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Darbys (Wilsons Promontory) Water Temperature and Wetsuit Guide

(East Coast of Victoria, Australia)

Today's Darbys (Wilsons Promontory) sea temperature is 15.1 °C.

Statistics for 28 May (1981–2005) – mean: 14.9 °C, range: 13.3 °C to 16.1 °C

The water temperature (15 °C) at Darbys (Wilsons Promontory) is quite cool. If the sun does come out as forecast, it should feel warm enough to surf in a good sealed spring wetsuit. Some surfers would prefer to wear gloves and boots too. Effective windchill factor of (11 °C) will make the air and water feel about the same temperature.

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 Darbys (Wilsons Promontory). 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.

Darbys (Wilsons Promontory) Water Temperature Graph

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

Darbys water temperatures peak in the range 17 to 20°C (63 to 68°F) on around the 28th of February and are at their lowest on about the 8th of August, in the range 12 to 13°C (54 to 55°F). The highest Darbys water temperatures in the fourth week of February require something like a 3/2mm fully sealed wetsuit. The lowest water temperatures at Darbys 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 Darbys (Wilsons Promontory) 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 Darbys (Wilsons Promontory). Refer to our detailed weather forecasts for this information.