The weather of the Rainbow Coast is most accurately described by the Noongar people of the south west. The Noongar, having lived in the South West for centuries, have divided the year into six distinct seasons that are more accurate than our traditional four - and more precise for deciding when to visit!
A frequent mix of showers and sun in Makuru and Djilba create the magical Rainbows from which the coast gets its name. The strength of nature is ever present, with a landscape dominated by waterways and wilderness. Read our page about the South West's Climate. Go down the page to see Photos of the Seasons.
Djilba, Kambarang & Early Birak is Wildflower Season
The height of the wildflower season lasts several months along the coast, and the variety of flora can be found no where else on earth.
Find out more about the Wildflowers of the South Coast.
We saw our first whale off the Torndirrup Peninsula near the Blowholes, since then we have sighted dozens of whales from both the shore and Whale Tours. It was beautiful to watch the humpback whales glide and splash, spouting water into the sky every so often. Majestic and magical creatures these are... Read more detailed information on the Whales of the Southern Ocean along the Rainbow Coast.
The locals know it as the best weather in WA. The frequent mix of showers and sun in wintertime create the magical Rainbows from which the coast gets its name.
Winter is not as wet as you might expect. Even during the rainiest parts of the year there are exceptional days for touring the coast. This is when the Whales, Wildflowers and Waterbirds frequent the area.
The weather in Albany, Denmark and Walpole is always slightly different. Albany being slightly rainier than Denmark, Walpole slightly more humid beneath the forest canopy. Scroll down for photos of the seasons.
Here are some photographs of the Seasons of the south coast. The Rainbow Coast is only named this because of the rainbows that appear predominantly in Winter... but the rest of the time the weather is beautiful...
Being at this distance 'downunder' - the Rainbow Coast is perfectly placed to enjoy the spectacle of rainbows.
Makuru and Djilba (ie: winter) could be renamed Rainbow Season.
During the winter months, when the sun is within 42 degrees of the horizon, the rain usually comes off the ocean from the south west which means, thanks to geometry, "rainbows, rainbows everywhere!" Learn more about Rainbows!
Rainbow over the Wilson Inlet reflecting off the morning mist. Denmark.
More information on the south-west coast in our other Western Australian travellers guides:
The Albany is the oldest settlement in Western Australia. Filled with history, surrounded by beaches and waterways, and a great place to visit while on holiday on the south coast of WA. Visit Albany today.
Fremantle, the Port City, is located south-west of Perth at the mouth of the Swan River. Fremantle's vibrant nightlife, music scene and cafe' culture make Fremantle a perfect getaway from the bustle of Perth. Beaches, history, shopping, dining out, and more. VISIT FREMANTLE
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Denmark WA is one of the most beautiful places along the south coast as it has forests, beaches, rivers and waves. Everything you need for the perfect south coast holiday. Denmark Wineries are popular too! Info on Denmark Town including shopping, dining & history, VISIT DENMARK WA