Nowadays Primary Forests and ancient trees are rare. There are still spectacular forests with a huge biodiversity or ancient trees to discover.
Where there is rainforest, there is rain. The New England Gondwana rainforest is worth to visit throughout the year. Hiking and camping in such ancient Antartic beech forest is something very special and sensational. It may be 35°C hot at the Ebor Falls just 30 km north of the New England National Park, but in the forest, it’s cool with temps often around 16°C during spring and summer. Nights get pretty chilly. It’s a perfect example to experience the positive impact of forests for our environmental and against climate change.
Weather New England National Park
First of all, precipitation can happen in abundant, and tents get flooded. On the other hand, dry and warm days can occur as well. Most important be prepared and check the weather forecast before visiting the park.
- Rainy Season
It frequently rains from November to March. Temps can be high on average 25°C and even more around 30°C is possible on a clear sunny day. If it’s misty and cloudy temps are on average around 15°C. Check the forecast before pitching your tent. The campground got already flooded a couple of times.
- Drier Season
In April the rain decreases and May to October are drier. May to August are the coldest months day temps on average are below 20° and nights temps are around 7°C. However, be prepared if you plan to camp nights temps can drop to 0°C with occasional snowfall.
If you like to experience nature without the crowds and awesome day hikes this is one of the rare places. The secluded Thungutti campground is very seldom fully booked. Usually, there are just four or five sites occupied. While hiking, we just met one family the entire day.
Where to Stay
If you plan to visit the New England National Park make a stop at Dorrigo and its visitor center first. You can’t camp in Dorrigo, but there is one small campground called Thungutti at the entrance of the New England National Park. Just 20 sites are available, basic facilities and a picnic area with gas BBQ.
If you like to get close to mother nature and a digital detox this is the right place for you. Sugar gliders visit the campground during the night, and you can hear them in the kitchen/BBQ area searching for leftovers. The fee for two adults is $12 for one night. Nowadays booking online is essential. Map and campsite booking
There are three cabins to rent inside the National Park in the middle of the awesome rainforest. That's more comfortable during rain. Toms Cabin is equipped with an oven, basic kitchen, and four bunk beds. Booking Toms Cabin and Booking the Chalet with an included balcony and The Residence for up to 10 people.
The trail is open all year around, but it's not recommended from November to April. Avoid hiking the trail on windy days. Starting the Beautiful Bay Trail in the afternoon gives you an incredible experience. The sun will find its way occasionally through the old grown forest. You will find plenty of moss coped branches, walk over tree trunks, fallen trees, and find different kinds of mushrooms.
The campground is serviced during summer only.
Coromandel is a year-round destination with a mild climate. The summer is the best time with pleasant temps but also the busiest time of the year. However, Waiau and the Road 309 are not much trafficked due to the remote location.
The precipitation on the Coromandel peninsula is sometimes significant even in summer. The weather is influenced by the mountain range and the sea. The "driest" months are January to April. The warmest months are December to March mostly between 20 to 25°C, April is a bit cooler but still nice. Most precipitation during winter with its peak in July which is concurrently the coldest month. The winter temps can be 10 to 12°C and drop until 6°C. Frost is not common.
Due to the narrow, winding, gravel Road 309 and the remote location, it's rare to experience it busy.
The trail is accessible throughout the year. If there is too much rain it might be difficult to get there by car on the gravel road. It's more save with a 4 WD.
This area is often cloudy or overcast. Summer brings pleasant temps mostly around 20°C / 68°F. In winter, most days with single-digit temperatures. Frost can occur. Most precipitation in winter with a peak in August. Driest months are December to March. Anyhow, it's Tassie; be prepared for rain.
Due to the remote location and the gravel road only a few visitors, mostly Australian. The reason that the parking area is not huge.
The park is open year-round and activities are available every season. The Humboldt Redwood State Park is busier during summer. Sweet spot months regarding the weather and the crowds are April, May, September and the beginning of October. Continue reading to get more detailed information for this ancient trees and get the most out of your visit.
Oceanic influences ensure fairly stable and mild year-round temperatures. The park receives an average of 60 - 80 inches of rain each year with the majority of rainfall from late October through April. From mid-May until September it's usually dry and mild. But still, be prepared for sudden rain and bring the right gear. Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots with non-slip soles are a must since the moist rainforest can be slippery. Even in summer, dress in layers or bring an extra jacket: Expect a maximum of 30 degree temperature difference between the north end of the park, close to the ocean, and the southern end of the park, only 30 miles away. Winters are slightly cooler with the mentioned rainfall. Temperatures: Summer: Highs in the 70s to 90s, lows in the 50s. Winter: Highs in the 50s to 60s, lows in the 20s to 30s.
It's never heavily crowded like Muir Woods or other parks. However, July and August are the months with the highest visitation. For a quieter experience, avoid weekends and arrive early if you visit during those peak times. Sweet spot months with fewer visitors usually mild and dry climate are April, May, September (after Labor Day), and early October.
During dry season from november to april, start the hike early. Shoulder season May and June, showers may occur and it is easier to find a nice casa. July and August are the Cuban school holiday.