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.
Not far from Page and best shot in the morning or even better in the evening with clouds in the sky. Some say that a thundery atmosphere in the late afternoon is just excellent for taking photos.
Tips for morning / afternoon shots: The rim blocks the best light until about an hour after sunrise. At sunset the rim also blocks the best light but not as much as after sunrise.
The very best shooting is morning, evening (golden hour) or at night. There is lots to see and it can be VERY hot so bring water in the summer. There are several trails to the various Toadstools so you can explorer several of them. Take a wide angle lens and get close...try HDR and yes take a tripod.
Only crowded in peak season (June, July, August), especially on weekends. The small parking lot can get full. Be there early in the morning if you'd like to avoid a crowded parking lot.
You can enjoy in every season.
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.
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
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.
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 the Crowds
The ferry service is offered more often from April 2017 on. Even more day visitors are coming to the island. During summer, up to several hundred tourists visit the island each week. 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!
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.
It’s a great destination all year round, but it should be sunny or at least dry. The rocks are totally exposed, which means it can be windy and it’s not pleasant with rain. In September and October, beautiful proteas and wildflowers are in bloom.
Paarl Rock is still a "hidden" gem and more known by the South Africans. Therefore, on weekends and public holiday, it’s a bit crowded especially the braai areas. At weekdays enjoy the tranquility on top of the rocks.
The “dry” season lasts from November to March. In summer it can get hot around midday. Bring a hat and sunglasses. Most rainfall from May to August with its peak in June. In winter temperatures range from 8 to about 16 degrees.
Opening Hours of the 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.