Kangaroo Island Weather

Kangaroo Island has four distinct seasons.

  • Winter, from June to August is mild and wet. It is a magnificent time with the lush greenery, flowing rivers and abundance of wildlife. This is when the mammals come out and joeys start to emerge from their mother’s pouch. It is also the start of the whale watching season.
  • Spring, from September to November, is the best time to see birds and wild flowers. There are many flower species that are in full bloom in the Spring and the Eucalyptus trees are truly magnificent at this time of the year. Spring on Kangaroo Island brings on the rebirth of the wildflowers, birds and other native animals.
  • Summer, from December to February is warm and dry. Tempered by the ocean, particularly on the coastline, maximum temperatures in summer can reach 40 degrees Celsius. This is the time of year when the many magnificent white sandy beaches are at their best.
  • Autumn, from March to May, is a time of  transition from the dry summer.  It is the perfect time of year to go hiking and bird watching.

Between May and September the island receives 2/3 of its annual rainfall, varying from 450 mm in Kingscote to around 900 mm at the western end of Kangaroo Island.

  • Average Annual Temperature: 14 – 22 °C
  • Average January Temperature: 20 – 32 °C
  • Average July Temperature: 10 – 18 °C

Kangaroo Island can be visited throughout the entire year, although summer is the most popular time to visit. There is abundant wildlife about all year.

Weather reports and forecasts for Kangaroo Island District can be found at Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology on www.bom.gov.au.