The Jervis Bay region sits on the gorgeous NSW South Coast. If you’re planning a trip to Jervis Bay or to elsewhere in this wonderful area of NSW, you may be wondering what to expect from our weather. In this post, we’ll delve into the NSW climate and what you can expect in every season. This will aid you as you pack for your Jervis Bay holiday, and may also help you decide what to plan for your itinerary. (And even if it’s a rainy day, you can make the most of it!)
The Climate of NSW
New South Wales is a big state. It extends more than 300,500 square miles, and covers a great area of Australia’s southeast. Because of its large size, the climate differs across the state. West of the Great Dividing Range is an arid and semi-arid climate. This results in hot summer days and cold winter nights. Moving east, the coastal and slightly inland regions (which include the South Coast) experience oceanic and subtropical climates. These are areas of higher rainfall—with the wettest months coming in the winter season.
The Climate of The NSW South Coast
The South Coast enjoys a nice climate, labelled as warm, mild, and temperate. Summers are perfect and just plain summery (that’s the technical meteorological term, of course) with lots of sunshine. Winters are mild, making the South Coast a fabulous destination throughout the year.
Temperatures average a high of 27 °c in the summertime, with a low of 15 °c. Winter highs center around 17 °c, while lows drop to 7 °c. While there are many clear days throughout the year, rainfall does occur, with somewhat unpredictable storms. Most rainfall is sporadic but tends to arrive in late autumn and early winter. Heavy rainfall can occur if a strong anticyclone is found to the south.
What to Expect for Weather in Jervis Bay
Using the South Coast climate parameters above, it’s fairly easy to figure out what type of weather you can expect during a holiday in Jervis Bay. A mild climate means that it is unlikely to be too hot or too cold during any part of the year, although it’s always best to be prepared when packing. Here’s a nice packing list for ladies traveling Australia in the summer, and another for winter in Australia. These lists could be a good place to start as you get sorted for your trip to Jervis Bay and the South Coast.
You should be able to visit the beaches year-round in Jervis Bay. However, that doesn’t mean you’ll want to swim in the water in the winter time. Summer is a lovely season for enjoying NSW sunshine and partaking in water sports and other activities, but bear in mind that this is a popular season, too, and therefore quite busy with tourists. Many visitors to Jervis Bay prefer visiting in the winter months, when things are quieter. The mild temperatures make it a great time to be outdoors, and with a few layers, you’ll feel great as you explore. Check out our list of things to do in Jervis Bay in the winter time for more inspiration.
Whatever the season, we can’t wait to see you here in the bay for an unforgettable wildlife experience. We sail 365 days per year, so get onboard!