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July to September are the best month ("Dry Season") - Best early in the morning
"Dry" season which last from May to October/November
The South Rim is open year-round (except for road closures during extreme winter weather, which is rare). The best time to hike the trail is spring or fall, but it also depends on what you are looking for:
March, April, May (spring): Spring weather can be unpredictable but usually temperatures are mild without a lot of rain. However, March is prone to late season snowstorms. Spring is great if you want to avoid the hot and uncomfortable summer heat. It’s also not heavily crowded. There are wildflowers blooming during this season. In some years it can be a gorgeous with lots of blooms.
June, July, August (summer): We do not recommend summer as an ideal visiting time: These are the most popular months with heavy crowds. Although the temperatures are more pleasant than the extreme inner Canyon heat it’s still very hot and midday temperatures can make hiking unbearable. Afternoon rain showers or thunderstorms are common in the summer. Especially from from July through mid-September. Always bring rain gear.
September, October, November (autumn): September after Labor Day is the perfect month for hiking the trail: Less crowds and very pleasant temperatures. However, keep in mind that until mid-September those summer thunderstorms can still occur. Fall weather is also the most unpredictable: Bring rain gear. October and November are still great, although temperatures drop in November: 27 - 52° F (-3 - 11° C)
December, January, February (winter): It’s colder with daily highs in the 40s. Extreme weather with snow storms and and icy trails is possible. However, in the winter you’ll almost find solitude with minimal crowds and reduced rates. It’s a great time if you don’t mind the cooler climate.
Avoiding the Crowds
Summer months bring the most crowds. If you visit in the summer start your hike very early in the morning to beat massive crowds as well as the heat. It can also get crowded in spring and fall during holidays and on weekends. Try to avoid weekends in general. Some great tips from the official NPS website to dodge the crowds: South Rim Crowding: South Rim - A Survival Guide
Please check the monthly weather with temperatures and precipation here: South Rim Monthly Averages. Remember to bring rain gear, regardless of the season.
The Three Sisters rock formation and Echo Point are the most popular part of the Blue Mountains. To avoid the crowds come here early morning. For a good shot, they are best from midday until afternoon - perfect light on a sunny day. It's very crowded here with lots of tour buses. The hike itself is quiet and peaceful and the ideal way to enjoy the Blue Mountains' nature. Fewer crowds during winter.
More precipitation during summer from November to March/April. Winter months are drier and sunnier. The rainfall at the Blue Mountains is similar to Sydney. In the summer, day temperatures can increase up to 35 degrees and even higher but are mostly bearable. Nights are pretty cool. Nevertheless, each season is different and can be marvelous for hiking in the Blue Mountains.
Regarding the weather, Freycinet and Coles Bay are a year-round destination with a mild climate. The sunlight for Wineglass Bay Lookout is best at midday. The bay looks even better from Mount Amos with fewer people. The pink granite peaks "The Hazards" look best at sunrise and sunset when it glows bright and brilliant. However, the park is very popular and crowded during the summer from December to February. Read on to get more information for each season to experience the park with fewer crowds.
Cape Tourville and Lighthouse:
- Southern Right Whales can be spotted from June to late October.
- Humpback Whales from May to July and September to November.
Weather and Crowds by Seasons
Spring (September, October, November)
Low and Shoulder Season! Already pleasant temps although on average below 20°C. Nights are cold around 6°C to 8°C which is chilly for camping. It rains less on the eastern side of Tasmania, but October and November are a little wetter. September and October are great months to avoid crowds. November is a little busier but still bearable.
Summer (December, January, February)
Peak Season! Temps are above 20°C and can increase to more than 30°C at daytime. Rain can occur more likely in December while January and February are drier. You'll have many hours of daylight. Keep in mind that the sun is powerful. During summer with extreme fire danger trails may be closed. From mid-December to mid-February Freycinet is utterly overrun. Campsites and accommodations are fully booked especially in the park. Advanced booking is recommended. For hiking arrive early to get a parking place especially if you plan a longer trail. For the Wineglass Bay Lookout Walk come early morning or late afternoon when most of the visitors already left the park.
Autumn (March, April, May)
Peak and Shoulder Season! Crowds thin out until Easter. If possible, avoid this crazy time of the year. Pleasant temps at daytime although May is a little cooler on average around 15°C. Expect already one-digit night temps. A warm sleeping bag for camping is necessary. It’s a perfect time for hiking at the Freycinet Peninsula.
Winter (June, July, August)
Low Season! Winter daytime temps are often mild and pleasant for hiking on average around 12°C but chilly at night with temps around 3°C. There is less precipitation during the winter, but weather can change quickly, be prepared when hiking. If you can manage colder temperatures and you like to avoid the crowds, this is your season. Plenty of affordable accommodations are available.
Where to Stay or Camp
Big 4 Iluka Cabin
There are plenty of accommodations around Freycinet at Coles Bay. However, these are not enough during the peak season. If you like to spoil yourselves in walking distance to the beach, we highly recommend the apartments of Eagle Peaks at Freycinet. A low budget alternative, especially for families, is the BIG 4 Iluka. Cabins are well equipped, and you can pitch your tent as well. Reservations are advisable. They are usually fully booked during the peak season.
Where to Eat in the Freycinet National Park
Don't miss the family-run Freycinet Marine Farm with the freshest seafood. You can choose from steamed mussels, scallops, and oysters deliciously prepared.
It is an amazing hike year round. The peak season is in summer and especially in August.
To combine the hike with a dip in the river; start before 11 a.m. in summer. Late afternoon the river is in the shade.