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Great Barrier Reef, Queensland, Australia

Queensland: Brisbane, Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

When to visit Queensland: Brisbane, Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

Introduction

Northern Queensland

It's wise to plan the time of your trip to Northern Queensland carefully. Between December and March, heavy rains lash the coast and many Outback roads are impassable. Another factor to consider are the marine stingers (box jellyfish), which inhabit the coast. Although they're present throughout the year, they are most prevalent around the islands and beaches between November and May. For the best weather, and to avoid the jellyfish, it's best to visit between June and September.

Southern Queensland

April to November is considered the best time to visit Southern Queensland. In the far south, April and May are particularly appealing, with warm sunny days, minimal rainfall and few crowds, although temperatures are slightly lower than in summer (September to April). The highest rainfall occurs between January and March, when downpours can be heavy and prolonged.

Climate for this destination

Average temperature (℃)
Average rainfall (mm)
  • 40
  • 30
  • 20
  • 10
  • 0
  • 80
  • 60
  • 40
  • 20
  • 0

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Cairns & the Great Barrier Reef

Average temperature (℃)
Average rainfall (mm)
  • 40
  • 30
  • 20
  • 10
  • 0
  • 640
  • 480
  • 320
  • 160
  • 0

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For almost guaranteed sunshine, head to the islands of the Great Barrier Reef between May and September, when the weather is warm, the skies are cloudless and the underwater visibility is at its best. In the north, the wet season runs from October to March, although the temperature throughout Queensland is warm year round.

Daily max temp (Jun)
25.6℃

Monthly rainfall (Jun)
67mm

Gold Coast

Average temperature (℃)
Average rainfall (mm)
  • 20
  • 10
  • 0
  • 120
  • 90
  • 60
  • 30
  • 0

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Dec

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Daily max temp (Jun)
11.8℃

Monthly rainfall (Jun)
91mm

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