Seasons

The Fitzgerald River National Park is a perfect destination for all seasons.

The coastal Mediterranean climate blesses the area with a lot of sunny days and there is much less rainfall than in the Albany - South-West Region and it is never as hot as it is in the Perth area ( summer 22-27 °C )

Every season has its special attractions and advantages.

Spring

September to November

The Wildflowers are at their peak and still many Orchids can be found.

It is a perfect time for walking, along our Nature Walk or the many walks around us.

The Southern Right Whales are still around Point Ann beach, mums and their calves can be seen  until the end of October.

Birds start to be more active, like the Pardalotes, and the Splendid Blue Wrens develop their extraordinary colour, the Rainbow Bee-Eaters and Carnabys Cockatoos arrive

The climate is real spring, it can change from clouds and wind into a wonderful warm sunny day during hours and some days from October onwards are warm enough for a great day on the beach, so the motto is: "Be prepared for everything".

Evenings and nights are still cool, make sure to bring a warm jumper.

Summer

December to February

This is the perfect time to explore all the beautiful bays and beaches, Point Ann and Boondadup Bays (both 2WD) and Trigelow Beach, Gordon Inlet, Fitzgerald Inlet and Point Charles and the Doubtful Island area( these are4WD only!).

There are only very few hot "Freak"days per year, if there is one, a soothing breeze comes up in the early afternoon, and the nights are always cool, seldom above 20°C.

Quite a few native species are in bloom now, like the Christmas Tree (Nuytsia floribunda), some Banksias ( e.g. Candlestick Banksia and Baxter Banksia ), Peppermint Trees and the Red- Flowering Gumtree and other Eucalypts.

Birds are around in abundance., eg flocks of Black Cockatoos, Parrots, Rosellas, Red-Eared Firetail, Rainbow Bee-Eater, Splendid Wrens, Sacred Kingfisher, various species of Honeyeaters and Flycatchers as well as Pelicans, Black Swans or the hooded Plovers at the coast.

Autum

March to May

This is one of the most pleasant seasons of the year. It is still warm and sunny and most of the days are very calm, perfect for the beaches.

An abundance of bird life can be found, at Quaalup where they love to come to our little birdbaths , the surrounding area and along the coast.

Also walking and kayaking on the Gairdner River is a real pleasure and there are always some wildflowers around, eg. Lambertia Inermis, some Melaleucas, Banksia Baxterii , the Hakea Victoria is as showy as all year round, even an early Qualup Bell in late May. There might be less flowers than in spring, but it is nevertheless always something to discover, and guests might have all the wonderful scenery to themselves.

Winter

June to August

There are good reasons to visit the National Park now:

In June , the Southern Right Whales arrive at Point Ann, first the younger adults to mate and later the females to give birth. July/August is their peak time and in one day up to 25 whales have been counted.

Also this is the time of the Qualup Bell(Pimelea physodes), one of the earliest wildflowers and the gorgeous Pincushion Hakea and of course the main Orchid time, eg various species of Spider Orchids, Dragon Orchids, Cowslip, Fairy and and more can be found.

In August of course many other species start to flower as well, eg the Waxflower(Chamelaucum megalopetalum), Davesia incrassata and Musky Beard Heath( Leucopogon apiculatus).

Allthough there are some heavy rainfalls, there are always very pleasant periods in between, with sunshine and up to 20°C in the daytime.

We also recommend you to take a look at the more accurate and detailed Noongar Seasons.

For around fifty thousand years, the original inhabitants of Western Australia have divided the year into not just four, but six seasons

In the South-West corner those six seasons have been defined according to subtle shifts in the climate and the conditions, each of which affected the way the local plants grew, the migration and eating patterns of the local fauna, and the lives of the people themselves.

BIRAK  December/January

Dry and hot, Birak is characterised by arid easterly or north-easterly winds in the morning and coastal sea breezes in the afternoon. 

Moodjar (Christmas Trees) are in bloom as are Melaleuca Subfalcata, Banksia Attenuata and  Banksia Baxteri, as well as various Eucalypts.

Birak is an excellent time for birds and Honey Possums, as nectar and Gum are being produced by many plants

BUNURU  February/March

The hottest part of the year, with sparse rainfall throughout the most of the South West. Easterly winds still prevail, but occasionally heat troughs bring humid conditions.

Wattles, Eucalyptus Lehmanniana, Banksia Media, are flowering.

DJERAN  April/May

The cooler weather begins, although rain is still infrequent and the winds are somewhat lighter.

Many native fruits begin to appear, drawing birds to the National Park. 

Djeran is the traditional time when bulbs and tubers where collected for food.

Depending on January-rainfall the Qualup Bells start to flower, as well as the Pincushion Hakea

MAKURU  June/July

The cold fronts that have until now brushed the lower south west coast begin to cross further north, and gales and storms occur with increasing frequency. This is usually the wettest part of the year.

Cauliflower Hakea, Hakea Victoria, Prickly Moses, Scarlet Banksia, Native Wisteria, Bacon and eggs plants and Leucopogon Apiculatus(heath) all flowering during this time.

July and August are the best month to see the Southern Right Whales at Point Ann.

DJILBA  August/September

With clear, cold nights and quite pleasant days, or warmer, rainy and windy periods, this season definitely is a peak flowering time in the Fitzgerald Region.

As the nights begin to warm up there are more clear, sunny days.

Many Orchids bloom in August.

KAMBARANG  October/November

A definite warming trend is accompanied by longer dry periods and fewer cold fronts crossing the coast.

Beaufortia, Kangaroo Paw, various Conostylis and  Isopogon are in bloom, just to name a few.