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Beach

First and foremost beaches are associated with swimming and sunbathing. Quite a few of them are scenic or outstanding at a special time. Share your favorite beach which you already experienced.

The famous and popular Figure 8 Pools are safely accessible around low tide only! The tides and swell must have a low level without strong wind to enjoy the amazing pools without an accident. Many people got injured here just for a perfect selfie.

Helpful Links (before you go)

Tide Times – Figure Eight.
National Park Website – Alerts! 

To get to the Garrawarra Farm car park it’s a long drive through the park on sealed roads, only 1.5 km is gravel. Space is limited, and you are not allowed to park the car somewhere else. The entrance fee is 12 $ per car if you don’t have a multi or annual park pass for NSW. The gate closes at 8.30 pm and opens at 7:00 am. The hike to Figure 8 takes a maximum of 1½ hours, and the trail is 3.5 km long one way. No worries the trail is well marked, and there is no need for a map.

Avoiding Crowds

The park is mostly super busy during summer holidays and weekends as well. There is a lot of traffic, and car parks fill up soon.

Weather

The area around Sydney experiences hot summers with average daytime temps of almost 30°C and mild winters with an average daytime temp of about 20°C. There isn’t a wet or dry season, but droughts happen more often nowadays. On average rain occurs the whole year with more precipitation from January to June with its peak in March.

Highlights/Information
  • From May to November you may spot whales along the coast.
  • From July to November more than 700 different plants are in bloom on the plateau.
  • The Visitor Center at Audley is open daily from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm.
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Sweet spot months without the heavy crowds and a high chance of good weather during wet season: MAY and OCTOBER. Both months usually bring warm and sunny conditions with brief rain showers only. Often in the afternoon or late evening. October is also much less humid than during the previous months. However, keep in mind that it's already/still rainy season and the weather can become unpredictable.

December - April (dry season): If you want almost perfect weather visit between January and March: calm seas, clear blue sky, moderate temperatures. However, it's high season and very busy (read below: Tourist Crowds)

May - November (rainy season): Wet season with high humidity. The highest rainfall occurs in September. During rainy season everything can happen: Typical are days with 1-2 brief showers. You might even get two weeks of perfect dry weather or sometimes almost a week of straight rain. If you don't like crowds at all and can deal with unpredictable weather and rain this is your season. Preferably not September, which is the wettest month. In the rainy season, no tourist crowds spoil the experience. It’s also the green season when beautiful fauna comes to life.

Helpful weather overview: Krabi Monthly Weather
 

Tourist Crowds:
High season is from November/December until April. Expect massive crowds here and almost every else in Krabi. Accommodation rates start climbing in November.

Tips for Boat Trips (during high season):
Go at a different time than most others. Either very early by taking the very first boat or book sunset trips. Another alternative is to go out on a diving or fishing boat. It's more expensive but they are more comfortable and usually welcome non-divers as well as non-fishing passengers. They also take less travelled routes and visit less busy locations which are excellent for snorkeling.

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The State Park is popular for the 2 miles long beach but not crowded due to a one-mile walk to get there. The gate is open from sunrise until half an hour after sunset.

The entire 2 miles beach is only accessible at low tide. Watch the tide and don’t get trapped between rocky outcrops.

The summer is the foggiest season. Clearer skies and the best time for a visit are September and October followed by April and May.

Weather:
It’s a moderate cool coastal climate with moist air. The average temperature is between 50 to 65°F year-round. Most of the precipitation occurs from October to April with up to 50 inch / 1270 mm. Fog happens between May and October usually from evening until late morning. If it’s hot in the backcountry, the fog might stay until the afternoon.

Whales:
The gray whales migrate from Alaska to Baja California and can be spotted during mid- December and February. And again on their northward migration with their new born calves from February to May.

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The spectacular coastline, the beach, and hikes are worth for several stops year-round. The summer is the foggiest season. Clearer skies and the best time for a visit are September and October followed by April and May.

Spring (special season): 
An absolutely amazing time when colourful wildflower carpets cover most of the coastal area.

If visiting the beach, the best time is low tide. At high tide, parts may be inaccessible especially during strong surf. Tide times for Garrapata Beach

Tourist Crowds: 
The Garrapata State Park is underestimated therefore less busy than other parks. 

Weather:
It’s a moderate cool coastal climate with moist air. The average temperature is between 50 to 65°F year-round. Most of the precipitation occurs from October to April with up to 50 inches / 1270 mm. Fog happens between May and October usually from evening until late morning. If it’s hot in the backcountry, the fog might stay until the afternoon. It provides moisture for the redwoods along the coast in the dry summer months.

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Popular small beach with lifeguard during the day in summer. Less busy and even more beautiful in the evening at sunset and low tide.

Walking through the bridge is possible at spring time only several times a year. It occurs in spring and fall when the full or new moon is closest to the earth.

Tide times Natural Bridges

Tide pooling during the day at low tide is also much fun, especially for the younger ones.

Winter: 
The park is a temporary home for thousands of Monarch butterflies during the winter. They migrate from the cold Rockie Mountain Valleys. The mild climate and the eucalyptus trees provide a safe place for them. They feed on the nectar of the milkweed. The butterflies arrive around mid-October and stay until late January to mid- February.

Spring:
During spring wildflowers are in bloom.

Weather and water temperature:
During summer from June to August, it's dry, and drought occurs. The average day temp is 17°C / 62°F, but 30°C / 86°F can happen as well. Water temp even in summer around 16°C / 61°F.

Most rainfall in winter from December to February with its peak in February. Average day temps are around 10°C / 50°F.

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The trips are offered from March to October; at the peak season in summer up to 4 times and in the shoulder season twice each day.

The morning tours are slightly quieter, and it’s less hot in summer. We preferred the afternoon trip to get the best light for taking pictures. Commonly the sea is calmer in the morning and a bit rough in the afternoon.

Some providers offer sunrise and sunset trips in summer.

Crowds:
Less busy in the shoulder season. The sea is still a bit cold in May and June, September is great.

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