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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.

You can enjoy in every season.

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Recently, this is the one of the most populer places in the town for the visitors.
Usually, this place is suitable to visit in Spring, Summer and Fall. However, recently, they do illumination in Winter evening. There is a Bus Tour and I have just joined.

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The Painted Cliffs are accessible within two hours before and after low tide and most vivid in the afternoon sunlight. Therefore, less than 10 days each month are perfect for a good shot. Typically, summer is the busiest time of the year. To dodge the crowds visit the island between September and November or in April and May. Check the tides first: Tides Maria Island

Painted Cliffs without crowds in the spring

Ferry

The ferry is going from Triabunna to Darlington, Maria Island. This island is very popular, and the ferry was often fully booked in summer. Now the service is offered more often. It’s a big advantage to visit the island by bike.

Exploring Maria Island in Tasmania by bike

For renting it has to be booked together with the ferry ticket. It’s a bit pricey $ 33 for adults and $ 20 for children for each bike and day in 2017. Check the ferry timetable and return fares

September-April: The ferry is going up to five times daily depending on demands and bookings.

May-August (Winter): The ferry is going up to three times daily on 5 days. It's not going on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

Where to Stay in Triabunna the Day Before

There are only a few opportunities to spend the night before to get the early morning ferry. We'd chosen the Triabunna Cabin and Caravan Park. The owners were attentive and the cabin well equipped. 

Avoiding Crowds

The ferry service is offered more often from April 2017 on. The jetty on Maria Island got improved in 2019. Even more day visitors are coming to the island now. During summer, up to several hundred tourists visit the island each week, but it may increase in summer 19/20. From now on the winter is the best time for a visit. When the ferry left the island in the afternoon, it becomes more tranquil and peaceful. If you arrive on Monday or Wednesday, you have to stay for two nights at the campground. The big advantage; the next day only a few people are on the island. Still no ferry transfer on Tuesday and Thursday! That's the only chance to enjoy the exceptional beauty of Maria Island now.

Painted Cliffs Maria Island in the evening

Weather Details

Maria Island has a mild climate without frost in winter. The average summer day temperature is around 21°C / 70°F and can be up to 30°C / 86°F. The driest month is January although rain showers often occur throughout the year. One of the wettest months is November. May and October are a bit cooler but also worth a try. Night temperatures in winter and spring are below 10°C / 50°F. During our stay in November 2016, the night temp was around 6°C / 43°F.

Important

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.

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It’s a great destination all year round, but it should be sunny or at least dry. The rocks are utterly exposed, it can be windy and it’s not pleasant with rain. In September and October, beautiful proteas and wildflowers are in bloom.

Avoiding Crowds

View of Paarl from Gordon's Rock

Paarl Rock is still a "hidden" gem and more known by the South Africans. Therefore, on weekends and public holidays, it’s a little busy especially the braai (BBQ) areas but far away from crowded. At weekdays enjoy the tranquility on top of the rocks.

Weather Tips

On top of the Paarl Rock

The “dry” season lasts from November to March. In summer it can get hot around midday. Bring a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Most rainfall from May to September with its peak in June. In winter temperatures range from 8 to about 20°C during summer temps are often above 30°C.

Opening Hours of the Paarl Rock Nature Reserve 
  • Summer: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. (1 Oct – 31 March)
  • Winter: 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. (1 April – 30 Sept) 
  • Last entry 1 hour before closure times.
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This is our complete Blue Lagoon guide with every question answered. Fully updated for 2019/20. Need quick tips? Jump directly to our 9 Must-Know Tips and the ultimate guide above it. Below the tips: Even more tips about viewing the Northern Lights, Opening Hours, Prices in US Dollars and Euros.

Tip: If you stay in Reykjavik and prefer it comfortable, book one of these tours: Blue Lagoon Tours incl. Transfer from Reykjavik.  Some also include a 'small' Golden Circle tour with excellent guides!

 

Nearby Must-Do: If you have a rental car (click here for rental car deals), you must visit the stunning Skógafoss Waterfall (recent article written by us) nearby (2 hour drive from Blue Lagoon or Reykjavik)

Now: What about Blue Lagoon tickets? Pre-booking your admission tickets is necessary for this famous spa in Iceland, as they only allow a limited number of visitors. In this way, they avoid a heavily crowded lagoon. However, regardless of the season and month it still gets busy during the day. Read on for our best time to visit tips before you go:

Avoiding the Crowds

Long waiting lines, hectic locker rooms, ... In the year 2015 Bill Gates reserved the entire Lagoon for a swim at midnight without the crowds. We have a much cheaper solution for you: Enjoy a much more peaceful lagoon and its surreal surroundings by visiting either very early in the morning or as late as possible. Stay at a close hotel as it's more comfortable, but not at the super expensive new 'internal' Retreat (from 1000 EUR) or the Silica (from 500 EUR) hotel. Our more budget friendly but still top class hotel recommendation is the Northern Light Inn, because it's right there and excellent value for the money! (Bookmark the link to compare prices later if you like! You can read more about this hotel below in the hotel section). Also try to avoid weekends (Friday - Sunday), because it's busier then, even in the morning or evening. Make your reservation a couple of weeks in advance to get your tickets for the desired slot:

Early morning:
Book a ticket the first time slot available (see opening hours below). Being there first thing in the morning, you won’t see any crowds and no waiting lines, regardless of the package you booked. Often there are only 20-30 people within the first hour of operation.

Evening:
It usually thins out in the evening. Book tickets for a time slot about two hours before they close. Timing your visit for sunset will make your photos even more amazing. After sunset, there is even a chance to see the Northern Lights in winter. Check sunrise and sunset times here: Sunrise / Sunset Grindavík


Weather and Water Temperature

Regardless of the season, weather and outside temperature, the water is always kept at 37–39°C (98–102°F). However, if it’s really cold and windy, some parts of the lagoon can be cooler (different temperature zones). Check the monthly weather details for the area, as well as average rainy days here: Average Monthly Weather Grindavík (you can switch between °F and °C). Keep in mind, that the weather is unpredictable, particularly in the winter months. However, almost everyone says that a visit is always a fantastic experience, even on a cold, windy and rainy day. The warmth of the water and the shelter of the heaters help a lot. Especially with rain and fog the atmosphere is just otherworldly and even more amazing. 

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Thanks to the good road, this place can be visited all year round. It is very popular and thus can become crowded with tourists. The summer months of July and August is always the busiest time of the year, as tour buses arrive during the day. The best time of day to visit the place and to avoid the crowds is early morning or in the evening. Being there at 9:00 AM, even in peak season, gives you enough time to enjoy the place without many other visitors. During off and shoulder season it's less busy. However, it's still a good idea to visit early and enjoy the place in solitude.

Highlights (Puffin Watching)

Puffins can be spotted from April until the end of August. Sometimes until early or even mid-September. To be on the safe side for Puffin viewing, visit between May and August. Usually, the best weather is a calm day. When it's very windy you'll have a hard time finding them. 

 

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