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Best Time to Visit Queensland

Tropical North Queensland, or the regions of Cairns, Port Douglas and Palm Cove, are hot and humid year-round and temperatures averaging around 31°C. Cairns’ rainy season is from November to April; this is when you will get near- daily rainfall but far fewer tourists on your day trips. If you’re spending most of your time underwater anyway, the rain won’t drag down your holiday.

In the Whitsundays the wet season about matches that of Cairns, running November to April, however the added concern are stingers. Stinger season runs approximately between October and March every year, and during this time a stinger suit must be worn when swimming in the Whitsundays, including on day trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Whitehaven Beach or just off the beach at Daydream Island.

The temperature remains even throughout the year, with July and August the coolest months at 22°C and the warmer, summer months reaching no higher than 31°C.

Noosa receives less rain than its northerly sisters and is therefore more suited to year-round travel. As stingers don’t come this far south, there is no concern when getting in the water. Noosa’s rainy season also parallels that of Cairns and the Whitsundays, as most of Queensland is it with this weather during these months. Don’t let this stop you from taking your Queensland holidays, though, because Noosa’s rain passes much more quickly than if you were further north, allowing enough time for a quick rest or cocktail before the skies clear and you’re on the beach again.