Freycinet National Park is beautiful all year round. The best time to visit depends on what you’d like to see and do.
Freycinet National Park has a maritime temperate climate with an average maximum temperature of 23°C and an average low of 6°C. It also boasts 300 days of sunshine annually. Spring and autumn are ideal for hiking, while summer is when to enjoy the park's pristine beaches. Winter offers traffic-free trails and whale watching opportunities.
We’ve put together this seasonal guide to help you plan your trip.
Best for: hiking, wildlife and smaller crowds
Spring weather is ideal for hiking. Plus, it's not too busy on the trails. The coastal woodlands are a treat for all senses in spring; wildflowers blossom and a floral aroma fills the air. Look out for white kunzea, bright yellow wattles, purple Melaleucas and pink Bauera rubioides.
You can see wildlife in Freycinet year-round, but spring is particularly good. The arrival of nesting season means lots of bird activity, and if you’re lucky, you might see joey wallabies or possums peeking out from their mother’s pouch.
Best for: beaches, swimming and hiking
With around 15 hours of daylight, summer is an ideal time to bask in the park's beauty. The weather is warm enough for long days at the beach and clear conditions beckon for kayaking or paddleboarding trips around the bays. The water is the warmest at the end of February/March when it's had a few months to heat up.
December and January are also the busiest months in Freycinet — particularly during the festive period and Australian school holidays — so be prepared to share the trails and the views with more people. Set off early to beat the crowds and the midday sun.
Best for: hiking, smaller crowds and amazing sunsets
If you want good weather and fewer people in your holiday photos, autumn is a great time to visit. The mild temperatures are ideal for tackling more strenuous hikes like Mount Freycinet or Mount Graham. The lower position of the sun also makes for fantastic sunsets over the Hazards.
Whales can sometimes be seen off the coast from late May, but winter is the best time to visit if whale watching is on your bucket list.
Best for: exploring in solitude and whale watching
Winter is quiet in Freycinet – and arguably one of the most beautiful seasons. The days are sunny and fairly dry with average highs of 14°C, and you'll have the walking tracks, lookouts and beaches practically all to yourself. If you’re out walking in the morning, just be mindful of frost and ensure your shoes have decent grip.
Winter is whale migration season. Every year between May and October, humpbacks, southern rights and pilot whales travel from Antarctica to mate and birth their young in the warmer waters of the East Coast. Cape Tourville Lighthouse is a prime vantage point to see these gentle giants.
Average temperatures in Freycinet National Park
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