Definitely the highlight and best two days of our trip. From the outdoor teatime along the river to the unbelievable grilled fish, grilled cheese (yes, grilled cheese) fresh salad and wine, to the remarkable guide, the first day was truly exceptional. The things that we got to see up close and personal were sensational
Kangaroo Island climate and weather
Kangaroo Island has a Mediterranean climate: typically warm to hot dry summers (Dec/Jan/Feb) with very low humidity; and cool, mild winters (Jun/Jul/Aug). Our spring (Sep/Oct/Nov) and autumn (Mar/Apr/May) are true shoulder seasons where days can be more like winter or summer or something in between! Snow has never been recorded and slight frosts rarely occuring and then only in the central part of the Island. Temperature extremes by the month and average maximum and minimums are summarised below.
A majority of our rainfall occurs from April through September and typically falls in fast moving fronts scudding across the Southern Ocean. The exception to this is when we get a cyclonic system coming down from the Tropics and across the Outback when it is warm , wet and humid. This occurs mainly in summer every 3-4 years. The distribution of rain across the year by month follows.
Typical of islands, wind is a constant so be prepared for cool or even cold wind off the ocean any time of the year. Sou'easterlies are common from November through March and the lightest winds typically April through June. Landscapes and wildlife opportunites vary markedly through the year - check out our wildlife calendar. Compare these images taken at Snellings Beach 6 months apart:
JANUARY - grass all cured, warm and dry
JULY - green and growing, lots of things flowering
The images above show the impact of seasonal changes in appearance at landscape scale - it also changes the appearance with much tighter photography as the following images of kangaroos in different seasons show.
JANUARY - kangaroos lounging on cured, dry grasses on a mild day
EARLY OCTOBER - winter clovers start to cure as spring advances and mother kangaroos appear to relish the deep pastures and joeys snatch a bite from their snug refuge in the pouch