Byron Bay Weather
Our weather ranges from mild and pleasant to absolutely sublime, depending on your preference. Byron Bay enjoys sub tropical weather patterns which means we have heavy rainfall at times during the year, but plenty of warm to hot sunshine too, which gives the region its trademark lush green vegetation.
Summer – Dec to Feb
In summer the average maximum temperature is 27 degrees C (84 degrees F) but it can get quite a bit hotter, especially in January. It’s good to plan your activities so you’re not too busy during the heat of the day and be careful of the sun, which can burn unwary visitors. A siesta is an ideal way to handle it. It can rain a lot in summer, so be prepared for afternoon showers and the occasional spectacular thunderstorm. Bring sunscreen, a hat and something to protect your feet on the hot sand.
Autumn – Mar to May
Autumn is delightful, with warm temperatures, clear blue skies and waters and cooler evenings. They are ideal times for more active holidays and it’s well and truly warm enough to swim.
Winter – Jun to Aug
Winter is Byron Bay’s best kept secret – It's the time of Whale Watching and few people, there are fewer visitors and less rain but the ocean is still warm enough for swimming. You can expect the same gorgeous sunny weather ( a bit colder), expansive pristine beaches, lots of friendly folk wandering about town and myriad of interesting choices for food, fashion and fun times.
The average maximum temperature is 22 degrees C (72 degrees F). You’ll want to bring a jumper, as it can be cold at night, especially if you’re staying in the hinterland where there can be frosts. Winter is the time for whale watching, long walks on the beach, exploring the rainforests in surrounding areas or perhaps attending a festival or sport event. There are also amazing events during winter - Byron Bay Writer's Festive and Splendour In The Grass.
Spring – Sep to Nov
Whale watching continues throughout Spring and the warm days start early in the season, with the smell of nectar sweeping through the town as the spring flowers come out. Byron’s water temperature takes a surprising dip in October, but the air is very warm, and by late Spring both air and water are warming up significantly.
Byron’s average annual rainfall is more than 1700mm and it can come throughout the year, though it tends to be concentrated in the warmer months. At any time of year it’s handy to have a raincoat or umbrella, though in summer if you’re caught in a subtropical downpour, the heat will usually dry you out pretty quickly.