Like the rest of South Australia, the Eyre Peninsula is home to diverse landscapes and weather patterns. While it’s a year-round destination, the best time to visit ultimately depends on the activities you want to do.

Do you want to see whales? Or perhaps you’d like to soak up the sun on the region’s beautiful beaches? Here’s a guide to help you plan your Eyre Peninsula trip.

Eyre Peninsula weather

Most of the Eyre Peninsula region has a Mediterranean climate with mild weather throughout the year. Along the coast, highs average 24-31°C in summer and 12-18°C in winter. That being said, moderate winds often make it feel colder. The temperatures are generally more extreme the further inland you go, particularly in the Outback.

Average temperatures in the Eyre Peninsula

MONTH

AVERAGE HIGH (°C)  

AVERAGE LOW (°C)  

January 

24

18

February

23

18

March

22

18

April

20

16

May 18 15
June  16 13
July 15 12
August  16 12
September 16 12
October  19 13
November  20 15
December  22 17

 

Spring (September-November)

Warmer weather and longer days in spring bring new life to the landscapes. Native wildflowers dot the trails in Lincoln and Coffin Bay National Parks, migratory birds arrive to escape northern winters, and koala joeys and other baby marsupials start venturing out of their mother’s pouch. Whales can still be spotted at the Head of Bight into September.

Summer (December-February)

With clear skies and warm temperatures, summer is arguably when the Eyre Peninsula shines. It can be too hot for hiking, so swap the hiking boots for a snorkel set in Coffin Bay National Park and spend balmy evenings feasting on the region’s abundant seafood. Just note that summer is the busiest time of year, particularly in December/January when locals flock to the coast during the Aussie school summer holidays.

Autumn (March-May)

Autumn days are warm enough to enjoy the beaches — but without peak summer crowds. The temperature is also ideal for hitting the trails in the Gawler Ranges or Coffin Bay National Park.

Winter (June-August)

Winter might be cooler and wetter, but you can still enjoy brisk walks along the coast or hikes in the Gawler Ranges. It’s also low season, so popular spots are much quieter. Creeks and rivers are full thanks to the winter rains, and abundant vegetation attracts native wildlife including kangaroos and wallabies. It’s also a fantastic time to see southern right and humpback whales off the Head of Bight during their annual migration from Antarctica.

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