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Buxton Point Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(East Coast of Tasmania, Australia)

Today's Buxton Point sea temperature is 18.7 °C.

Statistics for 27 Jan (1981–2005) – mean: 16.0 °C, range: 14.2 °C to 17.4 °C

Sunny with pleasantly warm air temperatures (feeling like 21 °C once we account for wind), yet at 18 °C the sea remains several degrees colder than the air at Buxton Point. The majority of surfers will need a spring wetsuit though a summer suit or even a shorty may suffice for a short session.

Australia Sea Water Temperature

Map of current Australia
Surface Water Temperatures
based on measurements from oceanographic satellites
Australia Water Temperature Anomaly

Map of current Australia
Sea Water Temperature Anomalies

(compared with long term averages
at this time of year)

(click thumbnails to expand)

Below is a graph of Historical Sea Surface Temperature for Buxton Point. This has been derived from analysis of two decades of oceanographic satellite measurements of nearby open water. We have calculated the average water temperature variation around the year as well as the extremes that have been observed on each date.

Buxton Point Water Temperature Graph

All of the graphs for the surf breaks presented on Surf-Forecast.com are on the same scale to enable comparison between locations around the world.

Buxton Point sea water temperatures peak in the range 15 to 18°C (59 to 64°F) on around the 3rd of March and are at their coldest on about the 8th of August, in the range 11 to 13°C (52 to 55°F). The maximum seasonal sea water temperatures at Buxton Point at the start of March lend themselves to a 4/3mm wetsuit or a 3/2mm suit and 3mm neoprene boots. The coldest sea water temperatures at Buxton Point in early to mid August are ideally suited to a 4/3mm wetsuit + 3mm boots, although a 5/3mm wetsuit may be preferable for longer sessions and cold windy days.

Actual sea surface water temperatures close to shore at Buxton Point can vary by several degrees compared with these open water averages. This is especially true after heavy rain, close to river mouths or after long periods of strong offshore winds. Offshore winds cause colder deep water to replace surface water that has been warmed by the sun. Air temperature, wind-chill and sunshine should also be considered before deciding on the kind of wetsuit needed to stay warm when surfing at Buxton Point. Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.