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South Coast Seasons Calendar

Noongar Seasons of the South Coast of Western Australia

The weather of the Rainbow Coast is most accurately described by the Noongar people of the south west. The Noongar, having lived in the South West for centuries, have divided the year into six distinct seasons that are more accurate than our traditional four - and more precise for deciding when to visit!

A frequent mix of showers and sun in Makuru and Djilba create the magical Rainbows from which the coast gets its name. The strength of nature is ever present, with a landscape dominated by waterways and wilderness. Read our page about the South West's Climate. Go down the page to see Photos of the Seasons.

Wildflowers Calendar - Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec


The wildflower seasons is outlined below as a guide. Visit the Tourist Information for more details when you arrive. More information can be found here on Wildflowers including a Wildflowers of the South West Photo Gallery.

Djilba, Kambarang & Early Birak is Wildflower Season

The height of the wildflower season lasts several months along the coast, and the variety of flora can be found no where else on earth.

Wildflower - Native Wisteria, Denmark, WA
Wildflowers - Pixie Mops

Find out more about the Wildflowers of the South Coast.

Whales along the Coast - June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct

We saw our first whale off the Torndirrup Peninsula near the Blowholes, since then we have sighted dozens of whales from both the shore and Whale Tours. It was beautiful to watch the humpback whales glide and splash, spouting water into the sky every so often. Majestic and magical creatures these are... Read more detailed information on the Whales of the Southern Ocean along the Rainbow Coast.

Humpback Whale
Whale Watching in Albany, Australia

Weather along the coast

The locals know it as the best weather in WA. The frequent mix of showers and sun in wintertime create the magical Rainbows from which the coast gets its name.

Winter is not as wet as you might expect. Even during the rainiest parts of the year there are exceptional days for touring the coast. This is when the Whales, Wildflowers and Waterbirds frequent the area.

The weather in Albany, Denmark and Walpole is always slightly different. Albany being slightly rainier than Denmark, Walpole slightly more humid beneath the forest canopy. Scroll down for photos of the seasons.

Albany Region Weather

Current Weather on the Coast

Weather in Albany

Weather in Denmark

Weather in Walpole

Photographs of the Seasons of the South Coast

Here are some photographs of the Seasons of the south coast. The Rainbow Coast is only named this because of the rainbows that appear predominantly in Winter... but the rest of the time the weather is beautiful...

Summer (Birak) on the Rainbow Coast

Cable Beach in Summer, Albany, Western Australia Greens Pool in Summer, Denmark, WA Ocean Beach in Summer, Denmark, WA Princess Pool, Lights Beach, Summertime

Late Summer (Bunuru) on the Rainbow Coast

Frenchman Bay in Summer, Albany WA Elephant Rocks in Summer, Denmark, WA

Autumn (Djeran) on the Rainbow Coast

Mazzoletti Beach in Autumn, Denmark WA Wilson Inlet in Autumn, Denmark, WA

Winter (Makuru) on the Rainbow Coast: Albany, Denmark, Walpole

Winter Rainbows, South Coast of Western Australia

Early Spring (Djilba) on the Rainbow Coast: Albany, Denmark, Walpole

Spring at Ocean Beach, Denmark WA

Spring (Kambarang) on the Rainbow Coast: Albany, Denmark, Walpole

Late Spring, Albany Wind Farm

Lightening over the Wilson Inlet, Denmark Western Australia
Jumping into Prawn Rock Channel
Jetty on the inlet

Rainbows on the coast?

Being at this distance 'downunder' - the Rainbow Coast is perfectly placed to enjoy the spectacle of rainbows.

Makuru and Djilba (ie: winter) could be renamed Rainbow Season.

During the winter months, when the sun is within 42 degrees of the horizon, the rain usually comes off the ocean from the south west which means, thanks to geometry, "rainbows, rainbows everywhere!" Learn more about Rainbows!

Wilson Inlet, Rainbow

Rainbow over the Wilson Inlet reflecting off the morning mist. Denmark.

Additional resources for visiting the Rainbow Coast:

Rainbows Rainbows
The coast is perfectly placed to see Rainbows! And perfectly named. Green trees, mountains, forests beaches, and winter rainbows. Visit Rainbows
Seasons of the Coast Seasons of the Coast
You will find a Seasons Calendar with Wildflower and a Whales to help you plan your visit to the South Coast - The Rainbow Coast! Visit Seasons of the Coast
South Coast Beaches Map South Coast Beaches Map
South Coast Beaches from west of Walpole to East of Albany all on one map! Visit South Coast Beaches Map
South Coast Weather South Coast Weather
The climate of the Rainbow Coast is considered to be "the best in the world," according to those who live here. Visit South Coast Weather