3000 blue-sky hours, and even more ways to enjoy them
As the second largest state in the world (half the size of Europe), Western Australia’s sunny climate has shaped some of the world’s most biodiverse landscapes.
From the Mediterranean climate in the south, desert in the east and tropical conditions in the north, WA can confidently claim to be the rarest of things – a year-round holiday destination.
WA’s capital city of Perth is bathed in sunshine for an average of nine hours a day, with a total of 131 perfect blue-sky days every year. That officially makes it the sunniest capital city in Australia, with one of the most enviable outdoor lifestyles in the world.
The average maximum summer temperature is 29°C, and February is generally the hottest month. Temperatures hover around 12°C in winter (June to August).
South West and Margaret River weather
Margaret River owes its world-wide fame as a premium wine and surfing region to its mild weather and abundant sunshine. Here, the unique Mediterranean climate has blessed the South West region with more biodiversity per square kilometre than the whole of the UK.
Beach weather arrives in December, with summer temperatures between 25 and 35°C, and the cooler winter months (8 to 16°C) are perfect for forest walks and a glass of red wine by a log fire.
North West and Broome weather
A top spot for winter sunshine, Broome and the Kimberley enjoy long days of sunshine in the ‘dry season’ (April to September), with maximum daytime temperatures around 29°C.
In contrast, the ‘green season’ (October to March), brings tropical rainstorms, high humidity, temperatures in the high 30s and fewer crowds. An awesome sight to behold, the tropical storms tend to occur in the late afternoon and illuminate the night sky. While heavy rains and floods can cause road closures, most tours operate year-round.
For more detailed information about WA and Perth weather, go to the Bureau of Meteorology website.