Tasmania cold and wet then? Parts of it are, but the Freycinet Peninsula is in a rain shadow area with an average rainfall of only 22 inches or 560 mm per year. It has more sunshine hours than Sydney. Autumn, winter and spring are great seasons to enjoy most of what we offer.
- Thereís a greater choice of accommodation. Forward booking is still highly recommended but unlike during the peak season you are likely to find something suitable, even if you are taking pot luck.
- Youíll encounter fewer people on walking tracks and beaches.
- Walking will be more pleasant because the weather is cooler.
- Convenient places to park your boat trailer will be plentiful.
- Your chances of booking an outdoor activity exactly when youíd like it will be greater and it may even be discounted.
- Southern right, humpback, pilot and very occasionally minke whales visit in winter. As with any wild animals a sighting can never be guaranteed, but a climb to Wineglass Bay Lookout early in the morning may reward you with a view of whales. Keep a check on Coles Bay and Great Oyster Bay too. A cruise along the peninsula can turn into a whale watching tour.
- Possums and wallabies come right into gardens at night; wonderful for that special up close viewing or photo.
- Watch gannets plunge diving for fish in the bay.
- In winter the heathlands are bright with pink heath and the cream flowers of sweet wattle. Youíll also find greenhoods and helmet orchids. In spring common wax lip, flying duck, brown beak, leopard, tiger, pink finger and spotted sun orchids abound. Starry white wedding bush with its honey perfume is everywhere. Spring is also when the tiny white flowers on the grass trees spikes become a magnet for spinebills; more great photo opportunities.
- If youíve booked self catering or B & B accommodation with an open fire, come home after a dayís walking and relax there with a warm drink or a glass of Tasmanian wine and let the cares of the world pass you by.
- Finish your evening in front of the fire with a glass of port.
- Be lulled to sleep by the sounds of the sea or the wind in the trees. There will be no traffic noise in Coles Bay!
The Freycinet Peninsula is truly a holiday destination for all seasons.