A Great Place
When should you visit very special and unique places in the world that touch you? Places with an atmosphere you can’t describe or where you even get overwhelmed with emotion.
Do the hike up the dunes before sunrise to avoid the heat of the day and enjoy a magnificent experience. That way you'll also dodge the crowds which are present during the day. Another great time is sunset of course. Check our Death Valley Guide for detailed tips for each season.
Horseshoe Bend is a truly magical place at almost any time. Read our tips about the best time for photos and how to avoid the ridiculous crowds:
Time of Day (Photography)
Ask ten people about the best time of day to photograph Horseshoe Bend, and you’ll get ten different answers. Read these quotes if you don’t believe us: Best Time To Visit Horseshoe Bend. Sure, at certain times there might be a lot of shadows in your picture, which you might not like: Sunrise to Sunset Photo Series. However, it’s never bad, just different.
Avoiding Tourist Crowds
As a local said: ‘Now, it’s always crowded as hell!’ During daytime, you’ll face tourist crowds year-round. It’s slightly less busy in off-season and shoulder season: From October/November until February. Regardless of the season, it’s always very busy during sunset. Our tips to avoid the crowds:
Be there around 8 AM (maybe a little earlier). This is a perfect time before it starts to get busy. More people arrive between 9-10 AM. After 10 AM it starts to get heavily crowded with tour buses and everyone else arriving.
Be there around sunset. Of course, it’s still super crowded. Wait until the sun goes down and the crowds will start to dissipate almost completely. You’ll have the place almost for yourself. Perfect for stargazing. Carry a flashlight for the short hike back up to the parking lot.
If you head to the extreme left or the extreme right of the viewing point up there, you’ll get away from most others. It’s not the perfect spot in the middle anymore, but you can still take great photos.
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Try to come here on a sunny day, not completely overcast to enjoy the picturesque fiery granite rocks at the clear blue sea. Best sunlight for these mesmerizing rocks is around midday. More rocks are accessible at low tide: Tide times Bay of Fires
From November to March pleasant temperatures mostly above 20°C. In the winter, most days with single-digit temps. Most precipitation roughly every second day occurs during the winter, although the highest amount of rain happens in November. The driest months are January to March. Even in the summer, the wind can be chilly. Anyhow, that's Tassie be always prepared for rain.
Due to the remote location and the gravel road, it’s not very busy. It only gets a bit busy during the Australian school holidays around the boat ramp.
The Eddystone Lighthouse was established in 1889 and is in total 42 meters high. The Aboriginal people are the owners of this land. Their indigenous name is Larapuna.
Most visitors come here in a rush. We spend half a day at Eddystone Point, and we also had a look at the Policemen Point. You can find an hour drive to the south in Saint Helens a variety of affordable and lovely accommodations. Stay here for a couple of days. Make a day trip to the Blue Tier Forest Reserve and the biggest tree of Australia; the Blue Tier Giant.
A short trail leads through the Evercreech Rainforest to the world's tallest white gums. Another beautiful walk leads the Halls Falls close to Pyengana. Excellent for a coffee or even a lunch break is the Pyengana Cheese Factory. We combined the Bay of Fires with the Blue Tier Forest Reserve and the Evercreech Rainforest. We loved our three nights stay at the Pelican Point Sanctuary in a self-contained cottage.
We’d like to inform you that forests that are increasingly at threat of logging in the northeast of Tassie, including the Blue Tier Giants, from April 2020 are taken out of reserve status. We will lose old grown forests in Tasmania. The Blue Derby Wild, The Friends of the Blue Tier, and the residents are fighting for their forests, but it looks like we all lose this hidden treasure trove. If you like to support the Blue Tier Giants share and comment on our article.
The best time to visit Stonehenge is either early in the morning (as soon as the site opens) or late in the evening (two hours before they close). In the morning you'll avoid the most crowds that way, as the tour buses usually start to arrive around 10 am. In the summer you can capture stunning sunset photos when arriving in the evening.
Booking in advance is highly recommended: Stonehenge Admission Ticket. To avoid the busier times book either the first slot (9:00 AM in summer / 9:30 in winter) or the very last slot (different times depending on the season). Additionally, try to avoid weekends.
Best light for photos is in the morning. Another way to avoid crowds is booking a private sunset tour, where you could even take stunning golden hour shots. We highly recommend this tour (it's excellent!): Stonehenge Private Sunset Tour from London - With Lacock and Bath
The area is open year-round and entrance free. If you like to have a look inside a windmill to see how families lived centuries ago and you like to learn more running a windmill please note the opening hours for the museum and the interpretive center:
- Peak season: April to October from 9 a.m. – 5.30 p.m.
- Off-season: November to March from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
The UNESCO World Heritage site is very popular and a must when visiting Holland, the Netherlands. Either go early in the day before the tour buses arrive or visit the windmills after 4 p.m. in the peak season. Limited parking is the other reason when traveling by car.
Even more crowded at the tulip season in April when tour buses combine Keukenhof with Kinderdijk.
It's very popular hiking to the top of the Tiger Cave Temple. Therefore, start either early morning with a pleasant temp before the buses arrive or in the late afternoon when it starts to cool down, and the stairs are in the shade. The entrance to the stairway is always open, and there isn't any fee requested. Sunrise and sunset are marvelous, but you need a flashlight for the way up or down.
The summit from the distance
You get the best shot with the Buddha Statues on the top with sunlight in the morning. The downside the sun is heating up the stairs which makes it even harder to climb 1.237 steps up and down. After rainfall, the stairs are a bit slippery.
The Tiger Cave Temple is part of many day trips combined with the Emerald Pools. When the buses arrive, it gets crowded and can spoil this awesome experience. Therefore, rent a scooter or take a tuk-tuk to get there independent either early morning or late afternoon. It's also the best time to handle the heat.
The view from the summit
Weather, Seasons, and Crowds
- Dry Season from December to April
It's always pretty hot day temps are above 30°C throughout the year but drier the reason that the humidity is more bearable. Showers occur mostly in the afternoon or night. Between January and March, you get frequently a clear blue sky. However, it's the peak season, very busy, and hotel prices are the highest.
- Rainy Season from May to November
Wet season with higher humidity. The temps are still around 30°C but muggy. Most precipitation occurs in September. During the 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 rich fauna comes to life.