Esperance Weather in August


Seasons in Australia are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere, with August marking the end of winter. From average temperatures and rainfall to the recommended activities, we tell you everything you need to know before visiting Esperance at this time of year. 

Esperance Stonehenge

What Is the Weather Like in Esperance in August?

Esperance has a Mediterranean-type climate, characterised by warm summers and cool, rainy winters. The average daytime temperature in August is 14 °C (57 °F) and you can expect approximately 15 rainy days if you visit this month.

Our in-depth Guide to the Best Time to Visit Australia provides more details on the seasons in Western Australia and other regions.

Average Temperatures in Esperance in August

The minimum night temperature in Esperance in August is around 9 °C (48.2 °F), while the mercury typically rises to 18 °C (64. °F) during the day.

Average Sea Temperatures in Esperance in August

With the average sea temperature of 16 °C (61 °F), August is too cold for swimming in Esperance, unless you have a full swimsuit. The region also experiences rough waves from the cold front during winter, making the waters potentially dangerous. 


Lucky Bay beach with Kangaroos

Average Sunshine Hours per Day in Esperance in August

Esperance has an average of 12 sunny days in August and around 6 sunshine hours every day. The sun rises between 6:44 am and 6:11 am and sets between 5:13 pm and 5:33 pm on the last day of the month, providing around 11 hours of daylight.

UV levels in Esperance in August

The UV index in the Esperance in August is 4, which indicates a moderate risk of harm from sun exposure. It is recommended to wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat when spending time in the sun. 

Average Rainfall in Esperance in August

Winter in Esperance coincides with the wet season in the region. There is around a 20 % chance of rain on any given day in August and an average of 45 mm (1.7 in) of precipitation. The relative humidity is around 72 % this month.

the Esperance foreshore

Best Things to Do in Esperance in August

Winter brings cooler temperatures and rain to Esperance but also fewer crowds and more affordable accommodation prices. This is a great time to explore everything the town and its surroundings have to offer. Here are some of our favourite things to see and do in Esperance in August.

Whale watching

Whale watching is among the highlights of visiting Esperance in winter. Secluded beaches and bays, such as Blue Haven Beach, West Beach, or Twilight Cove, offer the best vantage point. For a truly unique experience, the Esperance Air-Sea Package combines a helicopter tour above the Pink Lakes with a whale-watching boat cruise among the picturesque islands of the Recherche Archipelago.

For other outdoor activities in the region, read our comprehensive Guide to Hiking in Esperance.

Great Ocean Drive

Taking the Great Ocean Drive is a great way to explore the Esperance coastline during winter months, with its white-sand beaches, secluded bays, and rocky headlands. August also marks the beginning of Esperance’s wildflower season, when native orchids, grevilleas, banksias, and other species come into full bloom.

Our article on the Best Things to Do in Esperance in Winter offers more suggestions on winter activities.

Mermaid Leather

Mermaid Leather is the only specialised fish and shark leather tannery in the country. Visit their factory located in the Museum Village to learn how skins from the fish processing food industry are being recycled. You can watch the process of transforming skins of wild-caught and farmed barramundi, snapper, groper, and shark into sustainable leather accessories and take home some unique souvenirs. Free guided tours of the studio are offered Tuesday through Sunday between 2 pm and 5 pm.

Mermaid Leather Display

Aunty Joan’s Dolly Mix

If you are looking for a child-friendly activity in Esperance, make sure to stop by Aunty Joan’s Dolly Mix, located in the heart of the town. This non-profit museum features an impressive collection of over 1,000 porcelain dolls ranging from classic Victorian to contemporary ones. The museum is open daily from 1 pm to 4 pm and all proceeds from admission are donated to local charities. 

Our guide to the Things to Do in Esperance for Families offers more ideas for family-friendly activities in Esperance.

Recommended Itineraries for Esperance in August

If you’re planning to visit Esperance in August, First Light Travel’s Blog blog is a great place to learn more about the region. Our Western Australia Self-Drive Itineraries provide plenty of tips on things to see and do, including the best accommodation options. And if you prefer to have a customised itinerary tailored to your preferences, get in touch with one of our Australia travel specialists who will help you create an unforgettable winter trip to Esperance.

Irma Vuckovic
Irma Vuckovic
: 8 Jan 2024 (Last updated: 9 Jan 2024)

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