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.
Steamers Beach is quite a popular beach yet not much crowded. Several trails are leading to this excellent place in the Booderee National Park but it's not accessible by car. We spotted colorful birds along the trail in the late afternoon. Expect more visitors and campers in the summer from December until February and during weekends. March is a pleasant month with warm temps, less crowded and swimming in the sea is still possible. Water temp over 20°C from December to April.
Rain is common throughout the year, but more precipitation during summer; winter is much drier. Temps in summer on average around 25°C but can be hot as well. Summer is perfect for swimming and snorkeling. In the winter the day temps are below 20°C and expect one digit temps during the night.
Murrays Beach is a jewel in the Booderee National Park. It is a world class beach with beautiful white sand and perfect for swimming. The bay has pristine clear water also good for snorkeling. To experience the real beauty of the beach avoid the Christmas summer holidays and weekends as well.
- Midday until afternoon - perfect light on a sunny day.
- At sunrise, Bowen Island gets illuminated.
- A short walk from Murrays Beach car park to the "Hole in the Wall" at low tide only 1 km one way.
Spotting Penguins; September until December one hour before dusk wait at Murrays Beach and you may spot groups of penguins swimming back to Bowen Island for feeding. The island is a successful breeding colony with roughly 5.000 breeding pairs.
Weather and Crowds
Expect more visitors during summer from December until February and during weekends. It's perfect for swimming and snorkeling. March is a pleasant month; it is warm, less crowded and swimming is refreshing. Water temperature of more than 20°C from December to April. Most precipitation during summer; winter is much drier. Temps in summer on average around 25°C but can be hot as well. In the winter the day temps are below 20°C and one digit temps during the night.
It's a beautiful beach hike which should not be missed when traveling along the Great Ocean Road. Best visited around low tide. The Marie Gabrielle anchor is accessible at low tide only otherwise the top of the anchor appears out of the water only. The Fiji wreck is not affected by the tides. Tide times
The beach and wrecks are poorly signposted and due to the remote location not crowded. Luckily it is also off the beaten path for tour buses, therefore, our top tip.
Weather Great Ocean Road
The Southern Ocean has a strong influence on the climate. It keeps the winter warmer and the summer cooler. During summer the sun is very intense, but it is not too hot; there is always a fresh breeze and temps are around 20°C only. Lots of precipitation throughout the year in the Great Otway National Park. Warmer and "drier" conditions from November to April however, rain can always occur. Winter is the wettest and coldest season; rainy every second day. Day temps in winter around 12°C and nights are chilly around 8°C pretty cold for camping.
Best months are May until October; the dry season. For the walk; best time at low tide to walk around ahuge rock.
Best visited at low tide, otherwise, the beach is too small and difficult to leave.
July and August are the peak season, and the beach gets crowded. June and September are less busy, and prices decrease. There is a huge parking area which fills up soon during the peak season.
Praia da Ursa is still a hidden gem and not overrun. The beach is not easily accessible, and the trail is not well marked. If you come here bring a picnic and enjoy this secluded beach. Praia da Ursa is not far from Cabo da Roca roughly 45 minutes to one hour hike. You can visit Ursa throughout the year though summer can be pretty hot. During winter after rain, the trail is more slippery. Continue reading to get a detailed trail description.
We shared Ursa Beach with just two other hikers
Most pleasant seasons for this hike are spring and autumn. During spring flower carpets are along the path. During summer it's often boiling hot winter can be rainy but beautiful as well. We'd been here at each season, and except summer we always love to come back to this exceptional piece of nature.
Weather Ursa Beach and Cabo da Roca
Lisbon and the surroundings are a great travel destination throughout the year.
Day temps in spring are pleasant almost 20°C. Nights are a bit chilly 10°-15°C. We love this season; not hot but warm and almost always sunny. Showers can occur occasionally.
Summer temps are around 25°C – 30°C but consider the powerful sun. July and August are the busiest months with tourists and Portuguese spending their vacation in their home country. These are the driest months of the year.
September is a great month for Ursa; still warm but not any longer too hot, nights are cool on average 16°C. October day temps are still above 20°C and November around 18°C. Rain increases in October, however, the maximum is 80 mm in November. That’s not much.
In winter the day temps are on average around 15°C, one-digit temps during the night. Precipitation occurs more often, but it’s rare to experience rain the entire day. We’d been here several times in December and January. Usually, you can even walk barefoot at the beach.