The weather and climate in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Australia's North West vary dramatically. Temperatures range from under 5°C to over 40°C and the weather pattern creates two very distinct seasons, each offering vastly different holiday experiences.
May to October - Winter or Dry Season
Winter is the most popular time to visit the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Australia’s North West. Daytime temperatures range from 20°C to 30°C, perfect for enjoying all outdoor activities. On the coast, nights are cool with fresh breezes, while inland the wind off the desert can see temperatures plummet to near freezing.
November to April - Summer or Wet Season
In summer there are fewer crowds, the days can be hot and the nights are balmy. While it is known as the wet season in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions, the rain usually falls in heavy, short downpours in the late afternoon and evenings. Expect great lightning shows, dramatic sunsets, thundering waterfalls and plenty of wildlife.
Although many tours operate year-round, some attractions cannot be accessed due to closed roads and local flooding. So plan your holiday in advance and get expert advice from the region's Visitor Centres.
Cyclones in Australia’s North West
Tropical cyclones are a natural hazard that can cause considerable damage. They are a feature of the weather and climate in Australia’s North West and can occur throughout the wet season in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions. Should there be a cyclone alert during your stay, you should be aware of the following procedures.
- Blue Alert - A cyclone has formed and may affect the area within 48 hours, precautions should be taken.
- Yellow Alert – The cyclone is moving closer to the area and is likely to affect the area within 12 hours, residents should take action.
- Red Alert – A cyclone is imminent. Destructive winds are likely to occur soon, go immediately to adequate shelter.
Cyclone warnings are broadcast on local radio stations, or telephone 1300 659 210.
For more detailed information about the weather and climate in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Australia’s North West, visit the Bureau of Meteorology's website.