With a maritime temperate climate and an average of 300 days of sunshine per year, Freycinet National Park is beautiful all year round. The East Coast is one of the driest parts of Tassie, and even the wettest months are relatively dry with only a few days of rainfall per month. If you're wondering when to visit Freycinet, there are certain times of the year that may suit you better depending on what you want to do, see and experience.

Average temperatures in Freycinet National Park

MONTH

AVERAGE HIGH (°C)  

AVERAGE LOW (°C)  

January 

23

16

February

22

16

March

21

11

April

19

8

May 16 6
June  14 4
July 14 4
August  14 4
September 16 6
October  18 7
November  19 9
December  21 11

Spring (September-November)

Best for: bushwalking, hiking, wildlife, smaller crowds 

Spring is a great time in Freycinet as you'll get to experience pleasant weather without the big summer crowds. The coastal woodlands are a treat for all senses in spring when colourful wildflowers blossom and release gorgeous floral aromas in the air. Look out for white kunzea, bright yellow flowers on wattles, purple Melaleucas and pink Bauera rubioides. 

You can see wildlife in Freycinet all year round, but spring is nesting season and you may get to see gorgeous joey wallabies and possums tucked away in their mother’s pouch. If you’re really lucky, you might witness a joey climbing out to feed. 

Summer (December-February)

Best for: beaches, swimming, watersports, hiking 

The high season starts in November through March, with January being the busiest month, when the weather is warm and the skies are (mostly) clear. These conditions are prime for walking, hiking and spending time outdoors. Great weather attracts bigger crowds, and you'll likely encounter more people on the trails and lookouts than in spring, autumn and winter, so aim to set off as early as possible to beat the crowds.

The water temperature is hottest at the end of February (averaging 18°C) when it has had a few months to heat up, but just note that it’s still much cooler than the water in other parts of Australia. But let’s be honest, the sparkling turquoise waters are too inviting to not get in! If you don’t fancy taking a dip, you can always go kayaking or paddleboarding around the bays.

Autumn (March-May)

Best for: hiking, swimming, smaller crowds 

If you want to experience mild weather and fewer people to share the trails and views with, autumn is a really great time to visit. The weather is humid and warm at the beginning of the season, but as the temperature starts to cool and the sun lowers in the sky, it's a wonderful time to see fantastic sunsets over the Hazards. You might start to see whales migrating up the coast from May, but winter is the best time to visit if whale watching is on your bucket list.  

Winter (June-August)

Best for: exploring in solitude, whale watching

Winter is the quietest time of year in Freycinet, particularly July and August, and arguably one of the most beautiful seasons. The days are sunny and mostly dry with average daily highs of 14°C, the walking tracks are quieter and you’ll have the lookouts and beaches practically all to yourself. If you’re out walking, just be mindful of any frost on cool mornings.

Smaller crowds also make it easier to see wildlife, particularly wallabies, possums and quoll. Winter is also a great time to see humpback, southern right and pilot whales cruising through the waters as they migrate from Antarctica to mate and birth their young along Queensland's East Coast. Cape Tourville Lighthouse is a great vantage point to see these gentle giants.

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