October 30

Wet Season VS Dry Season – Which is the best time to visit Cairns?


As a Cairns local I absolutely love the wet season and all it has to offer, but I often find myself looking forward to the cooler weather that the dry season brings.

Here I will go through with you the difference between seasons, to better help you plan your stay in FNQ!

Seasons in the North run a little differently to the rest of Australia – instead of going by the standard four seasons of the year, we only have two! The Wet season which runs from November – April and the Dry season which runs from May – Oct.

Now its pretty self explanatory right? The Wet season is wet and the Dry season is dry?….Pretty much!

However there is more to it than that – Keep reading and I will go through the differences between our seasons, what happens in each season and what the best things to do in each season are.

The Wet Season

The Wet season runs from November to April each year and is simply magnificent – Everything is beautiful lush green and the waterfalls are flowing. The weather is hot and humid, with rain storms nearly everyday (and the possible cyclone – however they generally avoid Cairns) but don’t let this deter you from visiting! It rarely rains all day here in the wet season and the weather averages between a beautiful 24-32 degrees Celsius.

Cairns in the Wet is stunning and it is the best time of the year to explore places like the Daintree Rainforest, Kuranda and the famous ‘Waterfall Circuit’

There is nothing I enjoy more than sitting outside in the afternoons with a glass of wine watching the storms roll in…or spending the day in the worlds oldest rainforest discovering swimming holes and seeing beautiful wildlife from the boardwalks. Yes, it does rain nearly everyday however it is a beautiful warm rain – and when you are in the rainforest the tree cover is so thick in places you barely even get wet! So grab an umbrella (or a poncho!) and head up North this wet season to enjoy all we have to offer!

The Dry Season

The Dry season runs from May to October each year, the weather will be starting to cool down now – especially at night time, but we still enjoy those bright sunny days! The average temperature during the dry season ranges between 20 – 28 degrees Celsius during the day but can drop down to 10 degrees or lower at night.

The Dry season is the perfect time to explore our Islands and the Great Barrier Reef due to it not being stinger season (Jellyfish season) and you can even have the chance to swim with Minke whales and see the gorgeous Humpback whales as they are migrating through our waters. Dry season can also be a great escape from the cold winter down south!

All in all, no matter what time of the year you visit Cairns you are sure to have an amazing experience with our diverse landscapes, ranging from Rainforest to Reef.

Feel free to contact us at Getaway on Grafton today and our friendly team can help you plan your next getaway!


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