How Often Does It Rain In The Great Barrier Reef?

How Often Does It Rain In The Great Barrier Reef?

Written by: Cameron Ward

Published: 07/01/2024

Reading time: 3 mins

Just off the coast of North Queensland, the Great Barrier Reef is home to marine species, individual reefs, islands, and sand cays.

The Great Barrier Reef will experience rain during the wet season but may receive less compared to North Queensland. The tropical coast can expect rainfall for half of the year during the wet season, which spans from November to April. While it doesn’t rain continuously throughout these months, you can expect morning or evening storms. The weather during the wet season is hot and humid, with temperatures typically around 30 degrees Celsius.

Can I still see the Great Barrier Reef in the wet season?

Yes, you certainly can! Tour operators will take you to sections of the reef where the water is calmer and clearer, providing the best opportunity to explore this underwater world. To experience a day on the reef, consider booking a pontoon tour where you can do a range of activities.

What about jellyfish season?

Jellyfish season coincides with the wet season months, but it is still safe to swim here. It is recommended to wear a stinger swimsuit to protect yourself from jellyfish stings. You can easily hire one on tours, so there’s no need to purchase one yourself.

Things to do on the Great Barrier Reef

– Snorkelling

Snorkelling is an enjoyable activity when visiting the Great Barrier Reef. You’ll receive a quick introductory lesson on snorkelling before heading out on your own! Spot various marine life swimming around you and admire the stunning coral below.

– Scuba diving

Scuba diving is a fantastic must-do activity when on the reef. You can see much more than snorkelling as you explore deeper waters. If you’re lucky, you might even swim alongside some of the reef’s marine life!

– Helmet diving

Unlike scuba diving, helmet diving allows people to walk along the seabed instead of swimming. This is perfect for those who may not be confident swimmers.

– Glass bottom boat

For those unable to swim or with young kids, the glass bottom boat is the perfect way to observe the reef. Look through the boat’s glass bottom and watch the vibrant marine life swim past the colourful coral.

– Green Island

Green Island is one of the 300 sand cays on the Great Barrier Reef. Formed approximately 6000 years ago, it remains the only one with a rainforest! The ferry ride from Cairns to Green Island takes 45 minutes, and you can spend the day exploring, swimming, or simply relaxing.

Tours to the Great Barrier Reef operate every day. It’s advisable to book in advance to ensure you don’t miss the chance to see this stunning reef. The cruise deluxe tour takes you out to individual reefs, offering opportunities for snorkelling and diving.

Cameron Ward
Cameron Ward
Managing Director at Sightseeing Tours Australia

Cameron Ward turned his travel passion into a thriving Australian tourism business. Before he co-founded his own business, Sightseeing Tours Australia, he was enjoying being a Melbourne tour guide. Even now, Cameron delights in helping visitors from all around the world get the most out of their incredible Australian trip. You’ll see Cameron leading tours or writing about his favourite Australian places where he shares his local insights.