Weather in Perth this Christmas 2019
Perth enjoys hot, dry summers and mild winters. During summer rain is unusual, but winter can bring downpours of rain and thunderstorms. You can plan you trip by understanding the weather.
Summer (December – February)
Summer in Perth is hot and dry with very little rainfall. Average temperatures range from 17.5 – 30°C (63.5 – 86°F). In the afternoons a sea breeze called the ‘Fremantle Doctor’ provides some relief from the heat.
Kalbarri National Park
Kalbarri National Park is located 485 km north of Perth, in the Mid West region of Western Australia. It is 150 km N of Geraldton and surrounds the lower reaches of the Murchison River, which has cut a magnificent 80 kilometre gorge through the red and white banded sandstone to create formations such as Nature’s Window and The Loop, Z-Bend and Hawks Head, with scenic gorge views at the Ross Graham Lookout and views of the town and river mouth at Meanarra Hill.
You can engage in abseiling, diving, canoeing & kayaking, swimming, snorkelling, surfing, bushwalking and fishing while you are at the park.
Along the coast, wind and wave erosion has exposed the sedimentary layers in the sandstone cliffs that plunge more than 100 metres to the ocean. Red Bluff, Mushroom Rock, Rainbow Valley, Eagle Gorge, Island Rock and the Natural Bridge are among the best-known features of this rugged coast.
Kalbarri’s exceptional wildflowers are at their best in spring and early summer. At the mouth of the Murchison River is the town of Kalbarri, which supports thriving fishing and tourism industries and provides a base for park visitors.
Phone: +61 (0)8 9964 0901
Nambung National Park
Apart from the amazing Pinnacles Desert, Nambung National Park situated 200 kilometers north of Perth is also known for its beautiful beaches at Kangaroo Point and Hangover Bay, coastal dune systems and low heathland rich in flowering plants. At the park’s northern end near the town of Cervantes, there is a loop trail and boardwalk at Lake Thetis where you can see some fascinating thrombolites (rock-like structures similar to stromatolites built by micro-organisms too small for the human eye to see).
You can enjoy surfing, snorkelling, swimming, bushwalking and fishing at the Nambung National Park.
The vegetation bursts into flower from August to October, creating a memorable spectacle for visitors. Just offshore is a stunning reef system protected in the Jurien Bay Marine Park.
The state-of-the-art Pinnacles Desert Discovery Centre is open from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm every day of the year except Christmas Day. National Park entry fees apply.
The best season to visit Nambung National Park is during September and October, when the wildflowers are blooming and vistas of wattles stretch from horizon to horizon, but in fine weather, the park is interesting year-round. It makes a great day trip from Perth. There are no camping sites at the park.
Yued people are recognised and acknowledge as the traditional custodians of Nambung National Park.
It is open during daylight and twilight hours for visitors to enjoy spectacular sunsets and sunrises
Phone: 61 (0)8 9652 7913
Karijini National Park
Located 75 km east of Tom Price the Karijini National Park covering 627,422 hectares is Western Australia’s second largest national park. The ideal times to visit the park are late autumn, winter and early spring. Winter days are warm and clear, but nights are cold and sometimes frosty.
While at Karijini National Park you can enjoy swimming and bushwalking.
Massive mountains and escarpments rise out of the flat valleys. The high plateau is dissected by breathtaking gorges, and stony, tree-lined watercourses wind their way over the dusty plain. Erosion has slowly carved this landscape out of rocks that are over 2,500 million years old. There are many beautiful gorges and sites to visit in Karijini National Park, but be sure to include Dales Gorge, Fortescue Falls, Weano Gorge and Oxers Lookout.
The Karijini Visitor Centre is just off Banjima Drive and is open in season from 9 am to 4 pm daily. It is closed from early December to early February each year.
The camping area at Dales is one of two locations in the park where you can stay overnight. It is a large campground with picnic tables and gas barbecues at the nearby picnic area and is a good base to explore the park. Bookings are essential for Dales and the overflow. The only other location in the park where camping is permitted is the privately owned and operated Karijini Eco Retreat.
The park is the traditional home of the Banyjima, Kurrama and Innawonga Aboriginal people. The Banyjima name for the Hamersley Range is Karijini. Evidence of their early occupation dates back more than 20,000 years. During that period, Aboriginal land management practices, such as ‘fire stick farming’, resulted in a diversity of vegetation types and stages of succession that helped determine the nature of the plants and animals found in the park today.
Wildflowers vary with the seasons. In the cooler months the land is covered with yellow-flowering cassias and wattles, northern bluebells and purple mulla-mullas. After rain many plants bloom profusely.
Karijini is home to a variety of birds, red kangaroos and euros, rock-wallabies, echidnas and several bat species. Geckos, goannas, dragons, legless lizards, pythons and other snakes are abundant.
Look for large, striking termite mounds scattered throughout the hummock grasslands. Look out also for mounds of pebbles built by the Western Pebble-mound mouse but please do not disturb them.
It is open every day
Phone: +61 (0)8 9189 8121
The entry fees mentioned below applies to all parks. For private vehicle with up to 12 occupants, the standard fee is $15 per vehicle while the concessionary rate is $8 per vehicle and for private vehicle with more than 12 occupants, the standard rate is $7 per occupant 6 years or older while the concessionary rate is $2.50 per occupant. For motorcycles, the entrance fee is $8 per motorcycle and there are no concessions. If you decide to walk or cycle no entry fees apply and all fees have to be paid at the entrance to the park.
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