Cairns is renowned for being a tropical wonderland bursting with greenery and endless sunny days, with a past slogan being ‘beautiful one day, perfect the next.’ But like anywhere it has its ups and downs throughout the year. So, it is always best to plan your holiday before travelling, to avoid any surprises that may affect your overall holiday.

Which Season?

Instead of looking at the usual four seasons, Queensland’s weather is a bit different. Being a tropical area, the city rarely has a cold day, instead of having a wet or dry season. The dry season is between April to October and is filled with warm temperatures and low rainfall. The Wet season is between November and April, where the temperatures though still warm, are mild, with an accumulation of rainfall.

There are pros and cons for each season, depending on your preferences. Wet season obviously has more rain, which can put a damper on outdoor activities. The rain reduces the visibility of the underwater reefs as well as causing stronger currents. As well, tropical monsoons which include cyclones are common occurrences, which can result in weeks of storms and unsafe areas. However, these issues sometimes only occur in sections of this season and can lead to the stunning scenery of greenery for the rest of the time. The dry season is without the chance of heavy rainfall but can be swelteringly hot. With high temperatures reaching up to high thirty’s the days can be quite tiresome for travellers who are not used to this hot humidity.

Stinger Season

Stinger season involves the dangerous jellyfish roaming cairn’s seas. There is no fixed date for the start and end of the jellyfish period, but it fluctuates each year between November to May. During this time travellers and locals have a higher risk while swimming, as these jellyfish pack a punch, causing countless injuries and deaths throughout human history. More protection including stinger wetsuits and netting on beaches has to be installed at this time.

The Verdict

Although Cairns can be fantastic throughout the year, the best time for both weather, safety, and the price is between April to September. Popping in after the Australian summertime will guarantee a miss from the scorching hot days, as well as the Christmas holiday crowds.

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