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Sea temperatures, water sports and vacation activities near Bass Strait

Water temperatures throughout the year and general information about Bass Strait...

Bass Strait is a geographical landform. The water temperature around Bass Strait changes slightly throughout the year. The temperature ranges from 13.2°C (55.7°F) in July up to 19.5°C (67.1°F) in the month of February, as shown in the graph below. The average water temperature throughout the year is 15°C (60°F) and the best time for water activities is late winter, since Bass Strait is located in the southern hemisphere.

Hover over the bars to see temperature for each month in Celsius and Fahrenheit.

What is the current water temperature near Bass Strait?

The current water temperature in the month of December in the waters close to Bass Strait is approximately:
0°C (32°F)

Are there surf spots near by?

There are not too many surf spots in close proximity to Bass Strait. The next good one is The Oaks, which is about 46.3km (29.7miles) away from Bass Strait. Click here for directions and for more information on The Oaks and its current water temperature. Other fun surfspots near Bass Strait are Picnic Bay, which is approximately 47.7km (29.7miles) away, and Squeaky Beach, located roughly 48.1km (29.9miles) from Bass Strait.

Are there nice beaches in close proximity to Bass Strait?

No, not many beaches are located in close proximity to Bass Strait. A good beach nearby is Oreti Beach, which is almost 1188.7km (738.3miles) away from Bass Strait. If you don't mind the long travel, you can also visit Tunnel Beach, roughly 1283.3km (797.1miles) away from Bass Strait.

What wetsuit is recommended for Bass Strait?

The water temperature at Bass Strait is relatively cold, reaching up to 20°C (67°F) in the months of January, February, and March. During this time, in the late summer, a 3/2 wetsuit might be recommended to be in the water for more than half an hour, but some might even be ok with a jumpsuit or even a wetsuit top for surfing, swimming, snorkelling, or scuba diving at Bass Strait. Nevertheless, during summer, sea temperatures reach lows of approximately 13°C (56°F). During this season, a 3-4mm wetsuit is recommended to feel comfortable, but some might even be fine with a good 2/3mm suit . For very chilly conditions and cold mornings/evenings, it might be better to carry a pair of boots and a wetsuit hoodie.

How is the scuba diving and fishing near Bass Strait?

Due to relatively large sea temperature changes throughout the year, scuba diving and fishing conditions vary a lot depending on the season. The temperature ranges from 13 to 18°C (56-65°F) during summer. Atlantic Mackerel, Winter Flounder, and Tautog can usually be found in waters of this temperature range. However, the conditions usually change during winter when sea temperatures go up to 15 to 20°C (58-67°F). Fish that love this water temperature include: Red Snapper, Skipjack Tuna, Striped Bass, and Weakfish.

Directions to Bass Strait: How do I get there?

Please follow the directions in the map below.

Interesting facts about Bass Strait...

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