There are good waves year-round in South Australia, but autumn (Mar-May) and winter (Jun – Aug) stand out for having more consistent and large surf. This is thanks to an increase in the intensity of low-pressure systems moving through the Southern Ocean at this time of year. Strong sea breezes are a feature from late spring (Nov) until early autumn (Mar), so mornings are often the best time to surf in most locations.
Surf seasons and when to go
The best time of the year to surf in South Australia
Cold winters and blistering hot summers are a feature of South Australian weather. Maximum temperatures in the low to mid 40’s (degrees Celsius) are not uncommon along the coast in the summer months, while wintertime maximum temperatures hover in the mid to low teens. Give the extreme heat of summer, it is vital to always cover adequate drinking water when heading to the more remote spots along the desolate west coast. Water temperature varies from around 14 degrees late winter to a peak of 21-22 degrees in the summer months.