A Quick Guide to Kangaroo Island Weather

Planning a trip?

140,000 people visit Kangaroo Island each year. Australia’s third largest island, it is easily reachable by ferry or by air, and is located just 70 miles South West of the city of Adelaide. The island has so much to see and do with over 1,700 square miles to explore and discover. With endless wildlife and stunning nature, you’ll want to ensure you have good weather for your trip to allow maximum time outside.Kangaroo Island

Temperatures on Kangaroo Island

The average temperature on the island is between 11-19 degrees Celsius so you can expect generally good weather all year round. In Summer (December to March), things can get pretty hot with temperatures reaching up to 40 degrees Celsius and the earth becoming extremely dry. In Winter (June to September), sunny days are still frequent yet temperatures may drop to around 10 degrees Celsius.

Wet or Dry?

Winters on Kangaroo Island are generally mild yet they can be wet. August is the coolest month of the year and July often has the most rainfall. March to September is considered the wetter season however the benefit of this weather is that the greenery on the island is all at its most lush and much of the wildlife emerges to enjoy the fresh water.

Summer can be hot, hot, hot on Kangaroo Island so if you’re visiting between December and February be prepared with lots of sunscreen. Hikers and wildlife enthusiasts should ensure that they always take enough water with them during the Summer months and wear adequate clothing to protect them from the sun.

Places to see

Some of the top tourist destinations on Kangaroo Island are best enjoyed when the sun is shining. A visit to Little Sahara, Flinders Chase National Park, Kelly Hill Caves and Seal Bay are all likely to include a good amount of sunshine. However, some of the best wildlife can be spotted on rainier days especially when the rivers and lakes start to fill up with water. In the Autumnal months of March to May, you’ll see the landscape start to transform with the first rains and the vegetation is much less barren and dry – it’s also an excellent time to see the penguins on the island nesting.

Just like Autumn, Springtime on Kangaroo Island (September – November) also brings with it a great opportunity to spot wildlife and enjoy the island’s vegetation. The plentiful flower species are in bloom at this time and the Eucalyptus trees are looking their very best – just watch out for koalas!

Baby Sealion at Seal bay on Kangaroo Island

Sudden Changes

Although Kangaroo Island feels, for many months of the year, like a tropical paradise island, it’s worth bearing in mind its geographical location. The next landmass to the South of the island is in fact Antarctica. Kangaroo Island is extremely exposed to the elements and changes in the weather can occur suddenly. Visitors to the island should always be prepared and may find use for both sunscreen and a waterproof jacket in the same day. For all weather updates, latest news and events, I actually rely on the Kangaroo Island Council for information.